Archives for January 2021

ASE Cares

The past year has been a difficult and traumatic time for so many. With the events taking place in the U.S. last week and the ongoing COVID-19 fight, we recognize that the strain on our members and their families may be difficult. We are confident we can lean on each other, listen to each other, and support each other during this time. We are humbled by the strength our members have shown by standing up as some of the first in the world to receive the COVID vaccines.

The ASE Cares Wellness Resources webpage includes helpful links to many resources on managing anxiety and stress, mental health, virtual fitness options, mindfulness and meditation tips, sleep guidelines, a webinar on musculoskeletal disorders, and more. The ASE Cares goal is to promote the well-being of all cardiovascular ultrasound professionals in their communities, identify and respond to emerging well-being challenges, and foster opportunities for social connection.

We are optimistic that 2021 will be a better year and want to continue to support our members. If you have ideas for how we may help make a difference in your life or the lives of your colleagues, please email us at

Congratulations to Our Newest FASE

ASE recently welcomed 19 distinguished Fellows of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) designation recipients! These members have exemplified excellence through education, research, leadership, and volunteerism. They are ambassadors for ASE, and recognized experts in their field. Join us in congratulating the newest FASE recipients:

Tareq Abu Sharifeh, MD, FASE, Elvera L. Baron, MD, PhD, FASE, Brenton Scott Bauer, MD, FACC, FASE, Kiran Belani, MD, FASE. Nomita Bhawal, MD FASA, FASE, Doreen DeFaria Yeh, MD, FACC, FASE, John B. Dickey, MD, FASE, Chandler M. Dixon, RDCS, FASE, Hayley Engstrom, ACS, RDCS, FASE, Raktim Kumar Ghosh, MD, FASE, Chari YT Hart, MD, FACC, FASE, Katherine Holtmann, FASE, Lisa W Howley, MD, FASE, Scott H. McQuilkin, DO, MHPE, FASA, FASE, Kenneth Shelton, MD, FASE, Michael Sills, MD, Msc, FACC, FASE, Christine Marie Thomson, BS, FASE, Niranjan Waje, MD, FASE, Stephanie Ann Wells, BS, RDCS, RVT, RDMS, FASE

During 2020, ASE welcomed 153 new FASE! A full list of FASE members can be found on If you are interested in applying for FASE and being recognized in the field, or would like more information, please visit The next deadline to apply is February 1, 2021. 

Next Twitter Journal Club – January 19

Are you on Twitter? Plan to join us for ASE’s next Twitter Journal Club as we review the articles, Etiology and Relevance of the Figure-of-Eight Artifact on Echocardiography after Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Closure with the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug and Color Doppler Splay: A Clue to the Presence of Significant Mitral Regurgitation. If you are not on Twitter, the Journal Club is a compelling reason to take the plunge!

This is a great way to get your questions answered and share your knowledge. Follow @ASE360 using hashtag #ASEchoJC. This event will be moderated by Twitter Journal Club Chair Dr. Ritu Thamman in conjunction with Drs. Vincent Sorrell, Rajesh Janardhanan, and Edward Gill on Tuesday, January 19, from 8:00 to 9:00 PM US EST.

As an ASE member, you can receive FREE CME for participating in this activity.

Register BEFORE the Twitter Journal Club to guarantee your free CME.

  1. To register, log in to your ASE member portal.
  2. Select the ASE Learning Hub from the top red menu.

Register for the event here.

Ask a COPE Expert- Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE

Each month, a member of the Council on Perioperative Echocardiography (COPE) Steering Committee will share their short bio and will be available to answer any questions that you may have. These discussions will take place on the COPE Community on Connect@ASE. The January discussion features COPE expert, Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE. Read more here. You may ask him anything echo!

The January JASE – Starting Off the Year with Exercise!

