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June 30, 2003


Emory Cardiologist Randolph P. Martin Named President of the American Society of Echocardiography

ATLANTA -- Emory Heart Center cardiologist Randolph P. Martin, MD has been named President of the American Society of Echocardiography. The American Society of Echocardiography, the second-largest cardiovascular sub-specialty organization in the country, is an organization of nearly 8,000 cardiovascular professionals committed to excellence in cardiovascular ultrasound and its application to patient care, education, advocacy, research, innovation and service to its members and the public. Dr. Martin becomes the Society's 14th President.

Echocardiography, which uses sound waves to create dynamic moving pictures of the heart, is one of the most widely used diagnostic tests for cardiovascular conditions. Without exposing the patient to radiation, echocardiograms provide detailed images of the heart, its valves and chambers, and the blood vessels. By doing this, it provides a wealth of helpful diagnostic information and is used extensively in an outpatient setting and in all areas of the hospital, including operating rooms and intensive care areas. Echocardiography is able to reveal problems with heart valves, the effects of heart attacks on the pumping action of the heart, and to help diagnose abnormalities of the vascular system.

"I'm honored to serve as President of the American Society of Echocardiography. This is an exciting time for those of us working in this field. Not only are there dramatic developments in the technology of echocardiography, but we are learning to apply it in innovative ways that offer new insights into the diagnosis and effective treatments of heart problems," says Dr. Martin, who is Professor of Medicine (Division of Cardiology) and Director of Noninvasive Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine.

With over 115 publications to his credit in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Martin is recognized as an expert in echocardiography and noninvasive cardiology. He lectures extensively throughout the world and has served as the host/moderator of the world's largest professional medical tele-education program, "Echo in Context", which runs annually. Recently, nearly 40,000 physicians worldwide tuned in to this program.

Since 1994, Dr. Martin has also served as the Director of Emory's nationally recognized "Mini-Medical School" -- a popular course offered by Emory for laypersons who are able to learn firsthand about health and medical topics from Emory's medical school faculty. In addition, Dr. Martin is the Chief Medical Correspondent for Cox Television's ABC Atlanta affiliate, WSB-TV, where he appears two to three times per week on Channel 2 Action News.

Dr. Martin attended Emory University Medical School, graduating summa cum laude from the School of Medicine in 1969. He then trained in internal medicine and cardiology at Stanford University Medical School, where he became one of the pioneers in the new field of two-dimensional echocardiography.

From 1977 to 1978, Dr. Martin served as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Noninvasive Lab at Stanford Medical Center where he continued his early clinical work on the application of two-dimensional echocardiography to cardiovascular diseases.

In 1978, Dr. Martin became Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Noninvasive Lab at the University of Virginia Medical School, in Charlottesville, VA. During the early 1980's, he became one of the innovators in the use of Doppler echocardiography in the United States and introduced this technique to his colleagues. Dr. Martin subsequently served on the faculty of Mayo Medical School and was a consultative cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, where he continued his active development and teaching in echocardiography. He returned to Emory in 1989.

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