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SDMS Foundation Announces Major Gift

January 25, 2010

The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) Foundation is pleased to announce that Joan and Don Baker of Kirkland, Washington have made a major gift to the new SDMS Foundation to support its mission and goals. Ms. Baker was a founder of the SDMS in 1970, the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in 1975, and served on the Board of the SDMS Educational Foundation from 1989-1991 (which remained affiliated with SDMS until May 2009). She has twice served as SDMS President and served as the chair of Allied Health at Seattle University and Program Chair of the Ultrasound Technology Program at Bellevue Community College (now known as Bellevue College). Her husband, Don Baker, is an electrical and bio-engineer credited with the discovery, development, and medical application of continuous wave and pulsed Doppler technology. He helped form one of the country’s leading ultrasound equipment companies and worked tirelessly to promote the adoption and use of medical ultrasound throughout the world. In recognition of these accomplishments, he received the University of Washington Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award in 2002.

Shannon Boswell, BS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FSDMS, the SDMS Foundation’s President, expressed the SDMS Foundation’s Board’s sincere appreciation and gratitude for the unsolicited gift stating, “Joan and Don Baker’s donation sets the bar for professionalism and dedication to the sonography community.” The gift will help support the Foundation’s Certification Examination Grant program, which provides financial and educational assistance to SDMS members who are working to become credentialed in diagnostic medical sonography. The grant program helps both students seeking their first credential as well as experienced sonographers wishing to advance their career by earning another sonography credential.

The donation will also help support a new initiative by the SDMS and SDMS Foundation related to Joan Baker’s personal passion of helping sonographers with repetitive stress injuries that have negatively affected their careers. Additional information on this new initiative will be announced later this year. Detailed information about the SDMS Foundation’s Certification Examination Grant Program as well as its other grants and scholarships is available online at


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