Laleh Gharahbaghian, MD

Emergency medicine doctor

Bio:   Dr. Laleh Gharahbaghian was born in Iran and came to the United States at the young age of 3, growing up in San Diego where she became an avid beachgoer and body surfer. She started volunteering at various community organizations, including the AIDS Foundation and San Diego's Youth and Community Services, at the age of 16 due to her commitment for giving back to the community in areas where not many would tread. This is why she created the Determined Advocates for Social Health at UCSD while an undergraduate, which began her interest in the field of medicine. Working in the 911 dispatch center and on a paramedic unit in the years before entering medical school, her interest in emergency medicine flourished.

She is an academic emergency physician who completed her fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound in 2007 at Stanford and remained on the Stanford faculty, now serving as Assistant Medical Director for Emergency Imaging and the Director of the Emergency Ultrasound program and fellowship. Her interests include ultrasound in medical education, quality improvement, resident education, and simulation-based ultrasound training, including procedural skills training and case-based learning for ultrasound interpretation and integration. Her research involves the study of various point-of-care ultrasound applications in the management of critical patients, in the screening of trauma patients, and in its education through simulation models. She is a leader in the national bedside ultrasound educational impact, has lead several very successful educational innovations in emergency ultrasound, including her internationally-known blog,, and being the first to create an educational opportunity through gamification with SonoDoc. She has co-directed UltraFest, a free national medical student ultrasound symposium at Stanford, and travels internationally to provide educational sessions on ultrasound applications and integration into emergency practice and rural village clinics. She continues to direct bi-annual ultrasound CME workshops and instruct at several successful national CME ultrasound workshops, including at the national scientific assembly for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and Stanford's Point-of-Care Ultrasound Workshop. She is the Co-Chair of ACEP's Ultrasound Section Newsletter that publishes interesting cases and topics in bedside ultrasound quarterly and is a Faculty Mentor in the Chief Resident and Fellowship Incubator for the internationally known Academic Life in Emergency Medicine group. While working in the emergency department and caring for her patients, she continues to be an advocate for social health, providing the highest quality of care, and ensuring that all patients and their family members feel assured that they are in good hands.

Emergency Department

  • 900 Quarry Road Extension
  • Stanford, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-723-5111
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Professional Education

  • Residency: UCI Medical Center Dept of Emergency Medicine (2007) CA
  • Medical Education: UC Irvine School of Medicine (2004) CA
  • Board Certification: Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine (2008)
  • MD, Stanford University Med Ctr, Emergency Ultrasound fellowship (2008)
  • MD, UC Irvine School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine (2007)

Honors & Awards

  • Annual Faculty Clinical Teaching- Honorable Mention, Stanford Emergency Medicine (2015)
  • Top Section Editor of the Year, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine (2014)
  • Alumni of the Year, University of California, Irvine, Department of Emergency Medicine (2012)
  • Quarterly Faculty Clinical Teaching Award, Stanford Emergency Medicine (2012)
  • Annual Faculty Clinical Teaching Award, Stanford Emergency Medicine (2011)
  • Quarterly Faculty Clinical Teaching Award, Stanford Emergency Medicine (2007)
  • Resident of the Year, University of California, Irvine, Department of Emergency Medicine (2007)
  • Cal-ACEP Scientific Assembly Best Research Project, CalACEP (2006)
  • Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Applause Award for Outstanding Service, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center (2005)

Administrative Appointments

  • Assistant Medical Director, Emergency Imaging, Department of Emergency Medicine (2016 - Present)
  • Radiology Liaison, Department of Emergency Medicine (2014 - 2016)
  • Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship (2013 - Present)
  • Director, Stanford Emergency Ultrasound (2011 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship (2008 - 2013)
  • Associate Director, Stanford Emergency Ultrasound (2008 - 2011)