Eduardo da Cruz, MD

Eduardo da Cruz

  • Board President
  • Head, Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado

Background: Dr. da Cruz trained in pediatrics, pediatric cardiology and Intensive care at the Universidad de Costa Rica and Hospital Nacional de Niños, San Jose, Costa Rica, and the Hospital Necker-Enfants Malades, Université de Paris V-René Descartes (La Sorbonne), Paris, France. He has extensive experience in the peri-operative treatment and medical management of neonates, children and young adults with simple or complex congenital or acquired heart diseases. He is very actively involved in national and international research, teaching and scholarly activity in the fields of pediatric cardiology and cardiac intensive care and is the editor of various CICU textbooks. Dr. da Cruz has published more than 50 book chapters and multiple manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, as well as the Guidelines for Cardiac Intensive Care Training for European Pediatric Cardiology trainees.

Dr. da Cruz Is the founder and Emeritus Honorary Chairman of the Working Group on Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care of the Association for the European Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology (A.E.P.C.),member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the A.E.C.P., former member of the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee of Intensive Care Medicine of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, member of the Board of the Congenital Domain at the European Association for Cardio Thoracic Surgery (E.A.C.T.S), founder and Deputy-Chair of the Section on Hemodynamics and Cardiac Diseases of the European Society of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (E.S.P.N.I.C.), and member of various other international societies and task forces. He has been involved in humanitarian projects since 1990, has accomplished more than 30 international missions in Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East with the Surgeons of Hope Foundation.

Arnaud de Vienne

  • Board Vice-President

Over the past several decades, Arnaud de Vienne has held a broad range of leadership positions in the financial services industry. His commitment to growing businesses for investors and shareholders alike has been a consistent guiding light over the course of his career. Currently, Mr. de Vienne acts as Vice Chairman at XL Technology Systems, Inc., the foremost company in the United States devoted to designing and manufacturing vacuum chamber testing equipment for space satellites. We are honored to note that Mr. de Vienne recently joined the board of Surgeons of Hope.

Rev. Douglas Grandgeorge

Rev. Douglas Grand

  • Board Secretary
  • Presbyterian Church USA

The Rev.Douglas Grandgeorge is the pastor of Smithfield Church in Amenia, New York. At his last parish, Central Presbyterian in Manhattan, he was the administrator of a fund for underprivileged children, a legacy of Natalie and Alfred Cornell. The church was an enthusiastic supporter of SoH at its inception, and Douglas joined the Board of Directors when the church gave the generous initial grant, which established the Foundation financially.

Having been in a number or pastoral situations in the city, and having worked for 27 years with poor, abused, and homeless children for the City or New York, Douglas has a unique understanding of the needs of disadvantaged children. He is an avid supporter or SoH, understanding that there are many needs in the developing world which need to be addressed, but none can be more important than saving the lives of children with heart deficiencies, whether congenital or acquired through childhood illnesses.

Judith O’Neill, Esq

Judith O'Neill

  • Board Legal Officer
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Nakhota, LLC

Robert Pine

  • Board Treasurer
  • North Shore LIJ Health System

Jean-Pierre Altier

JP Altier

  • Board Member
  • Senior Advisor
  • Simon-Kucher and Partners

Delos (Toby) Cosgrove, MD

Delos M. Cosgrove

  • Board Member
  • Chairman & CEO
  • The Cleveland Clinic

As CEO, Dr. Cosgrove presides over a $6 billion healthcare system comprised of Cleveland Clinic, eight community hospitals, and more than 75 outpatient locations in northern Ohio, including 16 full-service family health centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Toronto, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. His leadership has emphasized patient care and patient experience, including the re-organization of clinical services into patient-centered, organ and disease-based institutes major wellness initiatives for patients, employees and communities.

Dr. Cosgrove received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School Of Medicine in Charlottesville and completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Brook General Hospital in London. His undergraduate work was at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

He was a surgeon In the U.S. Air Force and served in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam as the Chief of U.S. Air Force Casualty Staging Flight. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation medal.

Joining Cleveland Clinic in 1975, Dr. Cosgrove was named chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery in 1989. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program was ranked number one in America for ten years in a row (U.S. News & World Report).

