12th Annual Houston Echo Review: Boot Camp for Echo Board

Next Conference | April 22-23, 2022

Practicing cardiologists with significant echocardiography experience frequently request clinical echo updates or fast-paced review sessions from the Texas Medical Center “experts.” Additionally, adult and pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular anesthesiology fellows in training annually request local review sessions before the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) examinations from area experts. In response to these needs, experts at Texas Heart Institute and the Greater Society of Echocardiography have organized a three-day intensive review course to fill this educational gap. The course will help to prepare attendees in a cost-effective manner to identify areas of weakness prior to self-study or a more intensive review course prior to the NBE examinations (echoboards.org) The course is also intended to serve as a clinically oriented update and review for practicing cardiologists.  

Echo Symposium now offers ABIM MOC Credits

Overview & Enduring Resources

Course Director Raymond Stainback, MD

The Houston Echo Review is a two-day course of lectures, interactive discussions and case presentations designed to prepare cardiovascular specialists for the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) examinations. It is offered in cooperation with the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE).



Program Overview

The Houston Echo Review is a two-day virtual course of lectures, interactive discussions, and case presentations designed to prepare cardiovascular specialists for the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) examinations. The course will be a fast-paced review of topics similar to those covered in the ASCexam scheduled for July 2022. The scope of the review is designed to be extensive enough for attendees to be able to identify their areas of strengths and potential weaknesses when designing their own subsequent self-study program in preparation for the NBE exam. Attendees may discover that they would additionally benefit from a more extensive multi day review course. For these reasons, the course is scheduled approximately 90 days prior to the NBE examination.  The course will provide an overview of echo lab quality improvement (QI). Both the clinical content and QI material is beneficial for any practicing echocardiographer regardless of whether not they plan to take the NBE exam. The participant will find this course useful for both the NBE initial and recertification examination preparation.   Sonographers are encouraged to attend to improve their clinical knowledge base. However, this course should not be used as a “stand alone” review for sonographers preparing for their professional credentialing examinations.

The 12th Annual Houston Echo Review: Boot Camp for 2022 Echo Board is offered in cooperation with the  American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). All or a portion of this educational activity may meet the CME requirement for IAC Accreditation.

Accreditation & Credit Designation


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Texas Heart Institute and the Greater Houston Society of Echocardiography. Texas Heart Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Texas Heart Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 17.00 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Successful completion is a passing grade of 70% on the assessment in the CME Evaluation.


Raymond Stainback, MD Course Director

Director, Non-Invasive Cardiology
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
Associate Professor, Medicine - Cardiology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas


Agenda subject to change

Friday – April 22, 2022

8:00 am     Welcome – Day 1 | Raymond Stainback, MD, FACC, FASE

8:10 am     Initial “Quiz” | Ihab Hamzeh, MD (Moderator)

8:30 am     Chamber Quantification | Miguel Quinones, MD, FASE

9:00 am     LV Diastolic Function | Miguel Quinones, MD, FASE

9:30 am   Endocarditis | Sheila Heinle, MD

10:00 am   Mitral Stenosis | Raymond Stainback, MD, FACC, FASE

10:30 am    Panel Discussion 1 | Drs. Hamzeh, Quinones & Stainback

10:50 am   Cardiac Masses Including Primary and Secondary Tumors of the Heart | Kara Thompson, MD, FACC

11:20 am   Stress Echo for Structural Heart Disease: Valves, HCM, Diastolic Stress | Hari Chaliki, MD

11:55 am    Case Presentation: Diastology & Valves | Hari Chaliki, MD

12:25 pm    Panel Discussion 2 | Drs. Thompson, Chaliki & Stainback

12:40 pm    Lunch Break

1:25 pm   Right Ventricular Function & Pulmonary Hypertension | Lily Zhang, MD

1:50 pm   Cardiomyopathies | Stephanie Coulter, MD, FACC

2:20 pm   Contrast Agents: Background & Implementation | Pamela Burgess, ACS, BS, RDCS, RDMS, RVT, FASE

2:50 pm   Aortic Stenosis | Raymond Stainback, MD, FACC, FASE

3:20 pm   Stress Echocardiography for Coronary Artery Disease | Arunima Misra, MD

3:45 pm    Panel Discussion 3 | Drs. Zhang, Coulter, Plana, Zoghbi & Mrs. Burgess

4:05 pm   Mitral Regurgitation | Enrique Garcia-Sayan, MD, FACC, FASE

4:35 pm   Aortic Regurgitation | William Zoghbi, MD, FASE, MACC

4:55 pm   Prosthetic Valve Assessment | William Zoghbi, MD, FASE, MACC

5:15 pm   Strain Assessment: Cardio-Oncology and Other Ready for Prime Time Uses | Juan Carlos Plana, MD

5:45 pm    RV and LV strain: How to Perform | Triston Thompson, RDCS

6:00 pm   Unknown Cases #1 | Drs. Badruddin-Mawji & Stainback

6:15 pm   Evening Concludes

Saturday – April 23, 2022

7:20 am   Welcome – Day 2

7:30 am   Unknown Cases #2 | Raymond Stainback, MD, FACC, FASE

7:50 am   “Simple” Congenital Heart Disease: ASD, VSD, Ebstein’s Anomaly, PDA | Peter Ermis, MD

8:20 am   “Complex” Congenital Heart Disease | Dhaval Parekh, MD

8:50 am   Physics of Ultrasound – Select Pearls for the Board | Sidney Edelman, PhD

9:20 am   Mechanical Circulatory Support (LVADs) | Raymond Stainback, MD, FACC, FASE

9:50 am   Unknown Cases #3 | Drs. Kurrelmeyer, del Castillo & Faza

10:20 am   Panel Discussion 4 | Drs. Ermis, Parekh, Kurrelmeyer & Faza

10:40 am   Pericardial Disease | Ihab Hamzeh, MD

11:10 am   Tricuspid & Pulmonary Valve Disease | Raymond Stainback, MD, FACC, FASE

11:40 am   Critical Care Echo: Point of Care Cardiovascular Ultrasound (POCUS): How, What, When & Where? | Basant Arya, MD

12:00 pm    Critical Care Echo: POCUS Pulmonary Exam & VA ECMO Basics | Jose Diaz-Gomez, MD, FCCM, FASE, NCC (UCNS)     

12:20 pm   Coronary Artery Disease: Complications of Myocardial Infarction | Joseph Navarijo, MD, FACC

12:50pm   Break

1:05 pm   Lunch “CME Quiz with answers” | Ihab Hamzeh, MD (Moderator)

1:55 pm   TEE for Percutaneous Intracardiac Interventions: ASD/PFO, LA Appendage, TAVR, MV | Srikanth Koneru, MD, FRACP, FACC

2:30 pm   Diseases of the Aorta | Basant Arya, MD

3:00 pm   M-mode Echocardiography | Salim Virani, MD, PhD

3:20 pm    Panel Discussion 5 | Drs. Arya, Diaz-Gomez, Koneru, Virani

3:35 pm   Board Questions & Cases #1 | Lily Zhang, MD

4:05 pm   Board Questions & Cases #2 | Ihab Hamzeh, MD

4:35 pm    Adjourn