Academic Imaging Core Labs

Reference Guide for Academic Imaging Core Labs

ASE is committed to enhancing the credibility and validity of echocardiography as a research and clinical tool. Academic imaging core labs, those labs that conduct centralized research analysis for multicenter clinical trials outside of the clinical scenario, are a crucial element of cardiovascular ultrasound research. Identifying analysis laboratories and creating a profile of research capabilities is essential to support ASE’s ongoing work with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to better integrate cardiovascular ultrasound into their regulatory activities and funding priorities. 

ASE Guidelines and Standards for Good Laboratory Practice

Inclusion in this reference guide is based on confirmation of the following:
  1. The lab is a not-for-profit institution (e.g., university, medical school, hospital, etc.).
  2. The lab has performed core lab functions in at least one multicenter trial, either funded by the NIH or with data submitted to the FDA.
If you would like to list your academic imaging core lab in this guide, or if your lab does not meet the above criteria but would like to be kept aware of ASE’s research activities, please contact Andrea Van Hoever.
ASE is providing the following self-reported information on academic imaging core labs as a public service and resource for Federal, commercial and societal trials. Inclusion in this reference guide does not serve as an endorsement or verification of quality.

United States Academic Imaging Core Labs

Listed in alphabetical order by state. See International Academic Imaging Core Labs


Yale Echo Core Lab, Yale Cardiovascular Research Group
Echo Core Lab Director: Lissa Sugeng, MD, MPH, FACC
YCRG Medical Director: Alexandra Lansky, MD, FAHA, FACC, FSCAI, FESC
Address: 1 Church Street, Suite 330, New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: (203)737-2032
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography, MR, CT. Others: Angiography, CEC, EKG

District of Columbia

MedStar Health Research Institute at Washington Hospital Center
Medical Directors: Neil Weissman, MD, FASE and Federico Asch, MD, FASE
Address: 100 Irving Street NW, East Building, Room 5123, Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202)877-0223
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography, MR, CT, Vascular/Carotid, QCA, IVUS


Cardiovascular Imaging Research Core (CIRC), Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Medical Director: Ritu Sachdeva, MD
Address: Emory+Children’s Pediatric Research Center, 2015 Uppergate Road, Room 504, Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: (404)785-CIRC
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography, MR, Vascular/Carotid. Others: Exercise stress echocardiograms, Brachial reactivity, Pulse wave velocity and pulse wave analysis, Electrocardiograms, Holter


Johns Hopkins International Core Imaging Laboratory
Medical Director: Joao Lima, MD
Address: 600 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: (410)614-1284
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography (including Speckle tracking), MR, CT, Vascular/Carotid (including Carotid IMT, Brachial reactivity)


Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Medical Director: Scott Solomon, MD
Address: 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (857)307-1960
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography, MR, CT


Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Directors: Michael Picard, MD, FASE and Judy Hung, MD, FASE
Address: 55 Fruit Street, Yawkey 5E, Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617)724-7738
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography [TTE, TEE, Stress echo, including 3D, Contrast (LVO and perfusion), and Dysynchrony]. Others: Brachial reactivity, Small animal imaging


Mayo Clinic
Medical Director: Jae K. Oh, MD, FASE
Address: 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905
Phone: (507)284-1226
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography


Mercy Cardiovascular Research Echo Core Lab
Medical Director: John A. Nash, MD, FACC
Technical Study Director: Claire Donato, RDCS
Address: 625 S. New Ballas Road, Ste. 2010, St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: (314)251-3920
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography

Cardiac MR Section Director: Ibrahim Saeed, MD
Address: 4401 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816)932-5773
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography. Others: Quantitative coronary and vascular angiography, Intravascular ultrasound, Tissue classification intravascular ultrasound, Optical coherence tomography, Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging


Washington University School of Medicine, Cardiovascular Imaging and Clinical Research Core Laboratory
Address: 660 S. Euclid Avenue, Box 8086, St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314)362-1076
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography, CT, Vascular/Carotid. Others: Brachial reactivity, Sphygmocor (PWV, AIx), Holter, 24-HR ABPM

