Council on Perioperative Echocardiography

The ASE Council on Perioperative Echocardiography (COPE) is dedicated to the following objectives:

  • Support perioperative echocardiography interest areas by communicating issues of importance to the membership;
  • Provide guidance to the Board regarding perioperative echocardiography issues;
  • Provide a forum for members with similar interests to network;
  • Provide a representative (council chairman) to ASE Board of Directors;
  • To provide educational offerings for those practicing cardiovascular ultrasound for perioperative patients, including guidance to Scientific Sessions Program Committee
  • To provide guidance on standards of care related to perioperative echocardiography to the Board and Guidelines and Standards Committee

COPE Activities:

  • Quarterly article in JASE
  • Guideline documents and white papers
  • Educational track at ASE Scientific Sessions
  • Advocacy efforts related to perioperative echocardiography practice
  • COPE community on  Connect@ASE
    • Bi-monthly message from chair
    • Resource library
    • Allows members to discuss issues and network

Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Echocardiography Award

The field of perioperative echocardiography has substantially benefited from the efforts of numerous committed anesthesiologists and cardiologists who recognize the importance of this imaging modality in the unique environment which extends beyond the conventional ambulatory patient setting. The Council on Perioperative Echocardiography will recognize an individual who has made significant clinical, research and/or educational contributions to the development of the field of perioperative echocardiography. The Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Echocardiography award is presented at the ASE Annual Scientific Sessions during the ASE Foundation Gala. The 2019 Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Echocardiography was awarded to Solomon Aronson, MD, MBA, FASE of Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC.

2020 Scientific Sessions Travel Grant Application Window is Open

The ASE Education and Research Foundation will sponsor two perioperative trainees to attend the 31st ASE Annual Scientific Sessions in Denver, CO June 19-22, 2020.These travel grants are part of an ongoing effort by the Council on Perioperative Echocardiography to encourage sonographers, fellows or residents to sub-specialize in the field of perioperative ultrasound imaging. The Perioperative Council aims to help interested trainees acquire a deeper understanding of ultrasound imaging and facilitate the development of meaningful mentoring opportunities with established imaging faculty.

Trainees, both physicians and sonographers, in an anesthesiology, cardiology, cardiac surgery, critical care or related discipline within a dedicated perioperative echocardiography training program or with an interest in perioperative echocardiography are encouraged to apply for one of the $1000 travel grants. The application process requires submission of (1) your current CV, (2) a brief, one-page personal statement about why you want to attend the ASE Scientific Sessions and (3) a letter from the director of the training program or echo laboratory director in support of your application. Applicants must be a member of ASE. Previous recipients of an ASE Travel Grant are not eligible to apply. Application deadline is Friday, April 3, 2020. Submissions should be sent to Natalya Read at

Participating in the Council on Perioperative Echocardiography:

Membership in ASE’s councils is a complimentary member benefit. You can join one or more subspecialty councils of interest to you by checking the relevant boxes on your membership application or by selecting them in your online membership profile.

Information about council activities, announcements, discussion boards and volunteer opportunities are available in the council’s community on Connect@ASE, ASE’s online networking site.   This site is an ASE member benefit, and allows council members the opportunity to network, discuss issues, be aware of deadlines for travel grants and volunteer opportunities, and be in the know about council initiatives, concerns and news. Members can opt for daily or weekly digests of news related to the council communities in which they chose to participate. Simply opt to join the communities of interest to you by clicking on the “communities” tab on your Connect@ASE homepage.

Council on Perioperative Echocardiography Steering Committee:

Chair: Alina Nicoara, MD, FASE

Chair-elect: G. Burkhard Mackensen, MD, PhD, FASE

Immediate Past Chair: Alan Finley, MD, FASE

Council Representative on ASE Executive Committee:  Wyman Lai, MD, MPH, FASE

Education Committee Representative:  Himani Bhatt, MD, MPA, FASE

Guidelines & Standards Committee Representative:  Yasdet Maldonado, MD

Scientific Sessions Program Committee Track Chair:  Frederick Cobey, MD, FASE

Scientific Sessions Program Committee Track Co-Chair:  Sheela Pai Cole, MD, FASE

Members at Large:   Daniel Drake, MD; Kimberly Howard-Quijano, MD, MS and Jeremy Thaden, MD



ASE Headquarters – COVID-19 Update

Beginning March 26, 2020, the county where the ASE Headquarters is located is under a government order to “Stay at Home” due to the spread of the coronavirus. These “Stay at Home” recommendations continue to be in effect and depend on the infection rates in the County/State. ASE will keep all but essential personnel telecommuting until a time when it is judged safe to return to work. We are not suspending or closing operations; our employees will remain working and providing excellent customer service to our members and the cardiovascular ultrasound community. However, ASE will slightly modify its official open hours to 9 AM – 4 PM Eastern TimeMonday-Friday. Should you need to get in touch with a staff person, call our main office at 919-861-5574 and a phone list by department will be available. A staff directory is also available here. All general questions can also be sent through Thank you and our best wishes for your continued safety.

New 3D Imaging Code Survey Needs U.S. Physician Input

This is your opportunity to participate in the Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) process to ensure fair and adequate code valuation. The proposed CPT add-on code that describes the additional work required for 3D imaging, in addition to the base echocardiography service, is currently under review at the AMA RUC. Your participation in the RUC survey process is key in the assessment of the time, complexity, and physician work value for these procedures. If you were randomly selected, you received an email from “Qualtrics” with the subject line, “AMA RUC Survey – 3D Imaging of Cardiac Structures.” We ask you to look for it in all your email folders, as many members have found the survey in their spam/junk folder.

More information about the RUC and the survey process is available here.The AMA has created a video to explain the purpose of the survey process and provide specific instructions on how to complete the survey accurately. Please contact Irene Butler, ASE’s Vice President of Health Policy & Member Relations at, with any questions. We greatly appreciate your time, input, and expertise.