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
Dirksen J. Lehman
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"
“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!”
“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.”
"Rwanda can eradicate rheumatic heart disease in a generation-it is an achievable goal"