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Echocardiography society leaders from around the world gathered during the ASE Scientific Sessions in Portland for the International Leadership Roundtable. Hosted by ASE’s International Relations Advisory Committee and Executive Committee, the echo leaders discussed challenges, opportunities for collaboration, and trends within their part of the world.









Read the blog from the December 2012 humanitarian/training mission in rural India.

Watch our video of the January 2012 ASE Global: Focus on India.

Medical volunteers are increasingly needed for medical missions and medical camps throughout the world.  To receive information on upcoming volunteer opportunities, please complete and submit this form.



EchoDinner2ASE was honored to be a part of the recent Great Wall International Congress on Cardiology.  During the ASE session of the GW-ICC meeting, Dr. Patricia Pellikka, ASE President, and Dr. Rebecca Hahn presented to the overflow crowd.  In addition the ASE delegation was treated to a tour of the Third Hospital of Peking University.

Four translated guideline posters are being distributed throughout China.  Translations and artwork were prepared for ASE’s guideline posters on prosthetic valves, valve stenosis, LV diastolic function, and pediatric quantification.  Volunteers for this effort included Dr. Feng Xie, Dr. Jiefei Wu, Dr. Jiawei Tian, Dr. Leng Jiang, and Dr. Mei Zhang.  Philips Hong Kong provided generous support for the printing and dissemination of these posters.

Photo:  Echocardiographers from the US and China shared an enjoyable meal during the Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology, October 2012 in Beijing.

Visit our Guidelines translations page to access the full text of nine Mandarin-translated ASE guideline documents.



Dr. Neil Weissman, ASE President, and David Adams, ASE sonographer representative at EchoNagpur, pose with a meeting delegate (center) and Drs. Shantanu Sengupta and Mahesh Fulwani, EchoNagpur Program Directors.

August 2014 – ASE endorsed the recent EchoNagpur 2014, held August 8-10  in Nagpur, India.  See coverage of the meeting here.  Read Dr. Weissman’s blog about his visit to Echo Nagpur.

Dr. Shantanu Sengupta, program director for EchoNagpur, sent this report:
“It has been an amazing experience to do the 9th annual meeting of EchoNagpur with 312 delegates attending from all over India. Endorsement of ASE has added value to the meeting. Over 150 interesting Echo cases were discussed by the faculty. And the most interesting part of the meeting was that the delegates were not ready to leave the hall at the end of the meeting every day and wanted to learn and interact more with the faculty.”

ASE led the organizational effort for the 2nd World Summit on Echocardiography, held October 25-27, 2013 in New Delhi, India.  The Summit, a collaboration of eight echocardiography societies around the world, was a great success, attracting over 900 registrants from 35 countries.  With more than 25 industry partners, the meeting was a pleasing blend of new technology in the field of echocardiography and old Indian tradition, as demonstrated in the opening ceremony, streaming live with interactive elements, adding unique and entertaining aspects to this one-of-a-kind event.


ASE had a strong representation at EchoNagpur. Shown left to right, Drs. Partho Sengupta, Neil Weissman, Shantanu Sengupta, and Bijoy Khandheria with Jayne Cleve and David Adams, both of Duke University.

The 2nd World Summit was led by Dr. Partho P. Sengupta, International Chair, and Dr. J.C. Mohan, Program Chair. Society partners for this event included the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, Indian Academy of Echocardiography, Echocardiography Association of the Interamerican Cardiology Society, Japanese Society of Echocardiography, Korean Society of Echocardiography, Canadian Society of Echocardiography, and Chinese Society of Echocardiography.

See photos from the 2nd World Summit here.

The 3rd World Summit on Echocardiography will be held September 11-13 in Beijing, China.

Our volunteers have returned from the successful December 2012 humanitarian/training mission to rural India.  Read their blog.

Recent press:

EchoNagpur Director Dr. Shantanu Sengupta reports that EchoNagpur 2012 was a huge success, with 312 delegates. The first day was e-Pathshala, a live hands-on interactive workshop on laptop with pre-recorded cases, attended by 140 delegates. The meeting focused on case-based discussion with all practical points discussed. There was a full house all three days with delegates sitting till late evening. ASE was represented at this ASE-endorsed conference in Nagpur, India by Dr. Patricia Pellikka, ASE President; Past President Dr. Bijoy Khandheria; and current ASE Board Member Dr. Partho Sengupta, as well as long-time ASE members Dr. Natesha Pandian, Dr. J.C. Mohan, Dr. Manish Bansal, and Dr. Nitin Burkule. Local ia covered the meeting all three days:  read about the meeting in The Hitavada on August 10, August 11, and August 12.

