Officers and Board of Directors Slate for 2017

Please vote for the officers and directors using this ballot (click here for ballot). You may write in additional nominees in the blank spaces instead of the person nominated.  You may only vote for one person for each position.  The new officers and directors will be introduced at ASE’s annual awards presentation and Edler lecture session in Baltimore, MD, on Sunday, June 4, 2017.  Your ballot must be received by March 31, 2017.  Please review the slate below to make your selections.  Thank you.


Vice-President (Presidential Ladder- 1 year term)

Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Dr. Swaminathan is the Clinical Director, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Professor of Anesthesiology, at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.  He joined the faculty at Duke in 2002 and rose rapidly to the rank of professor with tenure, winning teaching and community service awards along the way.  Administratively, he served in relevant roles as Director, Perioperative Echocardiography Service from 2004-2014, where he transformed Duke’s research in echocardiography, developing new echo educational initiatives and bringing practitioners of cardiovascular ultrasound together.  He is also the Assistant OR Director and Co-Director of Perioperative Optimization.  He has published over 130 papers in peer reviewed journals and has written some 15 editorials and book chapters.

Dr. Swaminathan has held roles on a number of ASE committees, most recently as chair of the Membership Committee and chair of the Council on Perioperative Echocardiography (COPE).  He has served on ASE’s Board of Directors, Industry Relations Committee, Education Committee, and as co-chair and chair of the Perioperative Echocardiography track for ASE’s Scientific Sessions from 2011-2015.  He has served on many writing groups and taskforces, including Governance, Public Relations, and Non-Traditional Users.  He was the first anesthesiologist selected to deliver the prestigious Feigenbaum Lecture at ASE’s Scientific Sessions in 2015.  His lecture highlighted issues in perioperative echocardiography for a wide audience of echocardiographers.  He is a highly respected speaker at both national and international meetings. Dr. Swaminathan is active in a number of other professional societies, including Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, American Heart Association, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Association of Cardiac Anesthesiologists, Association of University Anesthesiologists and International Anesthesia Research Society.

Dr. Swaminathan attended college in his native India earning an MBBS with distinction at Delhi University.  He completed residencies and fellowships in anesthesia and cardiac anesthesia at Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, the Royal Victoria Hospitals Trust, Belfast, UK, and Duke University.  He has also received a Master of Management in Clinical Informatics from Duke University in 2016. He is a long time FASE member and is board certified in anesthesiology and perioperative transesophageal echocardiography.



Secretary (2 year term)

Elizabeth McIlwain, MHS, RCS, FASE
West Jefferson Medical Center, Marrero, LA

Ms. McIlwain works as the operations coordinator for cardiology services at West Jefferson Medical Center and as an adjunct instructor in the department of Cardiopulmonary Science at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.  In these roles she serves as a mentor for practicing sonographers and sonography students in training.  Her passion for teaching and striving for all to master the skills of echo helps to promote high quality patient care and ensures that future generations of sonographers will be well trained. 

Elizabeth has been an adult sonographer for over 30 years.  During this time she worked as a staff sonographer, lead sonographer, supervisor, manager, educator, researcher and department director.  She help found the New Orleans Society of Echo in 1996.  She has a Bachelor of Sciences in Cardiopulmonary Science and a Master of Health Sciences in Management and Administration from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

She is a registered cardiac sonographer (6/2010); diagnostic cardiac sonographer (12/1993); respiratory therapist (1985); and she received her FASE in 2002.  She has served in multiple volunteer roles with ASE that include Sonographer co-chair and chair of ASE’s Scientific Sessions for 2016 & 2017, Foundation Annual Appeal Committee, Membership, Awards, Research, Board of Directors, Writing Groups, and chair of the Council on Cardiovascular Sonography.  She served on ASE’s Advocacy Committee from 2002-2014.


