The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) has named Duke Anesthesiology’s Solomon Aronson, MD, MBA, FACC, FCCP, FAHA, FASE, the seventh recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Echocardiography Award in recognition of his significant clinical, research and educational contributions to the development of the field of perioperative echocardiography (echo).
According to the society, Aronson’s most notable contribution is the expansion of the National Board of Echocardiography. He previously served as the chairman of the Committee of Certification for Perioperative Echocardiography (PTEeXAM), which remains the standard by which perioperative echocardiographers test and demonstrate proficiency in echocardiography. Aronson has also served on a variety of ASE committees since 1993, he was the chair of the council from 2003-2005, and he served on the Board of Directors from 2004-2006.
Aronson says he was fortunate to have started his academic career at a time when his interest in cardiac perfusion, cardiac function, and structural science aligned with the introduction of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) – at the time, a novel clinical diagnostic imaging technology. In those early years, he says there were “few of us, considered outliers by some and cowboys by others,” who brought TEE into the operating room to explore its potential application in perioperative clinical care.
“Reflecting back, the opportunities that I had to incorporate echo into my research, as well as navigating through the raised eyebrow stares received in those early years when I brought TEE into the operating room, and seeing today’s generation inconspicuously incorporate TEE as a standard of clinical care, is very rewarding,” says Aronson, a professor of anesthesiology who currently serves as Duke Anesthesiology’s executive vice chairman of strategy and finance. “I feel very lucky to have had a chance to work with and be mentored by so many extraordinary people over the years. I am honored to be recognized and have so many to thank,” including Drs. Steven Feinstein, Paul Harper, Leon Goldberg, Mike Roizen and Robert Karp in particular.
The 2019 ASE award recipients were honored on June 23 at the ASE Foundation’s 10th Annual Research Awards Gala in Portland, Oregon during its 30th Annual Scientific Sessions.