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.

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.

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.

Joseph D. Tobias, MD

Dr Tobias has been a member of Heart Care International for more than 20 years, having participated in surgical trips to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Peru, and Mexico. A graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine, Dr. Tobias is board certified in pediatrics, anesthesiology, pain medicine, pediatric anesthesiology, and pediatric critical care medicine.

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.

Alistair Phillips, MD

Dr. Phillips has been involved with Heart Care International since 2005, becoming the surgical team captain for Heart Care International in 2017. In addition to performing surgeries on our mission trips to El Salvador, Peru and Mexico, Dr. Phillips also helps with logistical planning, conferencing with and educating the local medical team, developing the surgical list, and overseeing the mission’s surgeries and medical procedures.

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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