Directors Nominated to Serve Two-Year Terms (Terms Expires June 2019)


Geoffrey Rose, MD, FASE
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, Charlotte, NC

Dr. Rose serves as Chief of the Division of Cardiology at the Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute (SHVI) in Charlotte, NC. He was recruited to SHVI after completing his cardiology fellowship to serve as SHVI’s Director of Cardiac Ultrasound. Over the years, he has served in a number of leadership positions within SHVI and the Carolinas Healthcare System, which is one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the U.S. Most recently, he has been named to the Board of Advisors of the least system’s clinically integrated network.

Dr. Rose has been an active member of the ASE for 20 years and FASE since 2002.  He has a long record of ASE service, volunteering for at least six of ASE’s standing committees and several ad hoc positions, including serving as alternative delegate to the AMA House of Delegates and as a member of ASE’s expert consensus panel on echo practice.  Currently he is Program Chair of ASE’s 2017 Scientific Sessions.  He has also played an active role in the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).  He has served as President of IAC: Echocardiography as well as Chair of the parent IAC Board.  He was instrumental is establishing IAC’s program of research, which provides funding for proposals originating outside of IAC that aim to demonstrate the value of accreditation in improving health care.

Dr. Rose has earned crediability in the cardiology community by virtue of his academic publications and his extensive role as an invited lecturer and teacher.  His understanding of the business of cardiology was evidenced during his presentations at ASE’s Scientific Sessions on “Implications of the SGR repeal.”  He has also participated in the RUC process as a member of the ASE team presenting the updated survey data to the AMA and CMS when the re-evaluation of echo codes were performed earlier this year.  He is an invited faculty member in the American College of Cardiology’s Cardiovascular Summit and Leadership Forum.

Dr. Rose received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  He completed his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as Chief Resident. He received his cardiology training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, completing an additional cardiac ultrasound fellowship under the direction of Drs. Michael Picard and Ned Weyman.



Bonita A. Anderson, MApplSC, DMU, AMS, ACS, FASE, AFASA
The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, Australia

Bonita Anderson is a locum Advanced Cardiac Scientist at The Prince Charles Hospital and a former Senior Lecturer in Cardiac Ultrasound for the Graduate Diploma in Cardiac Ultrasound, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.  She has served on the ASE International Relations Committee and is now on the Membership Committee as the global representative.  In 2016, she recruited 10 new ASE members through the ASE Member Referral Program.  She has been an active ASE member since 1998 and received her FASE in 2009.  Most recently she was appointed to the CASE Editorial Board.  Since 2005, she has been part of the ASE Scientific Sessions faculty five times, as well as serving as faculty for many other national and international meetings.  Besides earning her Masters of Applied Science degree in Medical Ultrasound, she also earned the Advanced Cardiac Sonographer (ACS) credential.

Bonita is not only well known in Australia and other countries but is held in high regard in the cardiac ultrasound community in the United States.  Her textbooks are a “go to” resource for many echo labs and cardiac ultrasound training programs.  Her extensive service on many committees and organizations has enabled her to become influential in the development and promotion of cardiac ultrasound practices within Australia and New Zealand.  Her experience at the Queensland University of Technology creating a cardiac ultrasound tutorial website for students provided an opportunity to develop a unique set of teaching tools.


James D. Thomas, MD, FASE
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL


Dr. Thomas is Professor of Medicine, Director of the Center for Heart Valve Disease, and Director of Academic Affairs in the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.  He served as ASE President in 2011-2012 and in numerous other roles around that term, including treasurer.  He has served on many ASE committees and task forces including Industry Relations, Finance, Education, Nominating, Foundation Annual Appeal, Research, guideline writing groups, Strain Standardization Task Force, and International Relations Advisory Committee Task Force, chairing many of these efforts.  He has also served as program chair for Echo Hawaii from 2011-2013 and as Scientific Sessions program chair in 2002.

Dr. Thomas received his BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College and his MD from Harvard Medical School. He then completed his internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, cardiology fellowship at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular imaging back at Massachusetts General Hospital where he served on staff until 1992 before moving to the Cleveland Clinic as Director of Cardiovascular Imaging and in 2014 to his current roles at Northwestern. He was awarded the Young Investigator Award at the inaugural ASE Scientific Sessions in 1991 and has over 600 published manuscripts with an H-factor of 107.

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