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  • About RSNA
  • Kristen K. DeStigter, MD, FACR

  • A dedicated educator and mentor, Kristen K. DeStigter, MD, FACR, has earned an international reputation for innovation in education, leadership, and ultrasound outreach. Dr. DeStigter is the John P. and Kathryn H. Tampas Green & Gold Professor and Interim Chair of Radiology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Prior to being selected as interim chair, she served as vice chair for 10 years. She has extensive leadership experience and long-standing service to both local and national committees, boards and professional societies. Additionally, she is the co-founder and president of Imaging the World (ITW), a nonprofit organization currently operating in Uganda that integrates ultrasound diagnosis into systems of care in rural health facilities.

    With a career focused on education, Dr. DeStigter is the past program director of the diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Vermont. During her tenure, Dr. DeStigter received three University of Vermont residency teaching awards. Prior to serving as program director, she served as the radiology director of Medical Student Education for 3 years. She has taught, mentored, and sponsored trainees at various levels of their education as well as mentored faculty in their professional development. She currently serves as the immediate past president of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology (APDR) and sits on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for Radiology. She is vice president of the Vermont Radiological Society, after serving as president for 5 years. Recently she served as a member of the New England Roentgen Ray Society Executive Committee.

    Dr. DeStigter’s scholarly interests and accomplishments include unique applications of ultrasound in rural medicine, the provision of integrated medical imaging services in under-served communities, medical education in diagnostic radiology, and global advances in women’s health care. She is a champion of many projects for safety and quality of care in clinical radiology. In the international community, Dr. DeStigter leveraged 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. Currently, Dr. DeStigter is chair of the RSNA International Radiology Education Committee (CIRE) and a member of the RSNA Education Committee. Dr. DeStigter is the former chair of the RSNA Derek Harwood-Nash Fellowship Subcommittee after serving on the subcommittee for 4 years. She also serves on the American College of Radiology (ACR) Foundation’s International Outreach Committee.

    As co-founder and president of Imaging the World (ITW), Dr. DeStigter is changing global medicine through a revolutionary concept that combines technology, a teach-the-teacher program, community engagement, quality assurance, and government advocacy to bring medical expertise and improved healthcare service delivery. 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 over 50,000 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. Dr. DeStigter has received several grant awards, including from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She received the American College of Radiology (ACR) Foundation 2016 Global Humanitarian Award for her work improving medical imaging and access to care.

    Dr. DeStigter completed her undergraduate training at Calvin College, her medical training at Case Western Reserve University, and her diagnostic radiology residency and body imaging fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Ohio.

    Kristen K. DeStigter, MD, FACR