July JASE – Review Article for Your CME

Every issue of JASE includes an opportunity for ASE members to obtain CME. This month’s article with CME is a review, “Advances in Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis: Echocardiographic, Pathophysiologic, and Hemodynamic Considerations,” by Jeffrey J. Silbiger, MD. This issue also includes the ASE Consensus Statement on hypersensitivity reactions to ultrasound enhancing agents in patients with allergy to polyethylene glycol. Clinical investigations explore echocardiographic assessment of LV filling pressure, electromechanical activation mapping by echocardiography, cardiac amyloidosis, total anomalous pulmonary venous connection in children, RV strain in children, and valvular heart disease, including “Natural History of Moderate Aortic Stenosis with Preserved and Low Ejection Fraction,” by Tomer D. Mann, MD, Itamar Loewenstein, MD, Eyal Ben Assa, MD, and Yan Topilsky, MD. Dr. Topilsky said that, “Our study suggests that moderate AS has detrimental prognostic implications, even when associated with preserved EF, or low gradients. A need arises to explore therapeutic strategies to alleviate the excess mortality in these patients.” Several brief research communications and letters to the editor round out the issue.

In addition, newly-installed ASE President Raymond Stainback, MD, FACC, FASE, writes about his vision for his ASE term, Jeffrey Astbury, MD, FASE, FACC, FASA, and Alina Nicoara, MD, FASE, write about achieving excellence in perioperative echocardiography for non-academic practices, and the education calendar outlines a multitude of learning options near and far.

Congratulations to Our Newest FASE

ASE recently welcomed 17 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:

Wissam Alajaji, MD, FACC, FASE; Edris Aman, MD, FASE; JD Cochran IV, RCS, ACS, FASE; Ricardo Diaz Milian, MD, FASE; Alun Thomas Ellis, MBBCh, FASE; Alexandra Gardner, RDCS, FASE; Angela M. Kelle, MD, FAAP, FACC, FASE; Sheila Klassen, MD, FASE; Joshua Bradford Knight, MD, FASE; Genevieve B. Lee-Dickson, BSRT, RRT, RDCS, FASE; Kai’En Leong, BMedSc, MBBS(Hons), GDipClinUS, FRACP, FASE; Laila Alexandra Payvandi, MD, FACC, FASE; Leandro Perez, MD, FACC, FSCAI, RPVI, FASE; Wilfredo Puentes Beltrán, MD, FASE; Sara Schwartz, BS, RCS, FASE; Sabah Skaf, MD, FASE; and Lily Zhang, MD, FASE.

So far during 2021, ASE has welcomed 66 new FASE! A full list of FASE members can be found on SeeMyHeart.org. 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 August 1, 2021. 

Recognize Your Peers as an ASE GEM

Active members of ASE are encouraged to recognize their ASE peers as a GEM for Going the Extra Mile (GEM). This year, more than ever, members of the ASE community have stepped up to help others and offered their expertise to drive cardiovascular ultrasound innovation and improve patient care. Do not miss the opportunity to recognize your peers in 2021.

It’s simple to recognize your colleagues:

  1. Log in to your Member Portal.
  2. Click on the Membership tab at the top.
  3. Click on GEM Recognition (Members Only).
  4. Fill out the form.

The deadline for submission is the 27th of each month to allow for time for recognition the following month. After your submission, the person you recognize as an ASE GEM will receive an email from the ASE President recognizing their GEM status. ASE GEMs will also be recognized on this web page, on social media, and monthly in the ASE Echo News weekly eNewsletter.

Dr. Raymond F. Stainback Elected President of ASE

Raymond F. Stainback, MD, FACC, FASE, takes the helm as president of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) today. He has served on the ASE Board of Directors as Vice President and President-Elect prior to ascending to his one-year presidency.

During the ASE 2021 Scientific Sessions Virtual Experience June 18-21, Dr. Stainback shared his vision for his ASE presidency over the next year. He said, “The ASE committees, task forces, working groups, councils, and specialty interest groups are the working ecosystem for the organization. I plan to build our ability to meet member needs and the field’s needs in four key areas: Guidelines and Standards, Education, Research, and International Relations. ASE is known for our premier guidelines and standards portfolio. In the future we will move toward having “living” guidelines that use new optimization tools and processes enabling these guidelines to be seamlessly updated as relevant data and evidence has been vetted. These updates will be synchronized with ASE’s educational products along with expanding opportunities through the ASE Learning Hub to support curriculum-based learning for trainees and life-long learners. I plan to oversee further structural coordination amongst ASE’s diverse research pursuits and granting processes including our growing ImageGuide Registry environment, the ASE Foundation and the associated projects that build upon our long history of supporting cardiovascular research. Lastly, I will also work to expand our International Alliance Partners program and engage with our international members, who now make up over 20% of our total membership, to build stronger and wider bonds across the globe.”

