Education Committee

Benjamin Eidem, MD, FASE – Chair
Douglas Shook, MD, FASE – Co-Chair

Sowmya Balasubramanian, MD, FASE – Pediatric Representative
Himani Bhatt, MD, MPA, FASE – Perioperative Representative
Merri Bremer, EdD, RN, ACS, RDCS, FASE – Member at Large
Mohammed Chamsi-Pasha, MD, FASE – Member at Large
Amy Dillenbeck, MS, ACS, RDCS, FASE – Sonographer Representative
Enrique Garcia-Sayan, MD, FASE – Member at Large
Julia Grapsa, PhD, FASE – Member at Large
Noreen Kelly, MD, MBA – Member at Large
Andrew Kott, MD, FASE – Member at Large
Grace Lin, MD, FASE – Member at Large
Raymond Musarra, RDCS, RCS, FASE – Member at Large
Vijay Nambi, MD, FASE – Vascular Representative
Benton Ng, MD – Member at Large
Pravin Patil, MD, FASE – Member at Large
Priscilla Peters, BA, RDCS, FASE – Member at Large
Vera Rigolin, MD, FASE – Rising Star Hub Workgroup
Danita Sanborn, MD, MMSc, FASE – Member at Large
Nidhish Tiwari, MD, FASE – Member at Large
Christina Caruso-LaFuria – Staff Liaison

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.