Read this article from The Times of India.



Kasliwal2January 2012 – The onsite team members (see photo left) for ASE Global: Focus on India  returned home from a memorable journey. For more information on this humanitarian effort, visit here.

Watch our video of the January 2012 ASE Global: Focus on India.

Photo:  Dr. Ravi Kasliwal and Medanta Medicity served as hosts for the training portion of the January event.  Shown behind Dr. Kasliwal is Medanta Medicity’s Wall of Faith.

Recent press on ASE Global: Focus on India:

From Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (February 16, 2012) – Medical Outreach Brings Innovative Ultrasound Technology to Underserved in India

YouTube:  LeaAnne Dantin, Global Product Manager for Vscan, GE Healthcare, talks about ASE Global: Focus on India


India2012Medical volunteers are increasingly needed for medical missions and medical camps throughout the world.  To receive information on upcoming volunteer opportunities, please complete and submit this form.

Left:  Leaders from ASE and the Indian Academy of Echocardiography discussed collaborations during the ASE Scientific Sessions in National Harbor, MD.



To learn more about echocardiography activities in India, visit the Indian Academy of Echocardiography website.


Read the President’s Blog:  Bridging Echocardiography Across Friends



Representatives from the leadership of the Japanese Society of Echocardiography (JSE) and ASE met during ASE 2015 in Portland.  Left to right:  Benjamin Byrd III, ASE Immediate Past President, Neil Weissman, ASE President, Satoshi Nakatani, JSE Vice President, Patricia Pellikka, ASE Past President, Katsu Takenaka, JSE President, Susan Wiegers, ASE President-Elect, Robin Wiegerink, ASE CEO, Jim Thomas, ASE International Relations Co-Chair, and Roberto Lang, ASE International Relations Co-Chair.




ASE leaders participated in the Japanese Society of Echocardiography’s 25th Annual Scientific Meeting in Kanazawa, Japan.  Read the report in the Global Blog.

To learn more about echocardiography activities in Japan, visit the Japanese Society of Echocardiography website.


Left:  Leaders from the Korean Society of Echocardiography and the American Society of Echocardiography shared ideas during ASE2012 in National Harbor.  Left to right:  Drs. Ha, Kwan, Thomas, Weissman, Pellikka and Kim.

To learn more about echocardiography activities in Korea, visit the Korean Society of Echocardiography website.

The Philippines

To learn more about echocardiography activities in the Philippines, visit the Philippine Society of Echocardiography website.

Australia and New Zealand

To learn more about echocardiography activities in Autralia and New Zealand, please visit the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand website.



To learn more about echocardiography activities in Europe, please visit the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging website

North America


Left:  Canada was well represented at the ASE Scientific Sessions.  Left to right:  Drs. Tam, Pellikka, Rudski, Woo, Thomas, Weissman, and Leong-Poi.

To learn more about echocardiography activities in Canada, please visit the Canadian Society of Echocardiography website


Read Dr. Weissman’s blog about his visit to Global Congress of Echo & Cardiovascular Imaging – iMEX Imaging Mexico in Cancun here.

Middle East

Stay tuned for more information on cardiovascular ultrasound activities in the Middle East.


South and Central America

Read the Argentina Society of Cardiology (SAC) interview with Dr. Partho Sengupta.  Dr. Sengupta was a featured speaker at their July 2014 Echo Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

ASE Foundation is excited to announce that we’re adding Spanish-language webinars to our repertoire of translated guideline materials. Dr. Federico Asch recorded ASE’s first Spanish webinar available for no cost. Dr. Asch presented “Guidelines for Performing a Comprehensive Transesophageal Echocardiographic Examination” by Hahn et al.  Watch here.

Three-Dimensional Echocardiography: Recommendations for Image Acquisition and Display 
Presentacion y adaptacion al Espanol: Robert M. Lang, MD, FASE

Visit our Guidelines translations page to access the full text of four Spanish-translated ASE guideline documents and five Portuguese translated ASE guideline documents.

To learn more about echocardiography activities in South and Central America, visit the ECOSIAC website.

