Board President. Weili (Amelia) XIA is Principal and Teacher at TESLA English Language School in Harbin, China. Prior to Tesla, Ms. Xia was an English instructor at Heilongjiang International University, and was English teacher at the New Oriental English School in Beijing, China. At China Cal, Ms. Xia has assisted China Cal with the recruitment and selection process of high school students partaking in our summer/winter externship programs. Presently, Ms. Xia serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at China California Heart Watch. Ms. Xia holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Board Secretary/Treasurer. Meredith YANG is a consultant at UNICEF China in Shanghai. Prior to UNICEF, Ms. Yang served as Research Fellow at the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI) in China, and previously served as Research Assistant for The New York Times in Shanghai. In 2015, Ms. Yang engaged in China Cal’s winter externship program in rural Dali, Yunnan Province, China, where she trained village nurses and doctors on the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart disease among rural-poor children. Ms. Yang holds a B.A. in Political Economy and English Literature from Williams College, where she participated in a year-long study abroad program at the University of Oxford. Ms. Yang is fluent in English and Chinese.
Shan Shan CHEN is a native of Beijing. Ms. Chen is a former administrative manager of an important national Chinese government bureau. Her skill and knowledge about working with the Chinese government and navigating local bureaucracies in Yunnan have been invaluable since she joined the Board of Directors in 2006. In 2008, Ms. Chen worked with Dr. Detrano to start taking care of poor children with congenital heart disease. With Ms. Chen’s help, the China California Heart Watch has since sent over 350 children for corrective, life-saving surgeries. In 2013, Ms. Chen helped start a separate division within the China California Heart Watch for pediatric cardiac care. In 2014, Ms. Chen was appointed to serve as Associate Director of China Cal. In 2016, Ms. Chen succeeded founding director Dr. Robert Detrano as CEO.
Roy Y. CHAN, M.A. is an American educator, philanthropist and social entrepreneur. Originally from Long Beach, California, Mr. Chan has extensive experience developing cultural competency curricula on behalf of WorldTeach, International China Concern, and the Educational Services Exchange with China. In 2016, Mr. Chan served as Acting Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Chan holds a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, a M.Ed. in Comparative and Global Studies in Education from The University of Hong Kong, and a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. He is Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington where he currently serves as Special Projects Coordinator in the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs. Outside of academia, Mr. Chan is the Founder and CEO of Philanthropy for America, and is Executive Director of University of Hong Kong Alumni Association of New England. Mr. Chan is co-author of the book, The Future of Accessibility in International Higher Education, 2017. In May 2017, Mr. Chan was elected join the prestigious Committee of 100 for his outstanding contribution at China California Heart Watch.
Robert DETRANO, M.D., Ph.D. studied medicine at the University of Rome in Italy, did his residency in internal medicine at Methodist Hospital in New York, and completed his fellowship training in cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic. After finishing his medical training, Dr. Detrano moved to California in 1987, where he began working for the University of California at their Los Angeles and Irvine campuses. In 2004, Dr. Detrano went to Beijing on a sabbatical. Fascinated by China, Dr. Detrano kept renewing his sabbatical and doing his NIH-funded epidemiology research at night from Beijing. In 2006, Dr. Detrano went to Yunnan Province and started the China California Heart Watch with Ms. Shan Shan Chen. In 2007, Dr. Detrano and Ms. Chen started their work by taking a bag of medicines and a blood pressure cuff to the town square of Yuan Yang, a poor town south of Kunming, where they set up the China California Heart Watch’s first “clinic” on a stone table. Since then, Dr. Detrano has spent most of every year in Yunnan doing this work, which now includes pediatric cardiac care and referrals. In 2015, Dr. Detrano received the prestigious “Yunnan Friendship Award” from Yunnan Provincial Governor Chen HAO for his outstanding contributions to the people of Yunnan Province. In 2017, Dr. Detrano was appointed visiting professor at the newly established Yunnan Fuwai Hospital for Cardiovascular Diseases in Kunming, China.
