Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Joan P. Baker Pioneer Award

In 1994, the SDMS established the Joan P. Baker Pioneer Award in honor of Joan P. Baker, MSR, RDMS, RDCS, FSDMS for her significant contributions to the sonography profession. Joan Baker was instrumental in founding the SDMS in 1969, the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in 1975, and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). 

Ms. Baker served as the first President of the SDMS and ARDMS and is credited with creating the sonography occupation under the U.S. Office of Education in 1973. She was the first Fellow of the SDMS and was recognized by the Smithsonian Institute as a pioneer in the field of sonography.

Purpose

The Joan P. Baker Pioneer Award was established to honor sonographers who have made innovative and outstanding contributions to the sonography profession. This award is not an annual award but rather awarded as qualified candidates are identified. Selection is based on contributions which have advanced or changed the f​ield of sonography and increased the knowledge and/or welfare of sonographers.

Eligibility

  • Be a current individual member of the SDMS in good standing and must have been a member for a minimum of five (5) consecutive years immediately prior to nomination.
  • Be credentialed by a national sonography credentialing body recognized by the SDMS Board of Directors, as detailed in the Recognition of Sonography Credentialing Organizations Position Statement.

Nominations

  • Nominator must be a current individual SDMS member. Self-nominations cannot be made.
  • Nominations are accepted annually between March 1 and March 31.

Procedure

  • A call for nominations is made to the SDMS membership at large each year.
  • Once the nomination is received, the nominee will be asked to complete the Joan P. Baker Pioneer Award application and return it by the appropriate deadline.
  • The SDMS Membership Awards and Recognition Committee will evaluate all completed applications and make a recommendation to the SDMS Board of Directors.
  • The SDMS Board of Directors may either accept or reject the recommendation. If the Board decides that the candidates do not demonstrate sufficient merit, the award will not be presented that year.

Recognition 

Award winners receive:

  • A three (3) day registration to the current year’s SDMS Annual Conference;
  • 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.

Joan Baker Pioneer Award Winners

2018
Ms. Sheryl E Goss, MS,RDMS,RDCS,RVT,RVS,RT(R)(S),FSDMS
2016
Mr. Jim Baun, BS,RDMS,RVT,FSDMS
2015
Dr. Joy Guthrie, PhD,RDMS,RDCS,RVT,ACS,RCS,RCCS,RVS,FSDMS
2014
Dr. Carol Mitchell, PhD,RDMS,RDCS,RVT,ACS,RT(R),FSDMS,FASE
2013
Dr. Kevin D Evans, PhD,RDMS,RVS,RT(R)(M)(BD),FSDMS,FAIUM
2010
Mr. Wayne C Leonhardt, BA,RDMS,RVT
2008
Ms. Cynthia L Rapp, BS,RDMS,RDCS,FSDMS,FAIUM
2007
Mr. Terry J DuBose, MS,RDMS,FSDMS,FAIUM
2006
Mr. Dale R Cyr, MBA,RDMS,RDCS,FSDMS
2004
Dr. Rebecca Hall, PhD,RDMS,FSDMS
2004
Ms. Jean Lea Spitz, MPH,RDMS,FSDMS
2003
Ms. Mimi Berman-Sandler, PhD,RDMS,RDCS,FSDMS
2001
Ms. Sandra L Katanick, RVT,RN,FSVU
2000
Ms. Anne M Jones, BS,RDMS,RVT,RN,FSDMS,FSVU
2000
Ms. Beth M Anderhub, MEd,RDMS,FSDMS
1999
Ms. Kathryn Kuntz, MEd,RDMS,RVT,RT(R),FSDMS
1998
Ms. Sandra L Hagen-Ansert, MS,RDMS,RDCS,FSDMS,FASE
1997
Ms. Donna M Kepple, RDMS,FAIUM
1997
Ms. Marsha M Neumyer, BS,RVT,FSDMS,FAIUM,FSVU
1996
Mr. Robert DeJong, RDMS,RDCS,RVT,FSDMS
1996
Mr. Alan D Waggoner, MHS,RDCS,FSDMS
1995
Ms. Marveen Craig, AA,RDMS,FSDMS
1995
Dr. Diane M Kawamura, PhD,RDMS,RT(R),FSDMS,FAIUM
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