Upcoming Webinar – Pediatric Transesophageal Echocardiography: Intraoperative Communication and Decision Making

The ASE Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Council is continuing its series of webinars discussing and sharing practical tips and tricks in the practice of congenital heart disease imaging.

The next webinar, Pediatric Transesophageal Echocardiography: Intraoperative Communication and Decision Making, will take place on Thursday, May 19, 2022, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM ET. This webinar will be a case-based discussion focusing on the importance of communication to allow for optimal decision making when performing transesophageal echocardiography in the operating room. The presentations will concentrate on cases in which communication and team work were utilized to ensure optimal outcome was achieved.

Moderators: Sowmya Balasubramanian, MD, FASE; and Gregory Tatum, MD, FASE

Speakers: Jolie Britt, MD; Katie Virk, MD; Heidi Cuffee, RDCS; Kevin Wilkes, MD; and Kevin Petit, MD

Panelists: Meryl Cohen, MD, MSEd, FASE; Jennifer Romano, MD; and Jason Williams, MD

Earn 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for attending this webinar.

Registration is FREE for ASE members.

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

Books, books, books!

The ASE Foundation has two unique book offerings. First is an auction of early edition, signed textbooks authored by ASE luminaries Dr. Harvey Feigenbaum and Dr. Liv Hatle! View the available books and place your bid here. For the winning bids, 100% will be treated as charitable donations to the ASE Foundation. More information available here.

The Foundation is also hosting a signing event with ASE’s 2022 Gardin Lecturer, Suzanne Simard, PhD. Dr. Simard will sign copies of her book, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, Sunday, June 12 from 9:00 – 10:00 AM PT outside Ballroom 6E in the Seattle Convention Center. Pre-order your copy now to avoid the line in Seattle. Only a limited number of copies will be available for purchase on-site. 100% of the $30 purchase is treated as a charitable donation to the ASE Foundation.

Housing for ASE 2022 Closes Soon – Book Your Room Today

Plan now to join us in Seattle, Washington, June 10-13, 2022 for the premier cardiovascular ultrasound conference, ASE’s 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions.

Seattle is a sightseer’s paradise and isn’t nicknamed the Emerald City by accident — the greenery is something to behold year-round. From the Space Needle to Pike Place Market, Seattle has so much to offer, including major attractions and unexpected surprises. You can even see the Boston Red Sox take on the Seattle Mariners in a Major League Baseball Game at T-Mobile Park, with sweeping views of Seattle’s skyline, during a three-game series.

ASE has secured a room block at two hotels conveniently located just a two-minute walk to the Seattle Convention Center. Both hotels are attractively priced and within walking distance to Pike Place Market, the waterfront, restaurants, entertainment, and many more attractions.

Sheraton Grand Seattle – Headquarters Hotel

1400 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 USA

The block will be held until May 18, 2022 (5:00 PM PT), or until the block is sold out. After this date, reservations will be accepted on a space-available and rate-available basis.

Grand Hyatt Seattle

721 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101 USA

The block will be held until May 22, 2022 (5:00 PM PT), or until the block is sold out. After this date, reservations will be accepted on a space-available and rate-available basis.

For more information on making your hotel reservation, please visit ASEScientificSessions.org/Housing

Congratulations to ASE’s Newest FASE

ASE recently welcomed 24 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:

  • Aws Saad A. Almufleh, MD, FASE
  • Muhanad Al-Zubaidi, MBChB, FASE
  • Vidhu Anand, MBBS, FASE
  • Ashish Anil Bartakke, MBBS, DA, FCPS, MD, EDAIC, FRCA(UK), EDRA, FASE
  • Jon M. Christensen, MD, FASE
  • Michelle M. Cordio MEd, ACS, RDCS, RVT, RDMS, FASE
  • Ian Crandall, BS, MS, RCS, FASE
  • Tam Tan Huy Doan, MD, FASE
  • Siddharth Pawan Dugar, MD, FCCM, FASE
  • Lynette L. Gascoigne, BS, RCS, RVT, FASE
  • Elise Hawes, BAS, ACS, RDCS, FASE
  • Dana Elizabeth Godwin Jones, RDCS, RDMS, FASE
  • Victor C. Liu, MD, FRCPC, FASE
  • Kareem Andre Morant, MD, FRCPC, FACC, FASE
  • Ifeoma Onuorah Ezenekwe, MD, FASE
  • Shady Gamal Ouf, MD, FASE
  • Scott L. Purga, MD, FACC, FASE
  • Karl Matthew Richardson, MD, FASE
  • Nicole Simpkins, BS, RDCS (AE, PE), FASE
  • Yoginder Singh, MD, MA, CCT, DCH, FRCPCH, FASE
  • Bradford Ballenger Smith, MD, FASE
  • Jacqueline D. Spicer, RDCS, FASE
  • Jessica Stout, RDCS, FASE
  • Ranjani Venkataramani, MD, FASE

A full list of FASE members can be found on SeeMyHeart.org. Recent new members will be recognized at the annual plenary meeting in Seattle, Washington in June. If you are interested in applying for FASE and being recognized in the field, or would like more information, please visit ASEcho.org/FASE. The next deadline to apply is June 1, 2022.

ASE Needs Your Help – Practice Expense Invoices

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be reviewing the supply and equipment inputs for echocardiography services. ASE needs to provide paid invoices to CMS for every disposable supply and piece of equipment by June 18, 2022.

Click here to see the list of medical equipment included in the Cardiovascular Ultrasound Room. We need your help in defending the value of these expenses.

If you have any questions at all, please contact Irene Butler, Vice President of Health Policy & Member Relations.

