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Upcoming SymposiumFourth Annual Houston
Echo Review:
Boot Camp for
2013 Echo Board

April 12-13, 2013

Denton A. Cooley Auditorium
Texas Heart Institute
, Texas

 Online registration is closed. You may register in person on Friday.
   Upcoming Symposium Brochure


Program Need: Cardiology and cardiovascular anesthesiology fellows in training continually request informal review sessions before the National Board of Echocardiography examinations from area experts. In response to the need, experts at Texas Heart Institute organized a 1-½ day intensive review course to fill this educational gap. The course will help to prepare attendees in a cost effective manner for following National Board of Echocardiography Examinations (NBE) http://www.echoboards.org/.  

Houston Echo Review is a one and a half-day course designed to prepare for the National Board of Echocardiography Board examination through lectures, interactive discussions and case presentations. The review will take place 90 days prior to the ASCeXAM in July 2013. The course will be a fast-paced review of similar topics that are covered in the exam. The goal of the review is to provide enough detail so that attendees will be able to identify areas of potential weakness so that they may effectively design their own self-study program in preparation for the National Board of Echocardiography Examinations (NBE). The course will also provide an overview of echo lab accreditation (ICAEL).

This is a good review for any practicing echocardiographer regardless of whether or not they are taking the NBE exam. The participant will find this course to be a good review for both the NBE initial and recertification examinations. Sonographers are encouraged to attend but this review should not be used as a "stand alone" review for sonographers reviewing for their professional credentialing examinations.


At the conclusion of each lecture in the series, the participant should be able to:  

  • Recognize the morphological features of the disease process under discussion based on two-dimensional and M-mode echocardiography.
  • Cite the most important two-dimensional echo quantitative methods clinically applicable to the cardiovascular disease under discussion.
  • Apply and/or be able to refer to the most appropriate methods for Doppler assessment and quantitative methods of the cardiovascular disease process under discussion.
  • Discuss the basics of a cutting edge anatomical or Doppler method for evaluation of the cardiovascular disease process under discussion. 

Program Schedule Highlights

Friday–April 12th  

8:00 am Welcome and Introductions
Raymond Stainback, MD

8:10 Initial "Quiz"

8:30 Left Ventricular Diastolic Function
Miguel A. Quiñones, MD

9:00 Chamber Quantification
Miguel A. Quiñones, MD

9:30 Left Ventricular Systolic Function
Jose Banchs, MD

10:00 Valve: Mitral Stenosis/Mitral Regurgitation
Raymond Stainback, MD

10:40 Break

10:55 Endocarditis
Sheila Heinle, MD

11:25 Echo Cases #1
Raymond Stainback, MD

12:00 noon Lunch with Echo Cases

1:00 Cardiomyopathy
Stephanie Coulter, MD

1:30 Pericardium
Stephanie Coulter, MD 

2:00 Stress Echocardiography
Arunima Misra, MD

2:30 AUC/Credentialing/Accreditation
Sue Maisey, MBA, RDCS, RCS

3:00 Break

3:20 Right Ventricular & Pulmonary Hypertension
Lily Zhang, MD

3:50 Prosthetic Valve Assessment
Stephen Little, MD

4:20 Break with coffee & snacks 

4:40 Interventional Echo Overview
Nishant R. Shah, MD

5:10 3D Echo 
Raymond Stainback, MD 

5:40 Echo Cases #2
Raymond Stainback, MD

6:30 Evening Concludes

Saturday–April 13th  

8:00 am Physics
Sidney Edelman, PhD

8:30 Cardiac Masses
Raymond Stainback, MD

9:00 Contrast
Marti McCulloch, BS, RDCS

9:30 Break

9:45 M-mode Echocardiography
Vijay Nambi, MD

10:15 Valve: Tricuspid/Pulmonary
Raymond Stainback, MD

10:45 Valve: Aortic Stenosis/Aortic Regurgitation
Raymond Stainback, MD

11:15 Coronary Artery Disease/Complications of MI
Joseph Navarijo, MD

11:45 Lunch with Echo Cases #3
Cihan Cevik, MD

12:45 Diseases of the Aorta
Allison Pritchett, MD

1:15 pm "Simple" Congenital Heart Disease:ASD, VSD, Ebstein's Anomaly, PDA
Dhaval Parekh, MD

1:45 Complex Congenital Heart Disease
Dhaval Parekh, MD

2:15 Echo Cases #4

3:00 Final Quiz

3:15 Question and Answer Session

3:30 Adjourn    

See brochure for details on program schedule and faculty. 

Activity Director

Raymond F. Stainback, MD, FACC, FASE




Raymond Stainback, MD
Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital


Accreditation/Credit Designation 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital and the Greater Houston Society of Echocardiography. Texas Heart Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 16.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

An evaluation form sent via email will provide each participant with the opportunity to review the speakers and their presentations, to identify educational needs, and to comment on any perceived commercial or promotional bias in the presentation.  

Meeting Site and Accommodations


The symposium will be held in the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital—The Denton A. Cooley Building. The meeting room, the Denton A. Cooley Auditorium, is located on the B1 level. See location on this website for details.


There are several hotels in the Texas Medical Center:

Marriott Medical Center
6580 Fannin Street
Phone: 713-796-0080  

Hilton Houston Plaza
6633 Travis Street
Phone: 713-313-4000

Holiday Inn Medical Center
6800 S. Main Street
Phone: 713-528-7744



Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be received in writing by Friday, April 5, 2013 in order for a refund to be issued. A $25 processing fee will be assessed each cancellation. Refunds cannot be made for those who register but do not attend the scheduled activities. Texas Heart Institute reserves the right to cancel this activity if registration is deemed insufficient.

Registration fee includes all course materials, continental breakfasts,
lunches, and afternoon breaks.

Physicians (MDs, DOs) $350
Echocardiography Techs and Others* $150
GHSE Members $100

* Fellows-in-training, residents, and nurses.

 Online registration is closed. You may register in person on Friday.

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