The ASE Foundation’s humanitarian mission and training events program is designed to bring humanitarian adult and pediatric cardiac care to developing countries, teaching local clinicians and providing direct services to those in need. These efforts not only impact the lives and well-being of countless patients in underserved populations, but they also serve to spotlight the versatility and adaptability of cardiovascular ultrasound while advancing practice standards to uniform treatment and improve patient care worldwide.

The ASE Foundation’s 2017 global health initiatives and humanitarian events are supported by donor contributions to the Annual Appeal.

Havana, Cuba • April 2017


Roberto M. Lang, MD, FASE – University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Juan ProhÍas Martínez, MD – Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital, Havana, Cuba 

Organizing Committee:

Juan ProhÍas Martínez, MD; Ángela Ma. Castro Arca, MD; Reinaldo Milán Castillo, MD; Adel González Morejón, MD; Aylen Pérez Barreda, MD; Reinier López Plasencia, MD


North America:  Federico M. Asch, MD, FASE – Medstar Health Research Institute, Washington, DC, USA; José Banchs, MD, FASE – University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA; Ana Barac, MD – Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, USA; Javier Ganame, MD, PhD, FASE – McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario,Lang_Prohias3 Canada; Rachel Marcus, MD – Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, USA; Julio E. Pérez, MD, FASE – Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Juan Carlos Plana, MD, FASE – Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA; Danny Rivera, RCS – Duke University, Durham, NC, USA; Staff Liaison: Rhonda Price – American Society of Echocardiography; Translator/Special Projects: Liliana Lang.

Cuba:  Ángela Ma. Castro Arca, MD; Reinaldo Milán Castillo, MD; Adel González Morejón, MD; Aylen Pérez Barreda, MD; Reinier López Plasencia, MD; Carlos Ramos Emperador, MD; Roberto Bermudez, MD; GarcÍa Morejón, MD; Giselle Serrano Ricardo, MD; Carlos Yun Angarica, MD; Rafael Martin Torres, MD; Leticia Pardo Perez, MD; Rafael Leon de la Torre, MD

Argentina and Brazil: Mirta Casella, MD – Buenos Aires, Argentina; Diego Lowenstein, MD – Buenos Aires, Argentina; Jorge Lowenstein, MD, FASE – Buenos Aires, Argentina; Ricardo Ronderos, MD, PhD, FASE – La Plata, Argentina; Salvador Spina, MD – Buenos Aires, Argentina; Marcelo Luis Vieira, MD, PhD -São Paulo, Brazil

The expected long-term, residual impact of this specific event is a deepening relationship with a potential long-term partner in Cuba, advanced training for attendees in Cuba, improved patient care, cultural and educational exchange, and a unique and rewarding volunteer opportunity for ASE members.Hermanos_Ameijeiras

Photos, top to bottom: Capitol Building in Havana; Drs. Prohias and Lang (standing) met in Havana in late 2016 to make plans; Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital.

Institutional Partner:

  • Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital, Havana, Cuba

Industry Partner:

Special thanks to Philips Latin America for their generous financial support of this training event.


Society Partners:

  • American Society of Echocardiography Foundation/American Society of Echocardiography
  • Echocardiography Section of the Cuban Society of Cardiology
  • InterAmerican Association of Echocardiography (ECOSIAC)

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