PEM POCUS at SickKids

About Us

What is Point-of-Care Ultrasound?

  • Ultrasonography brought to the patient and performed by a health care provider in conjunction with the clinical examination in real time.
  • Allows findings to be directly correlated with the patient’s presenting signs and symptoms.
  • Allows real-time dynamic image interpretation (rather than images recorded by a sonographer and interpreted later).
  • Allows goal-directed, simplified, problem-based assessments (generally qualitative and binomial; rather than quantitative and descriptive).
  • Allows the provider to maintain expected workflow (time sensitive and repeatable).
  • Allows images to be archived for clinical, education, research and quality assurance purposes.
  • Allows for safer procedures with needle visualization and procedure mapping.


Associated terms for POCUS include clinical ultrasound, bedside ultrasound, focused ultrasound, emergency ultrasound and limited ultrasound.

Who Uses POCUS Today?

POCUS is used by a growing number of paediatric specialities 

  • Anesthesia
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Neonatology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Respirology
  • Rheumatology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Urology

Our Team

Dr. Maya Harel-Sterling

POCUS Director

Dr. Lianne McLean

Technology & AI Lead

Dr. Greg Harvey

Technology & Hardware Lead

Dr. Mark Tessaro

Credentialing & Quality Assurance Lead

Dr. Michelle Lee

Global Outreach Lead

Dr. Maya Capua


Dr. Alisha Jamal

Community Outreach Lead

Dr. Horton Lee


Dr. Danielle A.S. Holmes


Dr. Joel Gupta


Current Fellows

Dr. Charlene Bularan


Dr. Keren Shahar-Nissan

Tel Aviv, Israel

Dr. Ruaa Bakhsh

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Noa Kvatinsky

Haifa, Israel

Friends of POCUS