Council on Perioperative Echocardiography

The ASE Council on Perioperative Echocardiography (COPE) is dedicated to representing and advancing quality in perioperative ultrasound imaging.

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 (these are available to the public; the most recent column is available here.)
  • 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
2  Jack and Phillis Shanewise

Jack S. Shanewise, MD, FASE, received the 2013 Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Echocardiography Award. He attended the ASE Foundation Gala with his wife Phillis.

COPE Awards:

In June 2013, Dr. Jack Shanewise became the first recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Echocardiography Award. This award will be presented annually at the ASE Scientific Sessions. Members should watch the chairman’s message on Connect@ASE for the call for nominations!

COPE Travel Grants: 

  • Sponsor trainees and physician students to attend Scientific Sessions
  • Requires letter of recommendation, CV and personal statement
  • Receives stipend toward registration/travel expenses
  • Applications are accepted in January for the following  ASE Scientific Sessions. Those interested in applying should contact Cathy Kerr ( for more information.
    • This year’s recipients are Halyna Prylutska, MD, Montreal University, Quebec, Canada and Karen Zimmerman, BS, RCDS (AE, PE), RVT, Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, MI



Halyna Prylutska, MD



Karen Zimmerman, BS, RCDS (AE, PE), RVT


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.

Most of the 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 Leadership:

Chair: Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE

Vice Chair: Roman Sniecinski, MD, FASE

Vice Chair-Elect: Alan Finley, MD

Imiate Past Chair: Scott Reeves, MD, FASE

Surgical Representative: Jennifer Walker, MD

Sonographer Representative: Karen Zimmerman, BS, RDCS (AE, PE), RVT

Members at Large: Feroze Mahmood, MD; Douglas Shook, MD, FASE; Mary Beth Brady, MD, FASE; Rebecca Hahn, MD, FASE; Sasha Shillcut, MD, FASE; Mark Taylor, MD, FASE