2021 Research Awards Gala

The ASE Foundation cordially invites all registered 2021 Scientific Sessions attendees to our Research Awards Gala! That’s right – this year’s Gala is free to anyone attending ASE’s 2021 Scientific Sessions Virtual Experience. Join us virtually Sunday, June 20 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET to celebrate cardiovascular ultrasound research and honor ASE’s 2020 and 2021 award recipients.

ASE President, Dr. Judy Hung will open the Gala followed by a message from ASE Foundation Board Chair, Dr. Vera Rigolin. You will hear from each of the award recipients, just like if the Gala was in person. The evening will end with a live Echo Contest game show hosted by Dr. Sunil Mankad. Plan to join us Sunday, June 20 for a one-of-a-kind Gala!

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.