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Randolph P. Martin, MD, FASE, FACC, FESC
Emeritus Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Emory University School of Medicine
ASE Past President 2003-04

Dr. Martin is one of the pioneers in the field of Noninvasive Cardiology, using ultrasound – echocardiography – to diagnose cardiovascular conditions. He attended Emory University School of Medicine, graduating summa cum laude in 1969, and went on to hold faculty positions and clinical staff positions at Stanford University, the University of Virginia, the Mayo Medical School and Mayo Clinic, and Emory University, where he served as Associate Dean of the Medical School as well as Professor of Medicine and Director of Noninvasive Cardiology for 20 years. He has over 195 publications, and served as President of ASE from 2003-2004. He currently is CMO of Bay Labs, an Artificial Intelligence company focusing on Cardiac Imaging.

Dr. Martin has lectured extensively throughout the world, and for 21 years served as the Host/Moderator of the world’s largest professional medical satellite tele-education program, “Echo in Context.” He also served for 15 years as the sole Medical Correspondent for Cox Communications’ affiliate – WSB-TV, Channel-2, in Atlanta.  Dr. Martin was awarded multiple broadcast awards, including three Emmy nominations, and also won the American Heart Association’s Howard L. Lewis Lifetime Achievement Award for Health Reporting – becoming the first physician television journalist to do so.

Dr. Martin has long had a keen interest in consumer education.  Beginning in 1994, he was the director of Emory’s nationally-recognized Mini-Medical School – a nearly year-long course for consumers to emulate medical school experience.  Over 7000 citizens of Atlanta graduated from Dr. Martin’s Mini-Medical School.  In partnership with Piedmont Healthcare, Dr. Martin launched HealthWatchMD.com in 2011, expanding his audience and disseminating up-to-the-minute health news to the Atlanta Community and beyond.

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 ASE@ASEcho.org. 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 IButler@ASEcho.org, with any questions. We greatly appreciate your time, input, and expertise.