HBI is governed by a volunteer board of directors.
A small, dedicated staff manages the day-to-day affairs.
Dr. Benedict S. Maniscalco,
Chairman & CEO
Dr. Benedict Maniscalco has been in the private practice of medicine, specializing in cardiovascular diseases since 1976. He is proud to serve the key leadership position as the Chairman and CEO of Heartbeat International. Dr. Maniscalco continues his practice of preventive and consultative cardiology, in addition to serving as medical advisor to multiple companies involved in medically related business.
He is regarded as an opinion leader, innovator, and educator in cardiovascular medicine. He has served the American College of Cardiology at the local, state, and national level in leadership roles which have directly influenced health care policy.
After leaving a faculty position at the University of South Florida School of Medicine, he founded the St. Joseph’s Heart Institute in Tampa, FL. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American Heart Association and a fellow of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the Society for Cardiac Angioplasty.
Dr. Maniscalco is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine and obtained his post graduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease at Emory University affiliated hospitals.
Dr. Joseph V. Messer
With a specialty in internal medicine, Dr. Joseph V. Messer focuses on treating those with cardiovascular diseases. As well as serving on our board of directors as Vice Chairman, Dr. Messer works with the North Shore University Health System in Chicago, IL and is on staff at the Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, IL. Dr. Messer is a graduate of Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Thomas Crawfod
As a cardiologist for the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center, Dr. Thomas Crawford specializes and is board certified in cardiovascular diseases. Graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Dr. Crawford serves as a medical director on our board of directors.
Dr. Federico G. Alfaro
Dr. Alfaro founded the first pacemaker bank (now referred to as “Heart Center”) in Guatemala in 1985. Dedication to his work and attributions to medicine, have earned Dr. Alfaro a Mastership from the American College of Physicians. We are proud to have him continue to be a member of our team.
Irv Cohen is a managing director of Innovations Capital Group and also a managing member of Florida Funders. Cohen has more than thirty years of experience working in the global finance sector on Wall Street, and he is a recipient of the New York State Society Certified Public Accountant Award of Honor. Cohen is currently a member of the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants and the Association for Financial Professionals. He is a graduate from New York University and received his MBA from Pace University.
As the Chairman of HBI Mexico, Ariel Garcia plays an important role in saving the lives of those in need and managing the success of a large Heart Center network. He works directly with many Rotary Clubs in Mexico to help raise funds for the continued success of our Heart Centers.
Ashraf “Ash” Hasnain
Special Consultant to the Chairman
Ash brings a strong International business background acting as Regional Director, Eastern Hemisphere for Heartbeat International. His vast experience in International operations comes from his prior experience of being the founder and owner of a successful textile company, consisting of manufacturing plants located in 6 Countries in Far East and Indian Subcontinent. Ash also owns and operates call centers throughout the Indian Subcontinent and Caribbean.
Ash has been the driving force behind HBI’s newest Heart Center in the Dominican Republic.
In addition to being a member of our board of directors, Sandy Hathaway is very involved in the business community of Berlin, Germany. She spent many years working with one of our main partners, BIOTRONIK, and she is also the co-founder and CMO of RetentionGrid and a mentor of Startupbootcamp. With a very broad range of experiences in many areas of the world, she is a very determined and innovative professional. She is a graduate from the State University of New York at Oswego.
Sandra is an Advanced Practice Nurse, currently working in private practice in cardiology with Dr. Benedict Maniscalco. She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, Fellow of the National Lipid Association, has served two terms as the Chair for Development Committee for the AHA Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, Chair for the Strategic Development Committee and Board of Directors for Heartbeat International, and Southeast Lipid Association.'
She also served on the Board for Florida Lipid Foundation. She Chaired the Host City Reception Committee for the AHA, is President of the Central FL Chapter Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA). She was also recently nominated as the 2008 Nurse of the Year given by the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Sandra is a Clinical Lipid Specialist. With 25 years of experience, she brings considerable knowledge to the several CE programs, training sessions, and abstract/poster presentations in which she has participated. Ms. Kreul has extensive training in advance lipids, cardiology, hypertension, coronary calcium scoring, EKG, critical care, and respiratory therapy.
Sandra graduated with a BSN from Florida International University in Davie, Florida, and went on to earn her MSN and ARNP from Florida International University in North Miami Beach, Florida. Sandra is a member of the American Heart Association, FLF, SELA, PCNA, FNA, AANP, NLA and ANA. Sandra resides in Tampa, FL.
Andrew McIntosh has a wide range of international experiences, and has served as Honorary Consul of Canada for Florida. As a member of the bars in both Ontario and Florida, McIntosh provides cross-border representation. He is a co-founder of Cross Border Partners Advisory Services which provides services and assistance to businesses seeking to move to a more global investment.
Basha G. Mohammed
Basha's involvement dates back to one of the first Pacemaker Banks which was established in Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) in 1985. Basha was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Heartbeat International in 2006 with responsibilities for the Caribbean. He served as Heartbeat International Treasurer in 2007. In 2008, at the request of Board of Directors, Basha established and is operating the Regional Distribution Center (RDC). The RDC stores and distributes the donated medical devices which supply the worldwide network of Heart Centers. Basha is a trained Management Accountant. He is the Governing Director of BSM Family Company Limited; Director of Caribbean Housing Limited and Westmoorings Limited. He specializes in private real estate development with some forty (40) years of experience in the industry. Basha is a member and past President of the Rotary Club of St. Augustine; and a member of the Cadre of Technical Advisors and registered Volunteer of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
Dr. Husain Nagamia
Dr. Husain Nagamia graduated from Grant Medical College in Bombay (Mumbai) India in 1964 and subsequently received his surgical training in England in the University hospitals of Cambridge and Manchester. He then emigrated to the USA and received extensive surgical and Cardio-vascular and Thoracic training in USA. He did his initial surgical training in USA at the University of Tufts affiliated hospital in Springfield Mass. He then proceeded to Boston, Mass working mainly at the Boston University Hospital and City Hospital in Boston, Mass.
He specialized in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery graduating in 1976. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England as well as Edinburgh, Scotland and the International College of Surgeons. He is a Board Certified Surgeon Certified and re Certified by the American Board of Surgery since 1976.
After completing his training, he settled in the practice of Cardio-Vascular and Thoracic Surgery in Tampa, Florida. He has been practicing and teaching Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery in the Tampa Bay Area for the last 35 years. He has served as Chief, Department of Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery and Cardiac Transplant, at Tampa General Hospital from 1999 to 2004 and is now Chief Emeritus, of the department. He also served as Clinical Assistant Professor of surgery at the University of South Florida Medical School in Tampa, FL, USA.
He continues to practice in the Tampa Bay Area offering specialized practice in Endo-Vascular and Venous Surgery. He owns and operates the Vein and Vascular Center in Brandon, FL.
Pratik Roychoudhury is currently the chief executive office for Shield Watch IT and Web Services as well as a member of our board of directors. In the past, Roychoudhury has worked as the founder and CEO for Mylatch, Inc. and has also served as the president for Career Transitions, LLC. He is a graduate from Nagpur University and received his M.S. from West Virginia University and his MBA from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania The Wharton School.
Originally from Mumbai, India, Dr. Tashetye managed the stroke and rehabilitation center at Lilavati Hospital and Research Center. After obtaining an education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he worked in many different fields. Ranging from care on HIV/AIDS patient, behavioral interventions, and cancer research training program, Dr. Tashetye has a wide variety of experiences. As well as being a liaison in India for HBI he is a member of our board of directors. He has been working with physicians, politicians, and nonprofit organizations in Mumbai to understand the challenges HBI faces and how to overcome them.
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