Cliff Gronseth, M.D.
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 multispecialty 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 developing 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 of pregnancy, trauma and orthopedics ultrasound skills.