Heart and Stroke
Foundation of India
Building a Nation of Lifesavers
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of India (HSFI) is committed to building a nation of lifesavers who are prepared and willing to provide immediate community first aid and CPR to victims of roadside emergencies and sudden cardiac arrest.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of India is a subsidiary of the American Heart Association, a global leader in offering technical support, science exchange, and training to governments, healthcare providers, hospital and pre-hospital systems, workplaces, and communities.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of India’s programs align with both the American Heart Association’s and India’s health priorities. It will serve as a link for local, national, and global
partnerships aimed at improving the health and life expectancy of children and adults in India.
Building a Nation of Lifesavers
In India, our Emergency Cardiovascular Care training network currently delivers courses via 72 Training Centers and over 330 training sites, covering nearly all states of the country.
In 2017, these training sites trained nearly 90,000 healthcare professionals and members of the public in basic life support, advanced cardiovascular life support, and pediatric advanced life support.
In partnership with Training Centers and civil society organizations, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of India is launching a movement to build a Nation of Lifesavers by training friends and family in first aid and CPR.
Most accidents and most cardiac arrests happen outside of a hospital, so the likelihood of you saving someone you know is high. Everyone needs to know how to save the life of a family member or loved one.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of India is currently seeking funding to support the development of priority programs and the establishment of financial, legal, and human resources as well as other operations to expand HSFI’s contributions to a high-quality healthcare system, preventative health efforts, and saving lives in India.
Heart and Stroke Foundation of India – Corporate Information
Tamorish Kole graduated from Calcutta Medical College, Kolkata (India) affiliated to Calcutta University in 2001. He joined his residency
Dr Subroto Das, winner of one of India’s highest civilian awards, Padma Shri for his work on Highway Trauma
Sameer Shariff is an entrepreneur with the passion of turning ideas into real businesses. As the founder and CEO
Chartered Accountant from India and CPA from Singapore. Employed in Singapore before moving to USA in 1985. Worked
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Tamorish Kole graduated from Calcutta Medical College, Kolkata (India) affiliated to Calcutta University in 2001. He joined his residency program in Emergency Medicine at Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad (India) and completed the Fellowship in Emergency Medicine affiliated to the Royal College of General Practitioners, UK in 2003. He has also obtained the Membership of the College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in Accident & Emergency Medicine in 2006 and, Fellowship of the Royal Society of Medicine (London) in 2008.
Currently, Tamorish is the Co-Founder and CEO of Insta Care Centre an LLP which is working to create an ecosystem of urgent care through an integrated system to deliver time-sensitive community level healthcare services for acute illness, injury, and emerging health issues and thereby contribute to an essential element of universal health coverage.
Dr. Kole is a seasoned professional who comes with over 17 years of invaluable experience in Emergency Medical Services. He has vast experience in the field of Emergency Medicine and specialized skills of EM System Development, Clinical Governance, Disaster Medicine, Resuscitation Science, Mass Gathering Medicine, EM Advocacy, Handling Community projects & International Collaborations for Emergency Medicine. His prior experiences include Head of EM at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata (2007-2008), Head of Emergency Services at Max Healthcare (2008-2017) and Chair of EM & Medical Director at Medeor Hospital, Delhi NCR (2017-2020).
An avid post graduate teacher, Tamorish has trained 90 residents of the MEM program (2008- 2016) affiliated to The Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University, Washington DC at his previous organization Max Healthcare, and 10 residents of MEM program at Medeor Hospitals (2017-2020) affiliated to the Society for Emergency Medicine, India and mentored more than 150 EM residents in the country to fulfill the huge demand-supply gap of EM doctors. He was instrumental in starting the first Indo-US emergency medicine program (MEM-GWU) in the State of Kerala in 2006 and is the first Indian who has been conferred a position of Adjunct Assistant Professor to the University (2009- 2016) for his services to develop this specialty in India. He was also a post graduate teacher of Emergency Medicine for DNB-EM program under National Board of Examinations (Trained 13 Residents of DNB-EM; 2013-2017) and an examiner for MRCEM-UK of The Royal College of Emergency Medicine, UK. In 2015 Tamorish has been conferred the position of Honorary National Professor in Emergency Medicine by the College of General Practitioners of Indian Medical Association (IMA-CGP) for his leadership role in developing Indian Emergency Medicine. He currently serves as a visiting professor at the University of South Wales (UK) for Emergency Medicine since November 2019.
