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 Steering Committee

  • Quarterly article in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE)
  • 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:

  • Guidelines for Performing a Comprehensive Transesophageal Echocardiographic Examination in the Pediatric Patient with Acquired or Congenital Heart Disease
  • Noninvasive Assessment of Congenital Coronary Anomalies: A Multimodal Guide



2017 Travel grant recipient Jamie Harrington, MD (center) receives congratulations from Council Steering Committee Chair, Gregory Ensing, MD, FASE (left) and Council Steering Committee Past Chair, Meryl Cohen, MD, FASE

The Council has two awards, which alternate every other year. This year, the council awarded the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Founders’ Award to Jean Claude Fouron, MD, FRCP, CM, OQ of CHU Sainte-Justine University Hospital in Montreal, Quebec. Last year, the Excellence in Teaching in Pediatrics was awarded to Lloyd Y. Tani, MD, FASE of the University of Utah Healthcare in Salt Lake City, UT.

2018 Scientific Sessions Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Travel Grant Applications

Application window will open November 1, 2017

The ASE Education and Research Foundation will sponsor two pediatric cardiology trainees to attend the 29th ASE Annual Scientific Sessions in Nashville, TN, June 22-26, 2018. The travel grants are part of an ongoing effort by the ASE’s Council on Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Steering Committee 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 opportunities for trainees with an 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 April 1, 2018. The application window will open the on November 1, 2017. Submissions should be sent to Natalya Read 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 Steering Committee:

Chair: Gregory Ensing, MD, FASE

Chair-elect: Piers Barker, MD, FASE

Past Chair: Meryl Cohen, MD, FASE

Council Representative on ASE Executive Committee:  Sue Phillip, RCS, FASE

Education Committee Representative:  Carolyn Altman, MD, FASE

Guidelines & Standards Committee Representative:  Mark Friedberg, MD, FASE

Scientific Sessions Program Chair:  Craig Fleishman, MD, FASE

Scientific Sessions Program Co-Chair:  Michael Puchalski, MD, FASE

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Representative: George Lui, MD

Members at Large: David Parra, MD, FASE, Nelangi Pinto, MD, FASE and Luciana Young, MD, FASE



CMS finalized increase to echo code 93306 and accepted the cardiology community’s proposal that prevents cuts to echoes with contrast