Council on Cardiovascular Sonography

The ASE Council on Cardiovascular Sonography is dedicated to the following objectives:

  • Support cardiovascular ultrasound interest areas by communicating issues of importance to the membership;
  • Provide guidance to the ASE Board of Directors regarding sonographer issues;
  • Provide a forum for members with similar interests to network;
  • Appoint directors to the ASE Board of Directors (as council representatives)
  • To provide educational offerings for sonographers, including guidance to Scientific Sessions Program Committee

Sonography Council Steering Committee Activities

  • Monthly article in JASE
  • Provide guidance to the ASE Guidelines and Standards Committee relating to Guideline documents and white papers
  • Targeted track at ASE Scientific Sessions
  • Advocacy efforts related to issues affecting cardiovascular sonographers
  • Sonography Community on  Connect@ASE
    • Monthly message from chair
    • Resource library
    • Allows members to discuss issues and network
    • Forum for news and announcements about ASE and cardiovascular sonography


Criteria for applying for ASE awards for sonographers can be found here.

  • ASE Cardiovascular Sonographer Distinguished Teacher Award:
    2018: Priscilla J. Peters, BA, RDCS, FASE
    2016: Maryellen Orsinelli, RN, RDCS, FASE
  • Sonographer Lifetime Achievement Award: (this award is rotated with the Cardiac Sonographer Distinguished Teacher Award and will be presented every other year.)
    2019: Jane E. Marshall, RDCS, FASE
    2017:  Margaret “Koko” Park, BS, ACS, RDCS, RVT, FASE

2020 Scientific Sessions Travel Grant Application Window is Open

In partnership with the ASE Council on Cardiovascular Sonography, The ASE Research Foundation will sponsor two sonographers to attend the 31st ASE Annual Scientific Sessions in Denver, CO June 19-22, 2020. Two travel grants of $1,000 each will be awarded.

Cardiovascular sonographers (non-physicians) are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be a current ASE member; hold echocardiography certification from ARDMS or CCI or an equivalent international sonography certification (adult, pediatric, echo and/or vascular); and be currently working part time or greater.

The application process requires submission of:

  • Your current CV.
  • A brief personal statement about why you want to attend the Annual ASE Scientific Sessions, and what you think you can bring back to your lab as a result of attending. Your statement should also include:
    • Name/Address/Phone/Email
    • Registry
    • Place of employment
    • of hours worked per week
    • Length of current employment
  • A letter from your supervisor in support of your application.

Applicants must be a member of ASE. Previous recipients of an ASE Travel Grant are not eligible to apply. Application deadline is Friday, April 3, 2020. Submissions should be sent to Natalya Read at

Participating in the Council on Cardiovascular Sonography:

Membership in ASE’s councils is a complimentary member benefit. You can join one or more subspecialty councils of interest to you by checking the relevant boxes on your membership application or by selecting them in your online membership profile.

Most of the information about council activities, announcements, discussion boards and volunteer opportunities are available in the council’s community on Connect@ASE, ASE’s online networking site.   This site is an ASE member benefit, and allows council members the opportunity to network, discuss issues, be aware of deadlines for travel grants and volunteer opportunities, and be in the know about council initiatives, concerns and news. Members can opt for daily or weekly digests of news related to the council communities in which they chose to participate. Simply opt to join the communities of interest to you by clicking on the “communities” tab on your Connect@ASE homepage.

Sonographer resources on ASE offers information on sonographer education and training and FAQs on the following webpage:

Industry Standards for the Prevention of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in SOnography

Council on Cardiovascular Sonography Steering Committee:

Chair:   Elaine Shea, RCS, RCCS, FASE.

Chair-Elect:   Keith Collins, MS, RDCS, FASE

Immediate Past Chair: Carol Mitchell, PhD, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT(R), ACS, FASE

Council Representative on ASE Executive Board:  Wyman Lai, MD, FASE

Education Committee Representative:  Amy Dillenbeck, MS, ACS, RDCS, FASE

Guidelines & Standards Committee Representative:  Alicia Armour, BS, MA, RDCS, FASE

Scientific Sessions Sonographer Track Chair:  Sue Phillip, RCS, FASE

Scientific Sessions Sonographer Representative: Keith Collins, MS, RDCS, FASE

Members at Large: Kristen Billick, BS, ACS, RDCS (AE, PE), FASE; Eric Kruse, BS, ACS, RDCS, RVT, FASE and Neha Soni-Patel, BS, RDCS, FASE


ASE Headquarters – COVID-19 Update

Beginning March 26, 2020, the county where the ASE Headquarters is located is under a government order to “Stay at Home” due to the spread of the coronavirus. These “Stay at Home” recommendations continue to be in effect and depend on the infection rates in the County/State. ASE will keep all but essential personnel telecommuting until a time when it is judged safe to return to work. We are not suspending or closing operations; our employees will remain working and providing excellent customer service to our members and the cardiovascular ultrasound community. However, ASE will slightly modify its official open hours to 9 AM – 4 PM Eastern TimeMonday-Friday. Should you need to get in touch with a staff person, call our main office at 919-861-5574 and a phone list by department will be available. A staff directory is also available here. All general questions can also be sent through Thank you and our best wishes for your continued safety.

New 3D Imaging Code Survey Needs U.S. Physician Input

This is your opportunity to participate in the Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) process to ensure fair and adequate code valuation. The proposed CPT add-on code that describes the additional work required for 3D imaging, in addition to the base echocardiography service, is currently under review at the AMA RUC. Your participation in the RUC survey process is key in the assessment of the time, complexity, and physician work value for these procedures. If you were randomly selected, you received an email from “Qualtrics” with the subject line, “AMA RUC Survey – 3D Imaging of Cardiac Structures.” We ask you to look for it in all your email folders, as many members have found the survey in their spam/junk folder.

More information about the RUC and the survey process is available here.The AMA has created a video to explain the purpose of the survey process and provide specific instructions on how to complete the survey accurately. Please contact Irene Butler, ASE’s Vice President of Health Policy & Member Relations at, with any questions. We greatly appreciate your time, input, and expertise.