Dr. Cosgrove has published nearly 450 journal articles, book chapters, one book and 17 training and continuing medical education films. He has performed more than 22,000 operations and earned an international reputation for expertise in all areas of cardiac surgery, especially valve repair. As an innovator, Dr. Cosgrove has 30 patents held for developing medical and clinical products used in surgical environments.

The recipient of Cleveland Clinic’s Master of Cleveland Medical received the Woodrow Wilson Center Award for Public Service as well as Harvard Business School’s Award from HBS Alumni, Cleveland, and the Humanitarian Award of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. Dr. Cosgrove topped Inside Business’s “Power 100” listing for Northeast Ohio, and is highly ranked among Modern Healthcare’s “100 most powerful people in healthcare” and “most powerful physician executives”.

Ann Garreaud

Ann Garreaud

  • Board Member
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Publicis Worldwide

Ann Garreaud is Chief Financial Officer of Publicis Worldwide and has been part of the Publicis Groupe since
2000 in various other roles and divisions. With over 18 years of experience, Ann brings a wealth of financial management and operations expertise to her role. Ann joined Publicis Groupe in 2000 as CFO of the Kaplan Thaler Group and NW Ayer. She came to PHCG after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi Healthcare.

Prior to joining Publicis, Ann spent 14 years at Y&R and Dentsu’s joint venture, DYR; where she was CFO in the United States for ten years. Before becoming CFO, Ann held various corporate posts where she rolled out compensation throughout Asia on international accounts such as AT&T, Holiday Inn, Dupont and Johnson & Johnson.

She holds a BA in Economics from Lehigh University and an MBA from Fordam Universi

James Jaggers, MD

James Jaggers

  • Board Member
  • Chief, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado

Dr. James Jaggers is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon with a specialized certification in Congenital Cardiac Surgery. He completed medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1988. He trained in General Surgery at the Oregon Health Sciences University from 1988-2003. Following this, he trained in Thoracic Surgery and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the University of Colorado and the Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

His first faculty position was at Duke University where he remained on Faculty from 1996-2010. From 2001-2010, Dr. Jaggers was the Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. In 2010, Dr. Jaggers was recruited to Children’s Hospital Colorado as Chief of Congenital Cardiac Surgery and Co-Director of the Heart Institute at the Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Dr. Jaggers’ research and professional interests include investigations into the molecular mechanisms for uncompensated hypettrophic response in congenital heatt defects and the development of high efficiency and quality organizations in congenital cardiovascular disease programs. He has been co-investigator on two NIH sponsored grants. He has authored 110 peer­ reviewed articles and book chapters.

Dr. Jaggers is a member of several societies, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the American Association ofThoracic Surgery (AATS), the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society, the American College of Surgeons, and the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is also a member of the medical Advisory Board of The Children’s Heart Foundation. He serves on multiple committees within each of these organizations.
Dr. Jaggers has co-directed an eight-year mission for pediatric cardiac surgical program development in Leon, Nicaragua. During these missions over 130 cardiac surgical procedures were performed. The purpose of these missions was to educate the Nicaraguan health care providers and to help them develop a self-sustaining pediatric cardiac program in Nicaragua.

He is honored and proud to be a member of the board of Surgeons of Hope so that he can continue this mission in Central America and other parts of the developing world.

José M. Jara

José M. Jara

  • Board Member
  • Law Firm Partner
  • FisherBroyles LLP

José M. Jara is a partner at the law firm of FisherBroyles LLP, specializing in labor and employment, ERISA and employee benefits, and insurance law. He’s handled class action litigations, government investigations and arbitrations. In addition, Mr. Jara has extensive experience resolving issues for corporate plan sponsors and multiemployer plans before the US Department of Labor (DOL), where he was formerly a senior pension law specialist and investigator.

Mr. Jara also serves as board president and board member for two other not-for-profit organizations. He obtained his BS from Manhattan College, JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and LLM and Employee Benefits Law Certificate from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Michael Katz

  • Board Member
  • Managing Director
  • Oxworth

Michael is a seasoned entrepreneur, investor and operator with a strong track record in delivering outsize returns for investors across a wide range of industries and geographies. Currently Michael serves as the CEO of Oxworth, a financial services firm focused on unlocking untapped value in the energy and technology industries.

