Archives for April 2021

American Society of Echocardiography Announces Eleven New Board Members

The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is pleased to announce that the ASE membership has elected eleven new board members to serve the Society beginning July 1, 2021. New officers on the ASE Executive Committee will be: Vice-President (one-year term) Benjamin Eidem, MD, FASE, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Rochester, MN, USA; Treasurer (three-year term) Cynthia Taub, MD, MBA, FASE, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, New Hampshire; and Secretary (extended one-year term) Matt Umland, ACS, RDCS, FASE, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, WI.

In addition to the new officers, the following new Board of Directors members were elected to serve two-year terms: Carolyn Altman, MD, FASE, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (Pediatric Council Steering Committee Chair); Anthony Gallagher, RDCS (AE, PE), FASE, MBA, Wellstar Kennestone Hospital Marietta, GA; Leo Lopez, MD, FASE, Stanford University School of Medicine, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Palo Alto, CA; G. Burkhard Mackensen, MD, PhD, FASE, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (Perioperative Council Steering Committee Chair); Susan Mayer, MD, FASE, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart and Vascular Institute, Kansas City, MO; Kian Keong Poh, MBBChir, FASE, National University Heart Centre, Singapore (International representative); and Thomas Ryan, MD, FASE, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (Past President representative). Jordan Strom, MD, MSc, FASE, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School Boston, MA, was elected to a one-year term as the inaugural ASE Leadership Academy member elected to serve on the ASE Board of Directors. Vandana Sachdev, MD, FASE, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD, was appointed for an additional two-year service for her exceptional service in her previous term.

Previously elected members of the 2021-2022 ASE Executive Committee will be: President Raymond Stainback, MD, FASE, Texas Heart Institute, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston, TX; President-Elect, Stephen H. Little, MD, FASE, Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Houston, TX; Council Representative, Meryl Cohen, MD, FASE, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; and Immediate Past President Judy W. Hung, MD, FASE, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.

Board members continuing with their final year of service include Keith A. Collins, MS, RDCS, FASE, Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL (Council on Cardiovascular Sonography Representative); Danita Sanborn, MD, MMSc, FASE, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; Vincent Sorrell, MD, FASE, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; Ritu Thamman, MD, FASE, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA; and Bryan Wells, MD, FASE, Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA (Council on Circulation & Vascular Ultrasound Representative.

Board members who will complete their service on June 30, 2021, include Piers Barker, MD, FASE, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (Pediatric Council Steering Committee Chair); Carol Mitchell, PhD, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT(R), ACS, FASE, University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, WI (Treasurer); Alina Nicoara, MD, FASE, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (Perioperative Council Steering Committee Chair); Alan S. Pearlman, MD, FASE, Seattle, WA (Past President representative); Peter Rahko, MD, FASE, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI; Geoffrey Rose, MD, FASE, Sanger Heart & Vascular Center, Charlotte, NC; Jennifer Schaaf, BS, ACS, RDCS, FASE, The Christ Hospital Health Network, Cincinnati, OH; Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (Immediate Past President); and Cathy West, MSc, DMU (CARDIAC), AMS, EACVI CHD, FASE, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK (International representative).

This announcement underscores the organization’s commitment to reflecting the talent and diversity of the cardiovascular field. With the new members represent major sub-specialties in the field including circulation, pediatrics, anesthesiology, sonography, and interventional echocardiography.

ASE Announces New Editor-in-Chief of CASE

The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is proud to announce that Vincent L. Sorrell, MD, FACC, FASE, FSCCT, FSCMR, has
accepted the position of CASE Editor-in-Chief (EIC) starting August 1, 2021. CASE, ASE’s online, cardiovascular imaging case reports journal, publishes case reports
where cardiovascular ultrasound is used to help diagnose or solve a clinical problem in humans or animals. This popular open access educational platform
features cases where cardiovascular ultrasound was used as a critical component of a multimodality approach to disease diagnosis or evaluation or where it was
used to detect unusual or atypical disease manifestations. Read more here.

ASCeXAM/ReASCE Review Course: Virtual Experience

In less than one month, access to all the content for the 2021 ASCeXAM/ReASCE Review Course will be available online. Register today, because beginning Saturday, May 8, 2021, you can start viewing everything on-demand at your convenience.

What is NEW for this course in 2021?

