Michael Blaivas, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAIUM
Michael Blaivas completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center, followed by an emergency ultrasound fellowship at Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago (University of Illinois). He has held faculty positions in multiple universities and is currently an affiliate professor of medicine at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine. Clinically, Dr. Blaivas works St Francis Hospital Emergency Department in Columbus, Georgia. Dr. Blaivas is a pioneer of point-of-care ultrasound. He has published over 200 peer reviewed articles on point-of-care ultrasound and multiple book chapters. Additionally, he is the editor of 6 medical textbooks. His research interests over the years have spanned from resuscitation, lung ultrasound, out of hospital and space applications of ultrasound through ocular ultrasound, ultrasound guided procedures such as vascular access and regional nerve blocks as well as bench research.
Along with his research interests, Dr. Blaivas has been active in multiple medical societies and is a founding member of the World Interactive Network For Critical Ultrasound (WINFOCUS) and Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME), having served as president of both. Dr. Blaivas was the founder and first editor of the Critical Ultrasound Journal for WINFOCUS (now known as The Ultrasound Journal). Dr. Blaivas has been the emergency ultrasound section chair for ACEP, SAEM and AIUM. He has recently finished two terms as American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) third Vice President. Dr. Blaivas is active in building educational and policy-making relationships between societies in a variety of medical specialties throughout the world. Dr. Blaivas works with specialty societies such as the AIUM and Society of Critical Care Medicine to help craft ultrasound educational and performance standards and guidelines. Dr. Blaivas has served on the board of the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) and continues to work point of care ultrasound education and research around the world.
Most recently, Dr. Blaivas has helped create and directs, the American College of Physicians (ACP) pre-congress ultrasound course which is helping to expand ultrasound use by internal medicine physicians. He has also been active in medical device and software development, working with multiple companies over a twenty year period. Dr. Blaivas serves as deputy editor of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine for point of care ultrasound and education as well as decision editor for the JACEP Open Journal of ACEP. Dr. has completed multiple courses in programming and developing Artificial Intelligence/Deep Learning applications in image recognition. He has published 4 peer reviewed journal articles on Deep Learning applications in POCUS and has several manuscripts under review. At this time, he is actively working on Deep Learning/AI and POCUS projects with multiple academic colleagues around the world. For the last two years, he has served as Chief Medical Officer of EchoNous Inc, an AI and Hand Carried Ultrasound company based in Seattle Washington.