Dr Michael Blaivas

Michael Blaivas, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAIUMProfessor of Medicine, AffiliateUniversity of South Carolina School of Medicine

Dr. 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 a professor of medicine (affiliate) at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine. Dr. Blaivas is a pioneer of point-of-care ultrasound having published nearly 250 peer reviewed articles on point-of-care ultrasound, multiple book chapters and 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.  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 Ultrasound Journal for WINFOCUS and now serves as Deputy Editor of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. He was also a founding editorial member and Deputy Editor of JACEP Open Journal through its first two years. Dr. Blaivas has been the emergency ultrasound section chair for ACEP, SAEM and AIUM. For six years, he served as American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) third Vice President on its executive committee. Dr. Blaivas is active in building educational and policy-making relationships between societies in a variety of medical specialties throughout the world. Dr. Blaivas has worked with specialty societies such as the AIUM and Society of Critical Care Medicine to help craft ultrasound educational and performance standards and guidelines. He has served on the board of the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) and continues to work on point of care ultrasound education and research around the world. Most recently, Dr. Blaivas has created and directed, 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 nearly twenty-five years. Dr. Blaivas has completed multiple courses in programming and developing Artificial Intelligence/Deep Learning applications in image recognition. He has published multiple peer reviewed journal articles on Deep Learning applications in POCUS and continues to work on an increasing number of collaborative AI research studies with colleagues around the world. For four and a half years, Dr. Blaivas served as Chief Medical Officer of EchoNous Inc, an AI and Hand Carried Ultrasound company based in Redmond Washington. He has also served as the Chief Medical Officer for Ava Ag, a werable sensor, AI and mobile app company based in Switzerland. Currently Dr. Blaivas serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Anavasi Diagnostics, a point of care molecular Covid diagnostics company, while continuing to pursue multiple academic ventures including research, education and patient care. He also serves as Chief Medical Officer of HERO Medical Technologies, a wearable sensor and AI application medical technology company focusing on head injured pateints. Dr. Blaivas is also vice-chairman of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Artificial Intelligence Community of Practice.


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