Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

SDMS Announcements

SDMS President's Message - September 2022

by Catherine Rienzo
Catherine Rienzo

Dear SDMS Members,

I am pleased to announce the 2022 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​2 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.

Sharlette Anderson

Sharlette D. Anderson, MHS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FSDMS

Talisha Hunt


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.

Yosefa Pessin

Yosefa Pessin, DHSc, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

SDMS McLaughlin Memorial Lectureship Award

The Stephen McLaughlin Memorial Lectureship was created as a tribute to past SDMS President Stephen McLaughlin for his service to the SDMS and his dedication to promoting sonographer professionalism within the healthcare community. The lecture is presented each year at the SDMS Annual Conference in his honor.

M Robert DeJong


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

Camylle Keaton

Camylle Keaton
Pima Medical Institute

Hannah Emerick
Hannah Emerick
Grand Valley State University

Sonography Advanced Degree Scholarship Program

Megan Powell

Megan Powell, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
University of Toledo

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.

Buwen Yao

Buwen Yao, MBBS
University of Southern California

Buwen and her co-investigator, Shawn Roll, are working to standardize a rigorous Doppler sonographic acquisition and analysis protocol. This protocol will be used to examine intraneural blood flow within the median nerve.

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.

Tiffany West
202​2 Cohort Grant Recipient

202​2 Cohort
Emerging Leaders 2022 Cohort

Congratulations to all!


Catherine Rienzo
Catherine E. Rienzo, EdD, RT(R)(ARRT), RDMS, FSDMS
SDMS and SDMS Foundation President

2022 SDMS Annual Conference