Grant Recipients - IAC

The IAC Research Committee evaluated submissions based upon their originality, practicality of study design, potential impact, generalizability and probability of achieving meaningful results within one year. In addition, investigator qualifications and previous health services research experience were considered.


The IAC is pleased to announce the following grant recipients for 2019:

  • Angiographic Measurement of Carotid Artery Stenosis: Reporting Accuracy and Impact of Accreditation. Primary Investigator: Kevin M. Cockroft, MD, MSc Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA.
  • Carotid Ultrasound Diagnostic Criteria Standardization Effect on Patient Outcomes. Primary Investigator: Mylan Cohen, MD, MPH, Maine Medical Partners, MaineHealth Cardiology, Scarborough, ME.


  • Does Study Comprehensiveness Improve Diagnostic Accuracy and Postnatal Outcomes in Fetuses with Critical Congenital Heart Disease?
    Primary Investigators: Teresa Tacy, MD, FACC and Sarina Behera, MD, FAAP, FACC, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Sanford School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA
  • Assessing the Utility of the IAC QI Tool to Assess the Quality of Ultrasound Examinations in a Large Tertiary Care Center: Perspectives of Technologists Versus Interpreting Physicians
    Primary Investigator: John Pellerito, MD, FACR, FAIUM, FSRU, Northwell Health System, Manhasset, NY
  • The Impact of Accreditation on the Outcomes of Treatment in Vein Centers
    Primary Investigator: Fedor Lurie, MD, Jobst Vascular Institute


  • The Effect of IAC-Echo Accreditation on Major and Minor Diagnostic Errors and Resultant Adverse Events in Transthoracic Echocardiogram Interpretation
    Principal Investigators: Warren Manning MD and Gene R. Quinn MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Appropriate Use and Reporting Compliance of Transthoracic Echocardiography Pre- and Post- IAC Accreditation of Non-Hospital Laboratories
    Principle Investigator: Scott Jerome DO, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Quality Improvement Vascular Laboratory Cases: Comparison of -In-Laboratory Self-review and IAC Expert Review
    Principle Investigator: Laurence Needleman MD, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


  • Characteristics of Ultrasound Laboratories that have Transcranial Doppler (TCD) Accreditation in the United States
    Primary Investigator: John Choi, MD, Winchester Neurological Associates, Winchester, VA and Kevin Cockroft, MD Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
  • The Impact of the ASNC Information Statement on Radiation Dose and Practice Patterns after 2014
    Primary Investigator: Justin Lundbye, MD, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain, CT
  • The Accreditation and Utilization of Cardiac Echo Laboratories in Medicare Beneficiaries: The VALUE – ECHO Study
    Primary Investigator: Tatjana Rundek, MD, Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL.
  • Measuring the Value of Accreditation: A framework of approaches for valuation and an illustration of accreditation’s impact on diagnostic accuracy and health outcomes in the case of echocardiography
    Primary Investigator: Gregory Ruhnke, MD, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


  • An Evaluation of the Distribution of Equipment Vintage among Echocardiography Laboratories Applying for IAC Accreditation and Its Association with Laboratory Quality
    Primary Investigator: Prem Soman, MD, Heart and Vascular Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Quantifying the Impact of Accreditation on Quality in Echocardiography
    Primary Investigator: Theresa Tacy, MD/Sarino Behera, MD, Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA
  • IAC Accreditation and the Performance of Stress Testing in Medicare Beneficiaries
    Primary Investigator: Venkatesh L. Murthy, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Impact of Nuclear Laboratory Staff Credentials & Education on Laboratory Quality
    Primary Investigator: Matthew Parker, MD, Hartford Hospital, University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT


  • Are Echocardiography Staff Credentials an Indicator of Laboratory Quality?
    Primary Investigator: Matthew W. Parker, MD, Hartford Hospital, University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT
  • Echocardiography Laboratory Accreditation: Impact on Study Completeness, Variability in Study Interpretation and Patient Care
    Primary Investigator: Patricia A. Pellikka, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN


  • Is Camera Age an Indicator of Nuclear Cardiology Lab Quality?
    Primary Investigator: Timothy Bateman, MD, Mid America Heart and Vascular Institute, Kansas City, MO.
  • Establishment of IAC CT Dose Reference Levels
    Primary Investigator: Chun Ruan, MD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Laboratory Accreditation in Medicare Beneficiaries
    Primary Investigator: Tatjana Rundek, MD, Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL.
  • Radiation Dose Reduction Implementation
    Primary Investigator: Scott Jerome, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Westminster, MD.