Our Team

photo-kristen-destigterKristen K. DeStigter, M.D., FACR
President and Co-Founder
Kristen K. DeStigter, MD, FACR, is the John P. and Kathryn H. Tampas Professor and Interim Chair of Radiology at the University of Vermont/University of Vermont Medical Center, in Burlington, Vermont, where she practices as an attending radiologist in the University of Vermont Medical Group. Dr. DeStigter is the program director for the Diagnostic Radiology residency at the University of Vermont. Among her professional achievements, Dr. DeStigter serves as president of the Vermont Radiological Society and is councilor of the Vermont Chapter of the American College of Radiology ACR).Read More

She participates as a member of the ACR Council Steering Committee and also chairs the ACR Symposium Committee. Dr. DeStigter has focused her career on radiology education. Currently, she serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology (APDR); she is a member of the New England Roentgen Ray Society Executive Committee; she also sits on the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for Diagnostic Radiology. Dr. DeStigter’s scholarly interests and accomplishments include peer-reviewed publications, lectures and presentations of unique applications for ultrasound in clinical medicine, the provision of integrated medical imaging services in under-served geographies and communities, medical education in diagnostic radiology, and global advances in maternal and neonatal care. She is a champion of many projects for safety and quality of care in clinical radiology. . In the international community, Dr. Destigter leverages her knowledge and experience through her participation as a member of the World Health Organization Referral Guidelines Development Group as part of the International Radiology Quality Network. In addition, she serves on the Radiology Society of North America Committee on International Relations and Education and the ACR Foundation’s International Outreach Committee.. As a medical visionary and drawing upon her extensive experience in global applications of ultrasound, Dr. Destigter is the co-founder and president of Imaging the World, an organization dedicated to mitigating medical imaging deficiencies in the most under-resourced areas of the world using sustainable, low cost, technology-based solutions. As a result of this work, she is a recipient of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations and well as Grand Challenges Canada grants. Dr. DeStigter received her BS in French and Biology from Calvin College, her MD from Case Western Reserve University, her diagnostic imaging residency training as well as her body imaging fellowship training from University Hospitals of Cleveland, OH. She has four children.
brian_garraBrian Garra, M.D.
Co-Founder
Dr. Garra completed his residency training at the University of Utah and spent three years as an Army radiologist in Germany before returning to Washington DC and the National Institutes of Health in the mid 1980’s. After four years at the NIH, he joined the faculty of Georgetown University as Director of Ultrasound. In 1998, he left Georgetown to become Professor & Vice Chairman of Radiology at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Healthcare. In 2009, Dr Garra returned to the Washington DC area as Chief of Imaging Systems & Research in Radiology at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center.Read More
In April 2010, he also joined the FDA as Associate Director in the Division of Imaging and Applied Mathematics/OSEL. His time is currently split between VA and FDA activities. His clinical interests include vascular ultrasound, GU ultrasound and breast ultrasound. His research interests include PACS, digital signal processing, quantitative ultrasound including Doppler, and ultrasound elastography. He was chair of the FDA radiological Devices Panel from 1999 to 2002 and has been involved in the approval of several new technologies including high resolution breast ultrasound, the first digital mammographic system, the first computer aided detection system for mammography, and the first computer aided nodule detection system for chest radiographs as well as the ultrasound contrast agent albunex. He also led the team that developed the AIUM breast ultrasound accreditation program, and helped develop the ARDMS registry in breast ultrasound. He is currently working on new applications of elastography, poroelastic imaging, ultrasound simulation systems for training and ITW projects.

 

alsofromJane Alsofrom, M.Ed.,RT(T)
Program Coordinator
Jane has an Associate Science degree in Radiation Therapy from the University of Vermont, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Trinity College, and a Masters degree in Education from University of Vermont. Prior to joining ITW, she was a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Program Director of the University of Vermont Radiation Therapy Bachelors of Science degree program for eight years. While at UVM she specialized in clinical simulation, student research, and curriculum development. Jane coordinated the curriculum, enrollment and program policies, as well as negotiating and maintaining clinical internship contracts at sites through out New York and New England. Read More

Before entering academics, Jane served as the Clinical Manager of the Radiation Oncology department at Fetcher Allen Health Care (UVM Medical Center) for fourteen years, managing daily operations, recruitment and staffing, legal and regulatory compliance, development of operational budgets, and work redesign. As manager she advanced three building projects including business plans, CON applications, bid specifications, selection of vendors and equipment, coordinated the architectural planning and construction, installation and initiation of service.

Since 2010 she has been the chair of the Vermont Board of Radiologic Technology guiding the board through statute revisions and addressing public safety issues related to radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine technology.

As a radiation therapist, her passion has always been women’s health since her mother’s treatment for breast cancer as a young woman.

 

Mary_teamMary Streeter, RRA, RT(R)(CT)
Director of Education and Research
Mary received an Allied Health degree in Radiology from the University of Vermont in 1985, a Bachelors degree in Professional Studies from Johnson State College in 2009 and a Master of Science Degree as a Radiologist Assistant in 2011. She has worked in the radiology department at Fletcher Allen Health Care/University of Vermont for over 25 years in clinical, research and administrative roles; she also holds a faculty position at the University of Vermont. Through out Mary’s career she has carried a passion for empowering people in regards to their health. She became involved withRead More

ITW research team in 2009 as a trainer and is currently involved in multiple research projects in the U.S. focusing on new protocol development and protocol efficiency.

