The V.I. Diabetes Center of Excellence assembled a core team of professionals with subject matter expertise in Diabetes Care, Business Operations, Public Health, Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Neurology, Non-profit Management, Grants Management, Social Work, and Health Services Administration. In addition to paid staff, VIDCOE will work with volunteer community health workers to provide education and support to patients as needed.
Ganesh Prasad, MSC/MBA, is a Public Health specialist with 20+ years of managing and leading large public health projects [$1.5 Billion USG Funding], designing financial management systems, mentoring and training 80+ staff in over 23+ countries and a solid track-record for effectively monitoring corporate compliance in unstable regions around the world. He has also worked many years with CDC, USAID , and Pharmaceutical Companies in drug development & testing , Public Health Research, and Health system strengthening.
Dr. Prasad is a Medical Doctor with over 40 years of experience in emergency, family, and pediatric medicine. A major focus on compassionate, patient-centered care. Created a multispecialty facility on-site with specialists from Cardiology, Neurology, and Urology.
Isatou is a Public Health professional with over 10+ years of working in public health, social behavioral change communication, marketing, and strategic public/private partnership growth. She has worked internationally with Johns Hopkins University and has held many leadership roles throughout her global career.
Naita Salmon is a Nurse Practitioner with 34 years of experience in the medical profession, and a Certified Health and Life Conscious Healing Coach. I’m originally from Panama, Central America. I received my formal medical training at California State University, Long Beach as an Adult Nurse Practitioner specializing in Women’s Health. On September 17, 2002, I relocated to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands where I now call home.
Nakia Francis, AGPC-NP, is a board-certified Adult- Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has experience in a multitude of medical settings, including the intensive care unit, the emergency room, medical-surgical, rehabilitation, and long-term care. With clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and geriatric care, Nakia has been afforded the opportunity to care for patients in all stages of life. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University and received her nursing degree from Ohio University School of Nursing in Athens, Ohio.
Dr. Sagiv is a cardiovascular imaging specialist. Dr. Sagiv graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania receiving his Bachelors of Science in Bioengineering. He acquired his medical degree from Columbia University/ Ben Gurion University of the Negev - Medical School for International Health. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Dr. Sagiv is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, CT Angiography, Nuclear Cardiology, and Echocardiography.
Sally is a traveling Diabetes Nutritionist. I am passionate about helping people achieve long lasting nutrition transformations via nutrition counseling and support. Since college, I have been dedicated to understanding how the food we eat impacts our health. I have experience guiding clients through diabetes management, weight loss, intuitive eating, plant base transitioning and more.