Dr. Michael Lambert Receives Educator of the Year Award BOTHELL, WA - March 20, 2006 - Sonosite, Inc. (Nasdaq:SONO), the world leader in hand-carried ultrasound, announced today that Dr. Michael Lambert, who provides ultrasound education programs to Sonosite customers, has been recognized by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) for his outstanding commitment to ultrasound education for emergency physicians. The AAEM granted Dr. Lambert the 2006 Joe Lex Educator of the Year Award at its 12th Annual Scientific Assembly in February. Dr. Lambert trains physicians to utilize hand-carried ultrasound in the emergency department, improving the diagnosis and treatment of life and limb threatening conditions at the bedside.
Such applications range from FAST exams (Focused Abdominal Sonography for Trauma) for detecting fluid in the abdomen or to detect fluid around the heart, to evaluating internal organs injured by trauma, to the rapid diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy, and to guidance for the placement of central venous catheters and intravenous lines. "Dr. Lambert is an outstanding clinician and a gifted teacher," said Kevin M. Goodwin, Sonosite President and CEO. "Hand-carried ultrasound allows the emergency physician to quickly gather critical diagnostic information in an environment where every second counts. By training so many physicians to use hand-carried ultrasound, Dr. Lambert is helping patients benefit from better care in emergency departments across the country. We are delighted that AAEM has acknowledged his leadership in this way."
"The American Academy of Emergency Medicine is proud of its longstanding relationship with Dr. Lambert and we value his enormous contribution to the education of emergency physicians," said Robert McNamara, MD FAAEM. "Participants in Dr. Lambert's courses consistently rate course content and instructor knowledge extremely high time and time again. He has very clearly earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues and is most deserving of this honor." Dr. Lambert has been practicing emergency medicine since 1988, and in June will join Advocate Christ Medical Center in Chicago to oversee a fellowship program in emergency medicine ultrasound. He provides ultrasound education to Sonosite customers through his independent education company, Sonoran Ultrasound LLC.
About the Joe Lex Educator of the Year Award
The Joe Lex Educator of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to AAEM through work on educational programs. Previously called The Educator of the Year Award, AAEM renamed the award in 2005 to underscore Dr. Joe Lex's enduring devotion and commitment to AAEM and its educational programs. Dr. Lex has been chair of the AAEM education committee since 2001. In that role, Dr. Lex has created outstanding educational opportunities during AAEM's Scientific Assemblies, the Third Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress, and other conferences and programs.
The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (www.aaem.org) is the specialty society of Emergency Medicine with more than 5,000 members. Fellows of AAEM are certified by either the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) or the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM). AAEM supports fair and equitable practice environments necessary to allow the specialist in Emergency Medicine to deliver the highest quality of patient care.
Sonosite, Inc. (www.sonosite.com) is the innovator and world leader in hand-carried ultrasound, with an installed base of more than 25,000 systems. The company, headquartered near Seattle, is represented by eight subsidiaries and a global distribution network in over 75 countries. Sonosite's small, lightweight systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high performance ultrasound to the point of patient care. The company employs approximately 500 people worldwide. About Sonoran Ultrasound Sonoran Ultrasound (www.sonoranultrasound.com) provides on-site education for physicians striving to advance their clinical ability by implementing bedside ultrasound into their skill set.