Elizabeth Ayers Gibson

In the hands of highly skilled practitioners, the equipment and techniques of modern medical technology are revolutionizing the healthcare industry. As a result, treatments are more effective, procedures are less invasive, and Americans can be healthier, more productive individuals.

Among skilled ultrasound practitioners, RIT Diagnostic Medical Sonography graduate Elizabeth Ayers Gibson, ’98, ’02, has earned what few in her field have achieved—Advanced Practice Sonographer status with the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS). The 2003 Outstanding Employee Award winner at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., is one of only a few in the United States to meet SDMS’s strict requirements.

“This is a tremendous personal and professional accomplishment, a goal I’ve held ever since becoming a practicing sonographer,” says Ayers Gibson. “It reflects the hard work I have invested in my career.”

“I am impressed with Liz’s ability to go above and beyond the call of duty,” says Shannon Boswell, manager of diagnostic imaging at Virginia Mason Medical Center. “She has never let challenges or barriers hold her down. I am so glad she is a part of our team.”

Ayers Gibson’s exceptional skills reflect the quality of her RIT education. The university’s ultrasound program is one of only a few such degree programs in the country.

This story appeared in the Fall/Winter 2005 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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