Academic Imaging Core Labs

Reference Guide for Academic Imaging Core Labs

ASE is committed to enhancing the credibility and validity of echocardiography as a research and clinical tool. Academic imaging core labs, those labs that conduct centralized research analysis for multicenter clinical trials outside of the clinical scenario, are a crucial element of cardiovascular ultrasound research. Identifying analysis laboratories and creating a profile of research capabilities is essential to support ASE’s ongoing work with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to better integrate cardiovascular ultrasound into their regulatory activities and funding priorities. 

ASE Guidelines and Standards for Good Laboratory Practice

Inclusion in this reference guide is based on confirmation of the following:
  1. The lab is a not-for-profit institution (e.g., university, medical school, hospital, etc.).
  2. The lab has performed core lab functions in at least one multicenter trial, either funded by the NIH or with data submitted to the FDA.

If you would like to list your academic imaging core lab in this guide, or if your lab does not meet the above criteria but would like to be kept aware of ASE’s research activities, please contact Sarah Beth Bdoyan.

ASE is providing the following self-reported information on academic imaging core labs as a public service and resource for Federal, commercial and societal trials. Inclusion in this reference guide does not serve as an endorsement or verification of quality. Information reported is accurate as of January 2015.

United States Academic Imaging Core Labs

Listed in alphabetical order by state. See International Academic Imaging Core Labs


University of California, San Francisco
Medical Director: Theodore Abraham, MD, FASE
Address: 505 Parnassus Avenue M314, San Francisco, CA 94143-0214
Phone: (415)353-1867
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography (including LA, LV and RV strain), MR, CT. Others: Data Management, Trial Design, Protocol and Report Writing.


Yale Echo Core Lab, Yale Cardiovascular Research Group
Echo Core Lab Director: Lavanya Bellumkonda, MD
Medical Director: Alexandra Lansky, MD, FAHA, FACC, FSCAI, FESC
Address: 135 College Street, Suite 101, New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: (203)737-2032
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography, MR, CT, Angiography, ECG. Others: Data Management, Project Management, Clinical Trial Design and Regulatory Strategy, CEC, DSMB, Biostatistical Support, Protocol and Report Writing.

District of Columbia

MedStar Health Research Institute at Washington Hospital Center
Medical Directors: Neil Weissman, MD, FASE and Federico Asch, MD, FASE
Address: 100 Irving Street NW, East Building, Room 5123, Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202)877-0223
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography, MR, CT, Vascular/Carotid, QCA, IVUS


Cardiovascular Imaging Research Core (CIRC), Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Medical Director: Ritu Sachdeva, MD, FACC, FAAP, FASE
Address: Emory+Children’s Pediatric Research Center, 2015 Uppergate Road, Room 504, Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: (404)785-CIRC
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography, MR, Vascular/Carotid. Others: Exercise stress echocardiograms, Brachial reactivity, Pulse wave velocity and pulse wave analysis, Electrocardiograms, Holter


Northwestern University Echocardiography Core Laboratory
Medical Director: Dr. Sanjiv Shah
Address: 633 N St Clair, Suite 1900, Chicago IL 60611
Phone: 312-503-1124
Modalities performed: Echocardiography (including speckle tracking echocardiography and exercise stress echocardiography), MR, CT


Johns Hopkins International Core Imaging Laboratory
Medical Director: Joao Lima, MD
Address: 600 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: (410)614-1284
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography (including Speckle tracking), MR, CT, Vascular/Carotid (including Carotid IMT, Brachial reactivity)


Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Medical Director: Scott Solomon, MD
Address: 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (857)307-1960
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography, MR, CT
Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Directors: Michael Picard, MD, FASE and Judy Hung, MD, FASE
Address: 55 Fruit Street, Yawkey 5E, Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617)724-7738
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography [TTE, TEE, Stress echo, including 3D, Contrast (LVO and Perfusion), Dysynchrony, Strain (LV and RV)]. Others: Brachial reactivity, Small animal imaging


Mayo Clinic
Medical Director: Jae K. Oh, MD, FASE
Address: 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905
Phone: (507)284-1226
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography


Mercy Cardiovascular Research Echo Core Lab
Medical Director: John A. Nash, MD, FACC
Technical Study Director: Claire Donato, RDCS
Address: 625 S. New Ballas Road, Ste. 2010, St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: (314)251-3920
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography
Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute
Cardiac MR Section Director: Ibrahim Saeed, MD
Address: 4401 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816)932-5773

Modalities Performed: Echocardiography. Others: Quantitative coronary and vascular angiography, Intravascular ultrasound, Tissue classification intravascular ultrasound, Optical coherence tomography, Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging

Address: 660 S. Euclid Avenue, Box 8086, St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314)362-1076
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography, CT, Vascular/Carotid. Others: Brachial reactivity, Sphygmocor (PWV, AIx), Holter, 24-HR ABPM


University of Nebraska Contrast Ultrasound Core Lab
Medical Director: Thomas R. Porter, MD, FACC, FASE
Address: 982265 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-2265
Phone: (402)559-6502
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography, Vascular/Carotid

New Jersey

Address: 100 Madison Avenue, Cardiac Administration – Gagnon C, Morristown, NJ 07962-1956
Phone: (973)971-7416
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography

New York

Cardiovascular Research Foundation Echocardiography Core Laboratory
Medical Director: Rebecca Hahn, MD, FASE
Project Manager: Champika Djurkovic, MD
Address: 1700 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 646)434-4124
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography, Nuclear, MR, CT, QCA, IVUS. Others: Offers the complete spectrum of interventional and pharmacological evaluations in cardiovascular medicine.

