Team

Our team is made up of volunteer medical staff from leading academic medical centers across the United States whose cardiac surgery and cardiology programs are consistently top-rated in the United States. We also partner with the Ministry of Health and local medical personnel in Rwanda. Our volunteers use their vacation time and pay their own way for these trips, but the value of these experiences lasts a lifetime. We are incredibly grateful for our team members’ selflessness and generosity. Are you drawn to our cause? Are you inspired to directly save lives? We are always looking for passionate individuals to join our Team.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Interim President, Morton Bolman, III, MD

Joseph Mucumbitisi, MD Pediatric Cardiology, King Faisal Hospital Kigali, Rwanda

Secretary Cecilia Patton-Bolman MSN, Team Heart Program Director

Catherine Jackson, MBA

Amy Fiedler, MD
University of Wisconsin

David E. Wilson, Esquire.
Corwin & Corwin LLP

JaBaris D. Swain, MD, MPH Division of Cardiovascular Surgery Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Leslie Kaze
Ex-officio member,
Country Director

Douglas Ferguson

ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Suellen Breakey, RN, PhD, Massachusetts General Institute for Health Professionals, School of Nursing

George Shortis , Open Heart International, Co-Founder, Australia

Jochen D. Muehlschlegel, MD, PhD, Director of Research

George DuCasse, Treasurer

CLINICAL TEAM COORDINATION

Julie M. Carragher RN, MSN, NP, Clinical & Nursing Education Lead and Faith-Based Giving

Kristin Calheno-Hill RN, Clerk, Corporate Liaison

Daniel Anderson CCP, Perfusion Lead

David Adams Cardiac Sonography, Screening and Education

Dr. Patricia C. Come, Annual Giving, Cardiology Curriculum

Sara S. Pitman RN, Volunteer Applicant Management, Trip Coordination

Dr. Bruce Leavitt, Surgical Coordination

Maurice Musoni, MD
Lead Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon
King Faisal Hospital

Connie Fail RN, Nursing Lead

"I am thankful to Team Heart for saving my life and allow me to return to my studies energetically and it does me proud to be studying public health"

TEAM HEART PATIENT

“I consider being a part of Team Heart to be the biggest achievement in my nursing career, and one of the best parts of my life!”

KRISTIN CALHENO RN

“After I returned from Rwanda, each time I passed my to do list, my pencil hovered to cross off Rwanda--I could not do it. Rwanda was not finished.”

MARIA STEELMAN 2012

"Rwanda can eradicate rheumatic heart disease in a generation-it is an achievable goal"

DAVID WILSON