About SOPE


Since its formation in 1975, the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography (SOPE) has provided a forum for education, collaboration, and networking to the community of pediatric and adult cardiologists, fellows, and sonographers with a specific interest in the practice of pediatric and congenital echocardiography.

SOPE is an independent organization whose mission is to maintain and promote excellence in the echocardiographic examination of every fetus, infant, child, and adolescent as well as the adult with congenital heart disease. In addition, SOPE is committed to optimizing the training of pediatric echocardiographers and sonographers, having participated in the development of guidelines and standards for the nomenclature of cardiac septal structures as well as physician training in pediatric, fetal, and transesophageal echocardiography.

In collaboration with the American Society of Echocardiography, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the IAC Echocardiography, SOPE assists in the establishment and promotion of universal standards for the nomenclature and orientation of two-dimensional transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography as well as contrast and fetal echocardiography.

Board of Directors

  • PRESIDENT: Helen Ko, ACS, RCCS, RDCS, FASE
  • VICE PRESIDENT: Meryl Cohen, MD, FASE
  • TREASURER: Mark Lewin, MD, FASE
  • SECRETARY: Tim Slesnick, MD, FASE
  • SONOGRAPHER REPRESENTATIVE: Bernadette Richards, RDCS, FASE
  • IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Craig Fleishman, MD, FASE

To Contact Us

  • Email: jnoel@firstpointresources.com
  • Address: SOPE, 1500 Sunday Drive, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Phone: 919-863-9488
  • Fax: 919-787-4916