Colin T. FLAHIVE is Founder & CEO of Village Progress, a non-profit organization that works with villages and underprivileged urban communities in China to improve health and healthcare in communities that need it most. As Managing Director, Mr. Flahive was instrumental in raising more than $50,000 through Village Progress initiatives, where he worked with governmental agencies to fund rural initiatives through participatory development programs, including China Cal’s health care training to over 500 village doctors in Yunnan’s Lincang Prefecture. Outside of Village Progress, Mr. Flahive is Manager and Owner of Dali Bar, the first all-natural energy bar company in China to offer a healthy alternative to China’s snack and energy food choices. Mr. Flahive has lived in China for more than 18 years. He is author of the book Great Leaps: Finding Home in a Changing China, 2015. Colin holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Asian Studies from University of Colorado. For more info about his work, please visit http://www.colinflahive.com
John F. THORNE, Ph.D. is an American anthropologist, educator, and writer. Prior to joining China Cal, Dr. Thorne was Program Academic Advisor with the SIT Study Abroad program in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, and was previously Lecturer of Asian Studies in the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) of The University of Hong Kong. In 1986, Dr. Thorne was one of the first U.S. citizen to travel and live in the People Republic of China, and since then, has lived in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China for over 15 consecutive years. Dr. Thorne holds a Ph.D. degree in Cultural Anthropology from The University of Hong Kong, a M.Phil degree in Social Anthropology from the University of London, and a B.A. degree in International Studies from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Dr. Thorne is originally from Los Angeles, California.
David ZWEIG, Ph.D. has been a member of the Board of the China California Heart Watch for four years. In the past, he served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Children’s Heart Foundation in Hong Kong and remains Chair of their Fundraising Committee. Professionally, Dr. Zweig serves as Chair Professor of the Division of Social Science and Director of the Center on Environment, Energy and Resource Policy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dr. Zweig is a specialist in Chinese politics and China’s domestic and international political economy. He also serves as: Adjunct Professor for the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the National University of Defense Technology in Changsha, Hunan; Deputy Director of the South China Center on China’s Globalization in Guangzhou; and Vice-Chair of the Center on China’s Globalization in Beijing. Dr. Zweig and his family have lived in Hong Kong for 18 years. In 2013, Dr. Zweig received The Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship given by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong.
Yangjuan BAI, R.N. is a key member of the China California Heart Watch Steering Committee for the Pediatric Heart Training Program. Nurse Bai received her master’s degree in nursing administration and works as Vice Head Nurse for the Medical Cardiology Department at the First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University in Kunming, Yunnan Province. Nurse Bai provides lends critical expertise on the screening of children with congenital heart disease and works with local stakeholders to ensure the success of the Pediatric Heart Training Program.
Cheng LOH, M.D. has served as a teacher and advisor to the China California Heart Watch externship program since 2012. Dr. Loh is currently Professor at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University. As a Singaporean doctor, Dr. Loh has created a network of relationships linking the Chinese and international communities to raise the standard of health care in the province. Besides organizing trips for international medical volunteers to deliver medical aid to communities in inaccessible areas of Yunnan, Dr. Loh also connects local doctors with international medical teams to share knowledge and best practices. His proficiency in Mandarin has enabled him to translate medical jargon and provide the relevant context in these international cooperative efforts. Dr. Loh is currently involved in a three-year collaborative project since 2015 to link the Singapore International Foundation as well as Singapore’s National University Health System and Saint Luke’s Hospital with the Second Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University and the Yunnan Health and Development Research Association. Through the sharing of skills, knowledge and resources, the project will improve the quality of health-care services for Yunnan’s aging population. Dr. Loh is the recipient of the 2012 Business China Young Achiever Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations that contribute to Singapore-China bilateral relations. He was also awarded the Yunnan “Cai Yun” prize in 2012 for his medical work for the people in Yunnan. He is the second Singaporean doctor to receive the prize.
Ruey-Kang R. CHANG, M.D., M.P.H. has served as a consultant and advisor to the China California Heart Watch since 2009. Dr. Chang is Division Chief of Pediatric Cardiology and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center. Educated and trained in public health and clinically trained in pediatric cardiology, Dr. Chang is interested in looking at clinical problems from a public health perspective. His research has centered on the prevention of sudden death from silent or undiagnosed heart conditions. These include infants born with critical congenital heart disease that is not diagnosed in time for proper treatment, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in competitive athletes, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Outside of UCLA, Dr. Chang is Founder and CEO at QT Medical, Inc.
