Council on Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease

 The ASE Council on Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease is dedicated to the following objectives:

  • Support pediatric and congenital heart disease ultrasound interest areas by communicating issues of importance to the membership;
  • Provide guidance to the Board regarding pediatric and congenital issues;
  • Provide a forum for members with similar interests to network;
  • Provide a representative (council chairman) to ASE Board of Directors;
  • To provide educational offerings for those practicing cardiovascular ultrasound for pediatric patients and those with congenital heart disease, including guidance to Scientific Sessions Program Committee
  • To provide guidance on standards of care related to pediatric and congenital heart disease to the Board and Guidelines and Standards Committee

PCHD Council Steering Committee

  • Quarterly article in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE)
  • Targeted track at ASE Scientific Sessions
  • Advocacy efforts related to issues affecting pediatric and congenital echocardiography
  • Pediatric and Congenital Community on  Connect@ASE
    • Monthly message from chair
    • Resource library
    • Allows members to discuss issues and network
    • Forum for news and announcements about ASE and pediatric and congenital heart disease

2022 Scientific Sessions Travel Grants Application is Now Open!

The ASE Foundation will sponsor two pediatric cardiology trainees to attend the 33rd Annual ASE Scientific Sessions in Seattle, WA- June 10-13, 2022.  Two travel grants of $1,000 each will be awarded. The travel grants are part of an ongoing effort by the ASE’s Council on Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Steering Committee to encourage pediatric cardiology fellows to sub-specialize in the field of pediatric cardiovascular imaging. The hope of the Council is to provide interested fellows with a deeper understanding of the imaging field and facilitate the development of meaningful mentoring opportunities for trainees with an established imaging faculty.

Pediatric cardiology fellows in the first three years of training with an interest in cardiac imaging are encouraged to apply. The application process requires submission of:

  • Your current CV.
  • A brief, one-page personal statement about why you want to attend the Annual ASE Scientific Sessions.
  • A letter from the director of your training program or the echo laboratory director in support of your application.

Applicants must be a member of ASE. Previous recipients of an ASE Travel Grant are not eligible to apply. Questions and application materials may be directed to Dallas Lyons at Deadline for submission is Monday, April 18, 2022.


The Council has two awards, which alternate every other year.

Participating in the Council on Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease

Membership in ASE’s councils is a complimentary member benefit. You can join one or more subspecialty councils of interest to you by checking the relevant boxes on your membership application or by selecting them in your online membership profile.

Most of the information about council activities, announcements, discussion boards and volunteer opportunities are available in the council’s community on Connect@ASE, ASE’s online networking site.   This site is an ASE member benefit, and allows council members the opportunity to network, discuss issues, be aware of deadlines for travel grants and volunteer opportunities, and be in the know about council initiatives, concerns and news. Members can opt for daily or weekly digests of news related to the council communities in which they chose to participate. Simply opt to join the communities of interest to you by clicking on the “communities” tab on your Connect@ASE homepage.

Additional pediatric and congenital resources on

2021-2022 Council on Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Steering Committee:

Chair: Carolyn Altman, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASE (June 2021 – June 2023)
Chair- Elect: Craig Fleishman, MD, FASE (June 2021 – June 2023)
Immediate Past Chair: Piers Barker, MD, FASE (June 2021 – June 2023)
ASE Council Representative: Meryl Cohen, MD, MSEd, FASE, FACC, FAHA (June 2020 – June 2022)
Education Committee Rep: Gregory Tatum, MD, FASE (June 2021 – June 2023)
Guidelines & Standards Committee Rep: Brian Soriano, MD, FASE (June 2021 – June 2023)
Scientific Sessions Track Chair: David Parra, MD, FASE (June 2021 – June 2022)
Scientific Sessions Track Co-Chair: Luciana Young, MD, FAHA, FACC, FASE (June 2021 – June 2022)
Member at Large: Bhawna Arya, MD, FASE (June 2020 – June 2022)
Member at Large: Pei-Ni Jone, MD, FASE (June 2020 – June 2022)
Member at Large: Neha Soni-Patel, BS, RDCS, RCCS, FASE (June 2020 – June 2022)
Member at Large: Elif Seda Selamet Tierney, MD, FASE (June 2021 – June 2023)
Member at Large: Jennifer Tresness, RDCS (PE/AE), RDMS(FE), FASE (June 2021 – June 2023)
Staff Liaison: Dallas Lyons III