Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award

The Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching 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.

 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 in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound (years in the field, personal awards, and invited related lecturers/presentations)
  • Strength of support letters (letters from trainees and/or mentees carry more weight for the nomination than general letters of support)
  • 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. 

While this award is open to all ages, the spirit of the award correlates to a physician in his/her early career rather being a lifetime achievement award. Previously nominated candidates will be considered, if re-nominated. Previous award recipients are not eligible. 

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.  Letters from trainees and/or mentees carry more weight for the nomination than general letters of support.
  • Nominations from the previous year may be carried over to current year for consideration, provided new letter of nominations are submitted.  Nominations may only be carried over for 1 year.
  • Address all nominations to Chair, ASE Awards Committee, 2530 Meridian Parkway, Suite 450, Durham, NC  27713, or email to awards@asecho.org.

Due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of the ASE Gala for 2020, the 2020 ASE award recipients will be recognized at the 2021 ASE Gala. Due to this change, ASE will not be accepting applications for this award until June 2021.

Click here to view past Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients

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 ASE@ASEcho.org. 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 IButler@ASEcho.org, with any questions. We greatly appreciate your time, input, and expertise.