Tamorish has been serving as a Regional Faculty of American Heart Association for the last 15 years and has been instrumental in promoting the resuscitation training in India. He was invited to Bangladesh to conduct the inaugural training for that country in 2011.
Besides institutional affiliation, he is the Past President of the Society for Emergency Medicine in India (SEMI, 2012-2014) and the member of the specialty advisory board (SAB) of The National Board of Examinations (NBE, 2013 – 2016) in Emergency Medicine. He is a significant contributor of National Hospital Safety Guidelines issued by National Disaster Management Authority, Govt. of India in February 2016.
He is the Board member of Asian Society for Emergency Medicine (ASEM) and currently the President of the Society. He is also the Chair of the Disaster Management Specialty Interest group (DMSIG) of The International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM).
He has authored numerous publications on the development of EM and EMS in India and is presently working on various India-specific research projects in EM with his enthusiastic team of residents. He is also on the editorial Board of World Journal of Emergency Medicine (WJEM), Asian EMS Journal and National Journal of Emergency Medicine, India (NJEM).
Tamorish has won various prestigious awards and honor during his span of career in EM, which includes International Scholarship of American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in 2008, 2009, and 2011, outstanding Course Director by George Washington University, USA (2009, 2010) , honorary membership of ACEP (2013); personal letters of appreciation from Mr and Mrs Barack Obama, former President of United States, Mr Joe Biden, former Vice President and now President of United States, Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, physician to the President of United States and Chief of White House Medical Unit.
He is also the recipient of Leadership in Emergency Medicine Award, instituted by MMHRC Institute of Emergency Medicine and presented by Bharat Ratna, His Excellency Late Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former president of India on February 2015. Tamorish received Lifetime achievement award in Emergency Medicine from Federation of Emergency Physicians, India on August 2015.
Tamorish is on the Board of SAVELIFE FOUNDATION an NGO based at New Delhi (India) who was instrumental in enacting the Good Samaritans Law by Supreme Court of India and also the Medical Advisor-cum-Emergency Director of MISSION AROGYA another NGO based in Kolkata, India, which has won the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Grant and AIIMS Healthcare innovation award for an ongoing project called Kolkata Medical Emergency System (KMES).
His areas of interest (subspecialty interest) in EM are Disaster Medicine, Mass-gathering Medical care, Resuscitation and Academic Emergency Medicine. He has been the Chief Physician of Kolkata Knight Riders (2008) and Delhi Dare Devils (2011) – the two favorite cricket teams of Indian Premier League (IPL) and has also served as Medical Director for Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM-2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).
Tamorish is bestowed with the prestigious honor of participant to The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) (http://eca.state.gov/ivlp) for the year 2013 (IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program) and has been conferred with the honorary citizenship of City of Pensacola, Florida during his visit.
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Dr Subroto Das, winner of one of India’s highest civilian awards, Padma Shri for his work on Highway Trauma Care, co-founded Lifeline Foundation along with his wife, Sushmita (after surviving a life threatening accident in August, 1999 on one of India’s busiest highways), with the aim of reducing the 1,50,000+ annual highway deaths in India. The only Indian to be honoured with the Asian EMS Lifetime Achievement Award by the Asian EMS Council in 2015, The Times of India calls Dr Das “the country’s best known EMS expert”.
He has been associated with the Niti Aayog and the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM).
He was the 1st in India to advocate a unified national medical emergency helpline number for highways and legislation for EMS and trauma care. Dr Subroto Das continues to campaign for the cause of EMS as a Fundamental Right across South Asia.
His internationally recognized efforts began with the Highway Rescue Project in 2002, the 1st Highway Emergency Medical Services (EMS) across an entire state, popularly called by the Accident Helpline 98250 26000 in Gujarat. Lifeline Foundation has rescued hundreds of injured highway accident victims on 5029 kms of National Highways in 5 states since 2002.
