Hani Kuttab recognized for contributions to national ultrasound conference

Dr. Hani Kuttab was honored with the 2022 Shazam Award from the Society of Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships (SCUF) at its annual national meeting this month in Madison, Wisconsin. This award is given each year to an individual who has delivered amazing, timely and impactful work for the organization.

The Division of Emergency Ultrasound at the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine, led by Drs. Sara Damewood and Hani Kuttab, with the support of program assistants Taylor Johnson and Emily Johnson, hosted the annual meeting (dubbed SCUF22) from Sept. 13-15, 2022. This was the first time the Department has hosted a national conference of this magnitude.

More than 250 physicians and vendors from across the country descended upon Madison’s Monona Terrace and Convention Center for the 2022 annual conference for SCUF, the leading national society among the Clinician Performed Ultrasound community. SCUF aims to support collaboration and to foster advanced training through one- and two-year fellowships.

The three-day conference took more than a year to plan and significant coordination between UW as conference hosts and SCUF leadership. A pre-conference kicked off the week on Tuesday, September 13, and included an ultrasound technology summit, program updates, and a series of lectures and breakout sessions for junior faculty and fellows. Dozens of speakers took the stage on days two and three of the conference to discuss a range of topics, including emerging ultrasound trends, innovations in education, leadership in academic medicine, and creating an inclusive ultrasound community.

Dr. Kuttab spearheaded the conference’s digital strategy. Not only did he develop a website for the conference (scufconference.com), he also led a registration campaign and live-tweeted the full conference from the official SCUF Twitter account. His experience developing and managing the Division’s educational website (madtownsono.emed.wisc.edu) and Twitter (@MadtownSono) helped him take on the responsibilities for SCUF22.

SCUF’s board of directors expressed their gratitude for Dr. Kuttab’s and the Division’s contributions, saying, “We would like to give many many thanks to the University of Wisconsin team led by Sara Damewood for their efforts and tremendous amount of time and attention to making this conference happen.”

About Dr. Hani Kuttab

Dr. Kuttab joined the ultrasound faculty at the University of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine after a one-year fellowship with the department in which he focused on resuscitation in sepsis, ultrasound research, advanced echo applications, and ultrasound in medical education. Having obtained bachelor’s degrees in communication and molecular and cellular biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Kuttab completed his medical degree at Chicago’s Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He continued in Chicago for his residency with the University of Chicago Medical Center, serving as chief resident his third year.

In addition to creating and managing the Madtown Sono digital initiative for the Division of Emergency Ultrasound at the UW, Dr. Kuttab serves as Head of Audio Production for Ultrasound G.E.L. (Gathering Evidence from the Literature), a podcast for learning about recent literature in the field of point-of-care ultrasound.