Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

SDMS Announcements

SDMS President's Message - September 2020

by Ted Whitten
TedWhitten_200x300Dear SDMS Members, 

I am pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the following SDMS awards and SDMS Foundation grants and scholarships. The recipients will be recognized at the SDMS & SDMS Foundation Awards Presentation held during the 2020 SDMS Annual Conference – Virtual Edition. I hope that you will join us at the conference to celebrate both the SDMS’ 50th anniversary and the achievements of your fellow sonographers.

SDMS Fellow

The SDMS Fellow membership category recognizes the lifetime achievement of individual members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of sonography and to the SDMS. An SDMS Fellow is known for their outstanding professional accomplishments as well sustained engagement in SDMS activities and continued SDMS membership.

Sara Baker


Mitzi Roberts

Mitzi Roberts, EdD, RT(R), RDMS, RDCS, FSDMS

SDMS Distinguished Educator Award

The SDMS Distinguished Educator Award honors an exceptional educator in the field of diagnostic medical sonography who is uses innovative teaching methods to promote life-long learning.


Kimberly Michael, MA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS

SDMS Foundation Scholarship Program

The SDMS Foundation Sonography Student and Advanced Degree Scholarship Programs provide a $2,500 scholarship to deserving sonography students and sonographers who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in a diagnostic medical sonography or cardiovascular technology educational program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Sonography Student Scholarship Program

Higus Mekonen

Higus Mekonen
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Kurt Scheeler

Kurt Scheeler
Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
School of Allied Health - Adult Echocardiography

Sonography Advanced Degree Scholarship Program

Deanna Barymon

Deanna Barymon, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
Doctorate of Education

SDMS Foundation Research Grants

The SDMS Foundation Research Grant Program provides support for innovative research projects which advance the field of diagnostic medical sonography. Applicants are required to present a unique or immediate relevance to the profession and the SDMS Foundation, to undergo education and mentorship throughout their research, and to submit their findings to the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS) for publication.


Rivka Hellmann, MS, RDMS, RDCS
School of Health Professions, Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Rivka and her co-investigators Artur Babayan, MD, Iryna Struk, MS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, and Marie Roberts, PhD, RN will evaluate the effects of placental location on maternal and neonatal outcomes.

SDMS Foundation Emerging Leaders Program

The SDMS Foundation Emerging Leaders Program identifies and mentors future leaders in the sonography field. Participants virtually attend a variety of leadership education opportunities and engage in meaningful dialogue and projects related to the future of the profession and leadership volunteerism. At the end of the program, one participant is selected to represent the cohort at the fall SDMS and SDMS Foundation Board of Directors Meetings and the SDMS Annual Conference.

2020 Emerging Leaders Cohort Representative

Jennifer Danos

2020 Emerging Leaders

Congratulations to all!



Ted Whitten, BA, RDMS, RVT, FSDMS
SDMS and SDMS Foundation President