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Michael Heller

  • PROFESSOR Emergency Medicine
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  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

  • American Board of Internal Medicine


  • MD, SUNY Upstate Medical Center

  • Internship, Internal Medicine
    St. Louis University Hospital

  • Residency, Internal Medicine
    Buffalo General Hospital


    Dr. Heller is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and a pioneer in the area of point of care ultrasonography. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at SUNY Buffalo in 1977 followed by a year of practice which included the Indian Health Service. In 1978 he began his career in academic Emergency Medicine when he joined the new Emergency Medicine Residency at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, California before moving to the University of California at San Francisco in 1979 for three years as Director of the Moffitt Emergency Department at the University Hospital. Continuing his efforts at facilitating the development of the specialty of Emergency Medicine, he joined the University of Pittsburgh’s young Emergency Medicine Program in 1984 where he stayed for more than a decade. At first, he was most involved with establishing that center as perhaps the leading proponent of prehospital care as a sub- specialty within Emergency Medicine as Director of the STAT aeromedical transport team and through a variety of publications highlighting the importance of advanced prehospital care and development of an in-field experience for EM residents. He also began as a regular national and international speaker and author with the Emergency Medicine Abstracts course, a role that he has maintained for more than 25 years.

    Perhaps most significantly, it was in 1988 that a radiology colleague showed him a small, hand held ultrasound unit with a 2 inch screen he had developed and wondered if it might have application in the Emergency Department. The next 20 years would be spent establishing point of care ultrasound as a recognized part of the specialty, often despite the determined resistance of colleagues in Radiology. He organized and taught the first course in bedside ultrasound at an ACEP Scientific Assembly in Chicago, circa 1991 followed by hundreds of courses at SAEM national and regional meetings, community hospitals, and academic centers as well as invited lectures in Europe, Israel, South America and Australia. The ACEP Section of Ultrasound was founded by Dr. Heller in 1996 ; he served 2 consecutive terms as the first president. The SAEM Ultrasound Interest Group soon followed and the first formal Curriculum for Ultrasound Training was published in 2001 with Dr. Heller as the lead author. The first text on Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine was published(with that title) in 1995, authored by Dr. Heller with Dr. Dietrich Jehle. A second book, “Ultrasonography in Trauma: the FAST Exam” also co-authored with Dr. Jehle, appeared 8 years later, in 2003.

    Moving from Pittsburgh to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1993 Dr. Heller founded the Emergency Medicine Residency at St. Luke’s Hospital there and served as Program Director for the next 13 years publishing articles and contributing chapters on a variety of topics, while continuing his special interest in point-of-care ultrasound. Coming to Beth Israel Hospital in 2008 as Director of Emergency Ultrasound (where he won the Faculty Teaching Award) Dr. Heller continues to be active in teaching and research; among other things, he serves as Director of Research and author of the Residency’s Journal Club and Critical Appraisal Series. The title he remains most proud of is the simplest: Core Faculty.


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    Faculty Recognition Award
    St Luke's Hospital

  • 2009 - 2009
    Attending Faculty Teaching Award
    Beth Israel Emergency Medicine Residency

  • 1983 - 1984
    Whale of a Teacher Award
    University of Pittsburgh


Emergency Ultrasound

Since 1991, Dr. Heller has spend over 20 years establishing point of care ultrasound as a recognized part of the Emergency Medicine at an international, national, and regional level.  He is Director of Research at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

Dr. Heller continues to have research interests in Emergency Ultrasound, Emergency Cardiology and Emergency Medicine Education.


Zhang Z, Fleischer-Black J, Goldstein D, Preblick C, Heller M. Subdural Empyema with Pneumocephaly from Acute Mastoiditis in a Healthy Adult: A Rare Complication of a Rare Disease. Am J Emerg Med 2015 January;.

Wang C, Baranchuk N, Heller M. Subcutaneous Hematoma Under Tension: A Bedside Intervention. Am J Emerg Med 2014 Nov; 32(11): 1436.e1-2.

Tran C, Heller M, Berger A, Habboushe J. Hurricane Sandy: How Did We Do? Assessing a Manhattan Hospital’s Response. . Frontiers in Public Health, Section of Disaster and Emergency Medicine 2014 July 25; 2(90).

Heller M, Faustini A. Hemorrhagic Transfrmation of a Plunging Ranula: An Unusual Cause of a Rapidly Enlarging Neck Mass. Am Jnl Emerg Med 2014 June;.

Punja M, McWey R, Heller M. Lytic Leison. Journal of Emergency Medicine 2013; 44(1): 179-180.

Albrecht A, Jacoby J, M H, J S, S M. Do emergency physicians admit more or fewer patients on busy days. Jrnl of Emergency Medicine 2011; 41(6): 709-712.

Heller M. Unhelmeted motorcyclists: Do they Really Cost Us a Dime?. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2009 December; 54(6): 849-860.

Salen P, Heller M, Oller C, Reed J. The Impact of Routine Cognitive Screening by Using the Clock Drawing Task in the Evaluation of Elderly Patients in the Emergency Department. The Jnl of Emerg Med 2009; 37(1): 8-12.

Jacob S, Jacoby J, Heller M, Stoltzfus J. Physician and Patient Perspectives on Ambulance Utilization.. Prehospital Emergency Care 2008 Apr-Jun; 12(2): 176-181.

Quazi S, Eberhardt M, Jacoby J, Heller M. Are Racial Disparities in ED Analgesia Improving? Evidence from a National Database. American Journal of Emergency Medicine 2008; 26(4): 462-4.

Jacoby JL, Cesta M, Heller M. Can EM Residents Detect Acute DVT with a Limited Two-Site Ultrasound Exam?. J Emerg Med 2007 Feb; 32(2): 197-200.

Jacoby JL, Nichols J, Heller M. Etomidate vs Midazolam for Pre-Hospital Intubation: A Prospective Randomized Trial. Annals of Emergency Medicine June 2006; 46(6): 525-30.

Axelband J, Jacoby JL, Heller M. ED Electrical Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation: Cardiologists are Shocked:. J Emerg Med 2005` Nov; 29(4): 27-30.

Heller MB, Madavia D, Tayall V. Residency Training in Emergency Ultrasound: Fulfilling the Mandate. Academic Emergency Medicine 2002; 9: 835-839.

Pancu D, Davenport M, Roth K, Heller MB. EPs Do Not Accept the Strategy of “Lumbar Puncture First” in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. Amer J Emerg Med 2004; 22: 115-117.

White J, Heller MB. Performance of an expedited rhythm control method for recent onset atrial fibrillation in a community hospital. American Journal of Emergency Medicine 2015 April;.

Heller M. Emergency ultrasound: out of the acoustic shadows. Annals of emergency medicine 1997 Mar; 29(3).

Heller M, Melanson S, Patterson J, Raftis J. Impact of emergency medicine resident training in ultrasonography on ultrasound utilization. The American journal of emergency medicine 1999 Jan; 17(1).

Industry Relationships

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Dr. Heller did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2014 and/or 2015: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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