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.
is a native of Lisle, IL. He graduated with a degree in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. Mr. Zhang first came to China as an EFL teacher at Xi'an Northwest Polytechnic University before focusing his attention towards access to health care in rural Yunnan. Mr. Zhang is the director of marketing for the externship program and assists China Cal in the American side of operations currently from Chicago, IL.
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.
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.
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.
s 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
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.
is a native of San Fransico, CA. Ms. Zhang joined the board of China Cal in October of 2017 after raising more than $10,000 for the children of Yunnan. As an former extern, she credits China Cal as a influence in her decision to pursue a career in pediatric medicine.
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.