Friends of Patan Hospital


F. Joseph Feely III, Chairman of the Board

Joe received his BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Industrial Administration from Purdue University and his JD from the University of Virginia Law School. He retired from Verizon Communications in 2001 after working for 28 years as a lawyer. Before attending law school he worked as a Development Engineer for E. I. Du Pont de Nemours Corporation in Newport, Delaware, and he served as a commissioned officer in the U. S. Public Health Service at the National Center for Air Pollution Control in Washington, D. C. He served as a Director and Secretary of the Board for VIDA Senior Centers in Washington, DC for 10 years until August 2012.

James L. Hecht, Board Chairman Emeritus

After receiving his Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from Yale, Jim spent 31 years in various research and development posts with DuPont. Since his retirement in 1985 he has written extensively on public policy issues, including foreign aid. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, The Christian Century and many other publications. He became interested in Patan Hospital after spending 10 days in Kathmandu with his wife, Amy, who then was the Chairman of the Global Mission Committee of Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Denver and a former Dean of the College of Health Professions at Temple University.

Dr. Catherine Michael, President

Cathy did her undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame and received her M.D. from Indiana University. She completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Since then she has been an emergency room physician in Indianapolis and currently works part-time. She spent two months at Patan Hospital in 1994 as a medical student and returned for another month in the year 2000. Cathy and her husband Jon-Adam are active members of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) and have four children, the youngest born in 2010.

Dr. Aaron Mansfield, Vice President

Dr. Mansfield is an assistant professor and fellow in medical oncology and hematology at Mayo Clinic. Through Mayo Clinic's International Health Program he volunteered at Patan Hospital and took care of patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Since then he has worked with internists and pathologists at Patan Hospital to help optimize the care of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia. He looks forward to continuing to support Patan Hospital.

Eleanor Roberts, Treasurer

Eleanor Roberts graduated from Hastings College in Nebraska with a degree in music education. She taught public school music, owned a private music studio and served as organist and choir director for several different churches. She retired from the telephone industry where she was a trainer and course developer. Eleanor traveled to Nepal to do service work in 2000 and 2007.

Mary Jo Bush, Assistant Treasurer

Mary Jo Bush received her BA in Management from the University of Phoenix, Denver and previously studied at the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, Iowa. She also pursued her education in Marketing and Spanish at Metropolitan State College in Denver. She currently works as Executive Assistant to the Chair in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. During her career she has focused on the medical field working in several hospitals and medical disciplines. Mary Jo is a member of Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church and is interested in global mission work.

Connie Dunlap, Assistant Treasurer

Connie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Metropolitan State College in Denver. She specialized in Emergency Medicine and worked at Porter Adventist Hospital. Before retiring last December, she was training Physicians on the use of the Electronic Medical Record. Connie and her husband, Bob have traveled to Nepal several times both as tourists and participating on work trips. She is an active member of the Leadership committee coordinating and planning future Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church Work trips to Nepal.

Mark Haynes, Vice Chairman and Secretary

Mark is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. A resident of Denver, he is a member of the law firm of Ireland, Stapleton, Pryor & Pascoe, a professional corporation of which he is a shareholder (the equivalent to partner). He and his wife, Gwen, have four children, one of whom was a Nepali orphan.

Dr. Paras Acharya, Director

Dr. Paras Acharya became Director of Patan Hospital in September of 2009 and served in that capacity until August 2012 when he was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of the newly established Karnali Academy of Health Sciences in Jumla, one of the most rural and remote areas of Nepal. Dr. Acharya directed many recent improvements at Patan Hospital and plans to return after completing a 4-year term as Vice Chancellor.

Mary C. Carroll, Director

In the past 15 years Mary has given considerable time and effort to volunteer service in Nepal. She has led medical camps, conducted VIP tours, arranged cultural exchanges and organized day camps for as many as 250 Nepali children. In 2001 she was appointed Honorary Trade Representative of Nepal by the Federation of Nepali Chambers of Commerce & Industry. In the 30 years she has lived in the Philadelphia community she has served on over 25 community and national boards involved with the environment, international affairs, historic preservation, and others. Presently she is Chairman of the Nepal Foundation, and Board member of the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity and Aqua America, Inc. the largest US owned water utility on the NYSE. Mary was recently awarded the Woman of Distinction Award from Lake Forest Academy and was the first recipient of the Friend of Nepal award given by the Association of Nepalis in the Americas. She graduated Magna cum laude from the University of Miami.

Dr Rajesh Gongal, Director

Dr. Rajesh Gongal is the Dean of Patan Academy of Health Sciences at Patan Hospital. A surgeon, he received his medical training at the Darbhanga Medical College in India. After several years of residency in Nepal and India, he spent four and a half years working and training in the United Kingdom. He has worked at Patan Hospital since 1998, serving as Medical Director in May of 2007 to September of 2009. He also is a Professor of Surgery at the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) and the founding Chairman of Hospice Nepal, the first hospice in the country. Under his leadership the hospice has been a great success since its founding in the year 2000. Rajesh also has pioneered the teaching of palliative care to doctors and nurses throughout Nepal.

