The Society of Point of Care Ultrasound
2020-2021 Board of Directors
SPOCUS has brought together clinicians & students from many specialties, practices, and walks of life, all of who are united in their passion for point-of-care ultrasound. Our members recognize the great value that ultrasound offers to our patients, and our practice. We are fortunate to have a board of directors comprised of experienced practitioners with skills and knowledge in the practice, education, and administration of point-of-care ultrasound, who are listening to the needs of our members and always pushing to expand POCUS into undiscovered realms.
President- Fritz Fuller, PA-C, MPH&TM, EMT-P, CAQ-EM
Fritz decided that after mediocre careers in fast food and pizza delivery thought perhaps the military had something to offer. He was an Air Force Medic (Operation Desert Shield), a former firefighter/paramedic, and a 1999 graduate of the University of Washington's PA program in Seattle. He was one of the first PAs to practice A&E Medicine with the NHS in England in 2004. He's spent the majority of his career in rural and remote locations including IHS in New Mexico, rural Washington, Vermont, New York and 5 years with the US State Department in Laos and Uzbekistan, and Peace Corps Cameroon. He's had academic positions with Madigan Army Medical Center, Penn State Hershey and currently is in the Division of Emergency Medicine at University of Utah. Fritz attended a 3rd Rock Ultrasound course in Vienna, Austria. This is where the ultrasound zeal really took root. Ironically this course was taught by Tom Cooke who launched the stratospheric career of Mike Mallin. He is now one of two non-physicians teaching for 3rd Rock Ultrasound.
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Past-President, Co-Founder - Jonathan Monti, DSc, PA-C, RDMS
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Jon graduated from Gannon University with a BS in PA Studies in 1999. After several years of jumping from perfectly good aircraft while assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and 173rd Airborne Brigade, he completed an Emergency Medicine PA Residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, earning his Doctorate of Science in Emergency Medicine from Baylor University in 2008. Jon attended the Army's Emergency/Critical Care Ultrasound fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center in 2014, and served as the Director of the EMPA Residency Program and Deputy Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Program at Madigan Army Medical Center prior to his retirement from the military.
Jon has served as a member on a number of collabortive committees across the POCUS realm and has been educating clinicians in POCUS for a decade. His passions include teaching and the execution of research that demonstrates the value and versatility of POCUS. He is currently conducting research involving non-physician training/employment of POCUS as an employee of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine.
President-Elect - Patrick Bafuma, PA-C
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Director at Large - Laura Blesse Hampton, PA-C
Laura Blesse-Hampton's medical background includes hematology/oncology, gastroenterology and surgery. She is currently clinically active with the Cleveland Clinic in their pre-anesthesia clinic. Blesse-Hampton serves as the faculty advisor for the Baldwin Wallace University Physician Assistant Student Society (BWUPASS). She has been published by the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA) and has acted as a peer reviewer for the journal since 2010. She has also served as subject matter expert and exam review participant for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) since 2015. In October 2018, she was awarded the Jerry A. Greco, PA-C Memorial PA Educator of the Year by the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants. In May 2019, she was awarded the Golden Probe Award in recognition of her contributions and service to the SPOCUS mission.
Aaron is an Ultrasound Leadership Academy graduate. While he enjoys discussing all things ultrasound, currently he is particularly interested in incorporating musculoskeletal US into acute care settings and developing training and credentialing programs for both practice and educational settings.