James H. Moak, MD, RDMS

James H. Moak, MD, RDMS


Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director, Clinical Professional Development
Director, Fourth-Year Phase 3 Required Rotation

P.O. Box 800699
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0699
Phone: (434) 924-8485
Fax: (434) 924-2877

Recipient of the 2020 Robley Dunglison Award from the School of Medicine. Previously received in 2018 as well.


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

Clinical and Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

  • Thom C, Livingstone K, Ottenhoff J, Han D, Martindale J, Moak J. Comparison of transvaginal ultrasound utilization between radiology and point of care ultrasound in first trimester pregnancy. Am J Emerg Med. 2024 Apr 8;80:143-148. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2024.03.036. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38604108.
  • Thom, C. & Han, D. & Moak, J. & Ottenhoff, J. & Kongkatong, Matthew & Vann, G.. (2023). 32 Biplane Ultrasound in Ultrasound-Guided Vascular Access: Impact on Medical Student Competency. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 82. S13-S14. 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2023.08.051. DOI:
  • Thom C, Kongkatong M, Moak J. The Utility of Transvaginal Ultrasound After Intrauterine Pregnancy Identification on Transabdominal Ultrasound in Emergency Department Patients. Open Access Emerg Med. 2023 May 29;15:207-216. doi: 10.2147/OAEM.S409920. PMID: 37274422; PMCID: PMC10237201.
  • Kongkatong, M., Patel, M., Thom, C., & Moak, J. (2022). Fatal Abdominal Compartment Syndrome Due to Constipation: A Case Report. Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine. Retrieved from
  • Smith ME, Moak JH. Asymptomatic ventricular fibrillation in continuous flow left-ventricular assist device. Am J Emerg Med. 2021 Nov;49:130-132. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2021.05.065. Epub 2021 May 29. PMID: 34102458.