Enduring Hearts’ Leadership & Board
Enduring Hearts is governed by the following body of independent professionals in addition to advisement from our Scientific Advisory Committee. Together, we are spurring the momentum of Enduring Hearts to rapidly make a significant impact, at a time when opportunities to advance transplantation science is greater than ever. Our Board of Directors continues to demonstrate a commitment to governance, fundraising, grant-making and establishing partnerships with leading institutions to achieve long-term success.
- Patrick Gahan - Founder, Chairman & Treasurer, Enduring Hearts, Family Advocate
- Ankur Chatterjee - President & Executive Director, Enduring Hearts
- Avi Yashchin - Business Development Advisor, IBM Watson
- Derek Cunningham - CEO, U.S. Strategic Capital
- Lisa Kolb - Managing Partner, Alder Group
- Scott Smith - Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
- Stephen Ochs - Proprietor, Fetch Park & Ice House
- Ronald Herman - President & CEO, Sionic Mobile Corporation
- Jennifer Kjellgren - Founder & CEO, Intown Expert Realty
- Alok Gupta - Managing Director, Co-Founder, Loki Equity Ventures
- Jim Marino - General Partner, Alder Opportunity Fund, LP
- Kelley Gray - Family Advocate and Board Member
- Audrey Callahan - Family Advocate and Board Member
- Keely Funkhouser, Co-Founder, RollRR, Family Advocate and Board Member
- John Hawkins, CTO, Modern Law, LLC
Scientific Advisory Board
Enduring Hearts occupies a unique position to make an impact with our funded projects, focused on clinically relevant research. Through the thoughtful work by our Scientific Advisory Committee, Enduring Hearts provides an excellent opportunity for young, as well as established researchers, to explore promising new ideas.
- George T. Nicholson, M.D.
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Thomas P. Graham Jr. Division of Cardiology
- Shriprasad Deshpande, M.D.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Pediatric Cardiologist - Sibley Heart Center
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics - Emory University
- Janet N. Scheel, M.D.
Children's National Medical Center
Medical Director Pediatric Heart Transplant Program
- Kurt R. Schumacher, M.D.
Pediatric Cardiologist - C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics - University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Enduring Hearts’ Scientific Advisory Committee makes grant selections based on areas of scientific interest (listed below in order of priority).
- Technology Application - Development of new technologies or applications that would improve the care of transplant patients, and thereby impact outcomes.
- Transplant Immunology - Research and development of novel immunotherapies, identification of novel targets, improving the side-effect profiles of these agents, as well as better monitoring and measurement of immunosuppression.
- Organ Matching - Strategies and innovations that would allow better organ matching and allocation.
- Nutrition and Exercise Physiology - Strategies and Studies aimed at development of new nutrition and exercise guidelines that improve the long-term outcomes of solid organ transplant recipients.
- Medication Compliance - Strategies to improve medication compliance, especially in adolescent patients and young adults.
- Education - Improving patient and family education, related to transplantation.
Enduring Hearts is a nonprofit, aligned with the American Heart Association. We are confident that our granting efforts will achieve our mission for stronger hearts, and longer lives.