Association of the emergency and critical care physicians interested by ultrasonography

The AURUS (Association des Urgentistes et Réanimateurs intéréssés par l'UltraSonographie) is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 that serves to education in ultrasonography in acute care medicine. It offers continuing courses that are accepted by the swiss accrediting agencies (Swiss Society of Critical Care, Swiss Society of Ultrasound in Medicine).
Courses registration fees allow to finance developpment and maintenance of online course, website, simulators and phantoms.

Founding members

Damien Tagan

Damien is head of the Critical Care Department of Riviera-Chablais hospital and Privat docent at the Faculty of Medicine and Biology of Lausanne University in Switzerland. He is specialized in internal, critical care and emergency medicine. He founded the AURUS which provides ultrasound training to hundreds of clinicians through on-line and live courses for more than 10 years.

Alain Broccard

Alain is a co-founder of the AURUS and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School in the USA. He is specialized in critical care, pulmonary and internal medicine. He is an internationally respected physician/scientist who has been teaching and using point of care ultrasonography in critical care for many years. 

Grégoire Christen

Grégoire is chief physician in the critical care department of the Riviera-Chablais hospital. He is specialized in internal medicine, critical care medicine and point-of-care ultrasonography. He is co-founder of the AURUS and treasurer of the association.

Honorary members and instructors

Yanick Beaulieu

Yanick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Montreal, and a practicing cardiologist-echocardiographer and critical care physician at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal and at the Montreal Heart Institute. He is a member of national and international guideline committees for bedside ultrasound, and has published many articles on the subject.

Thierry Fumeaux

Thierry was chief physician in the department of medicine and intensive care at the Nyon Hospital, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva and president of the Swiss Society of Intensive Medicine. He is an outstanding clinician and teacher who uses ultrasonography in his daily practice and has been organizing practical focused ultrasonography courses for years.

Olivier Grosgurin

Olivier is Privat docent and attending physician in Geneva University Hospitals. He is specialist in internal medicine and emergency medicine. As a POCUS specialist, he has been teaching focused ultrasonography with the AURUS association for many years and is responsible for POCUS teaching and implementation in his institution. He is also becoming active in the POCUS clinical research field.

Gabriele Via

Gabriele is senior consultant in the department of Cardiac Anesthesia & Intensive Care of the Cardiocentro Ticino in Lugano, Switzerland. He is a founding member of WINFOCUS and director of the cardiac ultrasound training program. Gabriele is a passionate educator, international speaker, author of peer-reviewed publications in the field of critical care ultrasound. He is currently serving as WINFOCUS Switzerland President Elect.

Vincent Ribordy

Vincent is Head of the Emergency Department at the Hôpital Fribourgeois (HFR) and Professor at UNIFR. He is specialist in internal medicine, intensive medicine, emergency medicine and POCUS ultrasonography. He has been one of the active tutors since the founding of the AURUS association and has contributed to the promotion of focus ultrasonography in Switzerland.

Kouchiar Azarnoush

Kouchiar is chief physician in the department of internal medicine at the Hôpital Fribourgeois. He has a degree in emergency medicine and in the POCUS and abdominal ultrasonography at the University of Paris V Descartes. As an emergency and internal physician, he promotes the daily use of ultrasonography. He also has a degree in pedagogy from the University of Geneva and is organizing practical ultrasonography courses for many years.

Tania Bolognini

Tania is attending physician in the Internal Medicine Departement of Riviera-Chablais hospital. She is specialized in internal medicine, emergency medicine and point-of-care ultrasonography. 

Philippe Dussoix

Philippe is Head of the Emergency Department at Hospital de la Tour, the largest private medical training center in French-speaking Switzerland. He works as an emergency physician for 20 years and has integrated clinical ultrasound into his practice for approximately 5 years. Convinced of its usefulness as an extension of the clinical exam, he became a POCUS tutor and helps to develop the teaching of this tool to training doctors in emergencies.

Matteo Monti

Matteo is attending physician at the Lausanne University Hospital and Senior Lecturer at the Lausanne School of Medicine. Specialist in Internal Medicine and Medical Education, he published several articles and a book on procedural skills in Internal Medicine. Coordinator in the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of POCUS in Lausanne, he is also active in the POCUS clinical research field.

Marco Rusca

Marco is an attending physician in the intensive care unit of the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) where he is in charge of the coordination, the implementation and the training of transthoracic and tranesophageal echocardiography in ICU of CHUV. He obtained the french DIU of critical care echocardiography in 2008 and the European Diploma in Advanced Critical Care Echocardiography (EDEC) in 2017. He is course director for Swiss Society of Ultrasonography in Medicine (SGUM). 

Huy Tran-Minh

Huy is an Emergency Physician who worked both in Hospital Emergency Room, in Helicopter Medical Squad and in Prehospital Emergency Care in Paris Suburban Area for 15 years where he practiced POCUS in various clinical environments. Convinced of the tremendous advantages of ultrasound in medical daily use, he completed Ultrasonography degrees in vascular, paediatry, abdominal, urology and thyroid. In Fribourg, he is an AURUS instructor and is responsible of POCUS implementation in the HFR Emergency Department.

Lorenzo Gavino

Lorenzo is currently resident in anesthesiology at the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV). He is specialized in internal medicine, intensive care medicine and prehospital emergency medicine. He is an AURUS instructor for basic and advanced echocardiography and also for pleuropulmonary ultrasonography.

Zied Ltaeif

Zied is an attending physician in the intensive care unit of the Lausanne University Hospital. He is a member of the hemodynamic and cardiovascular group. He obtained in 2016 an interuniversity diploma of ultrasonographic techniques in Intensive Care from the University of Lorraine and Loire (Nancy, France).
Since 2020 he is certified as POCUS tutor for basics of emergency, transthoracic and transesophageal cardiac ultrasonography, thoracic ultrasonography and ultrasonography in neuroresuscitation.

Guillaume Carrel

Guillaume is attending physician in the intensive care unit of the Fribourg Hospital. He is specialized in internal and critical care medicine. medicine. He holds a certification in transthoracic echocardiography and pleuropulmonary ultrasonography.

Malik Benmachiche

Malik is specialist in general internal medicine and in intensive care medicine. He is attending physician in the internal medicine service of the CHUV, where he actively participates in the implementation of POCUS. He is a SSUM certified teacher for POCUS in the following topics: basics in emergency echography, focused echocardiography, focused thoracic echography, vascular punctures.


Cercle des Echographistes d'Urgence et de Réanimation Francophones (CEURF)
Founded by Pr Daniel Lichtenstein (Hôpital Ambroise Paré, AP-HP, Paris).

Yanick Lebret (Hôpital de la Tour à Genève) and coll.