Rick Meece

Perioperative and Structural Heart Echocardiography,
St. Thomas Hospital

Contact Details

St. Thomas Hospital
Franklin, TN

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Advanced Cardiac Sonographer; Invasive Technologist, Perioperative 3D TEE for valve repair and transcatheter procedures; Fusion navigator imaging, clinical research, grant writing and project development, author, journal editorial review (JASE, IRC, JDMS); American Society of Echocardiography Faculty, Consultant and educator. Cardiac resynchronization; myocardial mechanics; advanced perioperative imaging; hybrid navigator imaging; structural heart device imaging innovation.

Publications (selected)

"The Mitral Valve"; Morse MA, Meece R, Rodriguez E.; Catheter Based Valve and Aortic Surgery; 2016; Springer Publications; DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-3432-4_18; G Ailawadi, I Kron; editors.

Novel Matrix of M-mode, Doppler and 3D Echocardiography Improves Prediction of Response to CRT. R Meece, J Baker II, WD Thompson, T Bartlett, S Fahrig, DJ Graves, JF Jackson, J Hill, B Klas. Saint Thomas West Hospital, Nashville, TN. Abstract American Society of Echocardiography 2014, Portland, OR

Maximal stroke volume and systolic dyssynchrony index in V-V optimization using RT3DE predicts outcomes in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy. R Meece, DJ Graves, J Baker II, WD Thompson, JF Jackson, D Crawford, Saint Thomas West Hospital, Nashville, TN. Abstract Heart Rhythm Society 2009, San Francisco, CA.

Assessment of the right ventricle by echocardiography: A primer for sonographers. Horton KD, Meece RW, Hill JC. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2009 Aug;22(8):889.

3D Echocardiography - An emerging giant in the treatment of heart failure. Meece RW, Graves DJ. Touch Briefings: Cardiology Year in Review; 2007

"Percutaneous Coronary Angioplasty", Meece RW, Gorski, K. Invasive Cardiology: A Manual for Cath Lab Personnel, Watson, Gorski, ed. Third Edition received 4 Stars from Doody's Book Review.

"Electrocardiology", Meece RW, Holz NE, Invasive Cardiology: A Manual for Cath Lab Personnel, Watson, Gorski, ed. Third Edition received 4 Stars from Doody's Book Review.


  • ACS
  • CCT
  • RCIS
  • RCS
  • RDCS


Davidson Technical College, Draughons Junior College, Volunteer State University

Professional Associations

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
2006 - Present

American Society of Echocardiography
2002 - Present

Job History

Saint Thomas West Hospital
Perioperative & Structural Heart Echocardiography; Research Development
Nashville, TN
January 2012 - present

Saint Thomas West Hospital
Clinical & Research Echocardiography; Research Development and Core Lab
Nashville, TN
January 2002 - January 2012

Saint Thomas Hospital
Sr. Invasive CV Technologist
February 1996 - June 2004

Baptist Hospital
Sr. Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist; Echocardiographer
January 1989 - January 1994

Honors and Awards

Advanced Cardiac Songrapher
Cardiovascular Credentialing International (ACS)

Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (FSICP)

American Society of Echocardiography (FASE)