International Advisory Board

The Children’s HeartLink International Advisory Board (IAB) consists of experts in health care, public affairs and international development who provide expertise and consultation to Children's HeartLink in areas such as strategic planning, capacity building, international relations and medical diplomacy.

International Advisory Board Members

Jim Rice, Ph.D., Chair – Dr. Rice is Managing Director & Practice Leader of the Governance and Leadership practice at Gallagher Integrated. He is the former Director of the Leadership, Management, and Governance Project at Management Sciences for Health, where he directed a $200-million USAID-funded project designed to strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes, particularly in low-resource countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has worked in over 32 countries throughout his career and has been a champion for smarter management and leadership of health systems serving vulnerable populations across the globe. Dr. Rice received an MHA in Hospital and Healthcare Management and a Ph.D. in International Health Policy and Management from the University of Minnesota.

Aldo Castañeda, M.D., Ph.D. – Dr. Castañeda is the Founder of the Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Unit of Guatemala and is Pro­fessor Emeritus of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. After receiving his training and being on the staff of the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota from 1958 through 1971, Dr. Castañeda was recruited to Children’s Hospital Boston and served for 20 years as Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief. Dr. Castañeda received the World Heart Foundation Humanitarian Award in 2004, and in 2006, Dr. Castañeda was inducted into the Pediatric Cardiology Hall of Fame.


Christopher Hugo-Hamman, M.D. – Dr. Hugo-Hamman is Chairman of the Steering Committee of the World Congress Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, and past President of the Paediatric Cardiac Society of South Africa. The former Rhodes Scholar at Jesus College, Oxford, is a paediatric cardiologist at Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Hugo-Hamman has established a program with interventional and surgical services for children and adults with heart disease in Namibia. 

Kathy Jenkins, M.D., M.P.H. – Dr. Jenkins is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and holds the Kobren Family Chair for Patient Safety and Quality. She is a faculty member in the Department of Cardiology and serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Safety and Quality Officer at Children's Hospital Boston.


Molly Joseph – Molly Joseph serves as Chief Executive Officer, United Healthcare Global and as Senior Vice President of Global Health, UnitedHealth Group. In this role, she manages UnitedHealthcare Global and coordinates the development of global businesses for UnitedHealth Group. She also serves on UnitedHealth Group's Culture Leadership Team. 

Srinath Reddy, M.D. – Dr. Reddy is President of the Public Health Foundation of India. Until recently, he headed the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Dr. Reddy has been involved in several major international and national research studies including the INTERSALT global study of blood pressure and electrolytes, INTERHEART global study on risk factors of myocardial infarction and national collaborative studies on epidemiology of coronary heart disease and community control of rheumatic heart disease. He is Coordinator of the Initiative for Cardiovascular Health Research in the Developing Countries (IC Health), a global partnership program that promotes research for prevention of cardiovascular diseases in developing countries. He has served on many WHO expert panels and is on the board of the World Heart Federation. 

Richard Smith, M.D. – Dr. Smith is Chair of the Board of Trustees of icddr,b (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh), an international health research organization located in Dhaka. Dr. Smith previously served as Chief Executive of UnitedHealth Europe, a subsidiary of the UnitedHealth Group that works with public health systems in Europe, and as Director of the UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative, a program with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute that has created 11 centers in low and middle income countries that work to counter chronic disease. He is best known for his work at the BMJ, where he served as editor and as chief executive of the BMJ Publishing Group. 


Lijing L. Yan, Ph.D., MPH - Dr. Yan is Associate Research Professor at Duke Global Health Institute and head of the NCD Research Program at the Global Health Research Center at Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China. 


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