Mount Sinai Cardiac Ultrasound Research Core Lab
Medical Director: Partho P. Sengupta, MD, FASE
Address: One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1030, New York, NY 10029-6574
Phone: (212)659-9121
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography (including 3D). Others: Cardiac muscle mechanics, Cardiac fluid mechanics, Tele-echocardiography
St. Francis Hospital-The Heart Center
Medical Director: Nathaniel Reichek, MD, FACC, FAHA
Address: 100 Port Washington Blvd., Roslyn, NY 11576
Phone: (516)622-4561
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography, Nuclear, MR, CT

North Carolina

Duke Clinical Research Institute
Medical Director: Melissa Daubert, MD, FACC, FSCCT, FASE
Address: 300 West Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919)236-9487
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography, MR, QCA, CAC CT, ECG, and Radiology


Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Cardiovascular Imaging Core Research Laboratory (CICRL)
Medical Director: Garick Hill, MD, FASE
Address: 333 Burnett Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229
Phone: (513)636-8270
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography (including 3D and strain), Vascular (including CIMT and brachial reactivity), Small animal echocardiography
Medical Director: Wael A. Jaber, MD
Address: 9500 Euclid Avenue, J1-5, Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: (216)444-8305
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography, Nuclear (MUGA, SPECT, PET), MR, CT, IVUS. Others: Angiography, Carotid intimal-ial thickness


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Medical Director: Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE, FACC and Martin St. John Sutton, MBBS, FRCP, FACC, FAHA, FESC, FASE
Address: Ground Floor, Rhoads Building, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215)573-6606
Modalities Performed: Quantitative 2D, 3D, and Doppler Echocardiography; Strain imaging analyses


Cardiac Imaging Core Lab (CICL), Baylor Scott & White Research Institute
Medical Director: Paul A. Grayburn, MD, FACC, FASE
Scientific Director: Anna Sannino, MD, PhD, FASE
Project Manager: Preethi Ravindranathan, MS
Address: 1100 Allied Dr, Suite 500, Plano, TX 75093
Phone: (469)814-4721
Modalities Performed: Adult Echocardiography, including 3D analyses of the mitral valve, left ventricle, right ventricle, and speckle tracking strain.

University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center
Medical Director: Jose Banchs, MD, FASE
Technical Director: Liza Sanchez, RCS, FASE
Address: R. Lee Clark Clinic (R6.2235), 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 0349, Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713)563-8283 or (713)792-7726
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography, Others: 3D transthoracic and transesophageal, Advanced cardiac mechanics imaging with 2D speckle tracking, Pediatric studies


Intermountain Critical Care Echocardiography Research Core Lab
Medical Director: Michael Lanspa, MD, MSCR, FASE, FCCM, FCCP
Address: 5121 S. Cottonwood Street, Shock-Trauma ICU, Murray, UT 84107
Phone: (801)507-6556
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography (TTE, TEE, Speckle Tracking/Strain) with a focus on critical illness. Others: Critical Care Ultrasound, Data Management and Analysis, Clinical Trial Design and Regulatory Strategy, Project Management


Pediatric Echocardiography Core Laboratory, Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Medical Director: Peter Frommelt, MD, FASE
Address: 9000 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53122
Phone: (414)266-2434
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography


University of Wisconsin Atherosclerosis Imaging Research Program
Medical Director: James H. Stein, MD, FASE
Address: 600 Highland Avenue, Room H6/377 CSC, MC 3248, Madison, WI 53792
Phone: (608)265-9947
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography, Vascular/Carotid, ECG, Treadmill

International Academic Imaging Core Labs

Listed in alphabetical order by country. See United States Academic Imaging Core Labs


Cardiovascular Imaging Research Centre, University of Queensland School of Medicine
Address: Princess Alexandra Hospital, Ipswich Road, Brisbane, Queensland 4102 Australia
Phone: +61-7-3176 5829
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography, Vascular/Carotid, Others: Tonometry, ABI


JC Anderson Core Echo Lab, Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta
Address: TRW Building, Room GE 65, 3280 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 4Z6 Canada
Phone: (403)220-2195
Modalities Performed:  Echocardiography, Others: Strain and strain rate imaging, 3D, Stress, Contrast, Transesophageal echocardiography

New Zealand

University of Otago
Medical Directors: Gillian Whalley, PhD, DMU, FASE and Sean Coffey, MB BS, PhD, FRACP
Address: Department of Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, P.O. Box 56, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
Phone: +64 21306509
Modalities Performed: Echocardiography, Vascular/Carotid