About MTIMA

MTIMA, which translates to 'heart' in Chichewa, is a Canadian registered charity led by a group of dedicated medical professionals committed to delivering essential cardiovascular services to the people of Malawi.

Our mission is to empower Malawian communities with accessible healthcare.

Together, we work towards building a healthier future for people from all walks of life.

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Our Story

Action with Vision

Malawi, warmly nicknamed 'the warm heart of Africa,' is a dynamic country tackling healthcare challenges with MTIMA's help since 2013.

Our team is dedicated to transforming healthcare through a comprehensive cardiology program, enhancing the skills of over 200 Malawian healthcare professionals with the aid of over 50 generous volunteers, and counting.

Our mission transcends improving healthcare; it's about uplifting spirits, sharing knowledge, and igniting hope. Together, we're not just raising medical standards; we're shaping a brighter, healthier future for Malawi.

Join us in this inspiring journey of change and hope in Malawi's healthcare landscape.

Meet the Team

Marcello Na

CEO & Co-Founder

Marcello Na is a team lead sonographer and devoted co-founder of MTIMA, is committed to enhancing sonography education and standards. His work focuses on supporting global health services, applying his knowledge in health informatics to connect and improve healthcare. At MTIMA, Marcello humbly contributes to initiatives that aim to increase healthcare access and quality on a global scale.

Dr. David McCarty

CMO & Co-Founder

Dr. David McCarty, formerly of Western University and the Echocardiography lab at London Health Sciences Centre, is deeply committed to advancing cardiovascular healthcare in developing nations. Presently in Malawi, he works tirelessly to raise local healthcare standards and educate the community. His efforts are a testament to his vision and mission, which align perfectly with MTIMA's goal of enhancing cardiovascular services in underserved regions.

Dr. Karim Taha

CFO & Co-Founder

Dr. Karim Taha, an interventional cardiologist and advocate for global healthcare equality, co-founded MTIMA after volunteering in Malawi. He leads fundraising efforts and coordinates crucial medical equipment donations from Canadian hospitals to Blantyre's Queen Elizabeth II Hospital. Karim is dedicated to bringing basic cardiac services to one of the most underprivileged regions in the world.

Carlos Fernando

COO

Carlos Fernando, serving as a clinical research manager at Unity Health Toronto and the managing director at Medicus MFC Inc., brings a unique blend of medical, business management, and research expertise. This skill set has been instrumental in advancing MTIMA's mission, particularly in healthcare operations and organizational efficiency. His dedication to streamlining healthcare processes and business acumen has been a key factor in amplifying MTIMA's effectiveness and impact.

Change Makers
Gabriel Ho
Gabriel Ho
Media/Marketing

Gabriel, a cardiac sonographer at Sunnybrook Health Sciences, enhances MTIMA's outreach and academic programs through his expertise in social media and education. His efforts boost MTIMA's online presence and public awareness, introducing innovative strategies for the organization's growth and development.

Jacob Hammer
Jacob Hammer
Finance

Jacob Hammer, CPA, CA, applies his extensive experience in audit, M&A, and tax strategy to enhance MTIMA's mission through strategic financial guidance. As a seasoned finance leader at Russell Reynolds Associates and former VP at Kilberry, he aligns MTIMA’s financial operations with their vision, fostering growth and sustainability.

Dr. Michael Hammer
Dr. Michael Hammer
Education

Dr. Michael Hammer, a Cardiologist and co-director at North York General Hospital, serves as an educator at MTIMA. Trained at the University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, he specializes in cardiac imaging, valvular heart disease, and heart failure. His expertise supports MTIMA's mission to elevate cardiac care education in Malawi.

Meghan Tucker
Meghan Tucker
Education

Meghan, a sonographer with a background in physical rehabilitation and neuroscience, is dedicated to developing comprehensive, accessible educational resources for Malawian healthcare providers. Her diverse expertise is focused on enhancing healthcare education in Malawi.

Kenneth Szeto
Kenneth Szeto
Ambassador

Ken Szeto is a cardiac sonographer and the supervisor of the echo lab at Kelowna General Hospital in British Columbia. As a Sonographer Representative for the Canadian Society of Echocardiography and a committee member of Sonography Canada, he actively seeks partnerships and collaborative opportunities to further MTIMA's mission and vision.

Rianne de Bruin-Bon
Rianne de Bruin-Bon
Education

Rianne, an adept sonographer and researcher at Amsterdam UMC, has been invited to collaborate with MTIMA. Her role involves working alongside the team to deliver quality, accessible education to healthcare practitioners in Malawi. Her experience and expertise are vital in enriching the educational aspects of MTIMA's mission.

Dr. Rishi Bhargava
Dr. Rishi Bhargava
Ambassador

Dr. Rishi Bhargava, a specialist in Cardiology, leverages his extensive background and leadership skills to enhance healthcare training programs for Malawian healthcare professionals. With roles at Lakeridge Health and a fellowship from the University of Arizona, he contributes valuable expertise to improve medical education standards in Malawi.

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