ASE 2022 Early Registration Ends Next Week on May 10

Register today to join us at the ASE 2022 Scientific Sessions in Seattle, Washington, June 10-13, 2022. This premier cardiovascular ultrasound conference will address foundational concepts, evolving practice, and research in these areas and more.

  • Challenges of Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Hot Topics in Structural Heart Disease
  • Intracardiac Imaging
  • Stress Echo in Special Populations
  • Multimodality Imaging in Cardiomyopathy
  • Deep Dive into the Atria
  • Veterinary Echo Cases
  • Screening and Diagnosis of Complex Aortic Disease
  • Establishing a Structural Interventional Imaging Program
  • COVID After the Pandemic

Don’t miss the opportunity for individualized learning and networking as the entire cardiovascular ultrasound community comes together again for in-person learning.

The unique, hybrid format encourages in-person attendance, as well as virtual attendance. Be sure to register by May 10 to save $100.

Download the Advance Program to explore all the details of this exciting meeting, and register today to join us in Seattle. Follow us on social media with #ASE2022.

American Society of Echocardiography Will Recognize Eight Award Recipients during its 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions

The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), the largest global organization for cardiovascular ultrasound imaging professionals, will recognize eight award recipients at the 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions in Seattle, Wash., June 10-13, 2022.

On Saturday, June 11, during the morning plenary session, ASE will present mentorship, meritorious and ASE Foundation service awards to physicians and sonographers for their many contributions to the field of cardiovascular ultrasound. Awards for lifetime achievement and teaching will be presented at the ASE Foundation Gala on Sunday, June 12.

“These eight deserving individuals have given so much to echocardiography and the field of cardiovascular ultrasound and their work, research and passion doesn’t go unnoticed,” says ASE Chief Executive Officer Robin Wiegerink. “We’re looking forward to celebrating their achievements together in-person during ASE 2022.”

Read about these eight deserving individuals here.

RUC – Practice Expense

The American Medical Association (AMA) RUC will be reviewing the practice expense for “rooms” that the RUC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created. ASE will need to supply invoices for every piece of equipment in the ultrasound room by June 18, 2022.

Click here to gather more information, see how you can help, and view the list of medical equipment included in the Cardiovascular Ultrasound Room.

We need your help in defending the value of this room!

ASE 2022 Early Registration Closes May 10

The 33rd Annual ASE Scientific Sessions will be live and back in-person in Seattle, Washington, at the Seattle Convention Center, June 10 – 13, 2022.

Registration and housing are now open. Register before May 10 to save $100!

After two years of nearly 100% online learning, the ASE 2022 program chairs Sharon Mulvagh, MD, FASE, and Carol Mitchell, PhD, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT(R), ACS, FASE, as well as the entire Scientific Sessions Program Committee, are pleased to present a comprehensive program that also allows plenty of time for individualized learning and networking opportunities.

Registration is available in two options:

  • ASE 2022 In-Person: registration includes all the live sessions, choice between 12 tracks, and up to 23 CME/MOC credits. The live sessions are not included in the on-demand content. To claim CME credits from these sessions, you must participate in them live. 44 additional on-demand sessions for up to an additional 52 CME/MOC credits will be available for access for 90 days from Monday, July 11, 2022 to Sunday, October 9, 2022 (75 total CME/MOC credits pending approval).
  • ASE 2022 Virtual: registration includes live streaming from the main plenary room, up to 20 CME/MOC points. Live-streamed content is only available at the time listed in the program. These sessions are not available on-demand. Please double check what time these sessions will be presented in your specific time zone to not miss the presentations. To claim CME credits from these sessions, you must watch them live. 44 additional on-demand sessions for up to an additional 52 CME/MOC credits will be available for access for 90 days, from Monday, July 11, 2022 to Sunday, October 9, 2022 (72 total CME/MOC credits pending approval). 

April CASE – The Thrill of Echo

The latest issue of CASE, ASE’s open access case reports journal, is available and includes “Acquired Dynamic Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction: A Rare Complication of Acute Myocardial Infarction” by Kapil Rajendran, MD, DM, Sivaprasad Kunjukrishnanpillai, MD, DM, DNB, and Baiju Rajan, MD, DM. The CASE Editor-in-Chief, Vincent L. Sorrell, MD, FASE, noted, “This CASE report demonstrates the importance of recognizing that dynamic LVOT obstruction may occur due to the compensation of the hyperkinetic basal LV during an acute myocardial infarction. In their excellent report, Figure 5 shows the acute LVOTO and its resolution during serial echocardiography follow up. Figure 6 emphasizes how the aortoseptal angle may contribute to the likelihood of this complication of an MI. This is something all echo labs need to be aware of.”

Additionally, this issue includes two unusual congenital heart disease cases, three cases highlighting echo’s role in diagnosing cardiac tumors, an uncommon cause of presyncope after bypass, and a rare veterinary case of atrial dyssynchrony in a dog.

The latest editorial from Dr. Sorrell, “#EchoFirst Wins Gold, Silver, and Bronze,” explores parallels with the Olympic Games to highlight the exciting environment, comprehensive array of capabilities, and vital role of teamwork that exemplify today’s echo lab.

Explore the CASE Homepage’s newest feature, Sonographer Sound-Off. This interactive element provides an opportunity for sonographers to share tips and tricks they have learned in everyday practice. Congratulations to Agatha Kwon, BSc (Hon), GradDipCardiacUltrasound, The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland, Australia, for supplying the images and text for the INAUGURAL Sonographer Sound-Off. Email us if you’d like to submit or have questions!