Vietnam 2017

The ASE Foundation’s 2017 global health program was supported by donor contributions to the Annual Appeal, and by a grant from the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation Every Heartbeat Matters program.

Hanoi • Thanh Hóa City
October 2017

This event was a collaboration between the ASE Foundation (ASEF), the Vietnam National Heart Association, the Vietnam National Heart Institute at Bach Mai Hospital, and the Vietnam Society of Echocardiography in October 2017. Our team of 11 ASEF volunteers were honored to be included in the Vietnam National Heart Association’s annual meeting in Thanh Hóa City where we delivered two days of lectures dedicated to imaging in heart failure as well as hands-on scanning demonstrations and training, including 3D and strain acquisition and analysis. Attendees received copies of two essential ASE guidelines translated into Vietnamese, as well as a USB drive loaded with the full set of ASE guideline documents in English. This meeting was followed by two days of patient outreach where our team assessed 383 patients at two local commune clinics. After returning to Hanoi, we spent three days at Bach Mai Hospital, working in the adult and pediatric cardiac units, and helping train five cardiac ultrasound technologists to acquire images and perform measurements following a basic protocol.

Learn more about the Foundation’s previous visits to Vietnam in August 2015 and April 2013.


Team Leaders:

Jose Banchs, MD, FASE – University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA
Do Doan Loi, MD, PhD – Vietnam National Heart Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hoai Thi Thu Nguyen, MD, PhD – Vietnam National Heart Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam
James N. Kirkpatrick, MD, FASE – University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, USA
Tuan Le Thanh, MD, PhD – Vietnam National Heart Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam
Vinh Nguyen Pham, MD, PhD – Tam Duc Heart Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Medical Team:

Eric L. Bonno, MD – Greenville Health System, Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Barry B. Canaday, MS, RN, RDCS, RCS, FASE – Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA
Keith A. Collins, MS, RDCS, FASE – Froedtert/Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Michelle C. Fujioka, RDMS, RDCS, FASE – University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, USA
Debra A. Herring, DMU – Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Susan A. Mayer, MD, FASE – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Jennifer H. Mercandetti, RDCS, ACS, FASE – University of Colorado Hospital, Denver, Colorado, USA
Carol M. Mortier, RDCS, RVT, FASE – Venice, California, USA
Gregory H. Tatum, MD, FASE – Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA
Andrea M. Van Hoever – ASE Staff, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Partners in Care:

Thank you to our industry partner GE Healthcare for providing the ultrasound equipment and technical support required to make this event a success, as well as the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation for their financial support.