Leadership Development Program

The ASNC Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a three-year mentorship program developed to prepare future leaders of both the society and the field of nuclear cardiology.

ASNC LDP participants will be paired with an ASNC mentor and leader who will provide guidance through the program and in their early career. Participants join in a series of live webinars focused on the areas of advocacy, guideline development, and education in support of ASNC's mission. LDP participants also receive training in how to cultivate important leadership skills such as effective presentation tactics, strategic planning, consensus building, and media training. Finally, LDP participants will be appointed to a position of leadership on an ASNC educational program, committee or other major ASNC activity to hone their skills.

More information about the program

‚ÄčThe call for applications is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application this year.

Selection to the Leadership Development Program (LDP) is by a competitive application and open to all U.S. and international ASNC members who meet the requirements listed below. 

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Questions about the LDP or the 2021 application process may be addressed to ASNC staff, Dawn Edgerton, dedgerton@asnc.org.


"... LDP is what each participant makes of it, but learning to be an advocate for policies that enhance patient care, helping to shape our clinical standards and working alongside the field’s pioneers … that’s what we’re aiming to offer today’s young members so they’ll become tomorrow’s leaders."

- 2017 ASNC President and former LDP participant Raymond Russell, III, MD, PhD, MASNC


Application Requirements

  • Candidate must be a member of ASNC,
  • Demonstrate involvement in ASNC activities, and
  • Be within 5 years of completion of their last training program (Cardiology fellowship/ Radiology or Nuclear Medicine residency/ advanced cardiac imaging training/ technologist training) for US applicants, or within 10 years for International applicants.

Application Submission Requirements

All applicants must submit the following materials to be considered for selection: 
  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Letter of Recommendation
  3. Current Curriculum Vitae or Résumé
  4. Statement of Interest (maximum of 500 words)
Consult the Application Form for details.

Selection criteria include time committed to advanced training in nuclear cardiology or cardiac imaging, job responsibilities in nuclear cardiology/imaging, involvement in ASNC and other imaging societies and strength of the recommendation letters.

Program Overview

Assuring a dedicated and experienced set of members to assume positions of leadership in the Society has been an ongoing goal of the ASNC Board of Directors. Coaching young leaders in necessary skill sets and providing opportunities to hone these abilities is critical. To achieve these goals, the ASNC Leadership Development Program (LDP) was established to identify and train ASNC members for positions of leadership in ASNC.

The three pillars of the program include A) Mentorship from a leader in ASNC; B) Development of Leadership Skills; and C) Participation in ASNC programs through a position of leadership.  A "position of leadership" is understood to be a member of the Board of Directors, a chair of an ASNC committee, subcommittee, or writing group, or an important position in an organization that often works with ASNC (e.g., NRC, NIH, CBNC, ICANL, etc.).
The ASNC LDP Committee selects participants through an application process. As part of the process, candidates will select a leadership track in which to concentrate their volunteer efforts. A description of each track is listed below:
  • Research Leadership Track - Participants will be mentored by an advanced clinician educator, investigator, or a program faculty member and will be trained in skills such as manuscript submission/review, question writing, and didactic instruction. These individuals will also participate in a specific faculty development focused course wherein participants will learn speaking and presentation skills, needs assessment, formative assessment question writing, conflicts of interest policy, and the fundamentals of quality improvement.
  • Health Policy and Advocacy Leadership Track - Participants will be mentored by a health policy committee member and will be introduced to legislative advocacy, regulatory processes, and billing and coding issues.
  • Education and Clinical Quality Improvement Leadership Track - Participants will be mentored by a senior leader from an office-based practice in order to learn how to manage clinical teams, engage in quality improvement within their institution or practice setting, use performance data to track patient outcomes. These graduates will be instrumental in helping ASNC develop resources and tools for physicians in practice, including fundamentals of quality improvement, lab accreditation and assessment resources, and patient care information materials. 
During the three-year mentoring program, there will be a periodic review of all LDP participants to evaluate their participation and suggest changes, as necessary. The Leadership Development Program Chair, Dr. Lawrence Phillips, an Administrative Committee, and a member of the ASNC staff will oversee the program.
For questions or to submit your application, please contact the ASNC office at (703) 459-2555 or dedgerton@asnc.org

