Coordinator, Quality and Education


Karen G. Zimmerman, BS, ACS, RDCS (AE, PE), RVT, FASE
Coordinator, Quality and Education – Echocardiography and Vascular Sonography Programs
Phone: 304-598-4000 ext.79855


With over 30 year of echocardiography experience, Karen has authored numerous peer review publications and state-of-the-art book chapters on image-guided mitral valve repair. She continues to work on research emphasizing the importance of the continuity-of-imaging and multidisciplinary collaboration while using the latest technology.

Karen joined us as an Advanced Imaging Specialist from northern Michigan, and an Editor-in-Chief for CASE: Cardiovascular Imaging Case Reports. CASE is the new on-line case report journal from the American Society of Echocardiography. While co-founding the journal she has been instrumental in the development and clinical introduction of advanced echocardiographic imaging for cardiologists, interventionalists, hospitalists, intensivists, anesthesiologists, and cardiothoracic surgeons. She was central to the creation and development of ground-breaking echo-guided percutaneous and surgical mitral valve repair programs.

Karen is the newly appointed Coordinator of Quality & Education and of the Echocardiography and Vascular program’s new sonography school at West Virginia University School of Medicine and WVU Heart and Vascular Institute. Additionally, she will be involved with research and the Innovations Lab and Clinical Trials.

Her most important role and passion is to create a common language between specialists to insure the highest quality continuity-of-imaging for those patients with advanced cardiac disease. Karen’s comprehensive background is essential for keeping echocardiography at the forefront of cardiovascular diagnosis and treatment. She will continue her multidisciplinary approach to guiding diagnosis and intervention while teaching medical students, residents, fellows and sonographers.