Team UTMB Health Innovators

Masood Ahmad, MD, FASE

Dr. Ahmad received his medical degree from Kashmir Medical College in Kashmir, India. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Euclid General Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio and at Long Island Jewish/Queens Hospital Center in New York. Dr. Ahmad completed his fellowship in cardiology at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Ahmad is the Edward D. and Sally M. Futch Endowed Professor of Cardiology and Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He is also the Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory. Dr. Ahmad’s research interests are in noninvasive cardiovascular imaging and he has expertise in 3D echocardiography. Dr. Ahmad is a board member of the Houston Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, and serves on the Finance Committee of the ASE. In addition, Dr. Ahmad serves on the editorial board of Echocardiography,  a journal of cardiovascular ultrasound and allied techniques.


Tianrong Xie, RDCS

Ms. Xie graduated from Shandong Medical University in China in 1986 and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Huashan Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Medical University. In 1996, she became a research assistant and then research associate in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas. She became Chief Cardiac Sonographer in Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Service at UTMB, and is interested in medical research in echocardiography.





Connie Casey, BS, RDCS, RVT, RDMS

As the marketing manager for cardiovascular ultrasound at Hitachi Healthcare, Ms. Casey has the exceptional opportunity to work with the best cardiology experts in the field. She is privileged and excited to have been a member of the cardiac ultrasound profession, in one role or another, for 23 years. At Hitachi she is able to work with premium ultrasound systems in order to find new solutions for clinical challenges we all face in echocardiography.




Meneleo Dimaano

Mr. Dimaano has been a research coordinator in non-invasive cardiology (echo) at the University of Texas Medical Branch for 12 years. He is certified in diagnostic cardiovascular ultrasound, as well as abdominal and OB/Gyn ultrasound. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Bicol Christian College of Medicine in the Philippines. Mr. Dimaano is experienced in data analysis and in managing clinical trials.


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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.