The 19th Annual Scientific Sessions in Review Toronto was wonderful: the Scientiﬁc Sessions, the Convention Center, the attendees, faculty, and staff. Our local hosts were Dr. Harry Rakowski, Cris Gresser, and Marie Russell; I want to thank them for all their contributions. Local hosts are always an incredible resource for our meetings. I’ve attended 16 of the 19 Scientiﬁc Sessions and have enjoyed every one of them. It’s a great time to get together with old friends, meet new friends, and to update our clinical knowledge. As the sonographer chair this year I learned how much planning and work goes into this meeting, and feel fortunate to join the group of sonographers and physicians who have had this experience. This is the main event every year for the Society and the entire ASE staff is involved and does a fantastic job. Joy Traynor is the conference director, and Andrea Van Hoever, Mary Alice Dilday, and Jerel Noel all worked closely with Dr. Vannan, the Scientiﬁc Sessions committee, and me for over a year on this project. They made the experience fun and exciting. Many of you made yourselves available to me during the past year, offering advice, suggestions, and a willingness to help. There is no way to thank you all for all your support and guidance, and it will take years for me to return all the favors. A special thanks to the faculty, who did a fantastic job and always give freely of their time and expertise. There were many highlights at this year’s Scientiﬁc Sessions, which had 2793 attendees, approximately one third of whom were sonographers. Sonographer faculty shared the podium with physicians, using a successful team approach. Sonographers were also represented for the ﬁrst time in the new game show, “Who Wants to be an Echo Millionaire?” with three sonographer/physician teams competing against each other. The 2008 Edler Lecture was given by Jos R.T.C. Roelandt, MD, PhD of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, who was introduced by Lars Edler, PhD, the son of Dr. Edler. Dr. Lars Edler presented the Society with copies of Dr. Inge Elder’s thesis, which will be presented to future presenters of the Edler Lecture. Dr. Roelandt also came bearing a gift: one of the ﬁrst hand held ultrasound units. It was amazing to see this in person, especially since I remember seeing pictures of it in presentations early in my career. The “I am Legend” series on Wednesday was a huge success and well attended, as were the congenital track, the live scanning sessions, the live small animal scanning, and “I See My Heart” on Saturday, just to name a few. I want to congratulate Dr. Mani Vannan on the success of a new and exciting program; he made it new and invigorating. Many sonographers and student sonographers were recognized and/or received awards. J. Todd Belcik, BS, RDCS and Renee Bess, BS, RDC S, RVT were installed as the new sonographer members of the Board of Directors. The 2008 Abstract Presenter Travel Grant recipients are Allen Borowski, RDCS and Sara Deatsman, BS. Both were awarded $1000 toward their travel expenses. Two Cardiovascular Sonographer Research Awards of $25,000 were awarded to S. Michelle Bierig, MPH, RDCS from Saint Louis University for “The Effect of Right Ventricular Pacing Site on Mea-
sures of Mechanical Ventricular Dyssynchrony”and to Daren W. Keller, BS. RCS. RDCS of Duke University Medical Center for “Pulmonary Response by Echocardiography: The PURE Study.” The Alan D. Waggoner, MHS, RDCS Sonographer Student Scholarship recipients were: Leigh Colgy, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY; Lynsy Edgerton, Hoffman Heart Institute of Adult Cardiac Ultrasound, Hartford, CT; Peg Knoll, RDCS, FASE Martha Freeman, Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster, PA; Amanda Joest, Saint Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO, and Laura Nottingham, Ogeechee Technical College, Statesboro, GA. These ﬁve were chosen from a ﬁeld of applications from accredited cardiac ultrasound programs. They all received $1000 scholarships, a one-year membership in the ASE, complimentary registration to attend the 2008 Scientiﬁc Sessions, and travel support. They also had the opportunity to meet and talk with Alan. Kelly Tobin, a student from Gwynedd-Mercy College in Glenoldn, PA received the UltraEcho, Ltd Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant. Melissa Tetmeyer from Carnegie Institute in Troy, MI received the Feigenbaum Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant. Dr. Roberto Lang from the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago, IL received the Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Norman Silverman from the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, CA received the Award for Excellence in Teaching in Pediatrics. Dr. Gerry Aurigemma from the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare in Worchester, MA received the ASE Meritorious Service Award. I received the ASE Cardiac Sonographer Distinguished Teacher Award, an honor which shocked and humbled me. To learn more about applying for these grants or nominating a member for an award, go to the www.asecho.org for details and deadlines. Next year, the 20th Annual Scientiﬁc Sessions will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on the Potomac in Washington, DC, June 6-9, 2009. Dr. Neil Weissman is the chair and Ken Horton, RCS, RDCS is the sonographer chair. Ken is also the Sonographer Council secretary and the sonographer co-chair this year. I have asked Ken to give us an update on his career and a hint of what’s in store for us next year. Hope to see you next June in DC.