Vice Chair for Academic Development
Co-Director, Office of Emergency Ultrasound

Research and Clinical Interests
emergency and clinical ultrasound, emergency management of highly pathogenic infections, foodborne illness, toxicology


Dr. Pigott is Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Development in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL. He completed medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons (New York, NY) and Emergency Medicine residency training at the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center (New York, NY).

Dr. Pigott was one of the founding faculty members of the UAB Emergency Medicine Residency Program and established the Emergency Ultrasound program at UAB in 2001. He has published multiple journal articles and book chapters on emergency ultrasound topics and has served as Chair of the ACEP Ultrasound Section Subcommittee on Resident Education as well as on the ACEP/SAEM/CORD PC12 Ultrasound Milestone Taskforce. He is currently Co-Director of the Office of Emergency Ultrasound and also serves as a core faculty member for the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship as well as for the emergency medicine residency program.

Dr. Pigott’s other academic interests focus on the evaluation and management of patients with highly pathogenic infectious diseases. During the 2014-15 Ebola virus outbreak, Dr. Pigott served as a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians Ebola Expert Panel and was awarded the 2015 ACEP Spokesperson of the Year Award for his educational and public relations efforts during the outbreak. He currently serves on the ACEP Epidemic Expert Panel and is a frequent national and international lecturer on emerging infectious diseases.


American Board of Emergency Medicine
American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Selected Publications

Restrepo CG, Baker MD, Pruitt CM, Gullett JP, Pigott DC. Ability of pediatric  emergency medicine physicians to identify anatomic landmarks with the assistance of ultrasound prior to lumbar puncture in a simulated obese model. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2015 Jan;31(1):15-9.

Bachmann LH, Pigott D, Desmond R, Jones M, Lumpkins J, Gala P, Terndrup T, Hook EW 3rd. Prevalence and factors associated with gonorrhea and chlamydial infection in at-risk females presenting to an urban emergency department. Sex Transm Dis. 2003 Apr;30(4):335-9.

Pigott DC, Buckingham RB, Eller RL, Cox AJ 3rd. Foreign body in the tongue: a novel use for emergency department ultrasonography. Ann Emerg Med. 2005 Jun;45(6):677-9.

Pigott DC. Hemorrhagic fever viruses. Crit Care Clin. 2005 Oct;21(4):765-83, vii.

Pigott DC. Emergency department evaluation of the febrile traveler. J Infect. 2007 Jan;54(1):1-5.

Pigott DC. Images in emergency medicine. Molar pregnancy. Ann Emerg Med. 2007 Jan;49(1):14, 22.

Mishra N, Orthner HF, Pigott DC. Chest pain and validity of an emergency medical dispatch algorithm. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2006:1035.

Pigott DC. Foodborne illness. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2008 May;26(2):475-97, x. King K, Pigott DC, Edwards AR. Intraocular mass causing acute angle-closure glaucoma. Am J Emerg Med. 2010 Jun;28(5):644.e5-6.

Sullivan JC 3rd, Buckner B, Pigott DC. Traumatic fifth finger amputation due to pontoon boat railing design. J Emerg Med. 2012 Dec;43(6):e443-5.



Medical School
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
Emergency Medicine


Office Location
OHB 251