Nominations for Society Awards Deadline Approaching

Do you have a teacher and/or mentor whose impact you can still feel? ASE is looking for those excellent instructors/mentors to honor them at the 31st Annual Scientific Sessions in Denver, Colorado, June 2020. Check out the links below to see how you may nominate someone (or yourself!) for an award.

Make sure you do not miss the upcoming deadline of August 1, 2019. If you have any questions, or want to submit a nomination, contact

ASE’s New Strategic Plan Needs Your Input

In an effort to understand the needs of our members, ASE is requesting some quick feedback from you regarding the Society’s current Strategic Goals and member resources. Your input will help shape the next Strategic Plan, which will debut in 2020. This survey will gather your thoughts and opinions to help ASE build a future of value to you and other members of our medical community. Your voice matters!

Complete this short 16 question survey, by August 5, and enter to win a free 2020 ASE membership. Be sure to provide your name and email at the end of the survey to be entered in the drawing. Thank you for your time and feedback!

Echo Florida Features Great Opportunity for Interaction with Faculty

ASE’s 8th Annual Echo Florida course is a comprehensive review of cardiovascular ultrasound in clinical practice. The course takes place October 13-15, 2019 with a preconference Learning Lab available October 12, at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts at Walt Disney World® in Orlando, FL. Course Director, Gerard P. Aurigemma, MD, FASE, Co-Director Linda D. Gillam, MD, FASE, and Learning Lab Director, Matt Umland, ACS, RDCS, FASE, have created a program with a heavy emphasis on case-based learning that includes fun opportunities for the participants to interact with the faculty. Download the Advance Program and register today.

July JASE Filled with A Plethora of New, Fantastic Science

The July JASE contains, “Superior Prognostic Value of Right Ventricular Free Wall Compared to Global Longitudinal Strain in Patients with Heart Failure,” by Carluccio et al. Dr. Carluccio said, “Results of this study provide substantial new insights in right ventricular (RV) function assessment and risk stratification of heart failure (HF) patients with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), with important clinical implication. This study, for the first time, clearly shows that, at least in HFrEF patients, the independent contribution of RVGLS to the prediction of outcome is lost when parameters of LV systolic function are taken into account, suggesting that prognostic performance of RVGLS might be hampered by concomitant impairment in global LV systolic function involving the interventricular septum. In contrast, the prognostic role of RVFWS is not affected by LV systolic dysfunction.”

Other JASE articles cover echocardiography in pulmonary embolism, echocardiographic assessment of patent foramen ovale, coronary microvascular dysfunction, assessing treatment of obstructive sleep apnea by echocardiography, longitudinal strain, measuring with echocardiography, and echocardiography in infants and children along with several brief communications and an editorial comment by Drs. Lopez and Colan, “How Well Does the Neonatal Heart Measure Up?” Read the first President’s Message by Madhav Swaminathan, MD, MMCi, FASE, “Creating a Caring Society,” and the Sonographers’ Communication by Raymond Musarra, BSAS, RCS, RDCS, FASE, “Changing Healthcare Costs Impact the Way We Provide Patient Care.”

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Impact Factor for JASE is 6.111 keeping JASE in its competitive place among cardiology journals with a ranking of 17 out of 136 publications.

Keep Up With ASE by Reading President, Dr. Madhav Swaminathan’s Blog

Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE, took helm as ASE President during the 30th annual Scientific Sessions. Learn more about his term and his goals for ASE each month by reading his monthly blog at

“Writing my first blog as the ASE president, I am excited, enthusiastic, and humbled by the role and the possibilities. The ASE is an extraordinary organization. The world’s largest Society of cardiovascular ultrasound professionals is fortunate to have an abundance of talent, skill, and passion among its members, staff, and leaders. Each of these characteristics were on full display at the Scientific Sessions in Portland, OR last month. As we joyously celebrated innovation and science at our 30th annual meeting, we also recognized that we must face a new challenge to our professional and personal well-being – burnout.” Read more here.

It is Time to Submit Your Images for the 2020 Image Calendar Contest

The ASE Echo Image Calendar has become a very popular member renewal gift over the past five years. Members are encouraged to upload images for the 2020 Image Calendar Contest by Monday, August 12. Voting for the favorite images to be included in the colorful, 12-month calendar will begin on August 14 and close on Friday, September 13. The 2020 calendar will be mailed to all members who renew by December 31, 2019.

