ASNC's Choosing Wisely Challenge 2017

The finalists have been selected from ASNC’s Nuclear Cardiology Choosing Wisely® Challenge! They are:

Sarah Cuddy, M.D.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Debra Mahlum
Aurora Cardiovascular Services

 David Winchester, M.D., FASNC
Malcom Randall VA Medical Center

ASNC’s Nuclear Cardiology Choosing Wisely® Challenge builds on the success of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely Campaign and its goal to promote conversations between clinicians and patients that help them collaboratively choose care that is supported by evidence, not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received, free from harm and truly necessary. 


The three finalists have been invited to present their solutions to a live viewing audience and an evaluation panel at ASNC2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. All parties submitting agree to pay their own expenses to ASNC17 and underwrite any related presentation materials, should their submission be selected for presentation. 

ASNC will promote the finalists in the ASNC2017 Final Program, in the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, in media releases, and in ASNC member communications including ASNC’s social media channels.

Phase 2- Live Evaluation
  • The live evaluation panel may include some or all members of the Phase 1 Evaluation Panel, as well as additional qualified individuals from various medical and non-medical backgrounds. 
  • After the 3  finalists’ presentations at ASNC17, the finalists will be ranked by a combination of votes by the live evaluation panel and  the audience. 
Evaluation Panel decisions and winner are final, binding, and shall not be subject to appeal or change.
ASNC Staff Contact: Alison Bondurant,, 301-215-7575 ext. 206

Thanks to those that took the 2016 challenge!

Winning submissions will support ASNC’s goal of encouraging the right test for the right patient at the right time and were presented at ASNC2016

1st Place: An Outpatient Pathway for Chest Pain Visits to the Emergency Department Reduces Length of Stay, Radiation Exposure and Is Patient-Centered, Safe and Cost-Effective.
Authors: Felix Krainski, MD, Besiana Liti, DO and William Lane Duvall, MD, FASNC. View proposal
2nd Place: Education to Reduce Rarely Appropriate Myocardial Perfusion Imaging.
Authors: David E. Winchester, MD, FASNC, David C. Wymer, MD,
Anita Wokhlu, MD, Vicente Taasan, MD, Christian Helfrich, PhD, Susan Stinson, RN, and Rebecca J. Beyth, MD, MSc. View proposal
3rd Place: Revision of Order Entry for Myocardial Perfusion Imaging.
Author: Erica Cohen, DO, MPH. View proposal 

FACULTY: Raymond R. Russell, III, MD, PhD, FASNC
JUDGES: Renee Bullock-Palmer, MD, FASNC John Held, ABIM Foundation Todd D. Miller, MD Maria G. Sciammarella, MD