Anna graduated in Medicine from the University Federico II of Naples, Italy in 2009. During her MD school years, Anna started her research pathway with an internship in the Cardiology Department of the University Federico II, under the mentorship of Prof. Giovanni Esposito and Prof. Massimo Chiariello. There, she spent the last 2 years of her MD course, working on basic research topics, focusing on uncoupling proteins and their role on cardiac remodeling after myocardial infarction. This basic background has been invaluable for her subsequent growth both as a researcher and as a physician. After MD school, Anna successfully applied to the Cardiovascular Medicine Residency Program of the same University. During her residency years, Anna’s research interests shifted from basic to clinical cardiovascular issues. Anna was indeed fascinated by the capability of non-invasive diagnostic tools, imaging modalities such as ultrasound, CT and magnetic resonance, to detect cardiovascular disease with exceptional accuracy. Anna started working on aortic stenosis form either a pathophysiologic and clinical standpoint. Her passion for valvular heart disease has grown exponentially since then, and by the time she completed her residency program in Cardiovascular Medicine, Anna had already published a few papers on these topics. In 2015, Anna started her PhD and moved to Dallas to work with Paul A. Grayburn at the Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, Department of Cardiology. Under his mentorship, Anna expanded her knowledge on the patho-physiology of valvular heart disease, with a particular focus on mitral and tricuspid regurgitation. Her years in the US have represented a career lunch for Anna. She has been involved in the Cardiac Imaging Core Lab since the early 2019 and soon appointed as Scientific Director in January 2020. In the meantime, Anna has also been pursuing her academic career and is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiology of the University Federico II of Naples, Italy. Anna is a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography and a Nucleus Member of the Council on Valvular Heart Disease of the European Society of Cardiology. She is an active reviewer for the most important cardiology peer-reviewed international journals such as Circulation, JACC, JASE, American Journal of Cardiology, European Heart Journal and so forth. Anna serves as well, as Editorial Board Member of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.
Marsha Roberts ACS, RCS, RDCS (AE/PE), FASE, graduated from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Weber State University in 1990. She started her career working for a mobile echo company and was soon hired as a cardiac sonographer for Intermountain Healthcare, eventually becoming the Director of Echo and Vascular Services for all Intermountain hospitals across the state of Utah. In 2010 Marsha moved to Dallas, Texas and started her own consulting business, Inside Echo, LLC. She facilitates IAC accreditation for adult and pediatric echo labs, vascular labs, and vein centers across the nation. Additionally, Marsha works as a core lab research sonographer for Baylor Scott & White at The Heart Hospital in Plano. She loves working with sonographers, physicians and administrators to enhance quality, facilitate accreditation and advance cardiac research.
Marsha is an active member of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), serving on numerous committees. She has been an invited faculty member every year at the ASE Scientific Sessions since 2004, most recently speaking on sonographer career pathways. Marsha has volunteered for Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) since 2002 as a subject matter expert for the Registered Cardiac Sonography (RCS) exam, and is currently serving on CCI’s Executive Committee. In 2020 Marsha received the Weber State University Radiologic Sciences Award for Alumni of the Year.
In her leisure time, Marsha likes to travel with her husband and family. While traveling, they participate in outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, boating and scuba diving. Marsha is also an avid reader and enjoys spending time volunteering in her community.
Shabnam obtained her certification in cardiac ultrasound in 2003 and has stayed innovative and quality driven throughout her career. She joined Baylor as a PRN sonographer and rose quickly to lead the Non-Invasive Lab as its Technical Director. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors degree in both Biology and Business administration at the University of Texas at Dallas. She attends teaching education programs as well as visits different echocardiography labs across the nation to help them improve their contrast echocardiography.