Katz has extensive entrepreneurial, asset, and portfolio management experience, having in aggregate originated and overseen sizable energy, real estate, and technology portfolios as well as being the co-founder and CEO of several successful energy and technology startups. Michael is a pioneer of impact investing and sustainable coastal development in Latin America, and holds a degree from Cornell University.

Nathalie Le Bos

Nathalie Le Bos

  • Board Member
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Publicis Healthcare Communications Group

As Chief Financial Officer of PHCG, Nathalie Le Bos oversees all financial functions and ensures the network continues its strong growth pattern. With more than 20 years of experience, Nathalie brings an impressive background in operations and financial management for the world’s most renowned advertising agencies. A seven-year veteran of Publicis Groupe, Nathalie recently served as Chief Financial Officer, Europe for PHCG. She also served as Operations Control Director for Publicis Worldwide, where she was instrumental in strengthening European operations and worked with large clients Renault, Nestlé, and Sanofi. Prior to her tenure at Publicis, she worked for TEQUILA (an Omnicom Group company) as Chief FinancialOfficer. She also worked with Havas Groupe for 13 years in several roles in finan

Michel Longchampt

Michel Longchampt

  • Former Chairman
  • Macsteel USA

Recognized by award of the French Legion of Honour medal in 1997, Michel Longchampt spent his entire career, spanning from 1961 to 2004, in the steel industry in various locations in Asia, Europe, and North America. During that period of time, Longchampt assumed managerial positions in trading organizations, was actively involved in major acquisitions, and succeeded in restructuring Arcelor affiliates in the US. He held and continues to hold board memberships in private companies.

Most recently, from 1998 to 2004, Longchampt was chairman of Macsteel International USA, a trading company in steel and non-ferrous products jointly owned by the largest South African producer Iscor and Macsteel BVI. Longchampt resigned from his position in June 2004 but retains his seat on the board of Macsteel International.

From 1977 to 1997, Longchampt was President of Francosteel, the US arm of Arcelor and its predecessors. In the course of 20 years, he oversaw a major expansion of the company. During Longchampt’s tenure, revenues from trading alone grew from $185 MM to $750 MM, the integration of various subsidiaries of Arcelor was completed and a significant number of acquisitions took place in the US.

From 1974 to 1976, he was Commercial Director of Saint Gobain/Pont à Mousson steel pipe division in France. Prior to that, Longchampt was Far East Delegate of Saint Gobain/Pont à Mousson, a manufacturer of glass and cast iron pipes, and stationed in Thailand from 1965 to 1973.

Christian Pizarro, MD

Christian Pizarro

  • Board Member
  • The Nemours Cardiac Center
  • duPont Children’s Hospital

Michael Ushay, MD


  • Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
  • Medical Director, Pediatric Critical Care Unit
  • Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Ushay is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

With a PhD in Chemistry from Columbia University and an MD from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Ushay completed his Pediatrics residency in the Montefiore-Jacobi-Einstein program. While there, he was Chief Resident and a Fellow in Pediatric Pulmonology.

Since then he has held fellowships, served on faculty, and directed fellowship programs at some of the most prestigious hospitals, including NewYork-Presbyterian to Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospitals.

His dedication to pediatric medicine is truly inspirational.


Charles-Edouard Catherine

Charles-Edouard Catherine

  • Executive Director

Charles has served as Executive Director of Surgeons of Hope since January 2014. His main responsibilities are to participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization, which includes identifying, assessing, and informing the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization.

Currently, Charles acts as a professional advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization’s activities, including overseeing the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services. Charles also works with staff and the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare comprehensive budgets, research fund sources, oversee developments of fund-raising plans, and drafts proposals to help increase funds for the organization. He also administers the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitors monthly cash flow.

Charles’ professional expertise, his Masters in Political Science from Sciences Po Bordeaux, France, and his fluency in 4 languages has made him a key member in spreading the mission of Surgeons of Hope.