Conference Faculty

Michael Blaivas M.D.

Upon graduation from medical school, Dr. Blaivas entered an emergency medicine residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He went on to attend the only emergency ultrasound fellowship in existence at that time and after fellowship progressed to become a pioneer of emergency ultrasound. He has published over 140 peer reviewed articles on emergency ultrasound, edited several books and created multiple multi-media educational products. Along with his research interests Dr. Blaivas has been active in multiple medical societies and is a founding member of the World Interactive Network For Critical Ultrasound (WINFOCUS) and Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME), having served as president of both. Dr. Blaivas is active in building educational and policy-making relationships between societies in a variety of medical specialties through the world.

Erika L. Blanck, D.P.T., A.T.C.

Erika L. Blanck, D.P.T., A.T.C., is a research assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the USC School of Medicine. In addition, she is the director of the School of Medicine’s Gift of Body program. She is one of the core instructors for the human medical embryology and gross anatomy course taught at the School of Medicine.

Floyd E. Bell, III, MD, “Tripp”

Dr. Bell received his undergraduate education from Furman University and his Medical Degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (USC SOM).  He completed a Transitional Year Internship at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and a Diagnostic Radiology Residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC.  Dr. Bell worked in private practice for a Radiology group in Columbia, SC for five years before becoming a resident in the Preventive Medicine Residency at USC SOM.  He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at USC SOM where he also helps with the Gross Anatomy course.  Dr. Bell’s research interests include Ultrasound in Medical Education.

Noel T. Boaz M.D., PhD

Noel Boaz, M.D., Ph.D., is an affiliate research professor of anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University and for the past two years was a professor of anatomy and the head of medical education at the Libyan International Medical University in Benghazi, Libya. He is president and CEO of the Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine.

Dr. Robert M. DePhilip, Ph.D.

Dr. DePhilip is an Associate Professor in the Division of Anatomy and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He serves as course director for the first year medical anatomy course at Ohio State and has worked to incorporate gross anatomy “vertically” in the medical curriculum by offering anatomy workshops in the third year for clinical procedures and general surgery, in the fourth year for anatomy electives, and specialized training in various residency programs. His interest in ultrasound has paralleled these teaching experiences with the goal of enhancing the anatomical basis for the interpretation of ultrasound images.

Richard Goodwin Ph.D.

Richard Goodwin, Ph.D., is course director of the medical embryology and gross anatomy class at the USC School of Medicine. In addition to teaching, he also directs an active research lab that investigates the mechanisms of cardiovascular development and disease. He has incorporated several ultrasound technologies into both his research and teaching.


Richard A. Hoppmann, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Richard A. Hoppmann, M.D., F.A.C.P., is currently Professor of Medicine and Dean of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  Dr. Hoppmann is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.  He is Director of the Ultrasound Institute at the University of South Carolina and principle investigator on multiple ultrasound grants totaling over $1 million.  He has introduced an integrated ultrasound curriculum (iUSC) over four years of medical student education and has helped develop an ultrasound training program for primary care physicians in rural South Carolina.  He is founder and served as the first President of the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education.  He serves on the board of WINFOCUS and chairs the UNITED education project.  Dr. Hoppmann has multiple publications focusing on ultrasound in medical education.

Duncan Howe, Phd

Duncan Howe, Ph.D., has for the past three years served as the Coordinator of Ultrasound Programs at the USC School of Medicine Ultrasound Institute.  This has involved development of ultrasound training programs for medical students, residents, rural providers, Free Clinic physicians, and paramedics.  Prior to this he coordinated  community health and student education programs in primary care centers in rural SC and was the medical physicist for the USC School of Medicine Radiology Department.

Rich Goodwin, Phd

Dr. Goodwin is currently the course director of the Medical Embryology and Gross Anatomy class at USC’s School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Indiana University and his PhD in Biology from USC. After a post doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he returned to Columbia to take a faculty position at the School of Medicine. In addition to his teaching duties, he also directs an active research lab that investigates the mechanisms of cardiovascular development and disease. He has incorporated several ultrasound technologies into both his research and teaching.

Frederick William Kremkau, Ph.D.

Frederick W. Kremkau is Professor and Director of the Program for Medical Ultrasound at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has conducted research in ultrasonic molecular absorption mechanisms, acoustic properties of tissue, biological effects of ultrasound, ultrasonic cancer therapy, sonographic artifacts and safety of diagnostic ultrasound. He has authored over 200 journal articles, book chapters, and audiovisual packages. He authors the textbook, Sonography Principles and Instruments, which is in its 8th edition, and the annual article on ultrasound for World Book Encyclopedia. He is a Past President of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.


Andrew Payer PhD

Dr. Payer is Director of the Human Body Structure and Function Module in the year-one medical curriculum at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.  The curriculum integrates clinical anatomy, embryology, microanatomy, physiology and neuroscience.

Dr. Payer’s primary education commitment is in clinical anatomy with an emphasis on utilization of medical imaging (radiographs, MRI, CT and ultrasonography) to apply anatomical knowledge to clinical problems. Students will have hands-on opportunities to use ultrasonography as they study in the anatomy lab.

His research interests are in medical education using new instructional modalities and technologies. He directs the state-of-the-art anatomy laboratory facility in the medical education building. This facility is used for undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education and continuing medical education. During his 35 years in medical education, Dr. Payer has been involved in planning, implementing and evaluating medical curricular changes and innovations at the course, institutional and national level in traditional medical education programs, problem-based medical curricula and hybrid medical curricula.

Mary Beth Poston M.D.

Dr. Poston 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 and is Director of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine curriculum.  Additional interests include ultrasound in medical education and increasing physical activity in primary care.

Victor Rao, MBBS, DMRD, RDMS

Dr. Victor Rao 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

Shaun Riffle M.F.A.

Shaun Riffle, M.F.A., is the production manager for the Office of Curricular Affairs and Media Resources at the USC School of Medicine. He joined the School of Medicine in 2000 and currently works with the production of educational films, animations and interactive media that enhances the ultrasound curriculum at the School of Medicine.

James R. Wells, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Wells completed college and received a medical degree at the University of Florida. After completing an otolaryngology residency and a fellowship in head and neck surgery in the military, Dr. Wells joined CENTA medical group in Columbia, South Carolina. In 1986 he became a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine. In 2001 he joined the USC Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy as a Research Professor in Anatomy. Dr Wells continues to teach medical students and surgery residents in clinical otolaryngology at Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC), where he is the Division Chief. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Surgery since 1991 and is the Chairman of the Cancer Committee at Dorn VAMC. Dr Wells’ interests include polymer preservation and the integration of gross anatomy into the four year medical curriculum. He is the father of three and a husband to Karen for thirty seven years.

L. Britt Wilson, Phd

Dr. Wilson received his PhD in Physiology from LSU Medical Center in New Orleans, LA. He did a post-doctoral fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical School and joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2002 where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience.  He has over 40 research and educations publications. He has served as course director for Medical Physiology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine for 9 years.  He has been the recipient of the MI Teacher of the Year and the O’Neill Barrett Teaching Excellence Award.