A Founding Member of Asian Association for EMS, he is also the Chair of the South & Central Asian Chapters. Born in 1965, Dr Das an alumnus of Baroda Medical College, Maharaja Sayajirao University later pursued Hospital Management and Industrial Health. He serves as Managing Editor of Asian EMS Journal, official journal of Asian Association for EMS. He served as Editorial Chair of EMSINDIA®, India’s 1st peer-reviewed EMS journal.
As an Eisenhower Fellow, he has been mentored by some of America’s greatest EMS experts, an experience that has helped him to guide EMS professionals in the Indian sub-continent. He has been part of various national and international policy making committees on pre-hospital and trauma care. He has worked with various EMS stakeholders in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Dr Subroto Das, in 2009 authored a book on the struggles and successes of the Sri Lankan EMS systems, titled ‘Prepare to Respond’; the book was released by the then President of Sri Lanka.
Dr Das and his Foundation have now shifted towards a more inclusive highway accident relief; the current focus is on actively advocating Bystander First Aid & CPR to enable common citizens to save lives in post-accident trauma and ‘out of hospital cardiac arrest’. The aim is to train and empower passer-bys to act and save lives till ambulance relief reaches.
His other current priority is to create Pan-Asian Trauma Care systems along with other Asian stakeholders. He is closely working with industries, ports and mines to better Industrial EMS across the country.
Nationally and internationally felicitated, his work has been documented in 2012 by Films Division of India. Sony Television, in 2017 profiled his work on its popular show Kaun Banega Crorepati hosted by Shri Amitabh Bachchan.
Along with his wife, he was honoured with the Red & White Bravery Gold Award for Social Acts of Courage in 2003. As a social entrepreneur, Dr Das was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2004. He received the UK based Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2004, the CNN IBN & Reliance Industries “Real Heroes Award” in 2008 and was honoured as “Role Model in EMS” by the Emergency Physicians of India (EPI). In 2008, Dainik Bhaskar Group recognised him as one of the “100 most powerful persons in Gujarat”. In 2006, his organisation, Lifeline Foundation was conferred the 4th National Road Safety Award by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. The Limca Book of Records recognised their efforts in 2005. In 2017, the Society of Emergency Medicine (SEMI), India, the country’s largest professional body of Emergency Physicians honoured him with the “SEMI Excellence Award”.
An avid quizzer, an author, a former journalist with the Indian Express group of newspapers, a social entrepreneur and a sports enthusiast, Dr Subroto Das’s special areas of interest include EMS systems, Industrial Medicine and standards and protocols of pre-hospital care and ambulances.
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Sameer Shariff is an entrepreneur with the passion of turning ideas into real businesses.
As the founder and CEO of Impelsys Inc., Mr. Shariff drives Impelsys’ business vision, strategy, value and growth. Impelsys is Mr. Shariff’s second start up, he has grown the company to become a leader in online content delivery for the STM, Children’s and educational publishing markets. Impelsys helps over 250 publishers with their online content delivery strategy through Impelsys products and services. Customers include major publishers Reed Elsevier, McGraw Hill, Wolters Kluwer, Thomson, Springer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to smaller publishers Marshall Cavendish, Benchmark Education and Prufrock Press.
Medsite Inc. was the first company that Mr. Shariff co-founded, as Chief Strategic Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales, Mr. Shariff helped Medsite become one of the largest Internet pharmaceutical marketing companies in the United States. Mr. Shariff was instrumental in guiding Medsite during its early period of financial and organizational growth. Under Mr. Shariff’s strategic direction, Medsite grew to include more than 200 employees and increased in sales from $0 to over $20 million. In 2006, Medsite was sold to WebMD for over $ 40 Million.
Mr. Shariff is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his BS degree in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of Business. Mr. Shariff has served as a guest speaker at several industry events and has been featured in Forbes, India Today and Silicon India among other publications.
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Chartered Accountant from India and CPA from Singapore. Employed in Singapore before moving to USA in 1985. Worked at various levels from Accounting Supervisor to Finance Director for about 18 years with AHA in Accounting and Finance overseeing the Founders Affiliate covering 8 states from NJ to VT, integrating with Mission, Advocacy and Development departments.