Josie Acuña, MD

Josie G. Acuña, MD

Associate Professor
Advanced Emergency Medicine Ultrasonography Core Faculty
Assistant Dean for Clinical Competency
Diversity Champion for Emergency Medicine
Member, Promotion & Tenure Committee


1501 N. Campbell Ave.
PO Box 245057 Tucson AZ 85724
(520) 626-6312
(520) 626-2480

Dr. Acuña earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona and completed her Emergency Medicine residency training at Staten Island University Hospital. She subsequently completed a fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound at the University of Arizona. She currently serves as faculty for Emergency Medicine residency program at the University of Arizona, as well for the Emergency Ultrasound fellowship program. She has worked closely with the various colleges at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Campus lecturing on the use of bedside ultrasound, providing hands-ultrasound teaching sessions to students and has been involved in projects to integrate ultrasound education into the core curriculum. Dr. Acuña served as past chair of the Diversity and Inclusion committee for the College of Medicine and remains closely involved with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She has authored several manuscripts and book chapters in Emergency Ultrasound, and has lectured at national venues. She has also served on several national committees related to point-of-care ultrasound. Her most recent publications have focused on gender inclusion and diversity in academic medicine.


MD: 2013, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
BS: 2009, The University of Southern California
BA: 2009, The University of Southern California
2016, Staten Island University Hospital
2017, Emergency Ultrasound, The University of Arizona

Selected Recent Publications

Rosario J, Lewiss RE, Stolz LA, et al. "Creating a more racial-ethnic inclusive clinical ultrasound community." Am J Emerg Med. 2022;54:208-211.
Acuña J, Pierre CM, Sorenson J, Adhikari S. "Point-of-care Ultrasound to Evaluate Breast Pathology in the Emergency Department." West J Emerg Med. 2021;22(2):284-290.
Acuña J, Shockey D, Adhikari S. "The Use of Point-of-care Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Pott's Puffy Tumor: A Case Report." Clin Pract Cases Emerg Med. 2021;5(4):422-424.
Acuña J, Adhikari S. "Point-of-care Ultrasound to Distinguish Subgaleal and Cephalohematoma: Case Report." Clin Pract Cases Emerg Med. 2021;5(2):198-201.
Situ-LaCasse E, Acuña J, Huynh D, et al. "Can ultrasound novices develop image acquisition skills after reviewing online ultrasound modules?" BMC Med Educ. 2021;21(1):175.


Board Certification: 
ABEM, Emergency Medicine, 2017
Banner - University Medical Center Tucson
Banner - University Medical Center South