Michael Lanspa, MD, MS

Research Interests

  • Echocardiography
  • Shock, Septic
  • Cardiopulmonary Physiology
  • Adult Critical Care
  • Pneumonia, Aspiration


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Internal Medicine - Adjunct Associate Professor
  • Divisions: Pulmonary

Board Certification

  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Critical Care Medicine)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Sub: Pulmonary Disease)

Academic Office Information

  • 801-507-6556
  • Intermountain Medical Center
    Shock-Trauma ICU
    5121 Cottonwood Street
    Murray, UT 84107

Academic Bio

Dr. Lanspa studies the body's response to life-threatening infection. He has published widely on pneumonia, sepsis, intensive insulin therapy, and critical care echocardiography. An expert in critical care echocardiography, Dr. Lanspa serves on the Ultrasound Course Committee for the Society of Critical Care Medicine and is regular faculty at national and international courses on critical care ultrasound and echocardiography, including the American Thoracic Society's post graduate course, "Critical Care Echocardiography and Ultrasound," which he developed and currently directs. Dr. Lanspa developed an educational curriculum on critical care echocardiography and is the course director for the housestaff training elective for critical care echocardiography at Intermountain Medical Center.

Dr. Lanspa graduated from Creighton University (Chemistry, Latin) then graduated from Creighton Medical School. He completed internship, residency, and fellowship at the University of Utah. Dr. Lanspa has completed additional training in echocardiography and in clinical investigation.

Dr. Lanspa's research emphasizes application of echocardiography and other non-invasive methods to aid in management of sepsis and shock. He is also an investigator in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood institute's ARDSNetwork and PETAL network, which study acute lung injury. He has received foundation funding for studies that apply ultrasound to predict how well a patient will respond to a particular therapy. He has also received foundation funding for training housestaff in the application of ultrasound for bedside assessment. Dr. Lanspa's collaborators include academic investigators in epidemiology, translational research, quality improvement, and medical education.

Education History

Type School Degree
Graduate Training University of Utah
Clinical Investigation
Fellowship Intermountain Medical Center
Critical Care Echocardiography
Clinical Research Fellow
Fellowship University of Utah Medical Center
Residency University of Utah Medical Center
Internship University of Utah Medical Center
Professional Medical Creighton University School of Medicine
Undergraduate Creighton University
Chemistry, Latin

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