Dr. Karfunkle is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at McGovern Medical School where he completed a year of post graduate training in Clinical Ultrasound. Now he works with Dr. Gordon as Associate Fellowship Director for the Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship, develops software tools for quality assurance and quality improvement for point of care ultrasound use in our Emergency Departments, and teaches ultrasound use in McGovern Medical School’s first and second year Doctoring course.

Dr. Karfunkle was not always a doctor. In past lives he was an actuary, prep cook, and karaoke host. He still enjoys running, video games, cycling, and chasing his children.


Medical School
McGovern Medical School
Baylor College of Medicine
Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship
McGovern Medical School

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

Point of care ultrasound, ultrasound guided regional anesthesia, advanced point of care echocardiography, medical student education

Research Interests

Regional anesthesia for acute injuries, prehospital ultrasound, ultrasound for cardiac arrest


Benjamin Karfunkle, Joseph Gill, Stephanie Shirey, Richard Gordon, “COVID-19 Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Pulmonary Embolism: A Case Report of Nebulized Nitroglycerin and Systemic Thrombolysis For Right Ventricular Failure”, The Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2021

Romolo J. Gaspari, Timothy Gleeson…Benjamin Karfunkle… Michael Gottlieb, :A Multicenter, Prospective Study Comparing Subxiphoid and Parasternal Views During Brief Echocardiography: Effect on Image Quality, Acquisition Time, and Visualized Anatomy” The Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2022,