meet the team

Renee Dversdal

Renee Dversdal

MD, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Director of OHSU POCUS
Director of Simulation Education, IM Residency Program
Clinical & Medicine Teaching Hospitalist Services
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland

Renee's ultrasound obsession started during her Internal Medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and has continued to grow since returning to OHSU in 2012.

As the Director, OHSU Point of Care Ultrasound, Renee works in ultrasound education across the medical education spectrum from MD/NP/PA students to residents/fellows & faculty from OHSU & abroad.

As of July 2016 Renee has also been responsible for directing the General Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship, which is the first of it’s kind on the West Coast. She is active nationally as a Board Member for the Society for Ultrasound in Medical Education, and a member of the American College of Physicians Clinical Skills Committee.

Megan Mickley

MD FAAP FACEP
Director, Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound
Assistant Director, OHSU Point of Care Ultrasound
Assistant Professor, Departments of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland

Megan developed a passion for POCUS during her pediatric emergency (PEM) fellowship in Boston, where she recognized the gap that existed between PEM and EM utilization of POCUS and committed to narrowing the divide! She subsequently completed a POCUS fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) before joining OHSU as Director of Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound in 2016. Since that time, she strives to advocate for and educate OHSU and visiting trainees, staff and faculty regarding the effectiveness and efficiency of POCUS. She also continues to work as a supervising EM physician for Partners in Health (PIH) in Haiti, where ultrasound is a valued and vital imaging modality.

Megan joined the OHSU POCUS group in July 2017, now dividing her time between the OHSU and Doernbecher Children's Emergency Departments, as well as the various medical education programs offered at OHSU.

Suean Pascoe

Suean Pascoe

BApp Science (MRT), Grad Dip Medical Ultrasound, AMS, Grad Cert Clinical Teaching
Director, Sonographer Educator
Ultrasound Training Solutions, Melbourne

Suean has built her career based on a passion for ultrasound and education, which resulted in the creation of Ultrasound Training Solutions (UTS).

"As ultrasound technology becomes more mobile and affordable, my mission is to provide medical practitioners – particularly those at the point of care – with the skills that will promote best patient outcomes"

At its inception, Suean wanted UTS to be a world leader in ultrasound training through ‘innovation in practise’. With Oriana, this is being realised through the continuous creation and development of education programs and utilisation of a wide range of unique teaching modes.

Suean is a strong advocate for the use of ultrasound and its application beyond traditional boundaries, a view she maintains as a board member of the Australasian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine and as a supporter of the Free Open Access Meducation (FOAMed) initiative.

Prior to the creation of UTS, Suean cut her training and development teeth as an independent ultrasound teacher and locum sonographer throughout Australia and New Zealand in a number of public and private hospital settings.

In an earlier life, Suean held a number of senior roles across Australia and New Zealand working as an independent ultrasound teacher and clinical supervisor/charge sonographer.

Kevin Piro

Kevin Piro

MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Clinical & Medicine Teaching Hospitalist Services
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland

Kevin is currently a hospitalist at OHSU. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a BA in biochemistry. Subsequently, he worked on multidrug resistance research at MD Anderson Cancer Center before enrolling in medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

After medical school he returned to his home state to complete his internal medicine residency at OHSU. Following residency, he participated in and helped build a point-of-care ultrasound fellowship at OHSU, becoming only the second general medicine-focused ultrasound fellowship in the nation.

Upon completion of his fellowship, he has taken on the roles of hospitalist, urgent care provider, and Director of Internal Medicine Ultrasound Education.

He is passionate about using point-of-care ultrasound in clinical decision making and patient education, resident curriculum design, and teaching.

Outside of work, he loves digging in his garden, following the ups-and-downs of the Portland Trail Blazers, and outdoor adventures with his family.

Christine Schutzer

Christine Schutzer

RT, BS, RDMS
Educational Sonographer
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland

Christine is the Point of Care Ultrasound Educational Sonographer at Oregon Health & Sciences University.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from California Polytechnic at San Luis Obispo in 1993. She then received further degrees in both Radiologic and Sonographic Sciences from Portland Community College in 1997 and 2002 respectively.

Christine did her clinical externship for Sonography at OHSU where she continued on as a staff Sonographer for 7 years. She later moved on to work as the Lead Sonographer at Legacy Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic, where she was employed for 7 years.

In Christine’s current role, she practices sonography as well as working on outreach programs and teaching physicians/sonographers. She is also currently enrolled at Johns Hopkins School of Education where she is pursuing a Masters of Education for Health Professionals.

Oriana Tolo

Oriana Tolo

BApp Science (MRT), AMS, Grad Dip Medical Ultrasound, Grad CertClinical Teaching
Director, Sonographer Educator
Ultrasound Training Solutions, Melbourne

With a focus on exceeding your expectations and achieving your individual learning objectives, Oriana is first and foremost a teacher extraordinaire. Her passion for education and training has been realised through the establishment of Ultrasound Training Solutions.

Oriana’s approach demystifies the ‘dark-arts’ of ultrasound, reducing the fear of the unknown by encouraging self discovery and ensuring contextual relevance.

"We meet your learning objectives by making the experience fun, dynamic, innovative and relevant – you will gain the skills necessary in the real world"

Oriana is instrumental in ensuring that UTS is a world leader in ultrasound education, and ensures the application of a wide range of teaching modes.

Her ability to get the message across has been developed throughout her clinical and education career.

Immediately prior to establishing UTS, Oriana spent nine years with Victoria House (a leading musculoskeletal imaging specialist centre), where she specialised in paediatric and musculoskeletal ultrasound.

Before her time at Victoria House Oriana was sought after as a teacher to radiology registrars and other sonographers while at The Royal Children’s Hospital, and similarly while in private practice with MHDI .