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Medical Advisory Council

Frank Cetta MD
Pediatric Cardiologist
Mayo Clinic
Josie Everett, Executive Director*
Team Leader & Senior Interpreter
Heart to Heart
Keith Flachsbart MD, Board President
Cardiac Surgeon
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco
Natalia Lusin PhD*
Statistician & Interpreter
Heart to Heart
Albina Popova*
Program Manager
Heart to Heart
Janet Simsic MD
Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Nathan Taggart MD*
Pediatric Cardiologist
Mayo Clinic
David Teitel MD 
Pediatric Cardiologist
UC San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital
Elizabeth Wilson MD
Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologist
Emory University Hospital/CHOA
Nilas Young MD, Founder & Medical Director
Cardiac Surgeon
UC Davis Medical Center

Emeriti Advisory
Council Members

Mark Cocalis MD 
Pediatric Cardiologist
UC San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital
George Falkowski MD*
Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon
Shaare Zedek Medical Center
Maryanne Kessel RN, MBA
Team Leader & Program Development Consultant
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Herma Heart Center
Bert Litwin MD
Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Herma Heart Center
Gary Raff MD
Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon
UC Davis Medical Center

*fluent speaker of Russian
† fluent speaker of Spanish