Keith Killu

Title(s)Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Clinician Educator)
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of Usc
Address2020 Zonal Ave.
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-3314-0195 Additional info
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    Society of Critical Care Medicine 2012Presidential Citation
    Mount Sinai Hospital2005Dr. Thomas Iberti Research Award
    Society of Critical Care Medicine 2014Presidential Citation
    Society of Critical Care Medicine 2016Presidential Citation
    Society of Critical Care Medicine 2017Presidential Citation
    Society of Critical Care Medicine 2019Presidential Citation
    Society of Critical Care Medicine 2022Presidential Citation

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    As a physician-educator-clinical researcher, Dr. Killu feels a strong commitment to extending what he has learned over the years in the field of critical care. This commitment extends to advancing science and helping benefit patients in local, national, and international populations. His professional career path at the University of Southern California (USC) at Keck School of Medicine (KSOM) is focused on patient care, education of the new generations of students, residents, and fellows in the art of critical care medicine.

    Currently, Dr. Killu serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Ultrasound Education in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at USC, KSOM. He has been at USC since 2019. Dr. Killu’s research interests include sepsis, hemodynamics and bedside ultrasound, as well as developing educational programs. Having created many ultrasound education programs, Dr. Killu was an integral part of developing the Henry Ford Ultrasound University, Detroit, MI. As a peer-reviewed, published author, one of Dr. Killu’s biggest contributions is the “ICU Ultrasound Pocket Book” a resource for beginners and advanced learners distributed across the world that has been translated to multiple languages.

    On a national level, Dr. Killu served as the Chair for the Fundamentals of Critical Care Committee at the Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2016-2018. He now serves as an active fellow at the American College of Critical Care Medicine, the American College of CHEST Physicians, and the American College of Physicians Dr. Killu is passionate about treating the critically ill and those who are the most vulnerable at the most crucial moments of their lives to help provide healing and comfort.

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    1. Lung ultrasound artifacts in COVID-19 patients. J Ultrasound. 2022 Jun; 25(2):333-338. McElyea C, Do C, Killu K. PMID: 32844375; PMCID: PMC7446742.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    2. Sonographic Assessment of Intravascular Fluid Estimate (SAFE) Score by Using Bedside Ultrasound in the Intensive Care Unit. Crit Care Res Pract. 2020; 2020:9719751. Killu K, Coba V, Blyden D, Munie S, Dereczyk D, Kandagatla P, Tang A. PMID: 32185080; PMCID: PMC7060409.
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    3. Clostridium difficile Enteritis after Total Abdominal Colectomy for Ulcerative Colitis. Case Rep Crit Care. 2019; 2019:2987682. Nasser H, Munie S, Shakaroun D, Ivanics T, Nalamati S, Killu K. PMID: 30863646; PMCID: PMC6378043.
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    4. The Fundamentals of Critical Care Support: local experience and a look into the future. Acute Med Surg. 2018 Oct; 5(4):305-308. Killu K. PMID: 30338074; PMCID: PMC6167392.
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    5. Inferior vena cava collapsibility loses correlation with internal jugular vein collapsibility during increased thoracic or intra-abdominal pressure. J Ultrasound. 2015 Dec; 18(4):343-8. Bauman Z, Coba V, Gassner M, Amponsah D, Gallien J, Blyden D, Killu K. PMID: 26550073; PMCID: PMC4630271.
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    6. Model Point-of-Care Ultrasound Curriculum in an Intensive Care Unit Fellowship Program and Its Impact on Patient Management. Crit Care Res Pract. 2014; 2014:934796. Killu K, Coba V, Mendez M, Reddy S, Adrzejewski T, Huang Y, Ede J, Horst M. PMID: 25478217; PMCID: PMC4248397.
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    7. Feasibility of common carotid artery point of care ultrasound in cardiac output measurements compared to invasive methods. J Ultrasound. 2015 Jun; 18(2):127-33. Gassner M, Killu K, Bauman Z, Coba V, Rosso K, Blyden D. PMID: 26191100; PMCID: PMC4504859.
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    8. Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) telemedicine project in rural Nicaragua and its impact on patient management. J Ultrasound. 2015 Jun; 18(2):179-85. Kolbe N, Killu K, Coba V, Neri L, Garcia KM, McCulloch M, Spreafico A, Dulchavsky S. PMID: 26191106; PMCID: PMC4504858.
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    9. Racial differences in vasopressor requirements for septic shock. Shock. 2014 Mar; 41(3):188-92. Bauman ZM, Killu KF, Rech MA, Bernabei-Combs JL, Gassner MY, Coba VE, Tovbin A, Kunkel PL, Mlynarek ME. PMID: 24365885.
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    10. Ultrasonography versus chest radiography after chest tube removal for the detection of pneumothorax. AACN Adv Crit Care. 2010 Jan-Mar; 21(1):34-8. Saucier S, Motyka C, Killu K. PMID: 20118702.
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    11. Effect of lower limb compression devices on thermodilution cardiac output measurement. Crit Care Med. 2007 May; 35(5):1307-11. Killu K, Oropello JM, Manasia AR, Kohli-Seth R, Bassily-Marcus A, Leibowitz A, DelGiudice R, Murgolo V, Benjamin E. PMID: 17414727.
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