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



2018 Travel grant recipients, Andrew McCrary, MD (left) and Brian White, MD (right) receives congratulations from Council Steering Committee Chair, Gregory Ensing, MD, FASE.

The Council has two awards, which alternate every other year. In 2018, the Excellence in Teaching in Pediatrics was awarded to Meryl Cohen, MD, FASE of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. In 2017, the council awarded the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Founders’ Award to Jean Claude Fouron, MD, FRCP, CM, OQ of CHU Sainte-Justine University Hospital in Montreal, Quebec.

Scientific Sessions Travel Grants

The ASE Education and Research Foundation sponsors two pediatric cardiology trainees to attend the ASE Scientific Sessions every year. 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 for the $1000 grants.  The application process requires submission of your CV, along with a brief personal statement about why you want to attend the ASE Scientific Sessions, plus a letter from the echo lab 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. Application deadline is April 1, 2019. Submissions should be sent to Natalya Read at

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

Information on pediatric and congenital heart disease training and fellowships is available here:

Council on Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Steering Committee:

Chair: Piers Barker, MD, FASE

Chair-elect: Carolyn Altman, MD, FASE

Past Chair: Gregory Ensing, MD, FASE

Council Representative on ASE Executive Committee:  Wyman Lai, MD, MPH, FASE

Education Committee Representative:  Sowmya Balasubramanian, MD, FASE

Guidelines & Standards Committee Representative:  David Harrild, MD, FASE

Scientific Sessions Program Track Chair:  Ritu Sachdeva, MD, FASE

Scientific Sessions Program Track Co-Chair:  Shubhika Srivastava, MD, FASE

Members at Large: Anitha Parthiban, MD, FASE; Bruce Landeck, II, MD, FASE; Melissa Wasserman, RDCS, RCCS, FASE