Our Team

Our Team

Dr. William Novick MD MS

Dr. William Novick MD MS

Medical Director: CEO Senior Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgeon
Dr Novick is a graduate of University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his General Surgical Residency at the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania before entering the Cardiothoracic Residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Elizabeth Novick BSN RN

Elizabeth Novick BSN RN

Board of Directors, Treasurer, Social Media
Elizabeth Novick is married to Founder, William Novick. She worked as a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit nurse for 15 years in the United States and in the developing world. Dr. Novick and Elizabeth have 2 children together. Elizabeth is a full time Mother and manages the social media exposure for The William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance.
Sri O. Rao MD

Sri O. Rao MD

Pediatric Cardiologist, Interventional Cardiology Development Coordinator, Secretary Board Of Directors
Sri became involved with international medical work during his pediatric residency in New York City. This continued throughout his pediatric cardiology fellowship where he first worked with Dr. Novick at the International Childrens Heart Foundation in 2004.This collaboration is now under the auspices of the Novick Cardiac Alliance.
Stacey Marr MSc RN NP

Stacey Marr MSc RN NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Stacey initially qualified as a nurse in 1994 and has since completed a higher diploma in Children’s Nursing, a BSc in Paediatric intensive care (PICU) and finally an MSc in Strategic Leadership and Clinical Expertise.
Brian C Forsberg MPH CCP FPP

Brian C Forsberg MPH CCP FPP

Chief Perfusionist
Brian is a graduate of Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Perfusion Technology (2005) and The University of Oklahoma with a Master of Public Health (2010). Brian is board certified in Cardiovascular Perfusion by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (2006) and has received Fellowship in Pediatric Perfusion from American Society of Extracorporeal Technology (2014).
Marcelo Cardarelli MD MPH

Marcelo Cardarelli MD MPH

Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgeon, Research Coordinator
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and graduated from University of Buenos Aires. After his initial training in cardiac surgery in Argentina, Dr. Cardarelli completed a series of residencies and fellowships at some of the most prestigious cardiac care facilities in America, including Texas Heart Institute, Children Hospital of Philadelphia and Boston Children Hospital.
Siarhei Liauchonak MD

Siarhei Liauchonak MD

Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologist
Siarhei is  dual certified as a Pediatric Anesthesiologist and  Pediatric Intensivist. He graduated from the Belarusian Medical School in 2004 He has worked as a Pediatric Anesthesiologist at the Children’s Surgery Center, Minsk and the Belarussian Children’s Cardiac Centre.
Pavel Shauchenka MD

Pavel Shauchenka MD

Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist
Pavel is dual certified as a Pediatric Intensivist and Pediatric Anesthesiologist. He graduated from the Belarusian Medical School in 2003 and then went onto complete fellowships at the Christian-Albrecht-University, Kiel and the German Heart Institute, Berlin.
Martina Pavanic BSN RN

Martina Pavanic BSN RN

Director OR Nursing, Quality Assurance
Martina received a Nursing Diploma at the Mlinarska Nursing School, Zagreb, Croatia in 1996 and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at University of Memphis, Loewenberg School of Nursing in 2015.
Matt Norridge MSc BSc TCH RN (Child)

Matt Norridge MSc BSc TCH RN (Child)

Education Consultant
Matt qualified as an RN (Child) at King’s College London in 2000. His professional background is in Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU) and Paediatric Cardiac Intensive Care. During his 14 years experience in PICU, Matt has undertaken varied roles, including Charge Nurse and South Thames Retrieval Service Co-ordinator. In 2012, Matt completed a Master’s degree in Advanced Nursing Practice with a focus on Education.
Kathleen Fenton MD

Kathleen Fenton MD

Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgeon
A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, Dr. Kathleen Fenton completed her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University and earned her medical degree cum laude at University of Maryland. She did her residency in general surgery at the University of Louisville, during which took two years’ sabbatical to do full time research in fetal cardiac surgery with Dr. Frank Hanley.
Karen Bowtell PGDip RN

Karen Bowtell PGDip RN

PICU Clinical Educator
Karen Bowtell is a Registered Nurse and Clinical Educator. She gained her nursing degree in 1995 from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia. She then went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Pediatric Intensive care at University of Melbourne, Australia.
Jean Towne

Jean Towne

Director of Logistics
Jean began working with Dr. Novick at the International Children’s Heart Foundation in 2010 as Medical Team Coordinator. She has worked as Special Events Coordinator for the National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee and Marketing Manager with Memphis magazine and a newspaper publisher, Contemporary Media, Inc.
Igor Polivenok MD PhD

