Our Team

photo-kristen-destigterKristen K. DeStigter, M.D., FACR
President and Co-Founder

Dr. DeStigter is the Chair of the Department of Radiology at the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont, and Health Care Service Chief of Radiology at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She is an established national and international leader in Radiology, with expertise in medical education, population health and quality and safety.  She oversees the day to day operations of Imaging the World™ and is the leading subject matter expert on all facets of ultrasound program implementation and program management in rural populations. For over six years, as part of Dr. DeStigter’s efforts, formal ultrasound education in community health clinics and referral facilities has enabled staff to provide obstetrical ultrasound services to countless women per year. Through her work, and in conjunction with successful industry partnerships, sustainable, high quality, affordable ultrasound service has been integrated into clinical facilities throughout rural Uganda. In 2016, Dr. DeStigter was selected as the ACR Foundation Global Humanitarian Award recipient for her work improving medical imaging and access to care. She also received the RSNA 2016 Educator of the Year Award.

brian_garraBrian Garra, M.D.
Co-Founder

Dr Garra is the Chief of Imaging Systems & Research in Radiology at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In April 2010, he also joined the FDA as Associate Director in the Division of Imaging and Applied Mathematics/OSEL. 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.

 

Martha Kikut
Director of Development & Chairman of the Board of Directors
Martha received a BA in Sociology from Brandeis University and has worked as a business analyst for many years. Subsequently she has worked in communications and fundraising for education and other non-profit entities. Martha is guiding the 5-year strategic plan, developing fundraising strategies and creating a communication plan for Imaging the World.

 

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.

 

Magdalena R. Naylor, M.D.,Ph.D.
Program Consultant
Dr. Naylor is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and practices psychiatry at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She is a director of the MindBody Medicine Clinic and the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit. As a clinician she specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD, chemical dependence, and coping skills training for the chronic medical conditions. Her research has focused on the development of novel modes of treatment and relapse prevention for chronic pain. She has demonstrated that telephone-based therapy through interactive voice response (IVR) technologies can dramatically improve the long-term outcomes for patients participating in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for pain management. These findings have resulted in her obtaining NIH grants to continue this work in chronic pain and expanding this research therapeutic approach to obesity and alcohol dependence. Read More

Since 2001 she has continuous NIH support for studies to examine the effects and neural mechanisms (fMRI) of CBT and relapse prevention. She published extensively on pain, coping and brain plasticity and is a co-author of the book The Search for Meaning.
Dr. Naylor joined the Imaging the World (ITW) team in summer of 2012 and became a Director for ITM’s division for Behavioral Medicine and Research in 2016.
She received M.D. and Ph.D. in cardiovascular physiology from the Warsaw Medical University in Poland and her training in psychiatry at the Duke University Medical Center.

 

Mary Streeter, RRA RT(R)(CT)
Chief Quality Officer
Mary has a Masters in Radiologic Sciences and holds the position as the Radiology Quality Officer for the University of Vermont Medical Center and an appointment as Clinical Instructor at the UVM College of Medicine. She became involved with Imaging the World in 2009 contributing in research, education and training. She is now serving as the Chief Quality Officer for ITW. In this role she will lead activities relating to quality assurance, quality improvement, and patient experience improvements. This role supports creating standardization in care delivery and developing quality metrics to guide clinical decision making.

 

Anjuli Cherukuri, M.D
Clinical Affairs Officer
Anjuli first joined the team in 2014 after completing medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. She traveled to Uganda four times over the course of her radiology residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center (2013-2017). She has been involved in several ITW projects, including creating illustration stickers to add to ultrasound reports to make them easier for patients and healthcare providers to understand, and creating a homemade ultrasound gel that can be made on-site at clinics when standard gel is unavailable. She is now completing her fellowship in Abdominal Imaging & Intervention at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

 

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.

Asiimwe 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 with Maulbeur,a company contracted by the Ugandan Electoral Commission, in the IT department. He is currently working with Imaging The World as the IT Lead.

 

Owani Collins Frank
Head of Operations – Imaging the World Africa

Mr. Collins completed his bachelor’s degree at Makerere University Kampala, majoring in organizational studies. Following this he started working for a private company Gromup Uganda Limited in Kampala as a sales executive. In September 2009 Collins started consulting for Imaging The World Africa in Uganda as the co-leader of the ITW Logistics Team, directing the pilot project in Kamuli District. In 2011 Collins was appointed the project coordinator Imaging The World Africa and head of operations a post he holds to-date.

Shadrack 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.

Naiim Ali, M.D
Clinical Affairs Officer.
Naiim Ali first developed an interest in American health policy as a medical student at the New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. He has served in various leadership roles in organized medicine societies including the American Medical Association and American College of Radiology since 2010. During residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center, where he currently serves as a chief resident, Naiim’s interest expanded to international health policy and medical work. With Imaging the World, he has been involved in community outreach, education and evaluation of sonographers, assessing sites for ultrasound readiness, and collaborating with partner organizations.

 

Ssembatya Renny
Data Coordinator.
Mr. Ssembatya Renny has been with ITW Africa since 2012 and is the Data Lead for all of the research projects running in Uganda. He received his undergraduate degree in economics and statistics from Kyambogo University in 2011. Currently he is undertaking a postgraduate degree(MPH) in public health- population and reproductive health. His main interest is in maternal and child health.

Tyler Rowe
Volunteer Program Development
Tyler graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, with a degree in International Relations with an economic focus. An entrepreneur, he developed and sold two successful ski shops in Colorado and Wyoming, before volunteering for four months at a medical clinic in Arusha, Tanzania. With a passion for international health, he is involved in the development of Imaging The World through new volunteer programs. He recently completed the post-baccalaureate pre-med program at the University of Vermont.