Committees

Annual Convention Committee

Reem Abu-Rustum, MD, FACOG, FACS, FAIUM, Co-Chair
Brian Fowlkes, PhD, FAIUM, Co-Chair


The Annual Convention Committee (ACC) establishes and, in association with the office staff and the AIUM's communities and interest groups, organizes and conducts effective scientific and educational meetings. The ACC also works with the Ad Hoc Continuing Medical Education Committee to develop convention programs that meet the scientific, educational, and professional needs of the AIUM membership.

Bioeffects Committee

Diane Dalecki, PhD, FAIUM, Chair
Jacques Abramowicz, MD, FACOG, FAIUM, Vice Chair


The Bioeffects Committee provides information to the AIUM membership on matters relating to the biological effects of ultrasound, especially when these matters relate to the safety of clinical ultrasound. A primary responsibility is to evaluate research reports on biological effects. In addition to the elected AIUM members, this committee includes resource members from federal agencies and external organizations.

Clinical Content Task Force

Howard Heller, MD, Chair

The Clinical Content Task Force is a group of clinical experts whose mission is to oversee the clinical material that goes on the AIUM website as our educational content. Task force members are responsible for reviewing cases and materials to determine whether they meet quality standards to be posted on the website.

Clinical Standards Committee

John Pellerito, MD, FACR, FAIUM, FSRU, Chair
Bryann Bromley, MD, FAIUM, Vice Chair


The Clinical Standards Committee promotes the writing and review of standards and guidelines for sonographic examinations. The committee produces and supports the development of technical bulletins, monographs, and other scientific and informational resources for the AIUM membership and other health care professionals. The composition of the committee may include representation from other AIUM committees and/or organizations, as needed, for developing joint guidelines. Representation has traditionally been from (but not limited to) the Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), the American College of Radiology (ACR), and the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS).

Constitution Committee

Beryl Benacerraf, MD, FAIUM, Chair

The Constitution Committee bears continuing responsibility for resolving internal contradictions in the Constitution and updating the Constitution to fit with proposed practices of the AIUM.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Ad Hoc Committee

Dean Nakomoto, MD, Chair
Harriet Paltiel, MD, FAIUM, Vice Chair


The Continuing Medical Education (CME) Ad Hoc Committee develops the policies and procedures for the review and approval of AMA PRA Category 1 continuing medical education credits. The committee is responsible for maintaining the procedures and records as required by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to ensure retention of this privilege and authority and is integrated into many other AIUM committees to provide feedback and to enhance and optimize learning by all participants in AIUM educational activities.

Council of Communities

Community and Interest Group Leadership

Communities and interest groups include all AIUM members with an interest in a particular ultrasound application, specialty area, or topic. AIUM members may affiliate with as many communities and interest groups as they choose.

The AIUM's community/interest-group leadership teams play a significant role in the AIUM's educational efforts, including, but not limited to,
  • Choosing course topics for the Annual Convention
  • Identifying speakers
  • Assigning abstract review teams
  • Designating moderators
  • Identifying webinar topics and speakers
  • Submitting case challenges
  • Providing blog posts
  • Recommending links, enduring materials, and resources to help promote the group's web presence.
  • Providing updates for Sound Waves regarding topics of interest for the community

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding Ad Hoc Committee

James Shwayder, MD, JD, FAIUM, Chair

The CPT Coding Ad Hoc Committee assesses and evaluates the relevance of new and revised ultrasound CPT codes to ensure that codes accurately and uniformly describe the medical, surgical, and diagnostic services in all aspects related to ultrasound. This ad hoc committee is responsible for communicating recommendations regarding the codes to the CPT appointing authority.

Editorial Board of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine

Levon Nazarian, MD, FAIUM, FACR, Editor-in-Chief
Flemming Forsberg, PhD, FAIUM, Deputy Editor
Wesley Lee, MD, FAIUM, Deputy Editor
Mark Lockhart, MD, MPH, FAIUM, Deputy Editor


The Editorial Board bears the responsibility for preparing, in a timely manner, the editorial content of the official journal for the AIUM, the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. The Board encourages member participation and readership by producing a publication of the highest possible scientific quality.

Endowment for Education and Research Task Force

J. Brian Fowlkes, PhD, FAIUM, Chair

The Endowment for Education and Research (EER) Task Force oversees the Endowment for Education and Research Fund.

Finance Committee

Levon Nazarian, MD, FAIUM, FACR, Chair

The purpose of the AIUM Finance Committee is to review details of the annual budget, financial statements, and investments and submit recommendations to the Executive Committee and Board of Governors for approval.

Technical Standards Committee

Brian Garra, MD, FAIUM, Chair
Shigao Chen, PhD, FAIUM, Vice Chair


The Technical Standards Committee develops, where appropriate, standardized approaches to instrument performance measurements and other aspects of medical ultrasound, including presentation and labeling, phantoms, and nomenclature. The committee provides reviews of documents, manuals, and standards produced by other organizations, government bodies, and individuals, especially as these documents relate to the physics, engineering, performance testing, and clinical use of ultrasound equipment. It also maintains liaisons with other organizations developing standards for ultrasound equipment.

Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council

Bryann Bromley, MD, FAIUM, Chair
David Jones, MD, Vice Chair


The mission of the Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council is to encourage the practice of high quality diagnostic ultrasound. It seeks to maintain a leadership role in addressing concerns for quality ultrasound practice, establish standards for accreditation based on the professional criteria of ultrasound practitioners, recognize ultrasound practices that meet or exceed established minimum criteria, and promote and support continued improvement in diagnostic ultrasound.

 

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