25 Top Professors of Sonography

Meet some of the most well-known and influential professors in diagnostic medical sonography, vascular ultrasound, and echocardiography. As you consider your learning options, you might use this list not only to find great professors, but also to understand more about their respective areas of specialization, and the institutions with which they are affiliated. In the end, this list may help you to decide whether sonography is the field for you, and if so whether there’s a particular professor that might help mentor you along your chosen path.

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Juan Carlos Plana Gomez

MD

Baylor College of Medicine - Houston , TX

Juan Carlos Plana Gomez is a professor, as well as the Chief of Clinical Operations of Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to his academic duties, he is the co-Director of the Center for Advanced Cardiac Imaging at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Cardiovascular Echocardiography.

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Alfred Z. Abuhamad

MD

Eastern Virginia Medical School - Norfolk , VA

Dr. Abuhamad is one of the leaders in the field of sonography, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the nationally-recognized Ob Right program, which provides prenatal education to improve infant and fetal mortality rates. He also teaches Natal Sonography at EVMS, and is the distinguished Professor and Chairman of Obstetrics. His research with prenatal sonography is highly regarded, and has earned him a place as the Past President of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).

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Kathryn E. Glas

MD, MBA, FASE

Emory University School of Medicine - Atlanta , GA

Kathryn Glas is the Director of Cardiac Anesthesiology and a Professor of Anesthesiology at Emory University School of Medicine. Although she teaches Anesthesiology, her focus is on  the perioperative use of transesophageal echocardiography and epiaortic ultrasonography. She is also on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Echocardigraphy (ASE). 

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Neil J. Weissman

MD

Georgetown University - Washington , DC

Dr. Weissman's work in the field of echocardiology has earned him acclaim from both students and fellow sonographers. Not only has he served as the President of MedStar Health Research, but he was recently named the President of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) for 2014. He is the author of many peer-reviewed articles, as well as,  "Cardiac Imaging Secrets," which he co-authored with noted researcher, Gabriel A. Adelmann. 

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Thomas D. Shipp

MD

Harvard Medical School - Boston , MA

Dr. Shipp brings a background in Microbiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology to his sonography instruction. He has published many papers on post-natal and pre-natal sonography diagnosis, including genetic and gynecologic abnormalities. He is a Fellow of the AIUM and Chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). 

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Beryl R. Benacerraf

MD

Harvard University - Cambridge , MA

Dr. Benacerraf teaches the Advanced Sonography Symposium in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard. In addition, she teaches Radiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, as well as conducts full-time research on sonography during pregnancy. She has published many of her findings in journals such as the Journal of Ultrasound Medicine and Obstetric Gynecology. She also serves as a board member for the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG).

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Partho Sengupta

MBBS, MD, DM, FASE

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai - New York , NY

Partho Sengupta not only directs the Cardiac Ultrasound Research and Core Lab, but he is an Associate Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His clinical focus is Echocardiography and he is on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE).  He has won many awards including the ASE's Feigenbaum Lectureship for his contributions to research in electrocardiography. His groundbreaking work has been published many places, including Forbes Magazine

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Sheryl E. Goss

MS, RT(R)(S), RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FSDMS

Misericordia University - Dallas , PA

Dr. Goss is a professor and the Department Chair of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography department at Misericordia. She has over 30 years of experience in a clinical setting and has served as the Chair and Editor-in-Chief for the SDMS National Certification Examination Review. She is the President Elect for 2015-2016 SDMS Board of Directors. Her teaching has also earned her the SDMS Distinguished Educator's Award for 2013. 

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Luciana T. Young

MD, FACC, FASE

Northwestern University - Chicago , IL

Dr. Young is Professor, Pediatrics, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and also serves as Director of the Echocardiography Lab and BAV/aortopathy program, and Co-Director of the Connective Tissue Disorders clinic, at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Young's wide-ranging experience in the field of pediatrics includes specialization in pediatric cardiology with an emphasis on ultrasound imaging of the heart (fetal echocardiography). She is also interested in how imaging solutions like alglucosidase alfa interact with predetermined heart conditions. She is an active publisher, and has shared her research findings in journals like the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Circulation. Dr. Young currently serves on the Board of Directors of the ARDMS, and has been named Best Doctor by Chicago Magazine and U.S. News and World Report in 2012 and 2013.

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Patty Braga

BSRT, MS Ed

Palm Beach State - Palm Beach Gardens , FL

Patty Braga is both an Associate Professor and the Sonography Department Chair at Palm Beach State College. She also serves on many boards and committees including the Joint Review Committee on Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) Committee for Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She has also been the Chair of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) Education Committee since 2013, and is on the Board of Directors for the SDMS. 

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Hamad Ghazle

DMS, PhD

Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester , NY

Hamad Ghazle is a professor and director of the diagnostic medical sonography program in the College of Health Sciences and Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He also oversees the RIT’s Sonography Scanning Suite, a high-tech ultrasound laboratory which provides practical experience and simulations to medical professionals and students. Dr. Ghazle is the developer, designer and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound Technology & Education (JCUTE), and also serves on the Government Relations Committee for the National Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS). Dr. Ghazle received the 2014 National Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Distinguished Educator Award as well as the 2002 RIT Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching.

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Susan Wiegers

MD, FACC, FASE

Temple University - Philadelphia , PA

Susan Wiegers is Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and a Professor at Temple University's School of Medicine. She is also President of the American Society of Echocardiology (ASE). She is the author of many scholarly articles and three books including Echocardiography in Practice: A Case-Oriented Approach. She is also affliated with the American Heart Association and the American Medical Women's Association.

