2021 Research Awards Gala

The ASE Foundation’s annual Research Awards Gala was held virtually the evening of Sunday, June 20 and for the first time ever, it was free to anyone registered for the ASE’s 2021 Scientific Sessions Virtual Experience. If you were able to join us live, thank you so much! We had a wonderful time celebrating cardiovascular ultrasound research and honoring ASE’s 2020 and 2021 award recipients.

If you missed the event, you’re in luck! As long as you’re registered for the ASE’s 2021 Scientific Sessions Virtual Experience you can watch the event on demand until September 15, 2021. Trust us, you want to watch it! You’ll hear from each of the award recipients, just like if the Gala was in person, followed by the Echo Contest game show which was hosted by Dr. Sunil Mankad. It truly was a very enjoyable evening!

Congratulations again to the 2020 and 2021 ASE Award recipients! 

2020 Award Recipients

Physician Lifetime Achievement Award
Catherine Otto, MD, FASE
University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, WA
Cardiovascular Sonographer Distinguished Teacher Award
Merri Bremer, EdD, RN, ACS, RDCS, FASE
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN
Meritorious Service Award
Bonita Anderson, M.AAPL.SC, DMU, AMS, ACS, FASE
The Prince Charles Hospital
Brisbane, Australia
Richard Popp Excellence in Teaching Award
Partho Sengupta, MBBS, DM, MD, FASE
West Virginia University Healthcare
Morgantown, WV
Excellence in Teaching in Pediatrics Award
Girish Shirali, MBBS, FASE
Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO
Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Echocardiography Award
Joseph Kisslo, MD, FASE
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

2021 Award Recipients

Physician Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert Levine, MD, FASE
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Meritorious Service Award
Jose Banchs, MD, FASE
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX


The Annual Research Awards Gala is the Foundation’s largest fundraising event of the year, raising an average of $70,000+ towards research. Although this year’s Gala is free of charge, please know we still continue to pursue our Annual Appeal fundraising goal of $200,000. Thank you in advance for your continued support of the ASE Foundation.