HEARTT’s mission is to educate and assist local health careproviders in the development and/or improvement of a healthcare system and infrastructure.


 HEARTT envisions a world where there are fully functioning heath care systems in all communities, including the communities of underdeveloped countries.

HEARTT’s participating institutions and partners include leading medical and academic centers in the United States.



The HEARTT Board of Directors consists of professionals with significant expertise in  the fields of medicine, health care,  and law.  HEARTT’s working board volunteer their time and expertise by providing assistance with all aspects of the organization’s work, including: providing treatment and training on overseas trips, program development, fund raising and publicity, and legal matters.

James A. Sirleaf, MDChairman

Senora Francis, RN - Treasurer

Althea Sherman, Esq - Secretary


Dr. James A. Sirleaf, M.D.

Dr. James A. Sirleaf is the Chairman  of the Board and a Founding Member of  the non-profit organization HEARTT (Health Education and Relief Through Teaching). Dr. Sirleaf  obtained his undergraduate degree at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and  completed graduate coursework (Pre-Med) at Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Sirleaf  obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN and completed his emergency medicine residency, at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York, N.Y.

During the course of his career, Dr. Sirleaf has served as  an Emergency Department Attending Physician for several hospitals and  for over twelve years has served as the attending Emergency Physician at Bridgeport Hospital. Since 1995 he has been a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Sirleaf lives in Connecticut with his family and  is originally from Liberia.

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Althea Eastman Sherman, J.D.

Althea E. Sherman serves as secretary of the board. Ms. Sherman is a corporate attorney with over 20 years of wide-ranging legal and business experience, with major telecommunications and technology corporations including AT&T Inc, Siebel Systems (currently, Oracle Corporation) , Inc., and Verizon, Inc. Althea also has several years of experience in healthcare law as Corporate counsel for Magellan Health Services, Inc.

Althea  is currently Assistant General Counsel at Pitney Bowes, Inc. Ms. Sherman holds a Jurist Doctorate degree from the George Washington University  Law Center and a B.A. degree in Economics from Syracuse University.

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Participating Institutions

  • Alliance Medical Group
  • Bridgeport Hospital
  • Brown University School of Medicine
  • Children’s Hospital Boston
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • Stanford University School of Medicine
  • The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Tulane University School of Medicine
  • University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine
  • University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Medicine
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • University of Washington Medical School
  • University of Wisconsin Medical School
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Yale School of Medicine

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Partners & Donors

  • Blew Jem Management Services, Inc
  • The Clinton Foundation
  • Delta Airlines
  • Goldman Sachs
  • John Snow, Inc.
  • National Coalition of Black Women-Atlanta Chapter
  • Pan African Capital Group, LLC
  • Physicians for Peace
  • Project HOPE
  • SNS Brussels Airlines-Liberia
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Massachusetts

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