Leigh Giles-Brown, has been appointed as the new diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) program director for Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus (MEC).
Giles-Brown has several years of experience working as an ultrasound educator and professional sonographer. Prior to joining the MEC, she was an assistant professor for the DMS program at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md. There, she was an ultrasound instructor, specializing in ultrasound physics, abdominal, obstetrics/gynecology and vascular sonography. She identified and secured more than 20 clinical sites during the first year of the program at the College, while also serving as a clinical coordinator for DMS. The ultrasound specialist has also worked as a sonographer for Medstar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, Md. and the Children’s National Medical Center in D.C. For eight years, she was owner of Sono Solutions, LLC in Silver Spring, Md. There, she provided group lectures, online courses and hands-on training to educate sonography professionals in ultrasound physics. She also specialized in general and vascular ultrasound. From 2006 until 2013, Giles-Brown served as the vascular sonography program director at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Md.
In the effort to improve radiology resources in developing and impoverished countries, Giles-Brown has traveled to Jamaica and Haiti as a sonography instructor with the RAD-AID International and the ASRT Foundation. As a Pan American Health Organization special contractor, she provided lectures and coordinated international webinars. She is also certified as a registered diagnostic medical sonographer (RDMS) in obstetrics/gynecology (Ob/Gyn), abdomen (Ab) and as a registered vascular technologist (RVT) with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).
“As the new DMS director, a key goal of mine is to develop and expand the current DMS program at the MEC to include additional concentration degree programs,” Giles-Brown said. “I also would like to further engage our clinical partners, to develop additional program offerings that are specifically designed for their needs. I think the MEC is a wonderful environment of dedicated faculty and staff members who are committed to ensuring student success.”
Giles-Brown holds a master’s in public health and a law degree in public affairs from University of Texas at Austin, an A.A.S. in diagnostic medical sonography from Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Md., and a B.A. in social studies education from State University of New York at Albany.
“Ms. Giles-Brown comes to NOVA highly recommended, and with experience both as a practitioner and a leader,” said MEC Provost Dr. Anne M. Loochtan. “We are excited to have her help the sonography program take its next steps in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.”
For more on NOVA’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, visit http://www.nvcc.edu/medical/divisions/allied/sonography.html.
Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.