The World Leading
Scientific Network
for Ultrasound

Mission & Vision

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
  • To identify critical scenarios where ultrasound, when implemented and incorporated into point-of-care, represents a critical added value to improve management, performance and outcomes.
  • To identify ultrasound “point-of-care” applications within extra-hospital and in-hospital scenarios, consistent with prevention, triage, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of the critical patient.
  • To identify the technical, clinical, organizational, and social competencies necessary for effective incorporation and diffusion of “point-of-care” ultrasound into critical scenarios, the methodology, technology, and instrumentation necessary for its implementation, and the feasibility, sustainability, and accuracy of the identified technologies.
  • To evaluate and compare the experiences of different investigators through networking actions.
  • To develop research projects and conferences;
    To promote quality assured training programs, incorporating them, where appropriate, into school and university curricula.

Our Worldwide Network

A message from the president

Photo Gabriele Vita

Gabriele Via, MD, EDIC
Winfocus President

Dear colleagues, fellow PoCUS-practitioners, and friends,

2022 has been another year of struggle for many healthcare workers worldwide due to the persisting pandemic(s), the worrisome geopolitical global scenario, and the international financial crisis. Indeed, these challenging conditions have weighed even more on limited-resource healthcare systems.

WINFOCUS holds at the core of its vision and mission a mandate to make diagnostic imaging more accessible, patient-centered, and equitable by spreading PoCUS education and use in the most diverse clinical settings. Significant achievements were obtained by our community this year again, thanks to the collaborative work of many of you and the several groups part of WINFOCUS Network: 2022 was marked by the resurgence of in-person PoCUS educational events worldwide, the creation of the WINFOCUS Academy (https://winfocus.formacao.live/), and the milestone WINFOCUS World Congress 2022, a unique hybrid multi-lingual event in 11 languages offered for free to more than 21.200 registered participants from 127 countries (https://www.winfocusworldcongress.com).

In addition, the largest PoCUS Workshop ever organized has been a source of awe: the PoCUS One World Workshop ever organized has been a source of awe: the PoCUS One World Workshop (POW!) involved 1726 participants in 69 venues simultaneously, including several ones in underserved areas of the planet offering free PoCUS education. As a tangible sign of the growth of our organization, WINFOCUS membership increased in 2022 by 41%.

Allow me to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks. To our members for their trust in WINFOCUS educational offer and scientific authoritativeness. To WINFOCUS officers for their contribution to the success of our endeavors. To the industry for the generous support of our initiatives. To WINFOCUS Secretariat for their invaluable work at our organization’s service, accomplished with remarkable professionalism.

Several challenges and opportunities await us in 2023: continuing the update and broadening of our educational curricula; launching the new research projects; partnering with other scientific organizations in defining standards for PoCUS practice; strengthening the collaboration with humanitarian organizations; and expanding our network further.

In this Festive Season, let me wish you all a New Year rich in meaningful encounters, joyful moments, professional achievements, generous sharing of our expertise and knowledge, and better care for patients. May we continue to promote together a culture of a clinical-sonographic integrated approach to patients, a PoCUS- augmented physical exam, and further foster PoCUS practice worldwide.

Board of Directors

Photo Gabriele Vita
Gabriele Via

WINFOCUS President 

Lugano, Switzerland
Cardiac Anesthesia and Intensive Care
Cardiocentro Ticino

  • Intensivist, Anesthesiologist
  • Director, WINFOCUS Cardiac Ultrasound Training Program
Dr. Arif Hussain
Arif Hussain

WINFOCUS Former President

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
King Saud University for Health Sciences

  • Head of Cardiac Critical Care King Abdulaziz Medical City
Dr. Anthony J Dean
Anthony J. Dean

General Secretary

Philadelphia, PA, USA
Department of Emergency Medicine

  • Professor Emeritus of Emergency Medicine and of Emergency Medicine in Radiology
  • Board of Directors PURE (Point-of-care Ultrasound in Resource-limited Environments)
Dr. Ramon Nogué
Ramón Nogué

