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 Founders’ Award recipient Jack Rychik, MD

The Council has two awards, which alternate every other year. In 2013, the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Founders’ 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

2015 Scientific Sessions Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Travel Grant Applications

Deadline March 1, 2015

The ASE Education and Research Foundation will sponsor two pediatric cardiology trainees to attend the 26th ASE Annual Scientific Sessions in Boston, June 12-16, 2015. The travel grants are part of an ongoing effort by the ASE Pediatric Council Board 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 opportunity for trainees with 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.  Previous recipients of a Pediatric Travel Grant are not eligible to apply. Deadline for submission will be March 1, 2015.  Submissions should be sent to Cathy Kerr 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 Leadership:

Chair: Meryl Cohen, MD, FASE

Chair-elect: Gregory Ensing, MD, FASE

Past Chair: Leo Lopez, MD, FASE

SOPE Representative: H. Helen Ko, BS,RDMS, RDCS, FASE

Scientific Sessions Program Chair:  Piers Barker, MD, FASE

Sonographer Representative: Stephanie Nay, RDCS, RCCS, FASE

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Representative: Peter Bartz, MD

Members at Large: Michael Brook, MD, FASE; Michael Puchalski, MD, FASE; Shubhika Srivastava, MD, FASE; Ritu Sachdeva, MBBS, FASE; Adam Dorfman, MD, FASE; Mark Friedberg, MD, FASE