Screening Staff

THE CARDIOLOGISTS

Eli Lavie, MD
A practicing cardiologist at NorthShore University Health System, Dr. Lavie is the Foundation’s medical director and oversees all medical aspects of our cardiac screening. The quality of an EKG interpretation is crucial and can mean the difference between missing a critical finding or misreading a benign EKG as abnormal. Dr. Lavie and supporting cardiologists have interpreted over 90,000 EKGs of young adults screened by Max Schewitz Foundation. Dr. Lavie has a special interest in sports medicine.

Brian Shortal, MD
A practicing cardiologist at NorthShore University Health System, Dr. Shortal started his career decades ago interpreting EKGs for new military recruits. Now, in addition to his busy practice, he provides onsite cardiology services for many of our screenings.

REGISTERED DIAGNOSTIC CARDIAC SONOGRAPHERS

Liz Elli, RDCS, Carol Hawkins, MHA, RDCS, and Tonia Callas, RCS

THE CORE TEAM

These core members jointly coordinate and manage all aspects of cardiac screenings.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Kathy Aykroid

TREASURER
Jeanne Coogan

PROJECT MANAGERS
Lynda Eckardt & Wendy Johnson

OUTREACH COORDINATORS
Karen Blair & Alane Church

MEDIA RELATIONS
Lindsay Hansen

TEAM LEADERS
Tom Barry, Julie Boehmer, RN, BSN, MS Ed, Rita Clark, RN, BSN, Paul Gilling, Beth Kaufman, Cindy Klein, RN, Cathy Korth, Carrie Mendoza, MD, Kristi Metzger, Lynn Mohr, RN BSN, Lise Muller, RN, T-Ann Pierce, Julia Rausch, CET, David Schewitz, MD, and Judy Suson.

THE HEART CORP

This group of volunteers is on call to assist with cardiac screenings as needed. All Heart Corp Volunteers are experienced in administering EKG tests. In addition, the Corp includes several volunteer echo techs and flexible team leaders who expand our core team at larger screenings.

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS

Over 6,500 adult volunteers, after training, volunteered a minimum of 4 hours to help conduct a portion of an EKG test. Their dedication and talent allows us to provide low-cost EKG tests to students.