MedStar Health Research Institute President, Neil Weissman, MD to Become President of American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)

Neil Weissman, MD, president of the MedStar Health Research Institute and professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, has been named president of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) for a one-year term following the society’s 25th Annual Scientific Sessions, which were held earlier this month in Portland, OR.

The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is a 16,000-member professional organization of physicians, cardiac sonographers, nurses and scientists involved in echocardiography, the use of ultrasound to image the heart and cardiovascular system. The organization was founded in 1975 and is the largest international organization for cardiac imaging.

Last year’s ASE President, Benjamin F. Byrd III, MD, FASE Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN said, “Neil is a wonderful choice to serve as ASE President, and has already contributed a great deal to the organization over the past two decades. His considerable expertise in clinical trials and research was particularly beneficial during his tenure as Chair of ASE’s Guidelines and Standards Committee, and he has brought his passion for education and learning to many other ASE committees and task forces over the years. I have no doubt that Neil’s vision and leadership will help ASE continue to thrive and adapt to the changing healthcare world.”

Dr. Weissman addressed the members of the association at their annual business meeting and shared with the membership his vision of how the Society is well situated to lead the use of cardiovascular ultrasound in this rapidly changing healthcare environment. He envisions the society embracing a larger sector of caregivers using cardiovascular ultrasound in a more diverse manner to improve the quality of patient care in a growing number of clinical settings.

Weissman is President of MedStar Health Research Institute, Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Core Laboratories at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.

Weissman's research interests include valvular heart disease, left ventricular remodeling and intravascular imaging. His ultrasound core laboratory has served as a site for more than 150 multi-center trials, including multiple studies on pharmacologic effects of valvular and ventricular function, prosthetic valve assessments, and intracoronary therapies. Additionally, Weissman has served as Principal Investigator for numerous national and international multi-center trials, including being the national principal investigator on a cardiac safety study with more than 7,500 participants. Prior to moving to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, he was the Director of the Clinical Echocardiography Lab at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Weissman received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York. He then completed his internship, residency, and chief residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital in New York. He followed his residency training with a clinical and research fellowship in cardiology and a fellowship in cardiac ultrasound at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

Internationally recognized as an expert in cardiac ultrasound, Weissman has served on several national organizations, and is on several editorial boards for various internationally recognized journals. He has published hundreds of abstracts and original reports, written several review articles and book chapters and authored a textbook on cardiac imaging.

About MedStar Health Research Institute

The MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in the Maryland and Washington, DC regions. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the ten MedStar hospitals and other MedStar Health entities. Visit us at www.medstarresearch.org.

About The American Society Of Echocardiography (ASE)

As the largest global organization for cardiovascular ultrasound imaging, the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is the leader and advocate, setting practice standards and guidelines. Comprised of over 16,000 physicians, sonographers, nurses, and scientists, ASE is a strong voice providing guidance, expertise, and education to its members with a commitment to improving the practice of ultrasound and imaging of the heart and cardiovascular system for better patient outcomes. For more information about ASE visit www.asecho.org.​

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