Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Distinguished Educator Award 


The SDMS Distinguished Educator Award was established to honor exceptional educators in the field of diagnostic medical sonography. This award is given annually to an educator who is nominated by their peers for their dedication to teaching, innovation in education, and ongoing support of students through mentorship, research, and volunteerism.

Submit a Nomination


To be eligible for the Distinguished Educator Award, an individual must:

  • Be a current individual member of the SDMS in good standing and must have been a member for a minimum of five (5) consecutive years immediately prior to nomination.
  • Be a full-time educator in a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or equivalent accredited program with at least five (5) years of teaching in academic diagnostic medical sonography or cardiovascular sonography.
  • Be credentialed by a national sonography credentialing body recognized by the SDMS Board of Directors, as detailed in the Recognition of Sonography Credentialing Organizations Position Statement.
  • An educator is not eligible for the award more than once every five years.


  • Nominator must be a current individual SDMS member. Self-nominations cannot be made.
  • Nominations are accepted annually between March 1 and March 31.


  • A call for nominations is made to the SDMS membership at large each year.
  • Once the nomination is received, the nominee will be asked to complete the SDMS Distinguished Educator Award Application and return it by the appropriate deadline.
  • The SDMS Membership Awards and Recognition Committee will evaluate all complete applications and make a recommendation to the SDMS Board of Directors.
  • The SDMS Board of Directors may either accept or reject the recommendation. If the Board decides that the candidate does not demonstrate sufficient merit, the award will not be presented that year.


Award recipients receive:

  • Complimentary registration to the SDMS Educators Pre-Conference Sessions and 3-day registration to the current year's SDMS Annual Conference;
  • A personal invitation to submit a proposal to the SDMS Conference Management Committee as a possible Educator Pre-Conference speaker for the following year's Annual Conference;
  • An engraved award featuring their name and a corresponding award lapel pin;
  • Two complimentary, transferrable tickets to the SDMS & SDMS Foundation Awards Dinner held at the SDMS Annual Conference; and
  • Recognition at the SDMS & SDMS Foundation Awards Dinner and in the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS), SDMS press release, and SDMS social media release. A letter from the SDMS President to the recipient's supervisor (e.g., Dean, Program Director, etc.).

SDMS Distinguished Educator Award Recipients

 Year Awarded   Recipient 
2003 Joan Baker, MSR, RDMS, RDCS, FSDMS
2004 Marie DeLange, BS, RDMS, RDCS, FSDMS
2005 Terry DuBose, MS, RDMS, FSDMS, FAIUM
2006 Carol Mitchell, PhD, ACS, RT(R), RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FSDMS, FASE
Karen Having, MEd, RT(R), RDMS
2007 Jody Hancock, MAEd, RT(R), RDMS, RVT
2010 Joy Guthrie, PhD, ACS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RCS, RCCS, RVS, FSDMS
2011 Richard Palma, BS, ACS, RDCS, RCS, FASE
2012 Charlotte Henningsen, MS, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS, FAIUM
2013 Sheryl Goss, MS, RT(R)(S), RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FSDMS
2014 Hamad Ghazle, Ed.D, RDMS
2015 Bridgett Willey, MS, RT(R), RDMS, RDCS, RVT
2016 Dora DiGiacinto, MEd, RDMS, RDCS, FSDMS
2017 Jennifer Bagley, MPH, RDMS, RVT