ASE at Japanese Society of Echocardiography Meeting
Past, Present and Future Leaders Represent ASE in Japan
ASE was well represented at the recent 25th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Society of Echocardiography, held April 17-19, 2014 in Kanazawa, Japan. Dr. Benjamin F. Byrd III, ASE President, presented a comprehensive lecture on “Echocardiographic Evaluation of Right Ventricular Function.” Also presenting was Dr. Sacha Bhatia, ASE’s Young Investigator Award winner, on “An Educational Intervention Reduces the Rate of inappropriate Transthoracic Echocardiograms in Ambulatory Care.” ASE Past President Dr. Anthony DeMaria, a frequent and popular lecturer within Japan, spoke on “Contrast Echocardiography: Current Status and Future Applications.” In addition, Dr. Rebecca Hahn provided interventional training on behalf of an industry sponsor of the JSE meeting. The 25th Annual Meeting was led by Dr. Masakazu Yamagishi, President of the Scientific Meeting.
Dr. Katsu Takenaka of Tokyo is serving as JSE President through 2016. JSE Vice President is Dr. Satoshi Nakatani. Both leaders have been ASE members for many years. ASE has enjoyed a long relationship with the Japanese society and counts a large number of Japanese echocardiographers as ASE members, including many physicians who trained at US institutions. Both societies are observing their 25th annual meetings in 2014.
A highlight for ASE representatives included the President’s Dinner on April 16. Held at a famous old-style Japanese restaurant, an abundant array of Japanese gourmet delicacies and spirits were presented to guests, followed by a performance by geisha singers and musicians.
Located in the Ishikawa Prefecture, Kanazawa is known for its famous gardens and beautifully preserved samurai and geisha districts. The JSE meeting was held at Ishikawa Ongakudo. The modern venue also serves as a concert hall, and adjoins the city’s train station, which through the integration of a traditional wooden temple gate with modern glass and steel is an architectural attraction in itself.
A lunar eclipse and still-blooming cherry blossoms added to the meeting festivities.