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

Quarterly article in JASE (these are available to the public; the most recent column is available here.)

  • Guideline documents and white papers
  • 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

Current Council Initiatives:

  • ASE Pediatric Echo Lab Productivity Survey
  • Participation in ACPC Quality Metrics Work Group on Non-Invasive Imaging
  • Participation in American College of Cardiology-led writing group for Appropriate Use Criteria for Outpatient Pediatric Echocardiography
  • Pediatric Heart Network Echo Z-Score Project

Dr. Lopez with Pediatric Founder’s Award recipient Jack Rychik, MD

The Council has two awards, which alternate every other year. In 2013, the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Founder’s Award was awarded to Jack Rychik, MD, FASE of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA. This year, the council will award the Excellence in Teaching in Pediatric Echocardiography Award to Tal Geva, MD, FASE. Dr Geva will be honored at the ASE Foundation Gala on Saturday, June 21.More details on awards is available on the awards page of

2013 Travel grant recipients Daniel Forsha, MD (left), and Thomas Miller, MD receive congratulations from Council Chair Leo Lopez MD, FASE

2013 Travel grant recipients Daniel Forsha, MD (left), and Thomas Miller, MD receive congratulations from Council Chair Leo Lopez MD, FASE

Pediatric Council Travel Grants:

  • $1000 stipend toward registration and travel expenses for trainees and physician students to attend Scientific Sessions
  • Requires letter of recommendation, CV, and personal statement
  • Made possible by ASE Foundation Annual Appeal
  • 2014 recipients were:
    Heynric Grotenhuis, MD, PhDThe Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Joy Johnson, MDUniversity of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Applications are accepted in January for the following ASE Scientific Sessions. Those interested in applying should contact Cathy Kerr ( for more information.

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 Leadership:

Chair: Leo Lopez, MD, FASE

Chair-elect: Meryl Cohen, MD, FASE

Imiate Past Chair: Ben Eidem, MD, FASE

SOPE Representative: Craig Fleishman, MD

Scientific Sessions Program Chair: Andrew Powell, MD

Scientific Sessions Program Co-chair: Carolyn Altman, MD

Songrapher Representative: Rebecca Lindquist, BS, RDCS

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Representative: Frank Cetta, MD

Members at Large: Girish Shirali, MBBS, FASE; Anita Moon-Grady, MD, FASE; Greg Ensing, MD; John Kovalchin, MD and Tim Slesnick, MD