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Shawn Roll named Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
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The honor recognizes Roll's scholarly contributions to advancing sonography beyond traditional medical uses.

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Shawn Roll

Shawn Roll, PhD in Occupational Science program director and associate professor

PhD in Occupational Science Program Director and Associate Professor Shawn Roll has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Fewer than 3 percent of AIUM members — a multidisciplinary professional association of approximately 9,000 physicians, sonographers, scientists, students and other health providers — have been named AIUM Fellows.

“I am honored to be recognized by the AIUM and look forward to continued contribution of evidence and creation of opportunities for the use of ultrasound and sonography in novel areas, such as injury prevention and rehabilitation, to expand use beyond traditional medical diagnostics,” Roll said.

In his Musculoskeletal Sonography and Occupational Performance Laboratory, Roll uses diagnostic sonography for the evaluation, prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, with a primary focus on the upper extremities. Some of the MSOP Lab’s projects include: a $2.3 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control’s National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to evaluate the impacts of intensive hand activity on sonographic measurements of tissue morphology, discomfort and occupational performance in a longitudinal study, with the aim of developing a predictive model for early detection of median nerve injury in the workplace; a project supported by the American Society of Hand Therapists to evaluate the effectiveness of mind–body interventions such as biofeedback for hand therapy patients, and; the use of sonography for improving evaluation and customizing treatment planning for patients with surgically repaired hand tendons, including a NIH-funded F31 Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award for USC Chan PhD student Sandy Takata MA ’15, OTD ’16, PhD ’21. 

According to its website, the mission of the AIUM is to provide education, foster best practices and facilitate research that keep its members up-to-date to utilize ultrasound in safe, effective and affordable applications for improved patient care.