Board of Directors

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) has a dedicated Board of Directors comprised of passionate physicians, community leaders and professionals. Serving in 3-year terms, the Board of Director role is an important commitment and investment of time. Some individuals first join a Committee of the Board before becoming a member of the Board of Directors. If you’re interested in learning how you may become involved, please click here.

Larry Getlin, JD

Larry Getlin, JD

Larry Getlin was a medical device executive, providing strategic guidance and leadership of legal, regulatory, clinical and corporate compliance organizations across a broad range of clinical trials and regulatory product approvals. He is excited and considers it a privilege to engage with one of the leading global and innovative heart and vascular disease programs that is on the cutting edge of clinical research, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Larry is on the St Cloud State Advisory Board for the Applied Education in the MedTech Industry.

Greg Graves

Greg Graves

Greg Graves is executive vice president and chief financial officer at Entegris. He serves as the treasurer on MHIF's Board of Directors.

Thomas Gunderson

Thomas Gunderson

Thom Gunderson is the former chair of MHIF's Board of Director and former managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray. His passion for MHIF was first stirred years ago when he heard a speech by Dr. Robert Van Tassel, one of MHIF's Founders, in which he laid out the importance and community benefits of having a top notch cardiovascular team in Minnesota. The passion was fueled by the ongoing interaction he has had over the years with physicians and staff and Thom believes MHIF is a world-class operation.

Sharon Hawkins

Sharon Hawkins

Sharon Hawkins has lived in Minnesota since 2002 and has been active in several civic and philanthropic endeavors in the Twin Cities. In addition to serving on the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation (ANWF) board, she is a member of the board of Twin Cities Rise, Charlemagne Institute, King Milling Company, Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, past member of MN Opera, and is founder and past president of the Middle School Schoolgirls’ Lacrosse Association.

She has served as gala chair and committee member for several charity benefits, including the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Children’s Heart Link, MN Opera, Twin Cities Rise, and ANWF. Sharon was an active volunteer at Blake and Breck Schools and is a past member of the parent advisory committee of Duke University, where her three children and son-in-law obtained degrees. Her hobbies include skiing, boating, golf, platform tennis, pickleball, biking, bridge and mah jong.

David Hurrell, MD

David Hurrell, MD

Dr. David Hurrell is a cardiologist at Minneapolis Heart Institute® and chair of MHIF’s Education Committee. He provides both inpatient and outpatient cardiology care with special interests in several modalities of non-invasive cardiology including echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Hurrell is also recognized for his interest in integrative and complementary therapies.

Dr. Hurrell commonly treats disorders of coronary artery disease, heart rhythm disorders, heart failure, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia and valvular heart disease.

Professional interests:

  • Heart
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart rhythm disorders
  • Heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Teleheart
Carol Huttner

Carol Huttner

Carol Huttner recently retired from the position of president of operations for the North Central Division of SpecialtyCare, the largest provider of outsourced surgical blood management and specialized surgical services in the country. Previously, Carol was Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s patient care vice president, providing leadership to all disciplines engaged directly or indirectly in care of patients and families. She also previously held several other positions at Allina, including vice president/sponsor for obstetrics programs in four metro Allina hospitals; director of cardiovascular, renal, and critical care; and nursing operations lead.

Ariel Johnson, PhD

Ariel Johnson, PhD

Ariel Johnson brings together a wealth of experience across investor relations, strategy, and marketing. She is the Vice President of Strategy and Investor Relations for Endotronix. Dr. Johnson has a PhD in Oral Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. and B.A. in Chemistry, Biology and Physiology from the University of Minnesota.

She is excited to work on the board to ensure our community (and all cardiology patients) get the best possible cardiology care and MHIF is working to provide access to innovative, state-of-the-art technology to enable the best possible outcomes for the patients. 

William T. Katsiyiannis, MD

William T. Katsiyiannis, MD

Dr. William Katsiyiannis is the president and chairman of cardiology at Minneapolis Heart Institute®. He has a special interest and experience in performing complex catheter ablations, as well as device implants and extractions. He is the co-director of the Genetic Arrhythmia Center and screens, diagnosis and cares for families who have been affected by genetic arrhythmias. He is a recognized expert in his field, speaking nationally on the latest in abnormal heart rhythms.

Research interests:

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Electrophysiology
  • Atrial flutter
  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • Catheter ablation
  • Syncope
  • Pacemaker
  • Implantable cardioverter defibulator (ICD)
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy
  • Genetic arrhythmia

James King

James King

James King spent over 20 years as an institutional investor in public healthcare companies. He is passionate about the complexities and innovation in healthcare and was initially exposed to the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation when he spoke with MHI cardiologists while conducting research on clinical stage transcatheter aortic heart valves. He decided to become a board member at MHIF due to his mother who continues to battle vascular disease, and after his father passed away from a stroke in 2020.

Mr. King received his BS from University of Wisconsin and his MBA from University of Minnesota.

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