To upload your images, head to the ASE 2020 Calendar Contest Library on Connect@ASE:

  1. Login to Connect@ASE using your username (email address) and password.
  2. Using the top navigation, scroll to Libraries.
  3. Click on Image Library.
  4. Click on the folder called ASE 2020 Calendar Contest.
  5. Click “New” under Folder Contents on the right hand side of the menu and upload your image. Image files need to be no larger than 30 MB.
  6. You are able to upload as many images as you would like.

Please note this is a membership competition and is open to members only. If you have any questions, please contact Arissa Cooper at

Dr. Madhav Swaminathan Elected President of ASE

Madhav Swaminathan, MD, MBBS, MMCi, FASE, Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Duke Anesthesiology, and Professor of Anesthesiology, Duke University School of Medicine, has taken the helm as president of the ASE. His presidency, which will last one year, marks the first time that an anesthesiologist has been elected to head ASE in its 44-year history.

Dr. Swaminathan addressed the members of the Society at their annual business meeting and shared his excitement for leading ASE for the next year. He said, “ASE has taken an unprecedented step of tapping the first anesthesiologist as its president. It is a bold statement about celebrating diversity. I look forward to leading the Society that has opened its arms to everyone who is interested in cardiovascular ultrasound. In addition to guiding ASE into a new strategic plan beginning in 2020, I am committed to building a network of leaders that supports the well-being of the entire cardiovascular ultrasound community.”

Dr. Swaminathan served as ASE’s Vice President and President-Elect prior to ascending to President. Joining him as new members of the 2019-2020 Executive Committee are Vice President, Raymond Stainback, MD, FASE, Texas Heart Institute, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston, TX; and Secretary, Matt Umland, ACS, RDCS, FASE, Aurora Healthcare, Aurora, WI. Read more about the continuing ASE officers and the new board of directors members here.

ASE 2019 Hosts Nearly 2,600 Attendees

The ASE 2019 Scientific Sessions just wrapped up in Portland, Oregon, and it was a tremendous success. Chaired by Marielle Scherrer-Crosbie, MD, PhD, FASE, and Sonographer Co-Chair, Lanqi Hua, RDCS, (AE/PE/FE), FASE, nearly 2,600 attendees from 41 countries enjoyed five days of learning that were also packed with exciting networking events. If you attended, click here to learn how to claim your CME. The online library of the sessions will be available for purchase on in July.

ASE 2019 also welcomed investigators from 21 countries around the world who presented their original science during the meeting. Congratulations to the two investigator award competition winners on their excellent achievements.

  • 2019 Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator’s Award Competition Winner, Nobuyuki Kagiyama, MD, PhD, West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute Innovation Center
  • 2019 Brian Haluska Sonographer Research Award Competition Winner, Natalie Edwards, ACS, AMS, FASE, the Prince Charles Hospital, Queensland, Australia

Thank you to all of the investigators who contributed to this year’s scientific program! We hope to see your cutting-edge science at next year’s Scientific Sessions. Abstract submissions will open on October 9, 2019.

Also, a big thank you to everyone who stopped by the ASE Foundation Booth during ASE 2019! Between June 22nd and June 25th, the foundation received $15,103 in donations.

We hope to see you next year in Denver, CO, June 19-23, 2020. Register by July 20th for an additional $30 off the early registration prices.

Last Chance for Research Funding

The new E21 Research Grant for Clinician-Scientist and Engineering Partnership program will provide funding for research that aims to use engineering solutions to solve a relevant clinical problem in cardiovascular ultrasound. This ASE Foundation funding is offered in partnership with the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the National Board of Echocardiography, Inc., Bracco, Inc., and Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. Three grants of up to $200,000 each are available. Recipients are also eligible for travel support to present the results of their project at future ASE and AIUM scientific meetings. Visit for more information and application instructions. Don’t delay, submission closes June 30.

Nominations for Society Awards Now Open

ASE is now accepting applications for 2020 Society Awards. These awards will be presented at the 31st Annual Scientific Sessions in Denver, CO, June 2020. Check out the links below to see how you may nominate someone (or yourself!) for an award.

Make sure you do not miss the upcoming deadline of August 1, 2019. If you have any questions, contact