Dr. Cabrera is Associate Director of the Medical ICU at the University of Florida. He attended the Echosim Lab for TEE training.
Update 2018: --"Dr. Green
I am excited to inform you that I passed the ASCeXAM. I scored in the top 15-20% out of the nearly 1300 persons that registered according to the report. I was pleased with my score, but more importantly happy to have learned a new skill which already has impacted many of my patients. I want to thank you for your dedication as an echocardiographer and educator and express my gratitude for all that you’ve taught me from the bottom of my heart.
Jorge L. Cabrera, DO
Dr. Lim is a private practice cardiologist from Oklahoma. He is a Diplomat of the National Board of Echocardiography ASCeXAM 2003, ReASCeXAM 2016, in addition to having certifications in vascular ultrasound, cardiac CT, and nuclear cardiology.
--"It was a pleasure to train with Dr Green in TEE. My concept of cardiac anatomy was previously based only on a TTE perspective. As such, I always felt somewhat apprehensive when viewing TEE examinations done by my colleagues. After 3 days of systematic and rigorous training, especially with the aid of the Virtual Reality Simulator, I felt like a fog had been lifted. I now have a new 3D concept of the heart . Navigating through the heart with the TEE probe has become almost intuitive. With echo simulation, years of training can be shortened to a few days. I highly recommend this type of training to anyone who really desires a comprehensive understanding of cardiac anatomy."—
Dr. Martinez currently practices at a private hospital in Florida. He is board certified in both general anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiology, having recently completed his training as chief resident at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Martinez attended the laboratory for 5 days of training and has engaged in a number of on-line private follow up sessions. He has subsequently referred several of his colleagues who have also attended the laboratory, including two anesthesiologists and one of his cardiothoracic surgeons.
--"Thank you Dr. Green for an amazing week. It went far better than I could have ever expected. One of our cardiac surgeons has been really impressed with the progress that I have made. "--
2018 Update: Dr. Martinez achieved a 631 score (passing 509) on the Advanced PTEeXAM.
--"Dr. Green, Thank you for believing in me. Without you this would not have been possible".—
Dr. Siouffi is an electrophysiologist cardiologist from Hollywood, Florida.
--"I had not performed a TEE in about 20 years and decided to "relearn it" as my new practice required it. I spent 3 days with Dr Green at the Echosim lab, and this proved to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. Thanks to Dr Green's superb teaching skills and patience, and after practicing on the simulator for about 6-8 hours a day for 3 days, I have regained the ability to manipulate the TEE probe, obtain all the views and recognize abnormal images. There is no other way to learn as much in such a short period of time.
Samer Siouffi, MD, FACC"—
Dr. Galat is a private practice cardiothoracic surgeon from Ocala, Florida who has a special interest in doing missionary work in Kenya. During his missions he has operated on hundreds of young patients with debilitating mitral stenosis. He visited our laboratory for 5 days of private training in TEE and TTE in order to refine his skills for his upcoming trip to Kenya.
-- “My time with you has proven to be very valuable. I have worked with a lot of TEE images in my almost 25 year CV surgery career... without ever fully understanding the basic physics and maneuvers used to obtain these images. The investment in time and money was well worth it. I believe that the experience will make me a better surgeon. Whenever necessary, I can actually perform a complete exam. Thank you Dr. Green!”
John Galat M.D."--
Dr. Suri is a critical care specialist at the Swedish Hospital system in Seattle. In his "spare time" he recently completed a post graduate degree in public health at the University of California at Berkeley. He attended the lab in 2 three day sessions spaced over several month in preparation of the ASCeXAM.
--"I am extremely grateful to you for having me as your student when I embarked on the journey to take the ASCeXAM. Your guidance was amazing and your approach was superb in helping me understand TEEs. I thoroughly enjoyed our discussions and you boosted my confidence tremendously for the exam. I took the ASCeXAM on 7/24/17 and just found out that I have passed! It is definitely a very satisfying feeling and I intend to have echocardiography play a big part in my ICU practice.
Joshan Suri, MD, EDIC, FRCPC
Swedish Medical Center Seattle, WA"--
--2019 Update Dr. Suri reported also passing the new 2019 Critical Care Echocardiography Exam administered by the NBE.