Matt Lyon

Professor

Matt Lyon

Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Emergency Medicine

Bio

Matt Lyon, MD, is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Executive Director of the Center for Ultrasound Education for the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. He also serves as Vice Chairman for Academic Programs and Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine and as the Medical Director for Telehealth at AU Health. Dr. Lyon is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering) and of the Medical College of Georgia (MD, 1999). He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia in 2003.

Dr. Lyon is a well-established clinician, educator and researcher. He has a national reputation as an educator on the clinician use of ultrasound and is a frequent national and international speaker. His research has focused on clinical applications of ultrasound and sickle cell anemia. He has pioneered several new applications for ultrasound, including use of ultrasound for volume resuscitation in critically ill patients, use of ultrasound for respiratory complaints and for traumatic brain injury assessment. His brain injury assessment using ultrasound has been both experimentally and clinically oriented and has received grant funding and has several patents pending. He has extensive collaborations with industry to bring new devices to the market for brain injury assessment.

Continuing on work began in the early 2000’s, Dr. Lyon was charged with creating an integrated ultrasound education training program undergraduate and graduate medical education for the Medical College of Georgia. In November 2016, he was named the Executive Director of the Center for Ultrasound Education. The mission of this newly created Center is to utilize ultrasound as an educational tool, providing a cognitive scaffolding to improving medical education. His curriculum is fully integrated into the 4-year curriculum for all 920 medical students at MCG as well as approximately 350 postgraduate medical residents from a wide range of specialties at Augusta University Medical Center. These specialties include Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics and fellowships in Pulmonary Critical Care, Surgical Critical Care, and Neonatal Critical Care. His efforts have produced a novel, nation-leading educational experience for MCG learners. Dr. Lyon also conducts a post-graduate fellowship training program for clinician performed ultrasound with up to 3 fellows per year.

Beginning in 2018 with funding through a USDA telemedicine grant, Dr. Lyon began a telemedicine program between AU Health and 5 rural Georgia emergency departments. This program aids rural emergency physicians in decreasing transfers to larger cities for time sensitive treatments. The telemedicine system includes the remote use of ultrasound for diagnosing a wide range of emergency conditions and aiding in the rural clinician in the performance of high-risk, low-volume procedures. During the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, Dr. Lyon helped initiate a telemedicine screening program that screened over 20,000 citizens in Georgia and South Carolina for appropriate COVID testing. Since that time, he has helped AU Health expand its telemedicine ecosystem to ambulatory and express care services and create a medical student telehealth clinic to decrease hospital readmission of patients with chronic medical conditions. With the importance of telehealth demonstrated by the COVID pandemic, telehealth education will be critical for future doctors. Dr. Lyon has the responsibility of incorporating telehealth into the Medical College of Georgia student curriculum.

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Education

  • MD, Medicine Medical College of Georgia, 1999

  • BS, Mechanical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technolog, 1995

Certifications

  • Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians ACEP, 2006

  • ABEM American Brd of Emergenc Med, 2004

  • Diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine ABEM, 2004

  • PHY GA Composite State Board, 2002

  • Physician GA Composite State Board, 2002

  • American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 2003

Awards & Honors

  • Pandemic Activation & Acceleration award American Well, 2020

  • Integration Clinical Champion - Telemedicine American Well, 2019

  • Teaching Excellence Program Award Augusta University, 2019

  • Finalist, Excellence in Research Award American Physical Therepy Association, 2017

  • Teaching Excellence Program Award Augusta University, 2016

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • SURG 5000

    Basic Clkshp in Surgery Core
  • EMED 5001

    Emergency Medicine Clkship
  • MEDI 6110

    Patient Centered Learning 1
  • REMD 5000

    Emergency Medicine

Teaching Interests

Emergency and Clinical Ultrasound
Sickle Cell Disease
Emergency Procedures
Traumatic Brain Injury

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Increased Intracranial Pressure Damages Optic Nerve Structural Support, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • The Use of the Abdominal Aortic and junctional Tourniquet Versus Combat Gauze in a Porcine Hemicorporectomy Model, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • The Diffusion of an Innovation: Implementing an Ultrasound Curriculum Across a State-Wide Campus, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Comparison of Patella Alignment and Cartilage Biomarkers in Young Adult Females With and Without Patellofemoral Pain: A Pilot Study, 2019
    Journal Article, Professional Journal
  • Perceptions of Faculty and Students of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Utilization in Medical Education, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Emergency and Clinical Ultrasound
Sickle Cell Disease
Emergency Procedures
Traumatic Brain Injury

Department Service

  • MCG, Emergency Medicine Clinical Competency Committee 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • MCG, Emergency Medicine Program Evaluation Committee 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • MCG, Emergency Department Academic Executive Committee 2010 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • MCG, Emergency Department Resident Committee 2010 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • MCG, Emergency Medicine Research Committee 2006 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • CLABSI Steering Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • MCG, Steering Committee. Academy of Educators 2014 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • MCG, Medical Student Ultrasound Education Committee 2013 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • MCG, Imaging Oversight Committee 2007 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • MCG, Faculty Post Tenure Committee 2016 - 2018

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • SGEA Regional Meeting 2019 - Present

    Role: Other
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (GCEP) 2015 - Present

  • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine 2015 - Present

    Role: Member
  • Internal and Emergency Medicine Journal 2015 - Present

    Role: Editor, Associate Editor
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (GCEP) 2013 - Present

    Role: Member

Public Service

  • MCG Event Medicine Team 2000 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Georgia Tech Club of Augusta 1997 - Present

    Role: Member
  • Georgia Legislative Session 2016

    Role: Other
  • Georgia Legislative Session 2015

    Role: Other
  • Georgia Legislative Session 2014

    Role: Other