Bio


Dr. Ghazi-Askar is Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and, by courtesy, of Pediatrics and serves as the Director of Pediatric Ultrasound Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine . As an academic clinical educator in with expertise in pediatric and adult point-of-care ultrasound, Dr. Ghazi-Askar's clinical focus is on children and young adults who seek care in the pediatric emergency department. She is specialty-board certified in pediatric emergency medicine.

At a national level, Dr. Ghazi-Askar is the Chair of Point-of-Care Ultrasound subcommittee for the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD), where she is leading the development of an educational curriculum for pediatric residency point-of-care ultrasound.

Dr. Ghazi-Askar also has expertise in the field of Tele-ultrasound, where she is able to teach point-of-care ultrasound virtually where clinical expertise may otherwise not be available. Here she is able to provide education and health equity when it is most needed.

Clinical Focus


  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Point-of-Care Ultrasound (adult and pediatric)
  • Virtual Teaching; Tele-ultrasound

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Director, Tele-ultrasound Services, Stanford University School of Medicine (2020 - Present)
  • Director, Pediatric Ultrasound Education, Stanford University School of Medicine (2019 - Present)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Advisory board member, Global Ultrasound Institute (2022 - Present)
  • member, AEUS SAEMMIES Subcommittee (2022 - Present)
  • Chair, Point-of-Care Ultrasound Subcommittee Learning Community, Association of Pediatric Program Directors (2020 - Present)
  • member, SAEM Telehealth Interest Group (2020 - Present)
  • member, SAEM Academy of Emergency Ultrasound (2020 - Present)
  • Member, P2 Ultrasound Network (2019 - Present)
  • Member, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group (2019 - Present)
  • Member, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) (2018 - Present)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics (2000 - Present)

Professional Education


  • Fellowship, Alameda Health System, Highland Hospital, Point-of-Care Ultrasound (2018)
  • Subspecialty Board Certification, American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine (2017)
  • Fellowship, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell, Pediatric Emergency Medicine (2003)
  • Pediatric Board Certification, American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (2001)
  • Residency, New York Methodist Hospital, Pediatrics (2000)
  • MD, St. George's University School of Medicine (1997)

Community and International Work


  • Remote share capabilities of hand held ultrasound devices

    Topic

    virtual Ultrasound

    Partnering Organization(s)

    General Electric

    Location

    US

    Ongoing Project

    Yes

    Opportunities for Student Involvement

    Yes

  • TeleUltrasound

    Topic

    virtual Ultrasound

    Partnering Organization(s)

    Aviva Health

    Populations Served

    Family practice physicians

    Location

    US

    Ongoing Project

    Yes

    Opportunities for Student Involvement

    Yes

Research Interests


  • Technology and Education

Projects


  • Implementation of the developed select point of care ultrasound curriculum in residency programs

    Implementation of the developed pediatric point of care ultrasound curriculum in residency programs nationally

    Location

    US

All Publications


  • Procedural Applications of Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Emergency medicine clinics of North America Shaahinfar, A., Ghazi-Askar, Z. M. 2021; 39 (3): 529-554

    Abstract

    Point-of-care ultrasound can improve efficacy and safety of pediatric procedures performed in the emergency department. This article reviews ultrasound guidance for the following pediatric emergency medicine procedures: soft tissue (abscess incision and drainage, foreign body identification and removal, and peritonsillar abscess drainage), musculoskeletal and neurologic (hip arthrocentesis, peripheral nerve blocks, and lumbar puncture), vascular access (peripheral intravenous access and central line placement), and critical care (endotracheal tube placement, pericardiocentesis, thoracentesis, and paracentesis). By incorporating ultrasound, emergency physicians caring for pediatric patients have the potential to enhance their procedural scope, confidence, safety, and success.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.emc.2021.04.006

    View details for PubMedID 34215401

  • Emergency department implementation of abbreviated magnetic resonance imaging for pediatric traumatic brain injury. Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians open Lumba-Brown, A. n., Lee, M. O., Brown, I. n., Cornwell, J. n., Dannenberg, B. n., Fang, A. n., Ghazi-Askar, M. n., Grant, G. n., Imler, D. n., Khanna, K. n., Lowe, J. n., Wang, E. n., Wintermark, M. n. 2020; 1 (5): 994–99

    Abstract

    Pediatric head injury is a common presenting complaint in the emergency department (ED), often requiring neuroimaging or ED observation for diagnosis. However, the traditional diagnostic neuroimaging modality, head computed tomography (CT), is associated with radiation exposure while prolonged ED observation impacts patient flow and resource utilization. Recent scientific literature supports abbreviated, or focused and shorter, brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a feasible and accurate diagnostic alternative to CT for traumatic brain injury. However, this is a relatively new application and its use is not widespread. The aims of this review are to describe the science and applications of abbreviated brain MRI and report a model protocol's development and ED implementation in the evaluation of children with head injury for replication in other institutions.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/emp2.12055

    View details for PubMedID 33145550

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC7593499

  • Pediatric Musculoskeletal Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Everything but the Bones. Pediatric EM Reports.2020 Nov;25 (11) GhaziAskar, z., et al 2020; 25 (11)
  • Anomalous Left Coronary Artery From the Pulmonary Artery Presenting as Dilated Cardiomyopathy With Regional Wall Motion Abnormality on Point-of-Care Ultrasound PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY CARE Shaahinfar, A., Ghazi-Askar, Z. M., Siroker, H., Nagdev, A. 2019; 35 (7): 516–18