Children's HeartLink Names J. Brian Atwood as New International Advisory Board
Advisory Board Focuses on Strategic Growth and Resource Development
of Children's HeartLink's Pediatric Cardiac International Programs
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- (Marketwired) -- 04/29/13 -- Children's
HeartLink, a nonprofit organization promoting sustainable cardiac
care for children in developing countries, announced today J. Brian
Atwood, former head of the U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID), as the new chair of its International Advisory Board. Former
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson and former
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle are the outgoing co-chairs, with
Secretary Thompson continuing on as a member of the group.
Since its inauguration in 2011, the Children's HeartLink
International Advisory Board (IAB) has been instrumental in advising
the nonprofit on its approach to global collaboration and strategy
for program growth, capacity building, international relations and
"We are extremely honored to welcome J. Brian Atwood as the new IAB
chair. As a distinguished professor, chair of Global Policy Programs
of the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs and
former chair of the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC),
Mr. Atwood brings a wealth of knowledge that is relevant to the work
we do around the world," said Elizabeth Perlich Sweeney, Children's
HeartLink president. "We are privileged to have his support and
expertise as we continue our global efforts to build the capacity of
pediatric cardiac programs in underserved countries."
Members of the Children's HeartLink International Advisory Board
-- J. Brian Atwood, Chair - Mr. Atwood is Professor and Chair of Global
Policy Programs at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of
Public Affairs. He began his career as a diplomat in Cote d'Ivoire and
Spain and as a presidential appointee in both the Carter and Clinton
administrations. He served for six years as Administrator of the U.S.
Agency for International Development (USAID) and Chair of the Overseas
Private Investment Corporation during both Clinton terms. In 2001, he
served on U.S. Secretary General Kofi Annan's Panel on Peace
Operations, and was the only American on the 10-member "Brahimi" panel
which recommended major changes in the U.N.'s peacekeeping and
peace-building operations. From 2002 to 2011, he served as Dean of the
Humphrey School. He left that post when asked by Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton to chair the OECD's Development Assistance Committee
(DAC), a position for which he was subsequently elected unanimously by
the 24 member states. During his tenure as Chair of the DAC, Professor
Atwood is credited with helping create a new Global Partnership for
Effective Development Cooperation endorsed by 160 nations, civil
society and the private sector.
-- Aldo Castaneda, M.D., Ph.D. - Dr. Castaneda is the Founder
of the Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Unit of Guatemala and is Professor
Emeritus of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.
-- 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 Boston Children's Hospital.
-- Bongani Mayosi, M.D., Ph.D. - Dr. Mayosi is a researcher, teacher and
clinician in internal medicine and cardiology who currently serves as
the 7th Professor and Head of the Department of Medicine at the
University of Cape Town and Chief Physician at Groote Schuur Hospital
in Cape Town, South Africa.
-- Srinath Reddy, M.D. - Dr. Reddy is President of the Public Health
Foundation of India. He is also Coordinator of the Initiative for
Cardiovascular Health Research in the Developing Countries, a global
partnership program that promotes research for prevention of
cardiovascular diseases in developing countries. Dr. Reddy is the
current President of the World Heart Federation and has served on many
WHO expert panels. Until recently, he headed the Department of
Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
-- Richard Smith, M.D. - Dr. Smith is 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. Dr. Smith
previously served as Chief Executive of UnitedHealth Europe, a
subsidiary of the UnitedHealth Group that works with public health
systems in Europe.
-- Tommy G. Thompson - Mr. Thompson is a former Secretary of Health and
Human Services and four-term Governor of Wisconsin. He was a partner
at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld from 2005-2012.
-- Daniel B. Wright, Ph.D. - Dr. Wright is Founder, President and CEO of
GreenPoint Group, using 26 years of China experience to build bridges
between people, resources and public policy. He previously served at
the U.S. Treasury Department as Managing Director for China and the
Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) where he provided strategic counsel
to the Secretary of Treasury. Dr. Wright was also formerly Senior Vice
President and China practice head of the Albright Stonebridge Group.
About Children's HeartLink
Founded in 1969, Children's HeartLink is a
nonprofit organization partnering with health care centers in
underserved regions of the world to promote sustainable cardiac care
for children with congenital or acquired heart disease. Congenital
heart disease is the world's most common major birth defect,
affecting one in every 120 children. Nearly 90 percent of those
newborns are in areas of the world where appropriate medical care is
inadequate or unavailable. Children's HeartLink currently supports
partner hospitals and programs in Brazil, China, India, Malaysia,
Ukraine and Vietnam. For more information on Children's HeartLink,
please visit www.childrensheartlink.org.
952.928.4860 ext. 15
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