Three Pillars of the ASNC Leaders Development Program (LDP)

  • Mentorship from a leader in our Society
  • Development of Leadership Skills
  • Participation in and work on ASNC programs, including appointment to an ASNC committee
1. Mentorship Goal: Establish career-long relationship with a luminary in nuclear cardiology
  • Semi-annual, 30-minute calls between mentor/mentee
    • Onus on the LDP member
    • Staff available to help
  • Intent for mentors to understand interests and areas of expertise of mentees and provide them with related experiences, both within and beyond ASNC (e.g., ASNC educational faculty, research contributor)
  • Brief semi-annual reports from both mentor and mentee (staff initiated) to ASNC
2. Leadership Development Goal: Develop additional leadership skills with ASNC-focused webinars and participation in LDP special projects

2020-21 Quarterly Webinar Series
  • November: ASNC Post-Game – The Nuts and Bolts of Putting together a National Scientific Meeting
  • December: The Art and Science of Writing Great Test/CME Questions
  • February ASNC 102: Developing Relationships with Government Agencies and Legislators and advocating for focused plans
  • May: Striving for Sunshine: Working with Industry in 2021
  • TBD: Quality Not Quantity: Learning the process for development of quality statements and guidelines
2021 Special Projects (TBD)
  • ASNC FIT Curriculum – tentative 12 modules
  • Networking Events 
  • Social Media
  • Advocacy activities
3. ASNC Participation Goal: Learn the inner workings of ASNC and work with other leaders to expand its impact
  • Each LDP member will be assigned to committees, educational initiatives and other ASNC programmatic activity throughout the three-year program
    • Examples of committees: Education, Annual Meeting Program, Cardiovascular PET, Health Policy, ImageGuide Registry Research and Publication, International Advisory, Member Relations, Quality Steering, Registry Oversight, Social Media Task Force, Technology
    • Committee assignments start in January of each year
  • Semi-annual, 15-minute chats between Participant; LDP Chairman; ASNC Staff Liaison (staff initiated) 

2020 LDP Participants

Sarah Cuddy, MB, BCh, BAO
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
Sanjay Divakaran, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital 
Boston, Massachusetts
Cesia Gallegos Kattan, MD
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut 
Shaden Khalaf, MD
Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, Texas
Robert Miller, MD
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Michael Osborne, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
Krishna K. Patel, MD, MSc
Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri 

2019 LDP Participants:

Christine Wiefels, MD, MSC
Univseridad Federal Fluminense
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Samia Massalha, MD
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON Canada

Matthieu Pelletier-Galarneau, MD
Montreal Heart Institute
Montreal, Canada

Javier Valencia-Gomez, MD
John Stroger Hospital of Cook County
Chicago, IL

John Bois, MD
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Omar Abou-Ezzedine, MDCD, Ms
Mayo Clinic
Rochester MN

2018 LDP Participants:

Niti Aggarwal, MD
University of Wisconsin
Clinical Science Center

Madison, WI
Charmine Hart, CNMT
Precision Nuclear
LLC/Invivo Molecular Imaging
Gray, TN

Rafael Lopes, MD, PhD
Hospitol do Caraco
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Shiva Pandey, MD
Boston Univesity School of Medicine
Boston, MA

Amalia Peix, MD, PhD
Institute of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery
La Habana, Cuba

Vikas Veernanna, MD

Bershire Medical Center
Pittsfield, MA

"Being a participant in the program has allowed me to become involved with the society on a new level and afforded me the opportunity to join multiple committees, which will provide me with the experience to one day become a leader and carry on the mission of ASNC and support the role of nuclear cardiology in the medical field."
- Matthew H., MD