Honorary FASE

This year the ASE International Relations Task Force and the ASE Executive Committee selected three outstanding individuals to receive the designation of Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography. This honor is given to individuals outside the US who have made significant contributions to the field of cardiovascular ultrasound and have played a strong role in building relationships with the Society. We have all benefited from their science and their friendship. This honor has been previously awarded to eighteen other recipients.

These individuals are our colleagues, our friends, and our inspiration.  Because they will now include FASE behind their names, they will serve as ambassadors for ASE throughout the world.


Dr. Hiroshi Ito made seminal original observations of the importance of the no-reflow phenomenon in patients with acute myocardial infarction. While the “no reflow” phenomenon had been described experimentally before, Dr. Ito was the first to show it in humans using direct coronary injection of microbubbles. He was the first to demonstrate that despite TIMI 3 flow, a quarter of patients had no reflow and did poorly on follow-up. He published dozens of papers on the “no-reflow” phenomenon and its prognostic implications in patients with acute MI using both myocardial contrast echocardiography as well as Doppler. He later demonstrated that certain drugs could improve the no reflow phenomenon and thus improve outcome.

Dr. Ito is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Okayama University in Japan.



Dr. Jagdish C. Mohan has contributed immensely to the growth and dissemination of echocardiography in India and is recognized as an international expert and educator in echocardiography. He is a founding member and past-president of the Indian Academy of Echocardiography, former editor of Journal of Indian Academy of Echocardiography, and former publisher for Indian Heart Journal. Dr Mohan has been a prolific researcher and has contributed towards several original observations regarding echocardiographic assessments of patients with valvular heart diseases and heart failure. He provided some of the earliest observations regarding myocardial functional abnormalities in patients with rheumatic mitral stenosis. As one of the rare physicians who excelled equally in both interventional techniques and cardiac imaging, he therefore contributed to original observations demonstrating the direct impact of interventional techniques like balloon mitral valvuloplasty on valvular and cardiac function.

Dr. Mohan has been closely associated with ASE as an educator and mentor in disseminating echocardiography standards globally. Most recently he was the Program Chair for the Second World Summit of Echocardiography held in New Delhi India in 2013 which was a resounding success, thanks to his efforts.

Dr Yun Zhang

Dr. Yun Zhang is an outstanding academic cardiologist in China. He was the first to perform stress echo in China and reported utility of supine bicycle exercise echocardiography for detection of CAD in 1982. He developed several novel Doppler echocardiographic methods in the assessment of hemodynamics in valvular heart disease and congenital heart disease. Dr. Zhang has made significant contributions to our understanding of atherosclerosis, hypertension and heart failure using new echocardiographic tools including tissue Doppler imaging and speckle tracking technologies, and has authored more than 300 research papers in peer-reviewed international and Chinese journals. Dr. Zhang is the president of Chinese Society of Echocardiography, and has been a loyal supporter of ASE, serving as an international faculty for the annual scientific sessions during the past seven years consecutively.

Previous recipients of this honor were Marcia Barbosa, MD, FASE (Brazil), Shintaro Beppu, MD, FASE (Japan); Namsik Chung, MD, FASE (Korea); Alessandro Distante, MD, FASE (Italy); Jean Dumesnil, MD, FASE(Canada); Raimund Erbel, MD, FASE (Germany); Liv Hatle, MD, FASE (Norway); Sabino Iliceto, MD, FASE (Italy), Jorge A. Lowenstein, MD, FASE (Argentina); Gerald Maurer, MD, FASE (Austria), Fausto J. Pinto, MD, PhD, FASE (Portugal); Jos Roelandt, MD, PhD, FASE (Netherlands); Otto Smiseth, MD, FASE (Norway); Chuwa Tei, MD, FASE (Japan); Xinfang Wang, MD, FASE (China); Kiyoshi Yoshida, MD, FASE (Japan), Junichi Yoshikawa, MD, FASE (Japan);Jose Luis Zamorano, MD, FASE (Spain).

International Relations Task Force Leadership and Staff
Roberto M. Lang, MD, FASE – Chair
James D. Thomas, MD, FASE – Chair
Rhonda Price – Staff Liaison,

The International Relations Task Force works to enhance the global perception of Cardiovascular Ultrasound and the American Society of Echocardiography.

ASE works in a variety of settings to assure the growth and excellence in cardiovascular ultrasound around the world and actively develops internationally distributed recommendations documents for improved patient care worldwide.

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