Igor Polivenok MD PhD

Interventional Cardiologist
Igor graduated from medical school in 1993 and completed his residency and fellowships in Cardiology and Cardiac Intensive care at the National Institute of General and Urgent Surgery, Kharkov Ukraine. In 2004 Igor became Chief of Cardiac Surgery and Emergent Cardiology in the National Institute of General and Urgent Surgery, Kharkov Ukraine where he continues to lead the department.
Humberto Rodriguez-Saldana MD

Humberto Rodriguez-Saldana MD

Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgeon
Dr. Rodriguez Graduated from Universidad Autonomy de Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 1989 and following this completed 1 year of social service medical practice. He completed his general surgery residency at Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social in Monterrey in 1994. He then went on to complete his cardiothoracic surgical training at Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social in 1997 and completed a Congenital Cardiac Surgical Fellowship at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis TN.
Farzana Shah BSN RN

Farzana Shah BSN RN

PICU Clinical Educator
Farzana completed her nursing degree at Drexel University and has worked in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since 2008. Farzana began working with Dr. Novick at the International Children’s Heart Foundation in 2012. Farzana has led teams in Iraq and Ecuador and she is dedicated in bringing quality cardiac care to children developing countries.
Frank Molloy MSc RN ANP

Frank Molloy MSc RN ANP

Clinical Nurse Specialist and Educator
Frank qualified as a Paediatric RN in Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, London, UK 1987. He has subsequently gained 27 years of experience in acute Pediatric Cardiac care. In 2004 Frank completed a Masters degree in Paediatric Intensive Care (Advanced Nursing Practice) at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College University of London.
Evgeni Suslin MD

Evgeni Suslin MD

Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist
Eugene is dual certified as a Pediatric Intensivist and Pediatric Anesthesiologist. He graduated from the Belarusian State Medical University in 2001 and then went onto complete two fellowships in Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care at the Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel and the Polsko-Americansky Institute of Pediatrics.
David Wieduwilt BME CE

David Wieduwilt BME CE

Chief Biomedical Engineer
David Wieduwilt is Chief Biomedical / Clinical Engineer for the Novick Cardiac Alliance. He completed a computer engineering degree as well as a degree in Biomedical engineering. After completion of his formal training he worked with Drager Medical as an Anesthesia System Specialist.
Jack Cornell RRT-NPS

Jack Cornell RRT-NPS

Pediatric Respiratory Care Practitioner
Jack completed his Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Care at Sandhills Community College in 1978. Jack has more than 30 years experience working in pediatric critical care and has specialized in cardiac care at Duke University Medical Center for the last 22 years.
Roslyn Rivera BSN RN

Roslyn Rivera BSN RN

PICU Clinical Educator
Roslyn completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Samuel Merritt University in 2005. She received her training in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford, CA. Roslyn has nearly 10 years experience working as a PICU nurse, specializing in cardiac ICU in over 1 dozen US children’s hospitals, and in a total of 20 cities in 7 different countries.
Brenda Kingsley

Brenda Kingsley

Special Events Co-ordinator:
Brenda began working with Dr. Sri Rao as the Office Manager at Alaska Children’s Heart Center in 2011. She shared a special connection with the families at Dr. Rao’s office due to the fact she had a child with a Congenital Heart Defect. Brenda has been an advocate for families needing help during the process of surgeries, transplants and even death. She has been a liaison between families and several different organizations to find monetary support as well as emotional support for the families of these patients. Brenda has worked closely with Mended Little Hearts in Alaska helping to raise funds for families in need.

Brenda is a native Alaskan who is beginning a new chapter of life in Champagne, Illinois with her husband, Gary, and children. She is busy keeping up with her five children and enjoying time with her family.

Libby Sauter BSN, RN

Libby Sauter BSN, RN

PICU Clinical Educator
Libby Sauter is a Registered Nurse and Clinical Educator from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. She received her nursing degree in 2006 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and began her nursing career at Stanford Children’s Hospital of Palo Alto, California in the Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. In 2009, Libby started volunteering with Dr Novick andhis teams around the world and she has been on staff since 2012.

When not traveling with Cardiac Alliance, Libby spends most of her free time climbing big rocks and mountains all over the world.

Kristen Shackleford

Kristen Shackleford

Marketing
Kristen started working with Novick Cardiac Alliance in the spring of 2015 as the Marketing and Communications Summer Intern and continued on staff afterwards.

As part of our marketing team, she has worked with our marketing on social media, mail outs, trip reports and also an ad that appeared in theaters in the US. Kristen is a Memphis native and is pursuing a degree in Political Science and Chinese from Rhodes College.