Egidia Rugwizangoga has been an RN for 10 years, working at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston as a nurse and a Clinical Educator. Egidia has volunteered with Team Heart for 8 years, providing nursing care to post cardiac surgical care patients, providing education to both patients and local nurses, and translating teaching materials into Kinyarwandan. Egidia is also involved in various research initiatives that examine the adherence of Coumadin by cardiac surgical patients in Rwanda.
Equally as important, she has presented on the work of Team Heart in various conferences including the 11th Global Forum on Humanitarian Medicine in Cardiac Surgery and Cardiology in Geneva, Switzerland. Egidia is also extensively involved in mentorship programs such as Partners Health Care and College of Nursing and Health Sciences Collaboration for Diversity in Nursing Leadership. She is a member of Graduate Nursing Student Academy at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and holds a BSN from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Egidia is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Health Services Leadership and Management at the University of Maryland.