The January JASE contains, “The Prognostic Value of Exercise Echocardiography After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention,” by Ana Marques, MD, et al. Dr. Marques commented, “We sought to ascertain the prognostic value of a treadmill exercise echocardiography in patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), with an emphasis on negative or inconclusive tests. In this study, patients after PCI with negative stress tests were at low risk for hard events; patients with inconclusive tests had higher risk for cardiac events than those with negative tests.” The Pugliese et al., article, “Cardiac Reserve and Exercise Capacity: Insights from Combined Cardiopulmonary and Exercise Echocardiography Stress Testing,” adds to this important exercise conversation.

Additional clinical investigations in this issue focus on tricuspid valve disease, measurement of LV mass, high-resolution vascular ultrasound and stroke risk, and fetal echocardiography. A state-of-the-art review explores agitated saline contrast echocardiography in the identification of intra-and extracardiac shunts. A special article explores 3D imaging and dynamic modeling of systolic anterior motion of the mitral valve. Several brief research communications and letters to the editor provide 5-star food for the gray matter.

The blue pages include the President’s Message, the education calendar, and a communication from the Council of Perioperative Echocardiography (COPE). Plus, don’t miss the JASE podcasts produced by Amer Johri, MD, FASE, on the JASE homepage.  Tweet input to @amerjohri and @JournalASEcho.

Call for Abstracts – Deadline for Submission February 3, 2021

Don’t miss the opportunity to present at ASE’s 32nd Annual Scientific Sessions, June 18-21, 2021. Submit your abstract of original science or clinical case report to be considered for presentation at the premier cardiovascular ultrasound conference of the year.

We have created a brand-new application process based on feedback from previous
submitters and eliminated the need for multiple logins. Hosted on the ASE Learning
Hub, all your application resources can be found in one place.

Download the 2021 PDF application preview here.

ASE abstract presenters benefit from dedicated viewing times, a global audience that promotes future collaborative work, eligibility for travel support, and discounted conference registration rates. Share your important findings with fellow investigators and colleagues, and interact with global leaders in the field. Begin your submission in ASE’s Learning Hub today.

ASE is pleased to introduce several new categories for presentation in 2021:


  • COVID-19 Patient Cases


  • COVID-19 – Utilization of Echo / Indications for Echo / POCUS
  • Adult and Pediatric Heart Failure / Transplant / Other

Visit the ASE 2021 Call for Science page for more information. Submission closes Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 11:59 PM ET.

December GEMs

During the month of December, two ASE members were recognized for Going the Extra Mile and received a GEM award!

  • Abbie Martin, RCS
  • Philip Wessler, RDCS

Read what their nominator had to say about them!

Do you know an ASE member who’s gone the extra mile? Join us in celebrating ASE members who are making the world a better place, be it for their dedication to the field of cardiovascular ultrasound, being an outstanding mentor to students or fellows, their commitment to quality patient care, a milestone service anniversary, or congratulating them on a major accomplishment. Learn more about how to nominate someone here.

Registration Now Open: Free Live Webinar on JASE Submission Overview

Do you want to improve your chances of having a paper published in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE), ASE’s premier echo publication? Join JASE Editor-in-Chief, Michael Picard, MD, FASE, along with members of the JASE Editorial Team, Associate Editor, Benjamin Eidem, MD, FASE, and Deputy Editor, Victor Mor-Avi, PhD, FASE, for a FREE live, interactive webinar, “JASE Submission Overview,” on January 26 at 1:00 PM ET. The focus of this webinar will be on the JASE submission process and how to overcome pitfalls when submitting.

Registration is FREE for active ASE members. 

  1. To register, login to your ASE member portal.
  2. Select the ASE Learning Hub from the top red menu.
  3. Register for the webinar here.

The webinar will also be posted afterward for on-demand viewing on the ASE Learning Hub. Questions? Please contact us by submitting an Education & Meetings Help Desk Ticket.

This is the first in a series of webinars that will highlight an ASE member benefit and offer attendees the opportunity to meet and interact with key ASE leaders.