Alberto Goffi


Project Investigator


Alberto Goffi, MD, is a Staff Physician at St. Michael’s Hospital – Unity Health Toronto and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Medicine and Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine (IDCCM). Alberto obtained his MD from the University of Turin, Italy, where he also completed his General Internal Medicine Residency. He then completed a Fellowship in the Adult Critical Care Medicine Program at the University of Toronto and the Master Teacher Program at the University of Toronto. His clinical and academic interests include neurocritical care and point-of-care ultrasound in acute care medicine, with a focus on the clinical utility of ultrasound in critical care medicine and optimal teaching strategies for its competency achievement. He is the co-director of the IDCCM BASIC (Bedside Assessment by Sonography in Critical Care Medicine) Critical Care Ultrasound Curriculum ( and, together with Dr. Neill Adhikari, the co-lead of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) Adult Critical Care Medicine fellowship.

Alberto loves travelling for teaching; he has already taught ultrasound and neurocritical care in five different continents. In 2015, he won the Young Lecturer Award at the ESICM annual meeting. In 2019, he was selected as the recipient of the Frank S. Rutledge Award of Excellence in Critical Care Teaching. Outside of work, Alberto has a passion for creating logos and drawings digitally; the IDCCM logo is one of his creations.

Recent Publications

  1. Robba, C, Poole, D, Citerio, G, Taccone, FS, Rasulo, FA, Consensus on brain ultrasonography in critical care group et al.. Brain Ultrasonography Consensus on Skill Recommendations and Competence Levels Within the Critical Care Setting. Neurocrit Care. 2019; :. doi: 10.1007/s12028-019-00766-9. PubMed PMID:31264072 .
  2. Ambasta, A, Balan, M, Mayette, M, Goffi, A, Mulvagh, S, Buchanan, B et al.. Education Indicators for Internal Medicine Point-of-Care Ultrasound: a Consensus Report from the Canadian Internal Medicine Ultrasound (CIMUS) Group. J Gen Intern Med. 2019;34 (10):2123-2129. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05124-1. PubMed PMID:31240603 PubMed Central PMC6816798.
  3. Robba, C, Goffi, A, Geeraerts, T, Cardim, D, Via, G, Czosnyka, M et al.. Brain ultrasonography: methodology, basic and advanced principles and clinical applications. A narrative review. Intensive Care Med. 2019;45 (7):913-927. doi: 10.1007/s00134-019-05610-4. PubMed PMID:31025061 .
  4. Cao, S, Ladowski, S, Goffi, A, Lee, C, Mema, B, Parshuram, C et al.. What do non-critical care residents actually learn during an intensive care unit rotation: time to find out!. Can J Anaesth. 2019;66 (8):874-876. doi: 10.1007/s12630-019-01360-5. PubMed PMID:30945106 .
  5. Pivetta, E, Goffi, A, Nazerian, P, Castagno, D, Tozzetti, C, Tizzani, P et al.. Lung ultrasound integrated with clinical assessment for the diagnosis of acute decompensated heart failure in the emergency department: a randomized controlled trial. Eur. J. Heart Fail. 2019;21 (6):754-766. doi: 10.1002/ejhf.1379. PubMed PMID:30690825 .
  6. Cereda, M, Xin, Y, Goffi, A, Herrmann, J, Kaczka, DW, Kavanagh, BP et al.. Imaging the Injured Lung: Mechanisms of Action and Clinical Use. Anesthesiology. 2019;131 (3):716-749. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000002583. PubMed PMID:30664057 PubMed Central PMC6692186.
  7. Pichette, M, Goffi, A. A 45-Year-Old Man With Severe Respiratory Failure After Cardiac Arrest. Chest. 2018;153 (6):e133-e137. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2017.12.030. PubMed PMID:29884275 .
  8. Lane, S, Paskar, D, Hamed, S, Goffi, A. When Guidelines Fail: Euglycemic Diabetic Ketoacidosis After Bariatric Surgery in a Patient Taking a Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter-2 Inhibitor: A Case Report. A A Pract. 2018;11 (2):46-48. doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000000734. PubMed PMID:29634546 .
  9. McCredie, VA, Shrestha, GS, Acharya, S, Bellini, A, Singh, JM, Hemphill, JC et al.. Evaluating the effectiveness of the Emergency Neurological Life Support educational framework in low-income countries. Int Health. 2018;10 (2):116-124. doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihy003. PubMed PMID:29506188 PubMed Central PMC5856183.
  10. Goffi, A, Kruisselbrink, R, Volpicelli, G. The sound of air: point-of-care lung ultrasound in perioperative medicine. Can J Anaesth. 2018;65 (4):399-416. doi: 10.1007/s12630-018-1062-x. PubMed PMID:29411300 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine and Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Department of Medicine, Division of Critical Care Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada