James H. Moak, MD, RDMS


Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director, Clinical Professional Development
Director, Medical Student Clerkship
Director, UVA-Guatemala Initiative
Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship

P.O. Box 800699
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0699
Phone: (434) 924-8485
Fax: (434) 924-2877
E-mail:  james.moak@virginia.edu



  • B.A. History, Yale University (1989)
  • M.D. University of Mississippi (1999)
  • Residency, Emergency Medicine, Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland, Ca (2003)

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Resident and medical student education
  • Diagnostic emergency ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-guided vascular access
  • Evidence based medicine
  • Clinical decision-making

National Activities

  • Chair, SAEM Ultrasound Interest Group, 2009-10
  • Chair, SAEM Ultrasound Interest Group Fellowship Committee, 2010-11
  • Member, ACEP Ultrasound Section Fellowship Curriculum Committee, 2011-Present
  • Elected Member,  Executive Board for Ultrasound Fellowship Website (eusfellowships.com), 2011-present

Selected Publications

  • Moak JH*, Larese SR, Riordan JP, Sudhir A, Yan G.   Training in Transvaginal Sonography Using Pelvic Ultrasound Simulators versus Live Models: A Randomized Controlled Trial.  Acad Med July, 2014; 89(7):1063-1068. Cited 0 times, IF = 3.292, Ranking education and scientific disciplines 2 of 34, Ranking health care of sciences 7 of 83.
  • Lewiss R*, Tayal V, Hoffmann B, Kendall J, Liteplo A, Moak JH, Panebianco N, Noble V.  The Core Content of Clinical Ultrasonography Fellowship Training.  Acad Emer Med.  2014; 21(4):456-461. Cited 0 times, IF = 1.757, Ranking emergency medicine 7 of 25.  Dr. Moak authored the section on clinical ultrasonography training with non-emergency medicine specialties.
  • Moak JH, Rajkumar J, Woods WA.  The Wire Is Really Easy to See (WIRES): Sonographic Visualization of the Guide Wire by Novices.  Can J Emer Med [pending publication]
  • Moak JH, Silverberg B, Vaughan A.  Ultrasound-Guided Hip Arthrocentesis In A Child With Hip Pain And Fever. West J Emer Med; [pending publication]
  • Moak JH, Lyons ME, Lindsell CJ.  Bedside renal ultrasound in the evaluation of suspected ureterolithiasis.  Am J Emer Med 2012 Jan;30(1):218-21
  • Moak JH, Lyons MS, Wright SW, Lindsell CJ.  Needle and guidewire visualization in ultrasound-guided internal jugular vein cannulation.  Am J Emer Med 2011: 29(4):432-6.
  • Moak JH, Gaspari RJ, Raio CC, Hart KW, Lindsell CJ.  Motivations, job procurement, and job satisfaction among current and former ultrasound fellows.  Acad Emer Med 2010; 17(6):644-648.