IRT Think Tank & Retreat Agenda

As a reminder, ASE requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result to participate in this event.  Proof of vaccination or a negative test taken no sooner than 48 hours prior to your first IRT activity will need to be shown before receiving your packet materials.  Name badges MUST be worn for all meetings and activities.  For those who are unvaccinated, a negative test result will need to be provided Friday and Saturday morning.  For full details, click here.



Saturday, March 26th – Day 1: Think Tank

6:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Health & Safety Checkpoint Open (Gotham Foyer)

6:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Registration Desk Open (Gotham Foyer)

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast (Gotham Foyer)

8:00 AM

Welcome and Program Overview

Patricia Pellikka, MD, FASE                                       

Ray Stainback, MD, FASE

8:20 AM

Room Introductions

Each industry will have one spokesperson introduce their firms, what they want out of the meeting, and their people in attendance. ASE leaders will also introduce themselves, their specialty, location, and their role at ASE.

9:15 AM

ASE Registry

Jordan Strom, MD, MSc, FASE

Sarah Beth Bdoyan, MSPH

9:45 AM

Overcoming Challenges Barriers to Advances in Technology

Moderators: Ray Stainback, MD, FASE; Judy Hung, MD, FASE; Presenters: Pei-Ni Jone, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASE; Brian Davidson, MD, FASE (virtual); G. Burkhard Mackensen, MD, PhD, FASE; Theodore Abraham, MD, FASE; Dinesh Thavendiranathan, MD, MSC, FRCPC, FASE (virtual)

ASE experts will present short and diverse case examples representing multiple echo areas giving consideration to challenges/barriers to new technology and the growth of echo. 

11:15 AM

Coffee break with ASE Registry and ASE Standardization Sub-Committee members

Featuring an opportunity to engage with ASE Advocacy and ask questions.

11:45 AM

New technology and opportunities in Education, Training, Remote Echo, POCUS

Moderators: Steve Lester, MD, FASE; Ritu Thamman, MD, FASE; Case Presenter: Partho Sengupta, MBBS, MD, DM, FASE

Presentation of diverse case examples that highlight cutting edge technology and how we can grow the impact of echocardiography. Moderators will help the audience share what they see as opportunities in these areas.

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Industry Focus Sessions

Sign up for 15-minute slots focused specifically for 1:1 time with another organization attending the Think Tank

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Concurrent Breakout Topics

Breakout A:  Working Smarter Not Harder (Gotham Ballroom)

Moderator: Patricia Pellikka, MD, FASE; Panelists: Keith Collins, MS, RDCS, FASE; Dermot Phelan, MD, PhD, FASE; Margaret Park, BS, ACS, RDCS, RVT, FSDMS, FASE

Join our panel as they discuss how sonographers can use AI, contrast, better imaging, and stress echo among other topics in order to work smarter and how cutting-edge technology is playing a role in identifying disease states and monitoring therapies. The audience will engage in discussion about what is happening their areas and how ASE can continue to support the gains made in reducing injury, addressing shortages, and improve care for patients.

Breakout B:  Interventional Echo Technologies (Central Park)

Moderator: G. Burkhard Mackensen, MD, PhD, FASE; Presenter: Muhamed Saric, MD, PhD, FASE

This discussion will focus on Intracardiac Echo and TEE through the lenses of workflows, image quality, and added value. Additionally, standardizations versus innovation and identifying patients and directing appropriate follow up will be discussed.

3:15 PM

Networking Coffee break

3:45 PM

AI Forum Update

Theodore Abraham, MD, FASE

4:45 PM

Conclusion and Summary

G. Burkhard Mackensen, MD, PhD, FASE

5:00 PM

Industry Focus Sessions

Sign up for 15-minute slots focused specifically for 1:1 time with another organization attending the Think Tank.

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

IRT Partner Reception (IRT members only)

Sunday, March 27th – Day 2: IRT Retreat

6:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Registration Desk Open (Gotham Foyer)

6:45 AM – 8:15 AM

Networking Breakfast (Gotham Foyer)

7:15 AM – 8:00 AM

IRT 1:1 Meetings

GE Healthcare – Pharmaceutical Diagnostics (Riverside Park Conference Room)

Ultromics (Bryant Park Conference Room)

8:15 AM – 12:45 PM        
IRT Retreat (Gotham Ballroom)

8:15 AM


Patricia Pellikka, MD, FASE

8:30 AM

Advocacy Presentation

Irene Butler, MPP, ASE VP of Health Policy and Member Services

Denise Garris, Principal – The Korris Group

9:00 AM


Moderator: Cynthia Taub, MD, FASE; Panelists: Geoffrey Rose, MD, FASE; Dr. Tom Ryan, MD, FASE

Join us for a panel discussion on current market trends, challenges and opportunities in this dynamic and ever-changing healthcare environment.

10:05 AM – 10:30 AM

Coffee Break with ASE Advocacy (Gotham Foyer)

Featuring an opportunity to engage with ASE Advocacy and ask questions.

10:30 AM

Conversation with US Government Agencies

Moderator: G. Burkhard Mackensen, MD, PhD, FASE; Panelist: Rosalyn Adigun, MD, Pharm D (virtual); Vandana Sachdev, MD, FASE

Panel discussion with guests from US Government Agencies covering topics of interest such as POC reimbursement, software approval processes, and validation efforts among others.

11:30 AM

Open Interest Table Talks

Attendees can choose up to three (3) areas of interest represented by ASE Councils and ASE leadership:

  • Cardiovascular Sonography

Keith Collins, MS, RDCS, FASE

  • Circulation & Vascular Ultrasound

Daniella Kadian-Dodov, MD, FACC, FAHA, FSVM, RPVI

  • Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease

Carolyn Altman, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASE; Pei-Ni Jone, MD, FASE

  • Perioperative Echocardiography

Burkhard Mackensen, MD, PhD, FASE

  • Interventional Echocardiography

Steve Little, MD, FASE

12:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Patricia Pellikka, MD, FASE

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Grab & Go Lunch (Gotham Foyer)

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

1:1 IRT Meetings

Bracco (Riverside Park Conference Room)

Fujifilm (Bryant Park Conference Room)

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

1:1 IRT Meetings

Lantheus (Riverside Park Conference Room)

Siemens (Bryant Park Conference Room)