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UCI Echo Essentials 2018

Echocardiography, one of the most commonly used imaging tools in cardiovascular medicine, is rapidly advancing. Echocardiographers, cardiac sonographers and referring physicians require periodic updates on the latest information.

Our UCI Echo Essentials 2018 conference is designed to provide continuing medical education in this dynamic field.

When: Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim-Orange County, 100 The City Drive, Orange, CA 92868
Time: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

This year, we added new faculty speakers to expand our program topics, which include:

  • The newest ultrasound techniques
  • Evolving indications
  • Image interpretations
  • Use of echo contrast
  • Basic hemodynamics
  • Cardiovascular pathophysiology
  • Novel interventional procedures

The conference will incorporate the latest recommendations and guidelines from professional societies, including the American Society of Echocardiography, the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

Who should attend?

This conference is ideal for:

  • Cardiologists
  • Cardiology fellows
  • Intensivists
  • Cardiac anesthesiologists
  • Emergency department physicians
  • Internal medicine physicians
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Sonographers
  • Cardiovascular technicians
  • Other healthcare providers interested in cardiac ultrasound 


  • $95 — Non-UCI employees
  • $85 — UCI employees
  • $75 — Trainees and students
  • $100 — Day of event registration

Course fees will increase by $10 after Oct 15. On-site registration is available on Nov. 3.

Register online 

AGENDA - To View the Lectures Click on the Highlighted Presentations Below

07:00am - Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors           

08:00am - Welcome Remarks - Pranav Patel, MD

08:05am - Housekeeping Announcements - Sanam Shirzadegan, RN, BSN

08:10am - TAVR: Getting it Right with Echo - Jin Kyung Kim, MD, PhD

08:50am - Mitral Regurgitation: Updates and MitraClip - Ailin Barseghian El-Farra, MD

09:30am - Echocardiography in the Management of LV Assist Devices - Michael Gibson, MD

10:10am - Break and Exhibits          

10:30am - Pulmonary Hypertension:  Echocardiographic Evaluation of Pulmonary Hypertension and Right
                Ventricular Function - Irmina Gradus-Pizlo, MD

11:10am - Adult Congenital Heart Disease: Gaining Insight into the Physiology of Tetralogy of Fallot
                Jeannette Lin, MD

11:50am - IV Training for Sonographers: Practicing to the Fullest Scope of Profession - Peg Knoll, RDCS, RCS

12:10pm - Echo Contrast: How to Optimize Images When Using Ultrasound Contrast - Bryan GenKuong, RDCS

12:30pm - Lunch and Exhibits          

01:20pm - CASE-BASED LEARNING:  “Show & Tell” Panel  - Moderated by Liem Tran, RDCS

02:20pm - Role of TEE During Non-Cardiac Surgery : Interesting Cases - Govind Rajan MBBS

03:00pm - Diastology: De-Mystifying the Myth - Dawn Lombardo, DO

03:40pm - Guideline Updates - Jin Kyung Kim, MD, PhD

04:00pm - Final Q & A - Panel

04:30pm - Adjourn

For more information, contact Lesley Anderson at 714-456-3868 or lianders@uci.edu.


Ailin Barseghian El-Farra, MD                       Peg Knoll, RDCS, RCS                      
Bryan GenKuong, RDCS Jeannette Lin, MD
Michael Gibson, MD Dawn Lombardo, DO
Irmina Gradus-Pizlo, MD Govind Rajan, MBBS
Jin Kyung Kim, MD, PhD Liem Tran, RDCS

View our Symposium Agenda

Learning objectives:

At the end of the activity, the participant should be able to:

  • List major updates in the national guidelines for native valvular regurgitation; aortic valve stenosis; stress echocardiography in nonischemic heart disease; three-dimensional echocardiography in congenital heart disease, and apply the knowledge toward performing and interpretation of echocardiography
  • Describe techniques and protocols of transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography in transcatheter aortic valve replacement/implant, the percutaneous treatment of mitral regurgitation and the tetralogy of Fallot and related pulmonary hypertension
  • Describe the benefits of the echo imaging during placement and surveillance of the left ventricular assist device
  • Explain the technical aspect of optimizing the use of echo contrast, learn skills and competence level of implementing intravenous access by sonographers and the supervision of stress echo by nonphysician clinicians

Cancellation policy:

Please send cancellation requests to Lesley Anderson at lianders@uci.edu.


The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation statement:

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity. 

Disclosure statement: 

Relevant financial information from all those in a position to control content will be provided to participants in advance of the activity.