WINFOCUS Treasurer

Lleida, Spain
Professor of Medicine at University of Lleida

  • President at WINFOCUS Iberia
  • Director of Postgraduate training in Clinical Ultrasound
Carmela-Graci
Carmela Graci

WINFOCUS Board Member Advisor

Milan, Italy
Winfocus Milan ITC Director

  • Ao Niguarda Ca’ Granda Hospital, Milan (Italy)
Diego_Martin_Barca
Diego Martin Barca

WINFOCUS Board Member

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Profesor at Argentine Biology and Medicine Ultrasound Society (SAUMB)

  • Director of the Emergency Ultrasound SAUMB Program
  • SAUMB Board Member
Jim-Connolly
James Connolly

WINFOCUS Board Member

Newcastle, United Kingdom
Royal Victoria Infirmary
Department of Emergency Medicine

He specialises in ultrasound in emergency care, medical education (surgical skills) and the annual thoracotomy course (PERT).

Photo Dr. Deepak Govil
Deepak Govil

WINFOCUS Delhi ITO Director

Gurgaon, India
Institute of Critical Care & Aneasthesia Medanta

  • Director – Critical Care Medicine
Dra. Laura Hurtado
Dra. Laura Hurtado

WINFOCUS Board Member

Buenos Aires, Argentina

UNCPBA (Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires) School of Medicine  Professor

  • Ultrasound Instructor  : Hospital Municipal “Dr. Hector Cura” -Olavarría – Argentina
  • Ultrasound Instructor : Hospital Municipal “Dr. Angel Pintos” Azul -Argentina
Larry-Melniker
Lawrence A. Melniker

WINFOCUS Board Member

New York City, NY, USA
New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Vice Chief, Quality Management, Dept of Emergency Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Hospital Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Dr. Miguel Montorfano
Miguel Montorfano

WINFOCUS Latin America Coordinator

Rosario, Argentina
Hospital de Emergencias “Dr. Clemente Alvarez”

  • Chair Ultrasound & Vascular Doppler Department.
Dr. Luca Neri
Luca Neri

WINFOCUS Board Member

Dammam, Saudi Arabia 
King Fahad Specialist Hospital

  • EM Consultant
  • Digital Health Consultant
Julina-Noor
Julina Noor

WINFOCUS Board Member

Shah Alam, Malaysia
Associate Professor Emergency Medicine Universiti Teknologi MARA

President for the Society of Critical Care & Emergency Sonography Malaysia.

Dr_Adi_Osman
Adi Osman

WINFOCUS Malaysia & Indonesia Coordinator

Ipoh ,Perak , Malaysia
Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun
Department of Trauma & Emergency Medicine

  • Senior Consultant Emergency Physician & ED Critical Care
Dr. José Pazeli
José Muniz Pazeli Jr.

WINFOCUS Brazil Coordinator

Estado de Minas Gerais,Brazil
Hospitalar do Estado de Minas Gerais.
Specialist in Intensive Care and Nephrology

  • Coordinator of the CTI of Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Barbacena 

  • Partner-director of the Pró-Renal S/C Ltda.

Philippe Pes
Philippe Pes, MD

WINFOCUS Board Member

Nantes, France
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nantes

Emergency Physician in the prehospital emergency service of universitary hospital of Nantes. Education, Research, Emergency Ultrasound Section coordinator for the west region in France

Gregor_Prosen
Gregor Prosen

WINFOCUS Board Member

Maribor, Slovenia
University Clinical Centre
Emergency department

  • Consultant in EM
Tomas_Villen_Villegas
Tomás Villén

WINFOCUS Board Member

Madrid, Spain
Francisco de Vitoria University

  • Associate Professor.
  • Director of Point of Care Ultrasound Curriculum.
  • Chair of Ultrasound Section of Spanish Society of Emergency Medicine.

Secretariat Team

Davide
Davide Neri

General Manager

Cristina
Cristina Recanses

Marketing and Communication Manager

Quim
Quim Fuster

Communication and Digital Strategist