Perioperative Echocardiography

2022-2023 Perioperative Echocardiography Council Steering Committee:

Chair: G. Burkhard Mackensen, MD, PhD, FASE (July 2021 – June 2023)
Chair-Elect: Sheela Pai Cole, MD, FASE (July 2021 – June 2023)
Immediate Past Chair: Alina Nicoara, MD, FASE (July 2021 – June 2023)
ASE Council Representative: Keith Collins, MS, RDCS, FASE (July 2022 – June 2024)
Education Committee Rep: Qiong Zhao, MD, PhD, FASE (July 2022- June 2024)
Guidelines & Standards Committee Rep: Himani Bhatt, MD, MPA, FASE (July 2022 – June 2024)
Scientific Sessions Track Chair: Jeremy Thaden, MD, FASE (July 2022 – June 2023)
Scientific Sessions Track Co-Chair: Richard Sheu, MD, FASE (July 2022 – June 2023)
Member at Large: Kimberly Howard-Quijano, MD, MS, FASE (July 2022 – June 2024)
Member at Large: Yasdet Maldonado, MD, MMM, FASE (July 2022 – June 2024)
Member at Large: Zuyue Wang, MD, FASE (July 2022 – June 2024)
Member at Large: Danny Ramzy, MD, PhD (July 2021 – June 2023)
Member at Large: Ratna Vadlamudi, MD, FASE (July 2021 – June 2023)
Staff Liaison:  Dallas Lyons III

The ASE Perioperative Echocardiography Council (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


The council has the following annual award:

Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Echocardiography Award was awarded to Annette Vegas, MD, FASE of Toronto General Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Scientific Sessions Travel Grant Award

In partnership with the ASE COPE Council, the ASE Education and Research Foundation will sponsor two perioperative trainees to attend the ASE Annual Scientific Sessions.

Congratulations to our 2022 Scientific Sessions Travel Grant Award Recipients!

      • Ezeldeen Abuelkasem, MBBCh, MSc, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
      • Antonia van Kampen, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cambridge, MA

2023 Scientific Sessions Travel Grants Application will open Spring 2023