Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Award


The Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Award recognizes sonographer authors for the publication of outstanding research or review articles in the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS). Its purpose is to encourage sonographers to share their expertise with their colleagues in the sonography profession by writing and publishing in the JDMS.


To be eligible for the Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Award, articles must:

  • Have a sonographer listed as the first author (based on credentials);
  • Be Original Research or Literature Review articles that relate to the profession of diagnostic medical sonography;
  • Be published in the previous year’s volume of the JDMS;
  • Not have been recognized by other SDMS awards (i.e. Sample Awards); and
  • Not be Case Studies or Symposia articles.

Only the first three sonographer authors of the selected article are eligible to receive the award.


  • Nominations are not accepted from the membership at large for this award.


  • The award is given to the authors of the three highest-ranking articles in the previous year’s volume of the JDMS written by sonographer(s).
  • The winning articles are chosen by the Editor and selected members of the JDMS Editorial Board.
  • If an article is authored by a JDMS Editorial Board Member, the article is eligible for the award; however the author/board member cannot be selected as a judge.


Award winners receive:

  • Monetary awards as follows: First Place: $1000, Second Place: $500, Third Place: $250. All eligible authors of each winning article will share equally in the awards. The primary/corresponding author will be responsible for distributing the monetary award to all eligible sonographers.
  • An engraved award;
  • 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.