Leigh Giles-Brown has been appointed as the new diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) program director at the 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 (HCC) in Columbia, Maryland, for two years. 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 HCC, while also serving prior as a clinical coordinator for DMS.
Giles-Brown has also worked as a sonographer for Medstar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, Maryland, and the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. For eight years, she was owner of Sono Solutions, LLC in Silver Springs, Maryland. There, she provided group lectures, online courses and hands-on training to educate sonography professionals in ultrasound physics, and 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, Maryland.
In the effort to improve radiology resources in developing and impoverished countries, Giles-Brown has traveled to Jamaica and Haiti as a sonographer 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 M.P.A. and J.D. in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, B.A. in social studies education from State University of New York at Albany in Albany, New York, and an A.A.S. in diagnostic medical sonography from Montgomery College in Takoma Park.
“Ms. Giles-Brown comes to NOVA highly recommended, and with experience both as a practitioner and a leader,” said MEC Provost Anne M. Loochtan. “We are excited to have her join us and help the sonography program take its next steps in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.”