New Jersey

Address: 100 Madison Avenue, Cardiac Administration – Gagnon C, Morristown, NJ 07962-1956
Phone: (973)971-7416
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography

New York

Mount Sinai Cardiac Ultrasound Research Core Lab
Medical Director: Partho P. Sengupta, MD, FASE
Address: One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1030, New York, NY 10029-6574
Phone: (212)659-9121
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography (including 3D). Others: Cardiac muscle mechanics, Cardiac fluid mechanics, Tele-echocardiography

St. Francis Hospital-The Heart Center
Medical Director: Nathaniel Reichek, MD, FACC, FAHA
Address: 100 Port Washington Blvd., Roslyn, NY 11576
Phone: (516)622-4561
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography, Nuclear, MR, CT

North Carolina

Duke Clinical Research Institute
Medical Director: Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC, FAHA, FASE
Address: 7022 North Pavilion DUMC, P.O. Box 17969, Durham, NC 27715
Phone: (919)681-2690
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography, MR, QCA. Others: ECG, All radiology


Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Cardiovascular Imaging Core Research Laboratory (CICRL)
Medical Director: Thomas R. Kimball, MD, FASE
Address: 333 Burnett Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229
Phone: (513)636-8270
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography, Vascular/Carotid. Others: Sphygmacor, Applanation tonometry, Small animal (mice) echocardiography


Medical Director: Wael A. Jaber, MD
Address: 9500 Euclid Avenue, J1-5, Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: (216)444-8305
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography, Nuclear (MUGA, SPECT, PET), MR, CT, IVUS. Others: Angiography, Carotid intimal-ial thickness


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Medical Director: Martin St. John Sutton, MBBS, FRCP, FACC, FAHA, FESC, FASE
Address: Ground Floor, Rhoads Building, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215)662-2285
Modalities Perfor: Quantitative Doppler Echocardiography


Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute
Medical Director: Paul Grayburn, MD
Address: 621 N. Hall Street, Suite H030, Dallas, TX 75226
Phone: (214)820-7856
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography (TEE including 3D)


University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center
Medical Director: Jose Banchs, MD, FASE
Technical Director: Liza Sanchez, RCS, FASE
Address: R. Lee Clark Clinic (R6.2235), 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 0349, Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713)563-8283 or (713)792-7726
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography, Others: 3D transthoracic and transesophageal, Advanced cardiac mechanics imaging with 2D speckle tracking, Pediatric studies


Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Medical Director: Peter Frommelt, MD, FASE
Address: 9000 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53122
Phone: (414)266-2434
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography


University of Wisconsin
Medical Director: James H. Stein, MD, FASE
Address: 600 Highland Avenue, G7/341 CSC, MC3248, Madison, WI 53792
Phone: (608)263-9648
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography, Vascular/Carotid

International Academic Imaging Core Labs

Listed in alphabetical order by country. See United States Academic Imaging Core Labs


Cardiovascular Imaging Research Centre, University of Queensland School of Medicine
General Manager: Brian A. Haluska, PhD, MSc, RDCS, AMS, FASE
Address: Princess Alexandra Hospital, Ipswich Road, Brisbane, Queensland 4102 Australia
Phone: +61-7-3176 5829
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography, Vascular/Carotid, Others: Tonometry, ABI


JC Anderson Core Echo Lab, Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta
Address: TRW Building, Room GE 65, 3280 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 4Z6 Canada
Phone: (403)220-2195
Modalities Perfor:  Echocardiography, Others: Strain and strain rate imaging, 3D, Stress, Contrast, Transesophageal echocardiography

New Zealand

University of Auckland
Medical Directors: Gillian Whalley, PhD, FASE and Rob Doughty, MD, FRACP, FESC
Address: Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1042 New Zealand
Phone: +6421306509
Modalities Perfor: Echocardiography, Vascular/Carotid