Keith Killu

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Clinician Educator)

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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.


  • Society of Critical Care Medicine : Presidential Citation, 2022
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine : Presidential Citation, 2019
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine : Presidential Citation, 2017
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine : Presidential Citation, 2016
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine : Presidential Citation, 2014
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine : Presidential Citation, 2012
  • Mount Sinai Hospital: Dr. Thomas Iberti Research Award, 2005


  • Lung ultrasound artifacts in COVID-19 patients J Ultrasound. 2022 Jun; 25(2):333-338. . View in PubMed
  • Sonographic Assessment of Intravascular Fluid Estimate (SAFE) Score by Using Bedside Ultrasound in the Intensive Care Unit Crit Care Res Pract. 2020; 2020:9719751. . View in PubMed
  • Clostridium difficile Enteritis after Total Abdominal Colectomy for Ulcerative Colitis Case Rep Crit Care. 2019; 2019:2987682. . View in PubMed
  • The Fundamentals of Critical Care Support: local experience and a look into the future Acute Med Surg. 2018 Oct; 5(4):305-308. . View in PubMed
  • 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. . View in PubMed
  • 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. . View in PubMed
  • Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) telemedicine project in rural Nicaragua and its impact on patient management J Ultrasound. 2015 Jun; 18(2):179-85. . View in PubMed
  • Racial differences in vasopressor requirements for septic shock Shock. 2014 Mar; 41(3):188-92. . View in PubMed
  • 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. . View in PubMed
  • Ultrasonography versus chest radiography after chest tube removal for the detection of pneumothorax AACN Adv Crit Care. 2010 Jan-Mar; 21(1):34-8. . View in PubMed
  • Effect of lower limb compression devices on thermodilution cardiac output measurement Crit Care Med. 2007 May; 35(5):1307-11. . View in PubMed