Pak-cheong CHOW, MBBS, M.P.H, serves as Advisor in Pediatric Cardiology to the China California Heart Watch. Dr. Chow graduated from the University of Hong Kong Medical School in 1995 and obtained his Masters in Public Health in 2013. Dr. Chow completed fellowship training in pediatrics in 2003. In 2007, he attained further training in both pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. Dr. Chow works in the Department of Pediatric Cardiology at Queen Mary Hospital, one of the tertiary centers for congenital heart diseases in Hong Kong, where his work involves managing both children and adults with congenital heart diseases. In 2012, Dr. Chow joined the China California Heart Watch as an advisor. Dr. Chow has worked with Dr. Detrano during a number of missions to screen children for congenital heart diseases throughout Yunnan. In addition, Dr. Chow provides the China California Heart Watch with expert knowledge and consultation advice on the clinical management of children with congenital heart diseases. During his trips to Yunnan, he also gives lectures and hosts training seminars on congenital heart diseases.
Guo TAO, M.D. has worked with the China California Heart Watch since 2011. Professor Tao is the director of the Cardiology Department at the Kunming Medical University First Affiliate Hospital, the largest hospital in Yunnan Province and a position he has served in since 2000. He is also the editor of eight medical journals, and he serves as Vice Director of the Yunnan Province Center for Disease Control. Professor Guo graduated from Kunming Medical University in 1982 and then completed a master’s degree in Cardiology at the same university in 1987. Between 2001 and 2002, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. Professor Tao is a leader in the area of cardiac and cerebrovascular disease research in Yunnan Province.
Augusto SOLA, M.D., M.S. serves as Advisor and Neonatology and also advises the Steering Committee for the China California Heart Watch Pediatric Heart Training Program. Dr. Sola received his MD from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1973 and his MS in Statistics and Epidemiology from the University of California at San Francisco in 1996. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. Dr. Sola currently serves as: President of the Ibero-American Society of Neonatology; Consulting Professor of Pediatrics-Neonatology at Maimonides University; Vice President of Medical Affairs for Neonatology at Masimo Corporation; Professor of Pediatrics at the Universidad del Norte, Colombia; Senior Lecturer at the New York College of Medicine School of Public Health; and Advisory Board Member of the Fundacion Angelitos in Honduras. Dr. Sola has published over 110 manuscripts in the peer-reviewed medical literature, edited/authored five books on neonatal medicine, and has delivered lectures numerous lectures around the world.
Songyuan TANG, Ph.D., M.P.H, M.A. has worked with the China California Heart Watch since 2012. He is Associate Professor in Epidemiology at the Kunming Medical University and is also the Executive Deputy Secretary General for the Yunnan Health and Development Research Association. Professor Tang received his MPH from Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, and received his PhD in the Department of Epidemiology at UCLA. Dr. Tang has 20 years experience in reproductive health and services, has conducted sixteen national and provincial research programs in rural China. He has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts in his principal research areas of sexuality and reproductive health, quality of care in family planning services and HIV/AIDS prevention and control in mobile population in southeast Asia. He is also a string member of academic Network of Public Health in The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) counties, and has served as Deputy Director and Core Lecturer for the World Bank Partnership Training Program.
Pro-Bono Legal Counsel
David FLYNN, J.D. serves as a pro-bono legal counsel for the China California Heart Watch. David received his BA from Georgetown and his JD from Columbia University. He is a founding partner of Lundy Fleming LLP, a partnership that devotes a significant portion of its practice to the legal representation of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. Mr. Flynn is a nationally recognized as an expert in tax-exempt organization matters, and has spoken and written frequently on such matters. Mr. Flynn has more than 35 years of experience as a tax attorney and advisor, focusing primarily on nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. He has advised hospitals and health systems, colleges and universities, private foundations and other charitable organizations, as well as trade associations, regarding corporate organization and reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, tax-exempt financing, unrelated business income, physician-hospital transactions and arrangements, and a variety of tax compliance matters.