 

1527113_10152091183970380_1794181317_nSarah Comtois, RT(R)(MR)
Director of Information Technology & Communications
Sarah received her Associates in Radiologic Technology from Middlesex Community College in 2004. She finished her BS in Healthcare Management from Champlain College in 2016 and is now pursuing a Masters in Business Administration. She has worked at Fletcher Allen Healthcare since 2008 in the radiology department as a MRI Technologist, and now holds a position as a Clinical Informatics Specialist. Sarah’s interest in social media and marketing led her involvement with Imaging the World. This skill set, paired with her clinical background has made her a vital member of the ITW team. Currently, she manages the communications and technology working with Read More

groups, social media/website, and has also traveled to Uganda on three clinical roll-out trips.

 

AlphonsusDr. Matovu Alphonsus
Program Manager – Imaging the World Africa
Currently he is the Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director at Kamuli Mission Hospital, having completed specialized training as a general surgeon from Makerere University in 2007. Dr. Matovu is also the Programme Manager for Imaging the World Africa. He has co-authored several journal publications and conducted recent studies in Public Administration and Management at Nkumba University. He is fluent in multiple African and European languages and enjoys playing musical instruments.

 
Allen Assiime_teamAsiimwe Allan
Information Technology Lead – Imaging the World Africa
Asiimwe Allan Completed his bachelor’s degree from Makerere University Kampala in 2008 majoring in Human Resource Management and Information Technology.Following this, he worked for a German company called Maulbeur, contracted by the Ugandan Electoral Commission, in the IT department. He is currently consulting with Imaging the World Africa as an IT team leader for the pilot in Kamuli.

 

Collins_teamOwani Collins Frank
Head of Operations – Imaging the World Africa
Mr. Frank completed his bachelor’s degree at Makerere University, Kampala, majoring in organizational studies and philosophy. Following this he started working for a private company in Kampala as a sales executive, Gromup Uganda Limited. He comes from a family of 5 kids in a rural region of northern Uganda called Dokolo and is a member of the Langi tribe. Currently he lives in Kampala. Collins has been consulting for imaging the World in Uganda since September, 2009, and is the co-leader of the ITW Logistics Team directing the pilot project based in Kamuli District.
 

Picho_teamShadrack Picho
Logistics Coordinator – Imaging the World Africa
Shadrack is from Kampala, and he received his Bachelors in Arts (Hons) from Makerere University with a major in Communications and a minor in Organizational studies. In 2004, he worked as a researcher for 3A Strategic Management Consultancy LTD. In 2005, he conducted research for World Food Program, monitoring communities, visiting health facilities in Kapchrowa district, and educating mothers about child nutrition. Shadrack joined Imaging the World in 2009 as a Logistic Team Leader in Uganda. He enjoys traveling and making friends with people from diverse cultures.
 

Sr-Angela_teamSister Mary Angela Njeri
Nurse Midwife, Nawanyago Health Centre
Sister Mary Angela Njeri is a catholic nun from the congregation of Daughters of Mary Bwanda (Uganda). She completed training as a midwife at Kamuli training school of midwifery in 2001, after which she worked for 2 years in Kitovu Hospital. She continued her education at the Rubaga school of midwifery and nursing and graduated with a diploma in 2005 and then worked in Western Kenya as an in-charge for 4 years. In 2010 she was appointed to work in Nawanyago as the in-charge, where she became involved with the ITW research project. She feels proud to work with ITW which has really which has brought hope to the rural community by saving lives of mothers and babies.

 
matt_teamMatthew Rielly, Ph.D.
Philips Healthcare Outcomes Group Leader
Matthew R. Rielly was born in Walsall, England. He received a B.Sc. degree in physics with astrophysics from the University of Leeds England, in 1994 and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Bath, England in 2001. His research centered on both theoretical and experimental investigations of nonlinear propagation of ultrasound through tissue mimicking media. He joined Philips Healthcare, Bothell, WA in 1999 where he Read More

currently manages a systems engineering group in the Philips Ultrasound R&D group. His team’s main responsibilities include defining product architectures, creating system design specifications and review and approval of system requirements, and feature design specifications. During his time at Philips he has also been a project manager responsible for ultrasound applications on premium ultrasound products. He is also involved in cross business research portfolio management and has authored several patents relating to ultrasound system design and transducer design. Matthew Rielly has also been an active participant in international standards committees relating to ultrasound output and control, serving on both IEC TC87 and IEC MT34.

jennakhanJenna Khan, M.D.
Volunteer
Dr. Jenna Khan received her MD degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore in 2010, where she first became involved with global health outreach by doing mobile clinic work in rural, western Kenya. Prior to medical school she studied local traditional medicine in Belize before accepting a 2-year research fellowship to study hormonal changes in aging at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. After graduating medical school, she completed a Preliminary Year in Internal Medicine at University of Read More

Vermont, Fletcher Allen Health Care. Jenna became involved with Imaging the World research while in radiology residency at Fletcher Allen and joined Imaging the World as the Chief Operating Officer in September of 2013 and now continues as a volunteer today.