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CME Faculty

Richard A. Hoppmann, M.D., is a Professor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and former Dean of the USCSOM. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. He is Director of the Ultrasound Institute at the University of South Carolina and is principle investigator on multiple ultrasound grants totaling over $1 million. He has introduced an integrated ultrasound curriculum over four years of medical student education at the USCSOM and has helped develop an ultrasound training program for primary care physicians in rural South Carolina. He serves as President of the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education.

Victor Rao, MBBS, DMRD, RDMS is the Director of Ultrasound Education at the USC School of Medicine. He has had the opportunity to work in rural mission hospitals and has a wide array of clinical exposure including surgery, Ob-Gyn, general medicine, dermatology and radiology. His passion is ultrasound and he loves teaching ultrasound and is currently involved in training medical students, nurse practitioners and physicians in various specialties as well as primary care physicians in diagnostic ultrasound. He also has been involved in clinical research in the USA in the use of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to treat BPH and prostate cancer. He has several publications and posters and also developed the online ultrasound learning modules for www. susme.org/.

Floyd E. Bell, M.D., “Tripp” is assistant professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. A graduate of the USC School of Medicine, he completed a transitional year internship at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in South Carolina and a diagnostic radiology residency at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. He previously worked in private practice for a radiology group in Columbia, S.C. Among his research interests is ultrasound in medical education.

Mary Elizabeth Poston, MD joined the Division of Internal Medicine in 2004 where she is currently Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine. She graduated medical school from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 1999 where she also completed her residency in 2002. She completed an Academic Generalist and MS Clinical Research Fellowship in 2004. Academically, Dr. Poston is interested in pre-clinical medical student education, was Director of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine curriculum, and currently directs the Internal Medicine residency program. Additional interests include ultrasound in medical education and increasing physical activity in primary care.

Paul H. Bornemann, M.D., is currently Assistant Professor of Family and Preventative Medicine, Associate Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program, and Director of Primary Care Ultrasound at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  Dr. Bornemann is board certified in Family Medicine.  He is a military veteran and has eight years’ experience working as an army family physician.  He has experience introducing integrated ultrasound curriculum into a military family medicine residency training program and at the University of South Carolina.  He has published several journal articles and book chapters on point-of-care ultrasound topics.  He also has experience organizing and presenting workshops on point-of-care ultrasound and the regional and national level.

Keith R. Barron, M.D. is a faculty member at the Ultrasound Institute and hospitalist at Palmetto Health Richland. He graduated from University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2011, participating in an integrated, four-year ultrasound curriculum. In 2014 he completed an Internal Medicine residency at Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where he served as Chief Resident. He recently finished a Primary Care Ultrasound Fellowship in 2015 and has a particular interest in lung ultrasound.

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Michael Wagner, MD, RDMS, graduated Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2008 and completed Internal Medicine residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in 2011. He served as an internist and flight surgeon at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute before going on to complete a Primary Care Ultrasound Fellowship at the University of South Carolina (USC) in 2015. Dr. Wagner is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the USC School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina.  He is the Director of Internal Medicine Ultrasound Education for the residency program and Assistant Director of Physical Diagnosis for the undergraduate curriculum.

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Brian Keisler, MD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. As clerkship director for his department, Dr. Keisler has participated in the University of South Carolina’s vertical ultrasound curriculum from its inception. Additionally, Dr. Keisler is a faculty member in the department’s Sports Medicine fellowship and holds a CAQ in Primary Care Sports Medicine. As a fellowship faculty member, Dr. Keisler uses MSK ultrasound on a regular basis and helps instruct Sports Medicine fellows in its use.


Robert Haddad, RDCS, RVT is a registered cardiovascular sonographer and Program Coordinator of the Ultrasound Institute at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He is also, the supervisor of the cardiovascular lab at Dorn VA medical center, and the clinical coordinator and lead instructor of the cardiovascular ultrasound programs at Midlands Technical College and the Palmetto School of Ultrasound. In addition, Robert has been a part of the Cardiac Diagnostics lab at Palmetto Health for the past 11 years.

Faculty Disclosure

Speakers will disclose any relevant commercial relationships prior to the start of the educational activity.

Disclosure of Individuals in Control of Content

In addition to the faculty listed the following individuals are recognized by USCSOM USI as being in control of content of this program:

Mr. Danquah-Duah (CME Program Coordinator, Office of Continuous Professional Development & Strategic Affairs)
USC School of Medicine
Columbia, SC
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

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