Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

SDMS Announcements

SDMS President's Message - September 2021

by Ted Whitten
TedWhitten_200x300Dear SDMS Members, 

I am pleased to announce the 2021 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 202​1 SDMS Annual Conference. I hope that you will join us at the conference to celebrate 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.

Aubrey Rybyinski

Aubrey Rybyinski, BS, RDMS, RVT, FSDMS

Tricia Turner

Tricia Turner, BS, RDMS, RVT, FSDMS

SDMS Distinguished Educator Award

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

Kevin D Evans

Kevin D Evans, PhD, RT(R)(M)(BD), RDMS, RVS, FSDMS, FAIUM

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

Emily Scott

Emily Scott
Tidewater Community College DMS Program

Megan Park
Cypress College DMS Program

Sonography Advanced Degree Scholarship Program

Emily Downs

Emily Downs, BS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT(R)
University of Nebraska

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.

Stephanie Pizzella

Stephanie Pizzella, BHS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Washington University School of Medicine

Stephanie and her co-investigators, Yong Wang, PhD, and Peinan Zhao, PhD, are exploring using ultrasound to better identify characteristics of the cervical mucus plug to predict preterm births more effectively.

Samantha Oduro

Samantha Oduro, BS
Edwards Lifesciences

Samantha and her co-investigator, Adrienne Cherry, MPH are gathering data related to the disparity in the percentage of diagnostic medical sonography degrees awarded to minority populations to identify opportunities for creating DMS programs in historically black colleges and universities.

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.

Nadia Chupka
202​1 Cohort Grant Recipient
Nadia Chupka, BS, RDMS, RVT

202​1 Cohort
2021 Emerging Leaders Cohort

Congratulations to all!



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