Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

TedWhitten_200x300 Winslow (Ted) E. Whitten, BA, RDMS, RVT, FSDMS
SDMS & SDMS Foundation Immediate Past President

With 30+ years in sonography, Ted Whitten, BA, RDMS, RVT, FSDMS, director and past president of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) and SDMS Foundation (2019-2021), continually fosters a dedication to helping others and to learning, which has helped him work in an advanced capacity at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire since 2007. Ted has elevated and standardized the quality of sonographic procedures for the Elliot Health system, served as a vital conduit between sonographers and physicians, travelled the U.S. on behalf of Elliot Hospital to teach sonography departments, and initiated a musculoskeletal sonography program at Elliot Hospital. At a prior employer, he established a non-invasive vascular lab that won accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission on Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL). Ted keeps his passion high through clinical connections with sonography students. .

Learn constantly, support the team
“I have never shied away from saying I don’t know something,” Ted says. “Radiologists I work with know that I will do the research to find the answers, and they appreciate that I come back to share it with them.” If there’s one thing that annoys Ted, it’s people who pretend they know something they don’t. He’s always willing to help others learn and provides his contact information to anyone who requests it.

Explore other ways to be a leader
Ted doesn’t like to be in the spotlight. “I’m a ‘back of the room’ kind of person,” he says. Even so, he has been in leadership positions—elected and volunteer—every year but one. He describes his style as reserved and is an inspiration to others who are teeming with ideas but lacking a love for the stage.

Create your own new paths
Never one to fear his “discomfort zone,” Ted embraces innovation and new experiences. “Life is more exciting outside your comfort zone,” he says. One adventure Ted finds rewarding and challenges other sonographers to pursue is being an international medical missionary, teaching high quality sonography in other cultures. His mission trips have taken him to Haiti, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic.

Don’t give up on your dream
“My life will be complete when advanced sonography becomes a reality,” says Ted, whose own perseverance has carved as close a model of advanced sonography as is known today. But he wants more. He wants sonographers to be able to work in an advanced capacity from the get-go, before gaining 10-15 years of experience. It may require a lot, such as a deep and versatile knowledge of sonography, more general medical knowledge, business acumen, emotional intelligence skills in dealing with others, ability to mentor physicians and radiologists, and a selfless, high-level, inquisitive approach that serves the patient and the whole team through solutions and innovation.

“I want everyone to succeed. When we demonstrate to physicians, radiologists, and the public how good sonography is, everyone wins,” he says.

Best inspiration
Former SDMS President Stephen McLaughlin (1999-2001) urged Ted to get involved nationally in sonography, and that made a lasting impact. “I’ve gotten back much more than I’ve given,” he claims. “When you volunteer, the energy and friendship of others feeds you.”

Best icebreaker
It’s easy to grab Ted’s attention in a crowd. Tell him you need help with something. You might even say, “You probably don’t have time, but I need help.” He’ll have time. That’s the kind of leader Ted is.  

Ted Whitten, BA, RDMS, RVT, FSDMS “At-a-Glance”

Education
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology (pre-med), Cedarville University
  • Certificate in diagnostic medical sonography, New Hampshire Technical Institute

Certifications
From the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)

  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)
    Specialty Certifications: Pediatric Sonography, Abdomen, OB‚Äč/GYN
  • Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)
    Specialty Certification: Vascular

Publications/Research

  • Contributor, Sonography Scanning: Principles and Protocols by M. Robert DeJong, Elsevier (2021)
  • Co-Author; Michael K, Rienzo C, Whitten T. Sonography education: Incidental findings in scan lab models. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (2019)
  • Contributor, Clinical Guide to Sonography: Exercises for Critical Thinking by Charlotte Henningsen, Kathryn Kuntz, and Diane Youngs, Elsevier (2013)
  • Contributor, Clinical Sonography: A Practical Guide by Roger Sanders (1997)

Awards and Fellowships

  • Senator Gordon Humphrey Award, NHTI Sonography Program
  • Fellow, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (2016)

Professional Roles

  • Ultrasound practitioner at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire (2007-Present)
  • Ultrasound supervisor/vascular lab technical director, Parkland Medical Center (1991-2007)
  • Staff sonographer, Lawrence General Hospital (1989-1991)

Voluntarism for the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and/or the SDMS Foundation

Task Forces, Committees, and Work Groups
  • Chair, Scope of Practice and Clinical Standards for the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Current)
  • Board Liaison, SDMS Infection Control Task Force (2021-2022)
  • Member, Clinical Institute Task Force – Abdominal Sonography (2015-2016)
  • Member, Clinical Institute Task Force – Musculoskeletal Sonography (2015-2016)
  • Member, Nominating Committee (2021-Current)
  • Member, Finance Committee (2017-2019)
  • Chair and Board Liaison, Governance Committee (2019-2021)
  • Member, Governance Committee (2017-2019)
  • Chair and Board Liaison, Nominating Committee (2017-2019)
  • Member, State Legislative Advocacy Committee (2017-2019)
  • Member, Ethics Committee (2013-2016)
  • Chair, Advanced Practice Committee (2011-2013)
  • Co-Chair, Advanced Practice Committee (2011)
  • Member, Membership Committee (2005-2009)
  • Member, Sonographer Task Analysis Project Work Group (2015)
Executive, Director, Board Liaison, and Board Representative Roles
  • President, SDMS and SDMS Foundation (2019-2021)
  • President-Elect, SDMS and SDMS Foundation (2017-2019)
  • At-Large Director, SDMS Foundation (2013-2016)
  • Director, SDMS Political Action Committee (2013-2016)
  • At-Large Director, SDMS (2011-2016)
  • Board Liaison, SDMS Infection Control Task Force (2021-2022)
  • Board Liaison, Advanced Sonography Committee
  • Board Liaison, Practice Management Committee
  • At Large Directors’ Representative, SDMS Board Executive Committee

Other Voluntarism in the Sonography Community

Selected Service Roles for the ARDMS
  • Involvement in certification exams as an item author, reviewer, mentor or item development workshop participant in specialties including obstetrics/gynecology, vascular technology, and sonography principles and instrumentation (SPI)
  • Subject matter expert, ARDMS Pediatric Sonography App Development Team
  • Image and Video Working Group Lead for the Obstetrics Team
  • Member of committees or task forces on topics related to compliance reinstatement, advanced practice sonographer, obstetrics/gynecology practice analysis, compliance hearing, OB/GYN assessment, content quality review, and OB/GYN standard setting
New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) Roles
  • Member, NHTI Advisory Board for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Adjunct diagnostic medical sonography faculty
  • Part-time instructor
Granite State Society of Medical Sonographers
  • President (1994-2000)
  • Founding Member and Vice-President (1992-1994)
Multiple volunteer roles also for the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, the Manchester School of Technology, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons