ASE announces new president

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The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) at its annual meeting last week elected Thomas Ryan, MD, director of the Ohio State University Heart Center in Columbus, Ohio, and a heart ultrasound expert, as its new president. Ryan will serve as president of the society through June 2008.

“It’s a great honor to have the opportunity to lead this outstanding group of healthcare professionals,” said Ryan. “ASE has always been committed to excellence in cardiovascular ultrasound and to supporting our members and promoting the health and well-being of our patients, and I’m excited to help continue that reputation.”

Ryan holds the John G. and Jeanne McCoy chair in cardiovascular medicine at Ohio State and is director of the Richard Ross Heart Hospital at the Ohio State University Medical Center. A graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine, he completed his clinical training at Indiana University Hospitals where he was chief resident in internal medicine, chief fellow in cardiology and ultimately chief of cardiology at Wishard Memorial Hospital.

In 1995, he joined Duke University Medical Center as an associate professor of medicine and director of echocardiography. He became heart center director in April 1997 and served as interim chief of cardiology from July 1999 to August 2000. Ryan holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Ryan has served as associate editor of the American Heart Journal and the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, and he co-authored the 6th edition of Feigenbaum’s Echocardiography. Ryan is a recipient of the Charles Fisch Award for outstanding teaching in clinical cardiology.