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.

ASE Welcomes Nine New Board Members

ASE is pleased to announce that its membership has elected nine new board members to serve the Society starting July 1, 2022. The 2022 ASE Executive Committee welcomes newly elected Vice President (one-year term) Theodore Abraham, MD, FASE, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, and Secretary (two-year term) Kelly Thorson, DHSc, MSRS, ACS, RDCS, FASE, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Palo Alto, CA.

In addition to the new officers, the following new Board of Directors members were elected to serve two-year terms: Jose Banchs, MD, FASE, FACC, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO (Member at Large); Akhil Narang, MD, FASE, Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL (Member at Large); Fadi Shamoun, MD, FASE, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ (Council on Circulation & Vascular Ultrasound Steering Committee Chair); Neha Ringwala Soni-Patel, MEd, RCCS, RDCS (AE/PE), FASE, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Cleveland, OH (Member at Large); and G. Monet Strachan, ACS, RDCS, FASE, UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, CA (Council on Cardiovascular Sonography Steering Committee Chair). Sujatha Buddhe, MD, MS, FASE, Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (Leadership Academy Representative) and Arthur Labovitz, MD, FASE, Naples Cardiac & Endovascular Center (Retired), Naples, FL (Council on Critical Care Echocardiography Steering Committee Chair) will each serve a one-year term.

Previously elected members of the 2021-2022 ASE Executive Committee transitioning to a new position on the 2022-2023 Board are Stephen Little, MD, FASE, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX (President); Benjamin Eidem, MD, FASE, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (President-Elect); and Raymond Stainback, MD, FASE, Texas Heart Institute, Houston, TX (Immediate Past President). Cynthia Taub, MD, FASE, Dartmouth Hitchcook Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, will continue serving as Treasurer through June 2024, and Keith Collins, MS, RDCS, FASE, Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL, will join the 2022-2023 ASE Executive Committee for a two-year term as the Council Representative.

Directors continuing with their final year of service include Carolyn Altman, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASE, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (Council on Pediatric & Congenital Heart Disease Steering Committee Chair); Anthony Gallagher MHA, FASE, Baptist Health Lexington, Lexington, KY (Member at Large); Leo Lopez, MD, FASE, Stanford Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, CA (Member at Large); G. Burkhard Mackensen, MD, PhD, FASE, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (Council on Perioperative Echocardiography Steering Committee Chair); Susan Mayer, MD, FASE, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, MO (Member at Large); Kian-Keong Poh, MA, MMed, FRCP, FAMS, FAsCC, FACC, FASE, National University Heart Centre, Singapore (International Representative); Thomas Ryan, MD, FASE, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (Past President Member); and Vandana Sachdev, MD, FASE, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD (Member at Large).

ASE thanks the following eight Board members who will complete their service on June 30, 2022: Meryl Cohen, MD, MSEd, FASE, FACC, FAHA, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (Council Representative); Judy Hung, MD, FASE, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (Immediate Past President); Danita Sanborn, MD, MMSc, FASE, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (Member at Large); Vincent Sorrell, MD, FASE, FACP ASIM, FACC, FCMR, University of Kentucky Gill Heart & Vascular Institute, Lexington, KY (Member at Large); Jordan Strom, MD, MSc, FASE, Beth Israel Deaconess, Milton, MA (Leadership Academy Representative); Ritu Thamman, MD, FASE, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA (Member at Large); Matt Umland, ACS, RDCS, FASE, Aurora Health Care, Muskego, WI (Secretary); and Bryan Wells, MD, FASE, Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA (Council on Circulation & Vascular Ultrasound Steering Committee Chair).

The current 2021-2022 Board of Directors will meet for the final time at ASE’s 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions in Seattle, WA, from June 10-13, 2022.

ASE Headquarters Closed – April 15

ASE Headquarters will be closed on Friday, April 15. Normal business hours will resume Monday, April 18.

New Grant Opportunity Related to Newly Diagnosed Severe Valvular Heart Disease Patients

The application process for a new funding opportunity of up to $1.1M USD for research is now open. This ASE/ASEF grant opportunity is aimed at examining the impact of embedded echocardiography report interventions on referral patterns and outcomes in patients newly diagnosed by echocardiography with severe aortic stenosis (AS). The presence of severe AS and other forms of valvular heart disease in patients may affect their risk of stroke and mortality. Considering the growth in numbers of patients presenting with AS, ASE is concerned that the diagnosis, referral, and treatment for these patients needs to be optimized to lower overall healthcare costs and increase positive patient outcomes. This study in particular will examine the role of a primary care provider and referral patterns to a cardiac specialist for patients presenting with severe AS, though the study may be expanded to include other forms of severe valve disease.

One grant will be awarded by ASE, through its Foundation, with funding support from Edwards Lifesciences. ASE members will be given priority should the merits of the grant applications be equal. Application closes August 31, 2022 at 5:00 PM ET.