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Editorial Board


Giovanni Volpicelli

Giovanni is currently an Emergency Physician at the Emergency Department of San Luigi Gonzaga University Hospital, Torino, Italy. From 2016 he is qualified Associate Professor of Internal Medicine. He was the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the 1st International Consensus Conference on Lung Ultrasound and he is Member of the Scientific Committee of the 2nd International Consensus Conference on Ultrasound in Trauma and Board Member of the 1st International Consensus Conference on Ultrasound in Medical Education. His research focuses on the clinical applications of PoCUS in emergency and intensive care. He has authored and co-authored chapters of international books in emergency medicine and emergency ultrasound, and 140 indexed publications in peer-reviewed international journals with more than 6000 citations and h-index 34. He contributed to the foundation of The Ultrasound Journal and was active Editorial Board Member since the launch of the journal.

Deputy Editor

Richard Hoppmann

Richard A. Hoppmann MD, FACP, FAIUM is a Professor of Medicine and Past Dean at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Ultrasound Institute in Columbia, SC. Dr Hoppmann earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Medical University of South Carolina, completed his internal medicine residency at East Carolina University School of Medicine, and completed his rheumatology fellowship at Wake Forest University Bowman-Gray School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. In 2006, as Associate Dean of Medical Education, he introduced the first integrated ultrasound curriculum (iUSC) across all four years of medical student education at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Columbia. 

Since that time, he has also helped develop a number of ultrasound training programs, including one for physician assistants and a primary care ultrasound fellowship. He is founder and served as the first President of the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME) which hosts and co-hosts a number of national and international ultrasound education meetings such as the World Congress of Ultrasound in Medical Education and the Ultrasound in Anatomy and Physiology Education Conference. 

Dr Hoppmann is President-elect of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and a Past President of the World Interactive Network Focused on Critical Ultrasound (WINFOCUS). He has published and presented extensively on ultrasound education. He has been the recipient of almost $2M in ultrasound education grants, including those training a spectrum of teachers and healthcare practitioners and has been issued four patents related to ultrasound and ultrasound education.   

Areas of expertise: Internal Medicine, Rheumatology 

Associate Editors

Luna Gargani

Luna Gargani is a Cardiologist and Researcher of the University of Pisa. She has been trained in cardiology and clinical research at the Institute of Clinical Physiology of the National Research Council in Pisa, and has been a research fellow at Northwestern University in Chicago. 

Dr Gargani is a recognized expert and pioneer in lung ultrasound. Her main research interests are cardiovascular imaging and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). She is currently the Echo Deputy Chair of the Certification and Accreditation Committee of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI).

Areas of expertise: Lung ultrasound, Echocardiography, Point-of-care ultrasound

Alberto Goffi

Alberto Goffi, MD, is a Staff Physician at St. Michael’s Hospital – Unity Health Toronto and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Medicine and Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine (IDCCM). After graduating from the University of Torino (Italy) and completing his internal medicine/emergency medicine training in the same city, he moved to Toronto in 2010 for a fellowship in adult critical care medicine. His clinical and academic interests include neurocritical care and point-of-care ultrasound in acute care medicine, with a focus on the clinical utility of ultrasound in critical care medicine and optimal teaching strategies for its competency achievement. He is the co-lead of the IDCCM Critical Care Ultrasound Curriculum and the co-lead of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) Adult Critical Care Medicine fellowship.

Alberto loves travelling for teaching; he has already taught ultrasound and neurocritical care in five different continents. In 2015, he won the Young Lecturer Award at the ESICM annual meeting. In 2019, he has been selected as the recipient of the Frank S. Rutledge Award of Excellence in Critical Care Teaching. Outside of work, Alberto has a passion for creating logos and drawings digitally; the IDCCM logo is one of his creations. In the past 3 years, he has learned that nothing is more fulfilling in life than playing with Sofia and Oliver, his two children. 

Areas of expertise: Critical care medicine, Point-of-care ultrasound, Neurocritical care

Irene W. Y. Ma

Dr Irene Ma is a general internist, Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Dr Ma received her MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from Stanford University, a PhD in Medical Education from the University of Calgary and completed an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She is the Chair and Founding Member of the Canadian Internal Medicine Ultrasound group and has been working in the last decacde on bringing POCUS to the practice of Internal Medicine in Canada in an evidence-based manner.  

Areas of expertise: General internal medicine; Medical education; Point of care ultrasound

Luigi Vetrugno

Dr Luigi Vetrugno received his accreditation as Associate Professor of Anesthesia in March 2017. Dr Vetrugno was on the sub-specialty staff for Cardiothoracic Critical Care and Anesthesia between 2002 to 2009, which provided clinical services for a broad range of cardiothoracic surgery, cardiac transplantation and mechanical assist device management. From October 2009 to November 2021, Dr Vetrugno was on the sub-specialty staff for Liver Transplantation and Post-transplant Unit. Currently, his clinical work is focused on general intensive care and anesthesia. 
Dr Vetrugno is the Scientific Director of the Lung and Cardiac Ultrasound Certified Course for the Italian Society of Anesthesia, Analgesia Resuscitation and Intensive Care. 

Areas of expertise: Lung ultrasound; Cardiac ultrasound; Diaphragm ultrasound

Tomás Villen

Dr Tomas Villen is a Fellow in Emergency Ultrasound at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA. He is also an Associate Professor and Director of Point of Care Ultrasound Curriculum at the Francisco de Vitoria University in Madrid, Spain. 

Dr Villen is the Chair of Ultrasound Section of Spanish Society of Emergency Medicine and a member of the WINFOCUS Board of Directors. 

Areas of expertise: Ultrasound in medical education; Lung ultrasound; Ultrasound in emergency medicine. 


Giovanni Volpicelli, San Luigi Gonzaga University Hospital, Italy

Deputy Editor 
Richard Hoppmann, University of South Carolina, USA

Associate Editors
Keith Barron
Luna Gargani, University of Pisa, Italy
Alberto Goffi, University of Toronto, Canada
Irene W. Y. Ma, University of Calgary, Canada
Luigi Vetrugno, University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy
Tomás Villen, Francisco de Vitoria University, Spain
Laurent Zieleschkiewictz

Editorial Board Members
Lawrence A. Melniker, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, USA
Peiman Nazerian, Careggi University Hospital, Italy
Luca Neri, Niguarda Hospital, Italy 
Ramòn Nogué, University of Lleida, Spain
James W Tsung, Mount Sinai Hospital, USA

Section Editors

Echocardiography in Intensive Care

Gabriele Via
Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo
Pavia, Italy

Education & Organization

Vicky Noble
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Neonatology & Pediatrics

Roberto Copetti
Latisana General Hospital
Emergency Department
Udine, Italy