Bret P Nelson

Bret P Nelson, MD

  • PROFESSOR | Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine

Dr. Bret Nelson is Professor of Emergency Medicine and System Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is the System Chief of the Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Division. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals in Boston. He received his medical degree from SUNY at Stony Brook, New York. He is chief editor of the ultrasound education website, He has authored a number of books, including the Manual of Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound, Emergency Medicine Oral Board Review Illustrated, The Acute Care Casebook, and The Atlas of Handheld Ultrasound. He is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships. He served on the Board of Directors of the World Interactive Network Focused on Critical Ultrasound (WINFOCUS) and as Chair of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine’s Point of Care Community of Practice. He is on the national faculty of the Difficulty Airway Course. He is active in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)'s Ultrasound Section, and was among the authors of ACEP's 2008 and 2016 Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines.

Dr. Nelson has lectured throughout the world on the use of point-of-care ultrasound to aid medical decision-making and improve patient safety. His research interests include ultrasound and medical education. Dr. Nelson is a recipient of ACEP's National Faculty Teaching Award and the SAEM Ultrasound Faculty Education Award.  He is a Master Educator level member of Mount Sinai’s Institute for Medical Education.

2016: Commendation, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
2014: Academy of Emergency Ultrasound Faculty Education Award, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
2013: National Faculty Teaching Award, American College of Emergency Physicians
2011: Scholar, Harvard Macy Program for Educators in Health Professions
2009: Master Educator, Mount Sinai Institute for Medical Education
2008: Excellence in Teaching, Mount Sinai Institute for Medical Education
2007: Attending of the Year, Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine Residency
2005: Excellence in Teaching, Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine Residency


American Board of Emergency Medicine

Clinical Focus


MD, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine

Residency, Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

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