Elmo

Elmo Fabiano Monteiro Pereira Júnior

Some burn damp faggots, others may consume
The entire combustible world in one small room …
What made us dream that he could comb grey hair?
W. B. Yeats

For the second time in as many months, the PoCUS community is saddened by the loss of one of its exponents and WINFOCUS has lost a beloved member of its family. On April 23rd, 2024 Elmo Pereira was taken from us before his time. He was one the special few whose life burnt so brightly as to seem to “consume the entire combustible world in one small room”.

Elmo attended the Colégio Santo Agostinho in Nova Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, and from there went on to Medical School at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, graduating in 2009. He subsequently practiced and studied Critical Care Medicine, specializing in Point-of-Care ultrasound, becoming one of the youngest ever fully qualified intensivists in his country.

He was a beacon in his profession and adored by his trainees. His encyclopedic knowledge was combined with clinical acumen. Beyond book-learning, Elmo’s gentleness gave him a gracious bedside manner, profoundly comforting to his patients. He was a role model of the physician who remembers that it is as important “often to comfort” as it is “sometimes to cure”. His humility and unassuming demeanor allowed him to be approached with equal ease by medical students and senior colleagues. He had a knack for understanding a problem, simplifying it, and simultaneously formulating its solution, making him natural teacher.

He had a creative understanding of IT, social media, and communications technology that allowed him to easily incorporate them into brilliant educational material, which he did in his company ARGO, selling review courses to physicians preparing for the Brazilian Critical Care Board exams. Demand for the courses has far exceeded the available slots due both to the high success rate of those who attended the course and to Elmo’s immense popularity as a teacher.

Elmo was an early adopter of PoCUS, and rapidly became a master and teacher in its use in Critical Care. This led to membership in WINFOCUS, where he was an integral member of the team that brought ultrasound machines and longitudinal PoCUS training courses to over 400 providers and healthcare settings in remote and resource-poor areas of Minas Gerais. Elmo was an active member of the WINFOCUS Board of Directors for many years. He was instrumental in operationalizing the WF Academy with its radical reworking of our PoCUS educational program.

Elmo was loved for his easy humor and zest for life. He had a warmth and an easy smile that he bestowed on everyone around him. He was modest and compassionate so that in his company one felt his acceptance and respect. Few had an inkling that they were in the presence of a giant. Elmo was deeply generous. In addition to his own child, he is survived by three children that he adopted from profoundly disadvantaged backgrounds.

With Elmo’s passing we have lost a friend; our field has lost a leader and a teacher, and our world has lost a precious soul who brightened the life of those around him without ever giving away his own pain. He departed after a long struggle with chronic illness. We hope that he is in a better place. We send our deepest condolences to his children and his inner circle of family and friends, for whom this loss must be so much more grievous than our own.

WINFOCUS Board of Directors & Executive Committee