On June 4, Duke Anesthesiology’s Madhav Swaminathan, MD, MMCi, became the first anesthesiologist to be appointed as vice president of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) in the organization’s 42-year history.
“It is humbling to be accepted by the society into a key leadership role that will eventually lead to the presidency of the largest and most influential voice in echocardiography in the world,” says Dr. Swaminathan. “It represents recognition of years of hard work by many giants in the field who have made it possible for an anesthesiologist to be in this position.”
In his new role as vice president on ASE’s Board of Directors, Dr. Swaminathan says he hopes to continue some of the work that they have been doing in the society – expanding its global presence in echocardiography and reaching out to non-traditional users of cardiovascular ultrasound, such as critical care medicine practitioners, through educational initiatives. He believes these efforts will continue to foster innovation in echocardiography and explore novel ways in which diagnostic cardiovascular ultrasound can add value to population health.
According to Dr. Swaminathan, Duke Anesthesiology has been a leader in the field of perioperative echocardiography since its inception. “My appointment to the leadership of the ASE is unprecedented and reflects years of hard work by leaders in our specialty,” adds Dr. Swaminathan. “Many in our institution, including Drs. Joseph Mathew, Jonathan Mark, and Mark Newman of Duke Anesthesiology, and Joseph Kisslo and Pamela Douglas of Duke Medicine, both past ASE presidents, have been instrumental in this effort.”
Dr. Swaminathan has assumed roles on several ASE committees, most recently as chairman of the Membership Committee and chairman of the Council on Perioperative Echocardiography. He has also served on the Industry Relations Committee, Education Committee, and as co-chairman and chairman of the Perioperative Echocardiography track for ASE’s Scientific Sessions from 2011-2015. Notably, he was the first anesthesiologist selected to deliver the prestigious Feigenbaum Lecture at ASE’s Scientific Sessions in 2015.
Dr. Swaminathan is a professor of anesthesiology, the clinical director of the Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Division, and co-director of Perioperative Optimization. His research focuses on elucidating mechanisms of, and risk factors for, perioperative acute kidney injury in patients undergoing heart surgery with emphasis on the role of early recovery of kidney function. He is also involved in research exploring the role of transesophageal echocardiography in outcomes after cardiac surgery.