Dr. Craig Sisson


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Emergency Medicine

Sisson, Craig

Vice Chair of Education, Director of Division of Ultrasound, Professor/Clinical

Personal Statement:

Dr. Sisson graduated from the University of Michigan Honors College in Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 1999. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine, earning his MD in 2003. Following medical school, Dr. Sisson completed a 4-year Emergency Medicine residency at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, RI in 2007 and a Fellowship in Emergency Medicine Ultrasound at Rhode Island Hospital in 2008. From 2008-2011 he was the Ultrasound Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine within the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. He is an American College of Emergency Physicians Fellow and joined the UTHSCSA staff in August 2011 as an Assistant Clinical Professor and Ultrasound Director. Dr. Sisson is currently an Associate Clinical Professor and the Director of the Division of Ultrasound within the Department of Emergency Medicine. He also holds an Adjunct Associate Professorship in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology. He is the Director of the popular EMED4051 Emergency Ultrasound Student Elective, and the Co-Director of the UTSOMSA Longitudinal Medical Student Ultrasound Curriculum. Dr. Sisson was pivotal in the design and development of the UTSOM Center for Clinical Ultrasound Education.


Medical School, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, 2003
Residency, The Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, Providence RI, 2007
Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship, Rhode Island Hospital/University Emergency Medicine Foundation, Providence, RI, 2008


Research interests:
Ultrasound education and competency
Ultrasound spatial orientation training
Ocular ultrasound
Ultrasound applications in the trauma patient
Ultrasound applications in the obese patient
Ultrasound-guided procedures

Awards & Accomplishments

01/2015     Texas Super Doctors Rising Stars 2015
12/2014     Teacher of the Quarter, UTHSCSA Department of Emergency Medicine
09/2010     Faculty Teaching Award East Carolina University Department of Emergency Medicine
09/2010     Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians
09/2009     Faculty Teaching Award East Carolina University Department of Emergency Medicine
09/2006     Chief Resident, Brown University Emergency Medicine Residency
09/2003     Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Induction
09/1999     High Honors, Cellular & Molecular Biologym University of Michigan


06/2014-Present      Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education
11/2011-Present      Academy of Emergency Ultrasound (AEUS)
07/2011-Present      Texas College of Emergency Physicians
09/2009-Present      American College of Emergency Physicians, Ultrasound Section
09/2008-Present      American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
09/2006-11/2011     Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, Ultrasound Section
09/2006-Present      Society of Academic Emergency Medicine
08/2003-Present      American College of Emergency Physicians


Sisson, C. (2010). Electrical Alternans: An Echocardiographic Visual Reference. Accepted and pending publication Acad Em Med

Stone, M., Murphy, M., & Nagdev, A., Sisson, C. (2010). Ultrasound for the detection of guidewire placement during central venous cannulation. Am J Emerg Med. 2010 Jan;28(1):82-4.

Nagdev, A. N., Merchant, R. C. , Tirado-Gonzalez, A., Sisson, C., & Murphy, M. C. (2009). Emergency Department Bedside Ultrasonographic Measurement of the Caval Index for Noninvasive Determination of Low Central Venous Pressure. Annals of Emergency Medicine. Ann Emerg Med. 55(3):290-295

Sisson, C., Nagdev, A., Tirado, A., Murphy, M., & Suner, S. (2009). Ultrasound diagnosis of traumatic partial triceps tendon tear in the emergency department. J Emerg Med. Accepted March 25, 2008, in press, available online.

Nagdev, MD, A., Murphy, MD, M., & Sisson, MD, C. (2008). Bedside ultrasound for the detection of diabetic myonecrosis. Am J Emerg Med, 26, 969.e3-969.e4.

Nagdev, A., Murphy, M., & Sisson, C. (2008). Lack of lung sliding on ultrasound does not always indicate a pneumothorax. Resuscitation, 77, 270.

Sisson, MD, C. & Nagdev, MD, A. (2007). Ultrasound guided central venous access of the internal jugular vein. ACEP News,12-14.

Sisson CA. Chapter 16: Abdominal Free Fluid In: Sisson CA. Point of Care Ultrasound. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2015. p. 174-183.

Sisson C, Nagdev A. Chapter 49: Central Venous Access In: Emergency Medicine Procedures. New York: McGraw Hill; 2013. p. 308 – 327.

Kroll K, Smulowitz P, Sisson C. Mesenteric Ischemia In: Essential Emergency Imaging. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2012. p. 291 – 298.

Sisson C. Explosions: Fireworks In: Sisson C. Disaster Medicine. Mosby Elsevier; 2006. p. 749 – 753.

Sisson C. Explosions: Fireworks (Second Edition) In: Lee D, Sisson CA. Disaster Medicine (Second Edition). Mosby Elsevier; 2016. p. 825-828.

Sisson CA, Ehler B, Pham D, Minard J. Variation by Sex and Body Mass Index in Anterior Positioning of the Acutely Inflamed Appendix in Relation to the Psoas Muscle. 2013 May. p. S149-S149. (Academic Emergency Medicine; vol. 20, no. 5).

Sisson CA, Ehler B, Minard J, Pham D. Determination of Body Mass Index Upper Limit in Adults for the Diagnosis of Acute Appendicitis Using a High Frequency Linear Ultrasound Transducer. 2013 May. p. S251-S251. (Academic Emergency Medicine; vol. 20, no. 5).

Vi Am Dinh et al. Medical Student Core Ultrasound Milestones. J Ultrasound Med 2016;35:421-434.

Vi Am Dinh et al. Integration of Ultrasound in Medical Education at United States Medical Schools. J Ultrasound Med 2016;35:413-419.

The University of Texas 2015 Patient Safety Medical Education Grant Award, Primary Investigator

San Antonio Life Science Institute: Cluster in Research Excellence Program Grant Award, Primary Investigator

Grant Reviews:
04/2013-Present, American Institute of Biological Sciences, External Reviewer