Council on Vascular Ultrasound

The ASE Council on Vascular Ultrasound was founded in 2007 and is dedicated to representing and advancing quality in vascular ultrasound imaging.

Council Objectives include:

  • Support vascular ultrasound interest areas by communicating issues of importance to the membership;
  • Provide guidance to the ASE Board of Directors regarding vascular ultrasound;
  • 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 vascular patients, including guidance to Scientific Sessions Program Committee
  • To provide guidance on standards of care related to vascular ultrasound to the Board and Guidelines and Standards Committee

Vascular Council Steering Committee Activities

  • Quarterly article in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE)
  • Targeted track at ASE Scientific Sessions instructing how to perform vascular ultrasound, review clinical cases, and understand risk assessment in the practice of primary prevention
  • Advocacy efforts related to vascular ultrasound practice
  • Vascular  community on  Connect@ASE
    • Bi-monthly message from chair
    • Resource library
    • Allows members to discuss issues and network
    • Forum for news and announcements about ASE and vascular ultrasound

2018 Scientific Sessions Vascular Travel Grants Applications
The ASE Education and Research Foundation plans to sponsor two vascular ultrasound trainees (physician student or sonographer) to attend the 29th ASE Annual Scientific Sessions in Nashville, TN, June 22-26, 2017.  This travel grant is part of an effort by the ASE’s Council on Vascular Ultrasound Steering Committee to encourage physician trainees in cardiovascular specialties to focus on the field of vascular ultrasound, to encourage sonographers with an interest in vascular imaging, and to recruit enthusiastic new members to the Vascular Ultrasound Council. Students in an ultrasound training program, residents and fellows in vascular surgery, cardiovascular medicine, and vascular medicine may apply. All sonographers with strong interest in vascular ultrasound are also invited to apply. To apply for the $1000 travel grant please submit your CV, a cover letter describing why you desire to attend the ASE Scientific Sessions, plus a letter from either your training program director or vascular lab director in support of your application. Deadline for Submission is April 1, 2018. Submissions should be emailed to Natalya Read at

  • 2017 Travel Grant Recipients: Xuanyi Jin, MD, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ, Zardasht Jaff, MD, MBChB, FRCPC, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada

Vascular Abstract Award given to best Vascular Abstract at Scientific Sessions:

Julia E. Herr, MSc presented her work “ Carotid Plaque Composition by Gray Scale Mapping is Predictive of Coronary Artery Disease and 5 Year Cardiovascular Outcomes” at the conference and was selected as the 2017 Vascular Abstract Winner. Julia Herr is with Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Participating in the Council on Vascular Ultrasound:

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

Council on Vascular Ultrasound Steering Committee:

Chair:  Amer Johri, MD, FASE

Chair Elect: Rene Quiroz, MD, FASE

Immediate Past Chair: Esther Kim, MD, MPH, RPVI, FASE

Council Representative on ASE’s Executive Board:  Sue Phillip, RCS, FASE

Education Committee Representative:  Bryan Wells, MD, FASE

Guidelines & Standards Committee Representative:  Fadi Shamoun, MD, FASE

Scientific Sessions Track Chair:  Rene Quiroz, MD, FASE

Scientific Sessions Track Co-Chair:  Ricardo Benenstein, MD, FASE

Members at large:  Ricardo Benenstein, MD, FASE, Robert Eberhardt, MD, FASE, Liza Sanchez, RCS, FASE


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