Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award

The Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award will be presented in June 2014 at ASE’s 25th Annual Scientific Sessions in Portland, OR.

This award was named in honor of Richard Popp, MD, and recognizes a physician who epitomizes the ideal qualities of a mentor and role model. This award recognizes an outstanding teacher nominated by his or her students and peers. ASE created the award to focus our attention on the important role teaching and mentorship play in influencing and improving the echocardiographers of the future.

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2014 Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award
Mikel D. Smith, MD, FASE
UK HealthCare, Gill Heart Institute,
Lexington, KY


Award Criteria:
  • Demonstrates outstanding teaching characteristics and mentoring, and because of these attributes, has made a major impact on practitioners in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound
Selection Criteria:
  • Accomplishments as an Educator
  • Strength of support letters
  • Number of fellows/students

Eligibility: 

A physician member of ASE with FASE recognition who has demonstrated outstanding teaching characteristics and mentoring, and because of these attributes, has made a major impact on practitioners in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound. 

Previously nominated candidates will be considered, if re-nominated with supporting letters. Previous award recipients are not eligible. The selection of the nominee will be based on factors including years in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound and in education, teaching accomplishments, awards, and strength of support letters.

Nomination Procedure:
  • ASE members should submit a letter of nomination addressing the person’s qualifications for the award, including a copy of the nominee’s CV which includes a list of their fellows/ students that they have trained and/or mentored (and their current work placements, if known)
  • Nominations should include additional letter(s) of support
  • Address all nominations to Chair, ASE Awards Committee, 2100 Gateway Centre Blvd., Suite 310, Morrisville, NC  27560 or email to awards@asecho.org.
Deadline for Receipt of Nominations: Nominations closed for 2014
Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award Winners:
2014: Mikel D. Smith, MD, FASE
2013:  Julio Perez, MD, FASE
2012: Gerard P. Aurigemma, MD, FASE
2011: Jonathan R. Lindner, MD, FASE
2010: Vincent L. Sorrell, MD, FASE
2009: Rebecca Hahn, MD, FASE
2008: Roberto M. Lang, MD, FASE
2007: Susan E. Wiegers, MD, FASE
2006: John Gorcsan, III, MD, FASE
2005: Michael H. Picard, MD, FASE and James D. Thomas, MD
2004: William A. Zoghbi, MD, FACC, FASE, FAHA
2003: Linda D. Gillam, MD, FASE
2002: Robert A. Levine, MD
2001: Sanjiv Kaul, MD, FASE