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. Walsh, MH, Smyth, LM, Desy, JR, Fischer, EA, Goffi, A, Li, N et al.. Lung ultrasound: A comparison of image interpretation accuracy between curvilinear and phased array transducers. Australas J Ultrasound Med. 2023;26 (3):150-156. doi: 10.1002/ajum.12347. PubMed PMID:37701767 PubMed Central PMC10493348.
  2. Sanwal, R, Mintsopoulos, V, Ditmans, M, Lang, A, Latreille, E, Ghaffari, S et al.. Ultrasound-guided transfection of claudin-5 improves lung endothelial barrier function in lung injury without impairing innate immunity. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2023;325 (2):L135-L142. doi: 10.1152/ajplung.00107.2023. PubMed PMID:37310768 PubMed Central PMC10393345.
  3. Young, A, Imbeault, B, Goffi, A, Zahirieh, A, Kennedy, C, Blum, D et al.. Integrating Point of Care Ultrasound into Nephrology Fellowship Training: Insights from a Pilot Program. POCUS J. 2022;7 (Kidney):5-6. doi: 10.24908/pocus.v7iKidney.14987. PubMed PMID:36896107 PubMed Central PMC9994291.
  4. Piva, S, Pozzi, M, Bellani, G, Peli, E, Gitti, N, Lucchini, A et al.. Long-term physical impairments in survivors of COVID-19-associated ARDS compared with classic ARDS: A two-center study. J Crit Care. 2023;76 :154285. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2023.154285. PubMed PMID:36889040 .
  5. Debebe, F, Goffi, A, Haile, T, Alferid, F, Estifanos, H, Adhikari, NKJ et al.. Predictors of ICU Mortality among Mechanically Ventilated Patients: An Inception Cohort Study from a Tertiary Care Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Crit Care Res Pract. 2022;2022 :7797328. doi: 10.1155/2022/7797328. PubMed PMID:36533249 PubMed Central PMC9754825.
  6. Douflé, G, Teijeiro-Paradis, R, Morales-Castro, D, Urner, M, Goffi, A, Dragoi, L et al.. Point-of-Care Ultrasound: A Case Series of Potential Pitfalls. CASE (Phila). 2022;6 (6):284-292. doi: 10.1016/ PubMed PMID:36036054 PubMed Central PMC9399537.
  7. Bertoni, M, Piva, S, Beretta, A, Bongiovanni, F, Contarino, R, Artigas, RM et al.. Occurrence and Effects on Weaning From Mechanical Ventilation of Intensive Care Unit Acquired and Diaphragm Weakness: A Pilot Study. Front Med (Lausanne). 2022;9 :930262. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2022.930262. PubMed PMID:35935791 PubMed Central PMC9354572.
  8. Gitti, N, Renzi, S, Marchesi, M, Bertoni, M, Lobo, FA, Rasulo, FA et al.. Seeking the Light in Intensive Care Unit Sedation: The Optimal Sedation Strategy for Critically Ill Patients. Front Med (Lausanne). 2022;9 :901343. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2022.901343. PubMed PMID:35814788 PubMed Central PMC9265444.
  9. Goffi, A, Piraino, T. Lung Ultrasound and Electrical Impedance as Long-Term Monitoring Tools for Acute Respiratory Failure: Sometimes No Numbers Are Better Than Bad (or Confusing) Numbers. Crit Care Med. 2022;50 (7):1167-1170. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000005540. PubMed PMID:35726984 .
  10. Rajamani, A, Galarza, L, Sanfilippo, F, Wong, A, Goffi, A, Tuinman, P et al.. Response. Chest. 2022;161 (6):e401-e402. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2022.01.061. PubMed PMID:35680334 .
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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