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Kirk T. Spencer MD
Professor of Medicine – Section of Cardiology – University of Chicago
We are all saddened by the death of Dr. Kirk Spencer. Kirk was known throughout the world of medicine and ultrasound as a tremendous clinician, educator, researcher, and mentor. He published over 100 scientific articles and delivered outstanding lectures and workshops across the globe. He was one of the pioneers who saw the revolutionary potential of ultrasound at the bedside and was a tireless educator and advocate for the technology.
Kirk inspired and mentored a generation of healthcare providers and touched the lives of many people across the globe with his humanitarian work. He was an incredibly generous and kind person who was always ready to help in any situation. He will be greatly missed. The SUSME and WINFOCUS family want to express our deepest sympathy to Kirk’s family and want them to know they are in our thoughts and prayers.
President of the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education
President of the World Interactive Network Focused on Critical Ultrasound
The World Interactive Network Focused On Critical UltraSound (WINFOCUS) is the world leader scientific network committed to develop Point-of-Care Ultrasound practice, research, education, technology, and networking, addressing the needs of patients, institutions, services, and communities living in out-of-hospital and in-hospital critical scenarios. Our goals:
The UltraSound Critical Management Certification (USCMC) Global Program is devoted to develop ‘Critical Ultrasound’ education, certification, credentialing, accreditation, integrating at different extents education and healthcare institutions, through post-graduate CME programs.
The network plan is involving universities and aims to spread global ultrasound practice throughout all the critical scenarios, backing academically WINFOCUS worldwide action, delivering recommendations and guidelines for undergraduate and postgraduate ultrasound curricula, cooperating with universities in underserved regions for an overall enhancement of their curricula and educational activity.
The RESearch in Critical Ultrasound and Echocardiography (RESCUE) development plan is based on two initiatives: the UltraSound Evidence-Based Medicine (USEBM) group, designed to promote critical ultrasound research projects; and the International Liasion on Critical Echocardiography and UltraSound (ILCEUS), designed to develop International recommendations and guidelines for point-of-care critical ultrasound education, clinical practice, and technology development.
The GLOBUS (Global UltraSound) world initiative aims to make essential cost-effective primary ultrasound available worldwide throughout all the communities leaving in remote and scarce-resource scenarios, consistently to the Primary Health Care concept developed by the Alma Ata Declaration and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.