Rising Star Bios


Serge Harb, MD is currently a staff cardiologist in the department of cardiovascular medicine at Cleveland Clinic. After graduating with honors and as class valedictorian from Saint Joseph University (USJ) in Beirut, Lebanon, he completed all his internal medicine, cardiology, and advanced cardiac imaging training at Cleveland Clinic main campus. He is a specialist in multimodality cardiovascular imaging and has obtained the highest level of training in all cardiac imaging modalities, including echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular computed tomography, and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging. He has published on multiple areas related to cardiovascular imaging, including 3D printing for procedural planning of structural interventions, and has been invited to present his research at national and international meetings. He has won multiple awards, including the top investigator award from the American Society of Echocardiography, the best abstract award from the European Society of Cardiology, and the top research award from the American College of Cardiology (Ohio Chapter competition), in addition to numerous travel grants, from the American Society of Echocardiography and the American College of Cardiology.
James Lee, MD is a cardiologist at the Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute in Detroit Michigan where he works at the Center for Structural Heart Disease as a specialist in multimodality imaging with a focus on 3D TEE guidance of transcatheter procedures and pre-procedural planning with Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He has a passion for teaching and is continually seeking opportunities to improve educational opportunities for advanced cardiac imaging techniques.
Sharon McCartney, MD, FASE is an Anesthesiologist at Duke University Medical Center, trained in Cardiothoracic and Critical Care Anesthesiology. In her clinical practice, she attends in the Cardiothoracic Surgical Intensive Care Unit, a 32-bed ICU, and the cardiothoracic operating rooms. She provides clinical care and perioperative transesophageal echocardiography to a variety of cardiothoracic surgical patients including open, minimally invasive, and percutaneous structural heart disease procedures, heart and lung transplantation, advanced heart failure therapies such as ECMO and VADs, and both open and minimally invasive pulmonary thromboendarterectomies. In her academic pursuits, she performs research in outcomes following heart transplantation, perioperative transesophageal echocardiography, and acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery. She is involved in education in perioperative TEE and TTE for anesthesiology residents and fellows, and in critical care education for anesthesiology fellows. She is an editor for the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesiology and a co-section editor for the e-challenge section. She is an active member of the Society for Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologists and the American Society of Echocardiography, and has joined both the Rising Stars Task Force and ASE Leadership Academy in 2018.
Marjan Miri, BS, RDCS, is an Adult Cardiac Sonographer at University of California, San Diego, where she performs echocardiograms and assists with research projects. After receiving the Katanick Student Scholarship Award as the highest ranking Sonography student by ASE, she served the Rising Stars Task Force and currently serves on the Education Committee.
Lucy M. Safi, DO, FACC, FASE is Director of Interventional Echocardiography at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey. She completed her cardiology fellowship at Cooper University Hospital followed by an advanced echocardiography fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently, Dr. Safi works as the primary interventional echocardiographer for all structural procedures in a busy tertiary care center.

Dr. Safi has been an active member in the ASE since the early part of her cardiology fellowship. She has volunteered as faculty with the ASE foundation to India and the Philippines. She has also served on numerous ASE committees including the ethics committee, public relations committee, and the rising star task force.