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. Sarmiento, RJC, Enriquez, CAG, Jalipa, FG, Piamonte, BL, Diestro, JD, Dioquino, CP et al.. Rocuronium as Neuromuscular Blockade in Tetanus Patients With Methamphetamine Use Disorder: A Case Report. Neurohospitalist. 2022;12 (1):121-126. doi: 10.1177/19418744211022995. PubMed PMID:34950399 PubMed Central PMC8689557.
  2. Robba, C, Wong, A, Poole, D, Al Tayar, A, Arntfield, RT, Chew, MS et al.. Basic ultrasound head-to-toe skills for intensivists in the general and neuro intensive care unit population: consensus and expert recommendations of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. Intensive Care Med. 2021;47 (12):1347-1367. doi: 10.1007/s00134-021-06486-z. PubMed PMID:34787687 PubMed Central PMC8596353.
  3. Stavi, D, Goffi, A, Al Shalabi, M, Piraino, T, Chen, L, Jackson, R et al.. The Pressure Paradox: Abdominal Compression to Detect Lung Hyperinflation in COVID-19 Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2022;205 (2):245-247. doi: 10.1164/rccm.202104-1062IM. PubMed PMID:34748470 PubMed Central PMC8787257.
  4. Jackson, R, Brotherston, D, Jain, A, Douflé, G, Piquette, D, Goffi, A et al.. Teaching Ultrasound at the Point of Care in Times of Social Distancing. ATS Sch. 2021;2 (3):341-352. doi: 10.34197/ats-scholar.2021-0023PS. PubMed PMID:34667984 PubMed Central PMC8519320.
  5. Johnstone, J, Meade, M, Lauzier, F, Marshall, J, Duan, E, Dionne, J et al.. Effect of Probiotics on Incident Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in Critically Ill Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2021;326 (11):1024-1033. doi: 10.1001/jama.2021.13355. PubMed PMID:34546300 PubMed Central PMC8456390.
  6. Rajamani, A, Galarza, L, Sanfilippo, F, Wong, A, Goffi, A, Tuinman, P et al.. Criteria, Processes, and Determination of Competence in Basic Critical Care Echocardiography Training: A Delphi Process Consensus Statement by the Learning Ultrasound in Critical Care (LUCC) Initiative. Chest. 2022;161 (2):492-503. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2021.08.077. PubMed PMID:34508739 .
  7. Cheng, MP, Cau, A, Lee, TC, Brodie, D, Slutsky, A, Marshall, J et al.. Acute Cardiac Injury in Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Other Viral Infections-A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Crit Care Med. 2021;49 (9):1558-1566. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000005026. PubMed PMID:33870918 .
  8. Costamagna, A, Pivetta, E, Goffi, A, Steinberg, I, Arina, P, Mazzeo, AT et al.. Clinical performance of lung ultrasound in predicting ARDS morphology. Ann Intensive Care. 2021;11 (1):51. doi: 10.1186/s13613-021-00837-1. PubMed PMID:33779834 PubMed Central PMC8006629.
  9. Russotto, V, Myatra, SN, Laffey, JG, Tassistro, E, Antolini, L, Bauer, P et al.. Intubation Practices and Adverse Peri-intubation Events in Critically Ill Patients From 29 Countries. JAMA. 2021;325 (12):1164-1172. doi: 10.1001/jama.2021.1727. PubMed PMID:33755076 PubMed Central PMC7988368.
  10. Pivetta, E, Goffi, A, Tizzani, M, Locatelli, SM, Porrino, G, Losano, I et al.. Lung Ultrasonography for the Diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 Pneumonia in the Emergency Department. Ann Emerg Med. 2021;77 (4):385-394. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2020.10.008. PubMed PMID:33461884 PubMed Central PMC7552969.
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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