Dr. Stainback is Chief of Non-Invasive Cardiology at Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. He has practiced general cardiology at this facility and with Hall-Garcia Cardiology Associates at Baylor College of Medicine for over 20 years, where he has also directed the echocardiography lab. Dr. Stainback received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his internal medicine and general cardiology fellowship training at Vanderbilt University. He then completed an advanced clinical and research imaging fellowship at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Stainback has a superb record of volunteer service in numerous organizations, including ASE. He has served on ASE’s Membership, Advocacy, and Scientific Sessions planning committees and on the ASE’s Echo Appropriateness, Quality, and Point of Care Task Forces. He represented ASE on the ACC Foundation’s Appropriate Use oversight committee for several years and co-authored a variety of ASE documents, including the quality guidelines. In 2015, Dr. Stainback was the chair of the ASE guideline writing group for Echocardiography in the Management of Patients with Left Ventricular Assist Devices. For 15 years Dr. Stainback was an ASE representative for the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), where he served as an IAC – Echo division board member and President and most recently as IAC parent company Board Chair. Dr. Stainback is a founding member and long-time President (1998-2018) of the Greater Houston Society of Echo-Vascular.

The ASE membership also elected 11 new board members to serve the Society beginning July 1, 2021. New officers on the ASE Executive Committee will be: Vice-President (one-year term) Benjamin Eidem, MD, FASE, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, USA; Treasurer (three-year term) Cynthia Taub, MD, MBA, FASE, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire; and Secretary (extended one-year term) Matt Umland, ACS, RDCS, FASE, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, WI. In addition to the new officers, the following new Board of Directors members were elected to serve two-year terms: Carolyn Altman, MD, FASE, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (Pediatric Council Steering Committee Chair); Anthony Gallagher, RDCS (AE, PE), FASE, MBA, Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA; Leo Lopez, MD, FASE, Stanford University School of Medicine, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford, Palo Alto, CA; G. Burkhard Mackensen, MD, PhD, FASE, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (Perioperative Council Steering Committee Chair); Susan Mayer, MD, FASE, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart and Vascular Institute, Kansas City, MO; Kian Keong Poh, MBBChir, FASE, National University Heart Centre, Singapore (International representative); and Thomas Ryan, MD, FASE, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (Past President representative). Jordan Strom, MD, MSc, FASE, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School Boston, MA, was elected to a one-year term as the inaugural ASE Leadership Academy member elected to serve on the ASE Board of Directors. Vandana Sachdev, MD, FASE, National Institute of Health,
Bethesda, MD, was reappointed to serve a second 2-year term for her exceptional service to the board.

This announcement underscores the organization’s commitment to reflecting the talent and diversity of the cardiovascular field. The new members represent major sub-specialties in the field including circulation, pediatrics, anesthesiology, sonography, and interventional echocardiography.

Registration is Now Open for Echo Florida

ASE’s 9th Annual Echo Florida course is a comprehensive review of cardiovascular ultrasound in clinical practice offering 24 CME credits and MOC points. The course will take place October 30 – November 1, 2021, at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts at Walt Disney World® in Orlando, FL. Course Chair, Linda D. Gillam, MD, FASE, and Co-Chair, Matt Umland, ACS, RDCS, FASE, have assembled an outstanding faculty and created a program with a heavy emphasis on case-based learning that includes fun opportunities for the participants to interact with the faculty.

FASE August 1st Deadline Approaching

The Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE) credential recognizes dedicated ASE members who have extraordinary commitment to the field. The next deadline for submission of FASE applications is August 1.

FASE status is required for an ASE Committee Chair or Board position, and gives you a visible designation to the world that depicts your special competency in echocardiography. Due to the nature of the requirements, sonography students, medical students, fellows, and residents are not eligible to apply for FASE.

Please review the “Way to FASE” document, and the appropriate links provided below in each category for more information.