  • Updated case studies and lectures
  • New Board Review Questions after each lecture to help you better prepare for the exam, plus unlimited access to review the questions
  • Exclusive time with expert faculty to receive answers to your questions, different from what is included with the course material
  • Updated virtual platform with high definition video playback

Registration includes 28.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, access to the entire course (including physics and new content), PDF files of all the slides, access to the expert faculty during two live 2-hour Q&A sessions on July 10, and on-demand access until May 2, 2022!

100% of those who participated in the 2020 Virtual Review Course, and took the exam, said the virtual environment adequately prepared them for the exam.

Registration closes July 31, 2021, but the earlier you register, the more time you will have access to the new content that will be available starting on May 8.

Check out the entire program and register today!

Questions about the course? Be sure to visit our course FAQ page for more information, or contact us by submitting an Education & Meetings Help Desk Ticket

April JASE – Another Awesome Article for Your CME

The April JASE CME article, “Association of Left Ventricular Volume in Predicting Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Aortic Regurgitation,” by Vidhu Anand, MBBS, et al, offers some important new insights for AR assessment. Co-author Patricia A. Pellikka, MD, FASE, noted that, “Although the ASE guidelines have recommended that for accuracy, the left ventricle is measured volumetrically rather than by using linear measurements, the ACC/AHA guidelines for valvular heart disease have recommended linear measurements. In 1,100 patients with >moderate aortic regurgitation, volumetric measurements of the left ventricle were reproducible, and superior to linear measurements in their relation to both mortality and symptoms.”

Additional clinical investigations explore cardiac remodeling and progression of asymptomatic aortic regurgitation, mechanical index and preload as factors influencing LV strain, age related cardiac remodeling in young black and white adults, novel echo observations in Anderson-Fabry disease, echo predictors of successful ECMO weaning, and the role of atrial communications in premature infants with PDA. A preclinical investigation, one of eight technology papers in this issue, looks at echocardiographic molecular imaging of the effect of anticytokine therapy for atherosclerosis. Two review papers explore echocardiographic imaging strategies – one to identify celiac and superior mesenteric artery patency in acute aortic dissection and the other on fetal aortic arch anomalies. Several brief research communications and letters to the editor round out the explorations.

ASE President Judy Hung, MD, FASE, writes about ASE’s top-notch advocacy work in her President’s Message. Amy Dillenbeck, MS, ACS, RDCS, FASE, and Madeline Jankowski, BS, RDCS, FASE, share recommendations for successful sonographer onboarding in the Sonographer’s Communication.

The new Associate Editor Corner on the JASE homepage, produced by Jordan Strom, MD, FASE, provides an insightful conversation with JASE Associate Editor Vincent Sorrell, MD, FASE, about compelling issues.

ASE’s Comprehensive Echocardiography Textbook 3rd Edition


ASE’S Comprehensive Echocardiography covers the most up-to-date echocardiography practice guidelines and advanced technologies.

Senior editors Roberto Lang, MD, FASE; Steven Goldstein, MD; Itzhak Kronzon, MD, FASE; Bijoy K. Khandheria, MD, FASE; Muhamed Saric, MD, PhD, FASE, FACC; and Victor Mor-Avi, PhD, FASE, designed this 3rd Edition to cover numerous advances in this rapidly evolving field including critical care echocardiography, cardio-oncology, structural heart disease, interventional/intraoperative echocardiography, strain, and 3D imaging. You will not only receive the hard-bound book with over 1,000 pages, but also online access that allows you to easily browse, search, and download content as well as view over 1,200 images and 580 videos.

Login to your member portal and click on the ASE Learning Hub to receive member pricing. Pre-order yours today for the member price of $229.99 USD.

ASE Live Webinar: Adult Cardiac Sonographer Performing Echocardiography to Screen for C-CHD

Join Guideline Chair, Melissa Wasserman, RDCS, RCCS, FASE, and Co-Author Bruce Landeck, II, MD, FASE, for a free, LIVE webinar, Tuesday, April 20, 5:00 – 6:00 PM ET, as they review the recently published ASE guideline, Recommendations for the Adult Cardiac Sonographer Performing Echocardiography to Screen for Critical Congenital Heart Disease in the Newborn.

Registration is FREE for ASE members. You can claim 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

  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.

By the end of this webinar viewers will be able to:

  • Learn standard pediatric imaging planes to identify anatomy pertinent to C-CHD
  • Become familiar with tell-tale echocardiographic findings associated with C-CHD
  • Summarize the recommended instrumentation, infrastructure, and communication needed to improve C-CHD patient outcomes at community hospitals

The webinar will also be posted for on-demand viewing and claiming CME. Click here to find out when the webinar is taking place in your time zone.