Dr. Grant Nelson
Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship Director
Emergency Ultrasound Director
Desert Regional Medical Center
Grant Nelson is a board-certified emergency physician, fellowship trained in emergency and critical care ultrasound. He currently serves as Emergency Ultrasound Director, Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship Director, and core faculty for the emergency medicine residency at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, CA. During his time at DRMC Dr. Nelson has received multiple awards and recognition for his creative and engaging teaching methods. An experienced game and web developer, he has channeled his passion to teach into the creation of novel projects including a science-fiction first-person exploration game based on learning bedside echocardiography and a grant-funded virtual reality emergency room treasure hunt orientation. Over the past four years Dr. Nelson has been exploring various approaches to simulate and improve ultrasound education including creation of an integrated web+VR ultrasound curriculum platform. Currently he is working closely with University of Minnesota’s Division of Cardiac Anesthesiology and The Visible Heart Lab to develop transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography simulators using anatomically-accurate heart models capable of teaching advanced techniques and principles. Emphasizing performance for standalone headsets, gamified feedback loops, assistive techniques, eye-tracking, and real-time multiplayer with voice chat, Dr. Nelson envisions a comprehensive longitudinal ultrasound education available for anyone, no matter where they are.