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Jarrod Mosier

MD

University of Arizona - Tucson , AZ

Dr. Mosier is the Director of Emergency Medicine and the Assistant Program Director of Critical Care Medicine for Pulmonary services at the University of Arizona Medical Center. His research has been highlighted in the last few years in journals like Intensive Care Medicine and the Journal of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Mosier's work focuses on using sonography and echocardiography to help resuscitate patients with air-flow blockages. 

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J. Christian Fox

MD

University of California, Irvine - Irvine , CA

Dr. Fox is a renowned sonographer and teacher, with many awards for his service to student progress. He has been acknowledged as one of the best teachers at UC Irvine five times, and was awarded the 2011 Ultrasound Educator of the Year award from the SAEM Academy of Ultrasound (SAEMAU). He has published three books and over 50 articles about his research, and recently received a $700,000 grant for medical student ultrasound instruction. 

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Lawrence Platt

MD

University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles , CA

Dr. Platt serves as a Clinical Voluntary Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. He has written over 250 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, focusing mainly on Maternal-Fetal Ultrasound. He currently works on the editorial boards of six medical journals, and regularly speaks at ultrasound conventions. He is the current Treasurer of the ISUOG, and the Past President of the Los Angeles Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. 

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Ruth Goldstein

MD

University of California, San Francisco - San Francisco , CA

Dr. Goldstein has been contributing to the field of Sonography since the late 70's, and is one of the foremost researchers on saline infusion sonohysterography, fetal imaging, and cancer imaging. She has been awarded for her work by the Consumer's Research Council of America, winning the title of America's Top Radiologist in 2006. She is currently a professor and the Chief of Ultrasound at UCSF. 

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Christy K. Holland

PhD

University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati , OH

Dr. Holland currently teaches in the College of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, and comes to the study of sonography by route of technology rather than medicine. Her research focuses on using ultrasound in stroke therapy, drug delivery, and cavity imaging. She currently serves as the President of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and has acted as a reviewer for sonography publications such as IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control and Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.

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Kim Michael

MA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT

University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha , NE

Kim Michael is a Distinguished Professor and Program Director of the Department of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  She has served on the Board of Directors  for the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS). Her specialty is in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and is the author of numerous articles, her most recent being "A Retrospective Analysis of Abdominal Competency Scores to Improve Clinical Education in Sonography," published in the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 

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Richard A. Hoppmann

MC

University of South Carolina - Columbia , SC

Dr. Hoppmann has been a very influential researcher and teacher in the field of Portable Ultrasound Technology. In addition to creating and directing the ultrasound program at USC, he manages over $200,000 in grant funds towards research of hand-held ultrasound units for his students - some of the most cutting-edge sonography technology available. In 2014, he became the Peter H. Arger Award winner for Excellence in Medical Student Education. 

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Robert E. Zierler

MD

University of Washington - Seattle , WA

Dr. Zierler's passion is for the use of sonography in diagnosing and treating vascular disorders. He has spent 25 years researching the use of ultrasonic duplex scanning for these issues, and shares his insights with his students as a professor in the Department of Surgery at the UW. He is a Past President of the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL), and the editor of four sonography textbooks.

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Jill Trotter

BS, RT, RDMS, RVT

Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Nashville , TN

Jill D. Trotter has a passion for both quality sonography and for teaching others to excel in the profession. She has 23 years of experience in imaging, 16 of those in Sonography.  She is currently the Program Director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She also acts as Secretary on the Board of Directors for The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS).  She is credentialed in OB/GYN, vascular and abdominal sonography.

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Frank A. Chervenak

MD

Weill Cornell Medical College - New York , NY

Dr. Chervenak is currently a distinguished professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cornell University. His specialty is in Maternal-Fetal Ultrasound and Prenatal Ultrasound, and his extensive work in this area has earned him worldwide recognition. He is the Co-director of the Ian Donald Inter-University School of Medicine and Ultrasound, and past Board Member of the AIUM. He has published over 260 papers and 28 textbooks on the field of ultrasound, obstetrics, and medical leadership.

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Joshua A. Copel

MD

Yale University - New Haven , CT

Dr. Copel's work earned him a place as the President of the AIUM (2007-2009) and the President of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He is an active member in the ISUOG, and currently serves on the Board of Directors representing the USA. Dr. Copel received the Dru Carlson Award for Best Ultrasound Research in 2007, and the Nathan Kase Award for Excellence in Teaching

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Zhizhang Xu

MD

Zhongshan-Jefferson Diagnostic Ultrasound Training Center - Philadelphia , PA

Although Dr. Xu teaches in China, his agreement with Thomas Jefferson University makes his incredible courses available to students in America. Dr. Xu is one of the most world-renowned sonography professors, and was key to furthering the use of sonography in China. He received the Pioneer Award from the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB), as well as the Pioneer Award from the AIUM (2008). He currently serves as the Vice-President of both the Chinese Association of Medical Imaging Technology (CAMIT) and the Society of Ultrasound In Medicine of Chinese Medical Association (SUM-CDMA).

Methodology

Each of the members on this list have been chosen through careful research based on the following criteria:

  • Active Teaching. All of these professors are actively teaching or mentoring students at an accredited college.

  • Publication. Many of these professors have been published in online or print professional journals.

  • Thought Leadership. Professors on this list have been chosen due to their leadership in the sonography community, based on speaking engagements or public leadership.

  • Extracurricular Involvement. Each of these individuals are involved in both teaching and outside professional engagements, such as professional communities, educational organizations, or advocacy groups.

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