Pediatric Faculty and Staff

Richie Palma Director Richard Palma BS, RDCS, RCS, APS, FASE, Director and Clinical Coordinator 

Richard Palma has been employed at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center since 1992. In 2001 he became the founder and program director of the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute School of Cardiac Ultrasound. He graduated from Northeastern University in 1987 with a BS degree in Cardiovascular Health and Exercise. He has been a sonographer for more than 20 years. He was a lead sonographer at Saint Francis Hospital for eight years. In 2001 he earned recognition as an Advanced Practicing Sonographer (APS) from the SDMS. In 2002, he became one of the first sonographers in the country to earn Fellowship of American Society of Echocardiography (FASE).

As an educator, Mr. Palma has been a leader in the field. He is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut. He was on the original task force that wrote the current National Education Curriculum (NEC). He has chaired the ASE educator summit for several years. He has been actively involved in many national committees including:

  • Advocacy Committee (ASE)
  • Sonographer Education and Training Committee (ASE) 
  • Career Development Committee (SDMS)
  • National Membership Committee (SDMS)
  • Continual Education Committee (SDMS)
  • National Educational Curriculum Task Force (SDMS)
  • Conference Management Committee (SDMS)
  • Item Writer (ARDMS) and (CCI)
  • National Liaison CCI-ASE

A nationally recognized speaker and educator, he has lectured over 40 times nationally at the ASE, SDMS, and hospitals through out the country.

Co-medical Directors

Anita Kelsey, M.D.
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center

Seth Lapuk, M.D.
Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Faculty

Michelle LaRocque BS, RDCS
Connecticut Children's Medical Center