Imaging Core

The purpose of the GenTAC Imaging Core laboratory is to standardize the readings and measurements from echocardiogram, MRI, and CT studies with the goal of improving the diagnosis and management of patients receiving treatment for genetically-triggered thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections. MedStar Health Research Institute, located in Washington, DC, is leading the Imaging Core.

Federico Asch
Principal Investigator

Dr. Federico Asch has been working for the Cardiovascular Core Laboratory since 2002 and is currently the Associate Director for the Echocardiography Core Laboratory. Dr. Asch serves as the Principal Investigator for GenTAC ICORE and chairs the imaging subcommittee within GenTAC. He has published his research in journals such as Circulation, American Journal of Cardiology, American Heart Journal, Echocardiography, and others. He has served as scientific reviewer for multiple organizations and journals, including NIH/NHLBI, American Society of Echocardiography, American College of Cardiology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, American Journal of Cardiology, European Journal of Echocardiography, JAMA and Annals of Internal Medicine.


M. Therese Tupas-Habib

M. Therese Tupas-Habib joined the Medstar Health Research Institute in 2000 and currently serves as the manager of the Cardiovascular Core Lab. She has more than 15 years of echo sonography experience in both the clinical and research settings. Ms. Tupas-Habib is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography and the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Neil Weissman
Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Neil Weissman, the Director of the Cardiovascular Core Laboratory at MedStar, has been involved in cardiac ultrasound for approximately 20 years. He has served as director of the Ultrasound Core Laboratory for more than 100 multicenter trials and serves as co-Principal Investigator for GenTAC Imaging Core. He has been involved in several national ultrasound organizations (e.g., Chair of the Guidelines and Standards committee and the Board of Directors of the American Society of Echocardiography [ASE], Chair of the American College of Cardiology Imaging Spotlight for 2006 at the Annual Scientific Sessions; Chair of the ASE Scientific Sessions in 2009).