Amy B. Hecht, Director

In nursing education for more than 30 years, Amy Hecht is the retired Dean of Temple University's College of Health Professions, and Carnell Professor of Nursing. She holds her doctorate in education from the University of Virginia and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is now Adjunct Professor at the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado. Specializing in thanatology, she has consulted in Lebanon and Ukraine as well as Nepal on end-of-life issues. Amy has been to Patan Hospital numerous times, having lectured there and visited the Lalitpur Nursing Campus. In Denver, she is an elder at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, where she chaired the Global Mission Committee for eight years. During this time, the church contributed half of the $350,000 cost of Patan Hospital's Pediatric Ward.

Dr. Linda Hungerford, Director

Linda Hungerford is a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University and completed her internal medicine residency at Providence Portland Medical Center in 1995. From September 1995 to March 1996, she served with United Mission to Nepal at Patan Hospital on the internal medicine ward and in the clinic alongside Mark Zimmerman. She has maintained an active interest in medical missions, and counts her experience at Patan hospital as one of the most formative for her world view and practice of medicine. She has been in private practice with Providence Medical Group in Portland, Oregon since 1996. She and her husband Ben home school their five children on their small family farm.

Dr. Saraswati Kache, Director

Dr. Saraswati Kache is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Intensive Care at Stanford School of Medicine. She practices at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. In 2009 she helped to develop a curriculum and training program for intensive care medicine at Patan Hospital and helped establish the PICU and NICU there. She remains dedicated to the care of critically ill children in Nepal as well as children throughout the world. She plans to return to Patan Hospital to provide further follow up training at these units. She is taking on a leadership role in this follow up training.

Chrissy Kohrt, Director

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Chrissy spent 2 years (1989-91) in Nepal as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She taught science in Ramachaap District during her first year. During her second year, she trained science teachers in Rautahat District, concentrating on the health curriculum. Chrissy has also worked as the Director of Volunteers and Resident Services at Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester, NY. She and her husband, Kris, have three children. Chrissy currently lives in Greensboro, NC.

Embracing a Peace Corps' goal of bringing the world back home, Chrissy continues to share her past experiences in Nepal through speaking engagements.

Dr. Rebecca Mashburn

Rebecca, a family medicine doc, lived in Nepal from 1996 to 2000 along with her husband Jay and their two then small children. They served with UMN at the Khimti Hydroelectric Project and at Okhaldhunga Community Hospital. Now living in Grand Junction, Colorado, they have helped start a local branch of Project C.U.R.E. and team up annually with FOPH to send much needed supplies to Okhaldhunga Hospital.

Dr. Paban Sharma, Director

Dr. Paban Sharma became the Director of Patan Hospital in August of 2012. Prior to his appointment as Director of Patan Hospital he served as its Medical Director. He has practiced medicine at Patan Hospital for 20 years and specializes in OB GYN.

Robert B. Shields, Director

Mr. Shields earned B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a co-founder of Research Associates of Syracuse, a firm that specializes in defense electronics, and served as President and Chairman of the Board from 1986 to 2000. He and his wife, Peggy, were instrumental in raising funds for an Ultrasound Scanner installed at Patan Hospital in February, 2001. He is treasurer of Marcellus United Methodist Church and has served in many leadership capacities there.

Dr. Kim Solez, Director

Dr. Kim Solez is a Professor of Pathology in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada and President and CEO of Transpath Inc. His expertise and research interests include: kidney and transplantation pathology, technology and the future of medicine and cyber-medicine. For many years he has been a member of the International Advisory Board for Patan Academy of Health Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. O. James Staats, Director

Jim, a pathologist, received his medical degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Recently retired, he spent most of his career as a Clinical Professor of Pathology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Concurrently he served as a pathologist with the Baptist Medical Centers in Alabama including seven years as Chairman of the center at Montclair. In the fall of 2000 he spent two months as a pathologist at Patan Hospital on a medical missionary tour.

Dr. George A. Taylor, Director

Dr. George A.Taylor is a distinguished professor of Radiology at the Harvard Medical School who recently lightened his workload by stepping down as Head of Radiology at Children's Hospital in Boston. In March 2010 he visited Patan Hospital and provided training to the radiology staff there. In 2008 he arranged for the donation of equipment to Patan Hospital (including 16 monitors and 13 infusion pumps for use in the pediatric wards). He has had a long and distinguished career in pediatric radiology that included being the President of the international organization of pediatric radiologists, and he is interested in helping to bring volunteers to Patan Hospital to assist in training and providing imaging services."

Dr. Mark Zimmerman, Director

Mark received his MD at the Dartmouth Medical School. He then did his residency and chief residency in internal medicine in Syracuse, New York. In 1986 he joined the medical staff of Patan Hospital and also worked in the hill hospital of Amp Pipal. In 1998 he became the Medical Director at Patan. He met his wife, Deirde, a native of Ireland, at Patan Hospital while she was working with the United Mission to Nepal Nutrition Program. In 2005 Mark resigned his position at Patan Hospital to become the Executive Director of the Nick Simons Institute which is a huge program aimed at improving health care in the rural areas of Nepal.