To submit your FASE application, log into your ASE member portal and select “FASE Application” from the menu under the “Membership” tab. Applications are reviewed every other month. The deadlines for submission are February 1, April 1, June 1, August 1, October 1, and December 1.

CASE – The Powerful Echo Tool for You

The latest issue of CASE, ASE’s open access case reports journal, is available and includes, “Fetal Diagnosis in a Unique Case of Vascular and Cardiac Interdependence in Omphaloischiopagus Conjoined Twins,” by Mansi Gaitonde, MD, Joseph Kreeger, ACS, RCCS, RDCS, William Border, MBChB, Jessica Roberts, MD, Summer Elshenawy, MD, Franklyn Geary, MD, and Erik Michelfelder, MD. Mr. Kreeger said, “This was truly one of the most rare, complex, and fascinating fetal cases that have ever been reported, and multimodality imaging was key in making the proper diagnosis. I am so very thankful to have been a part of the imaging team for these twins.”

Additional cases in this issue explore COVID-19, papillary muscle predicaments, thrombus, residual ramifications, and acquired consequences, including “Acquired Stenosis of All Four Heart Valves in a Boxer Mixer Dog,” by Matthew Boothe, DVM, and Steven Rosenthal, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology).

Visit the CASE homepage to take advantage of the CME activities involving structural heart disease and cardiac masses and view the new What is this Image? quiz created by our esteemed co-Editor-in-Chief Karen G. Zimmerman, BS, ACS, RDCS, RVT, FASE, and her colleagues, Margret Onyeaghor, RCS, Guillermo Uriate, MD, RN, ACS, RDCS, Kartik Gupta, MD, Bobak Rabbani, MD, and James Lee, MD, FASE, from the Henry Ford Echocardiography Lab, Detroit, Michigan.

Last Chance: Call for ASE 2022 Session Proposals

ASE is seeking session proposals for our 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions to be held June 10-13, 2022, in Seattle, Washington. Help us provide cutting-edge content for our attendees.

Sessions should:

  • Focus on innovation in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound and its applications
  • Meet perceived learning gaps/needs for the cardiovascular community
  • Achieve gender, institutional, ethnic, and international faculty diversity
  • Provide a balance of physicians, sonographers, cardiac care team members, and emerging/early-career faculty (as applicable)
  • Promote educational engagement by including a variety of presentation and learning formats

Deadline for all submissions: June 30, 2021

Notification of selected sessions: September 30, 2021

Submit Your Images for the 2021 Image Calendar Contest by August 9

The ASE Echo Image Calendar has become a very popular member renewal gift over the past seven years. Members are encouraged to upload cardiovascular images for the 2022 Image Calendar Contest by Monday, August 9. Please include a brief description of your image. Voting for the favorite images to be included in the colorful, 12-month calendar will close on Tuesday, September 7. All members who renew by December 31, 2021 will receive the 2022 calendar in the mail*.

To upload your images, head to the ASE 2021 Calendar Contest Library on Connect@ASE:

  1. Log in to Connect@ASEusing your ASE username (email address) and password.
  2. Using the left navigation, scroll to Libraries.
  3. Click on Image Library.
  4. Click on the folder called ASE 2022 Calendar Contest.
  5. Click “Upload Resource” under Folder Contents and upload your image. Image files need to be no larger than 30 MB.
  6. Upload as many images as you would like.
  7. Please include a title and brief description of your image.

Please note that this competition is open to members only. If you have any questions, please contact Arissa Cooper at ACooper@ASEcho.org.

*Not including members who live in locations that are not served by the USPS.

Echocardiography is a Key Tool in Early Diagnosis and Streamlined Care in Women’s Health

Three research studies being presented at the ASE 2021 Scientific Sessions Virtual Experience, June 18-21, 2021, highlight the key role of echocardiography, which is ultrasound of the heart, in the diverse field of women’s health. One study used echocardiography to demonstrate a link between high blood pressure in pregnancy and future microvascular disease, or damage to the heart’s smallest blood vessels. Another investigation evaluates the function of the left atrium in women who take trastuzumab, an antibody used in the treatment of breast cancer. A third research study highlights a heart abnormality seen on routine obstetric ultrasounds that is associated with significant heart defects, and the value of referring these expectant moms to a center with specialized expertise in fetal cardiovascular conditions. Read more here.