Thank you very much.
Today is a historical day for Echocardiography in Asia. This inaugural meeting represents our promise to work together to facilitate and promote the use of Echocardiography for our patients and in our clinical research and education in Asian – Pacific region.
It is my honor to be elected as the first president of the Asian-Pacific Association of Echocardiography (AAE) and I want to express our gratitude to Professor T. Sakamoto and Dr. P. Shah who founded the Asian-Pacific Congress of Doppler Echocardiography (APCDE) in 1985 which had fostered the growth of clinical applications of Echocardiography in Asian-Pacific region until it was transformed to AAE in March of 2012 when the last APCDE was held in Fukuoka, Japan in conjunction with Japanese Circulation Society. At the last APCDE Board meeting, the APCDE president, Professor C. Tei proposed to create a more structured association of Asian-Pacific Echo Societies and four founding national Echocardiography Societies (China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan) agreed to spearhead the AAE with a hope to expand its membership to other Asian-Pacific national Echocardiography Societies in coming years.
Echocardiography has evolved from a description of a cardiac structure (as an amplitude spike) in 1953 to a comprehensive real time 3-dimensional imaging and hemodynamic assessment at rest and with exercise. It is currently one of the most commonly needed noninvasive testing modalities in patients with a suspected as well as an established cardiac condition. However, this useful tool requires expert technical and clinical skills to be valuable in managing our patients optimally and requires continuing research and development to improve its diagnostic capabilities as well as technical advancement. Asia has contributed greatly to the development of Echocardiography with the first description of mitral inflow measurement to understand diastolic blood flow, creation of color flow imaging, and numerous scientific publications in the field. Still, some parts of Asian-Pacific region have not fully benefited from this wonderful diagnostic technique. AAE has a vision to propagate the use of Echocardiography for optimal patient care and productive research thru collaboration among physicians, sonographers, scientists, and industry who are dedicated to Echocardiography in the Asian-Pacific region.
AAE needs for its success a strong support from other international Echocardiography Societies and Associations to be successful in its mission. AAE leadership appreciates the recognition given to us by the American Society of Echocardiography, ECOSIAC (Inter-American Society of Echocardiography), and European Association of Cardio-Vascular Imaging. Collaboration among all international and regional colleagues dedicated to and passionate about Echocardiography will continue to optimize its utilization and advances around the world. To facilitate our international collaboration and to begin tackling the mission of AAE officially, the Chinese Society of Echocardiography along with the organizing committee and the secretary general has worked very hard to create this inaugural meeting of AAE and we have invited 27 international faculty members for this meeting. I am confident that you will enjoy academic and social exchange with faculty members and with each other at this meeting, and this is the beginning of a new era of echocardiography.
Our effort to promote echocardiography in our patient care is not possible without the support from the Industry and I on behalf of AAE express my enormous gratitude to all Industry partners for their overwhelming support for AAE and am looking forward to a very successful partnership for a common goal.
I appreciate this opportunity to work with all of you who support the optimal utilization and the growth of Echocardiography in the Asian-Pacific region, and have a great meeting.
Jae K. Oh, MD
President,, Asian-Pacific Association of Echocardiography