Dr. Cliff Gronseth
Founder and CEO
Dr. Cliff Gronseth is an accomplished physician, a decorated teacher, a student of how we learn and how to learn better, and a passionate champion for ultrasound. Since teaching himself ultrasound almost 20 years ago, he recognized its power for not only maternal health but everything from guiding injections to assessing injuries from acute trauma. He founded NYAGI shortly after starting his EdTech software company, 7D Imaging. He realized that the accelerated self-guided learning system made possible by the iPad-based NAV™ software suite could be used to rapidly improve healthcare in remote, rural, and resource limited areas. His goal is to establish ultrasound as a safe, portable, affordable, effective—and magical—tool to save lives in the forgotten corners of the world.
Above – Dr. Gronseth teaching ultrasound in Nepal in 2016 with the help of 7D Imaging, NAV software.
Below – Dr. Gronseth teaching Haitian doctors what to look for when using ultrasound.
“Empower the local providers, give them the knowledge and the tools to do ultrasound and pass it forward.”
A Passionate Champion for Ultrasound
After graduating Dartmouth College with a degree in geology, Dr. Cliff Gronseth worked in Africa and Asia in the gemstone trade. Following a bout with malaria that almost killed him—and thankful for the Kenyan doctor who didn’t let that happen—he had the epiphany that medicine, not pretty rocks, was his calling. He received his M.D. degree from the University of California San Francisco Medical School and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan.
After his residency, Dr. Gronseth moved to Colorado where he held a faculty position at the University of Colorado Medical School in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine. During his time in academia, he founded the University Spine Center, a multi-specialty center focused on spine care, and served as Medical Director for the University of Colorado Department of Rehabilitation’s Outpatient Services and Medical Director of the University Physical Therapy practice in Boulder. While at the University of Colorado he also received multiple Outstanding Teaching Awards and helped to establish several rehabilitation clinics in various Colorado communities including Boulder, Aurora, and Steamboat Springs. Dr. Gronseth is founder and currently managing partner of Spine West, a private practice in Boulder, CO, specializing in non-surgical musculoskeletal medicine and ultrasound. He is triple board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and Pain Medicine.
In addition to his full-time medical practice, Dr. Gronseth continues to be passionate about ultrasound and education. He holds several patents related to ultrasound and is the founder and CEO of 7D Imaging, Inc., an EdTech company focused on accelerating education and skills development. 7D Imaging’s NAV™ software suite offers interactive, CME-approved, reference platforms for learning orthopedic (musculoskeletal) ultrasound and is expanding to include modules for OB/GYN, heart, lung, and abdominal ultrasound. Dr. Gronseth is also the founder of the NYAGI Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings specialized training for basic, life-saving ultrasound skills to low-income and resource limited areas of the world. In 2018 he received the Humanitarian Service Award from the International Foundation for Sonography Education and Research for his work in Nepal focused on prenatal ultrasound training of Skilled Birth Attendants from remote healthcare clinics. In 2019 Dr. Gronseth led a NYAGI team to Haiti to teach physicians and nurses how to identify life-threatening conditions with ultrasound. Read more about NYAGI below.
Learn about the NYAGI Approach
Our mission is simple: To Save Lives with Ultrasound…Together…Today!
NYAGI quickly brings ultrasound “off-the-road” to educate, empower, and elevate remote, rural healthcare systems by using tools available today.
At each site with each group of healthcare professionals, the NYAGI team of experienced sonographers hosts a week of intensive hand-on learning. Participants are introduced to the basics of ultrasound and how to use the iPad-based software provided by 7D Imaging. They “learn by doing” ultrasound, quickly transitioning from assisted to independent scanning.
Each new ultrasound champion we help to create is left with an iPad loaded with the complete 7D Imaging NAV™ software suite. This point-of-care resource empowers the participants to continue independent learning and to share the knowledge and skills with colleagues. NYAGI works with local in-country partners to support leads trained as ultrasound teachers. NYAGI can also provide remote training webinars and access to an educational video library where bandwidth allows.
Dedicated to the highest standards in healthcare and patient safety, NYAGI works with Inteleos’ POCUS Certification Academy™, a non-profit global certification organization that delivers rigorous assessments, cultivating a global community of ultrasound excellence. After the field work, we follow up with our new ultrasound champions and make sure they’re continuing to grow and learn. This way we are able to evaluate if the NYAGI approach is working as well as possible to elevate the entire healthcare system in the countries we work in..