We Are An Expert Network Of Volunteers With One Mission: Accessible Cardiac Surgical Care For All

Our Organization

WORLD HEART CAREGIVERS is an international humanitarian, not-for-profit (NFP), non- Governmental Organization (NGO) that is focused on bringing medical care wherever needed, particularly in underserved areas and in particular cardiac care and its supporting services. The organization operates under the motto ‘No heart left behind’ and its activities are broadly guided by the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO). It operates in collaboration with local Governments and/or Organizations and Academic Institutions to provide and develop locally sustainable cardiac care and supporting services that confirm to international standards. It’s activities include Adult and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery and Cardiology, Teaching and Research.

While introducing complex treatment services the organization focuses simultaneously on prevention of cardiac disease and on the development of academic programs for teaching and research. The organization is made up of international medical and paramedical volunteers and it is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Funding for the activities of WORLD HEART CAREGIVERS is through charitable donations and from local Governments and Organizations. The organization has a corporate structure with a President and CEO, Vice President, Director, Chief Financial Officer and Project Managers and a Board of Directors. It also has a supporting advisory board. It uses approximately 2% of its financial resources for administrative purposes and 98% for its humanitarian activities. After a decade of operating around the world, WORLD HEART CAREGIVERS was incorporated as an NGO in Canada and is governed by the Canada -Not-for-profit Corporations Act.​

OUR DEPARTMENTS AND TEAMS

Medical Operations

Medical Board

William Kent BA, MSc, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Cardiac Surgeon
Surgical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support
Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery
Clinical Ass. Professor
Foothills Medical Center
Libin Cardiovascular Institute
University of Calgary

Kishan Narine BSc., MD, PhD, FETCS.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Foothills Medical Center
Associate Professor
Libin Cardiovascular Institute
University of Calgary

Kishan Narine BSc., MD, PhD, FETCS

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Foothills Medical Center
Associate Professor
Libin Cardiovascular Institute
University of Calgary

Nicole Webb BSc.,MD

Consultant Anaesthesiologist
Cardiac Anaesthesia
Foothills Medical Center
University of Calgary

Bart Meyns MD, PhD, FECTS

Adult and Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon
Cardiac Transplantation
Ventricular Assist and Mechanical Circulatory Support
Division Head, Cardiac Surgery
University Hospitals Leuven
Professor
KU Leuven , Belgium (Catholic University Leuven)

Marc Gewillig MD, PhD.

Pediatric Cardiologist
Division Head, Pediatric Cardiology
University Hospitals Leuven
Professor
KU Leuven, Belgium (Catholic University Leuven)

Steffen Rex MD, PhD

Consultant Anesthesiologist
Anesthesia for cardiothoracic and vascular surgery
Anesthesia for congenital cardiac surgery,
Anesthesia for transplant surgery
University Hospitals Leuven
KU Leuven, Belgium (Catholic University Leuven)

Dirk Vlasselars MD, PhD

Professor
Intensive Care Medicine
Head Cardiac Pediatric ICU
Director ECMO and Ventricular Assist Devices
University Hospitals Leuven
KU Leuven, Belgium.( catholic University Leuven)

Nursing Board

Kari France BSc.(N)

Cardiac Intensive Care Nursing
Manager
Cardiovascular Intensive Care
Libin Cardiovascular Institute
Foothills Medical Center
University of Calgary

Samantha Hacquoil B.N.,B.Sc.

Cardiac Intensive Care Nursing
Foothills Medical Center
Graduate Student
University of Calgary

Sara K Smith BScN, RN CPN(C)

Perioperative Certified Nurse (Univ. of Alberta)
Canadian Perioperative Nurses Certification.
Alberta College of Nursing
CVOR Nursing
Foothills Medical center
Libin Cardiovascular Institute
University of Calgary
International Humanitarian Volunteer (International Children’s Heart Foundation, Gift of Life International)

Mark Harbora, BScN (Hons.), MN, NP

Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Surgery

Leisha Naphin BSc., BN, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Perfusion Board

Dale Wist B.Sc (Kinesiology), CPC

Canadian Society of
Clinical Perfusionists
Foothills Medical Centre
University of Calgary

Steve Menzies BSc, CPC

Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusionists
Clinical Perfusionist
Clinical Lead Perfusion, Foothills Medical Center,
University of Calgary

Respiratory Tech Board

Barbara Presch RRT, CCAA

Respiratory Therapist, Anaesthesia
Certified Clinical Anesthesia Assistant
College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta (CARTA)
Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists
Foothills Medical Center
University of Calgary

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer Coordinator

Sara K Smith BScN, RN CPN(C)

Perioperative Certified Nurse (Univ. of Alberta)
Canadian Perioperative Nurses Certification.
Alberta College of Nursing
CVOR Nursing
Foothills Medical center
Libin Cardiovascular Institute
University of Calgary
International Humanitarian Volunteer (International Children’s Heart Foundation, Gift of Life International)

Administration

International Coordinator

Sara K Smith BScN, RN CPN(C)

Perioperative Certified Nurse (Univ. of Alberta)
Canadian Perioperative Nurses Certification.
Alberta College of Nursing
CVOR Nursing
Foothills Medical center
Libin Cardiovascular Institute
University of Calgary
International Humanitarian Volunteer (International Children’s Heart Foundation, Gift of Life International)

Research Coordinator

  • Ronan Cockar
  • Carmelina Riccio
  • Max Britos

Website Manager

  • Calgary LLP

Finance and Audit

  • Steve Menzies

Fundraising

  • Astrid De Boeck (Founding Member)
  • Johanna Barberena
  • Milton Valdez
  • Tony Dimarzo

Spokesperson

  • Andrea Riccio

Ambassadors

  • Andrea Riccio

Managers

Projects Managers

Kari France BSc.(N)

Cardiac Intensive Care Nursing
Manager
Cardiovascular Intensive Care
Libin Cardiovascular Institute
Foothills Medical Center
University of Calgary

MISSION STATEMENT

We Are An Expert Network Of Volunteers With One Mission: Accessible Cardiac Surgical Care For All