Team Captains

Edward Guerrero

He has been a member of Heart Care International since 2011 and is responsible for the HCI Respiratory Therapy training program. Edward is currently a Respiratory Therapist at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles working primarily in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Edward has 10 years experience as a respiratory therapist and ECMO specialist. He has worked in most areas of the hospital including the transport team. He serves as relief supervisor/lead for the respiratory department and a participant of the hospital-wide committee for research.

Carolyne Kyne, RN

Carolyne is a founding member of Heart Care International and has participated on numerous medical missions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
She has 25 years of pediatric critical care nursing experience and currently the Nurse Coordinator of the Pediatric Critical Care Simulation Program at the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital in New York.

Betsy Tirado-Ortiz, RN

In addition to being Captain of the pediatric Intensive Care Unit team, since 2014 Betsy has served as Heart Care International's Logistics Director for El Salvador and Peru. She developed, oversees and teaches Heart Care's in-country nursing training sessions. Betsy has over 35 years' experience as a cardiac ICU nurse.

Britt Ferrall, RN

Britt has been involved with Heart Care International since 2008 participating in almost every HCI mission since then. She is the nurse manager for the Cardiothoracic Operating Rooms at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. She holds a bachelor in nursing and is registered as nurse first assistant.

Dr. Kenneth E. Remy

Ken is a critical care attendant at the National Institute of Health (NIH). He is actively involved in international health, medical ethics, and various other critical care areas with lectures, abstracts, and publications in these areas. Dr. Remy is also the recipient of a number of "top doc" awards. Dr. Remy is the current Co-Chair of the NIH fellowship committee and the clinical fellows committee. He has formal training in Disaster management and has completed an International Health Certificate program during his residency. Dr.

Jim Reagor

A staff perfusionist and the Section Lead for Perfusion Services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Mr. Reagor serves on AmSECT's Government Relations Committee, Co-Chairs the MCS Committee and is the Chair for the Perfusion Without Borders Committee. He has served as the President and Treasurer of the Oklahoma Association of Certified Perfusionist. Currently, he is serving as the Vice-President of the Maryland State Perfusion Society and has recently been elected to the office of Secretary for AmSECT.

William Schechter, MD

Dr. Schechter is a founding member and Vice Chairman of Heart Care International and is a member of the Board of Directors. Currently a Senior Attending Physician in the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Intensive Care at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at New York-Presbyterian. Dr. Schechter has more than thirty years of experience in providing pediatric intensive care and anesthesia for critically ill children.

Samuel Weinstein, MD

Internationally recognized for his work treating children with congenital heart diseases in developing countries for over 20 years, Dr. Weinstein is a member of the Heart Care International board of directors and surgical team captain. He is currently the President of SpecialtyCare, a leading clinical services provider. He has more than 25 years' experience practicing medicine and holds active board certifications in cardiothoracic surgery, congenital cardiac surgery, and surgery.

Robert E. Michler, MD

Founder and Chairman of Heart Care International, is an internationally recognized cardiothoracic surgeon, author and lecturer. He is the Surgeon-in-Chief, Samuel I. Belkin Endowed Chair, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

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