Board of Governors

Chairman of the Board: PAUL GURBEL, MD, FACC
Vice-Chairman of the Board: FERDINAND LEACOCK MD


CHRYSOLOGUE GAKUBDr. Gakuba a native of Rwanda, was born and grew up when the country was still a Belgian colony. As an undergraduate, he attended the College du Saint Esprit, in Bujumbura, (currently in the country of Burundi), enrolled in the section called the “Greek-Latin Humanities”. Upon graduation, he received scholarships to study Medicine first in Belgium and subsequently in the former Soviet Union. He graduated from Odessa Medical Institute, (currently Ukraine) in 1967, obtaining his MD degree “cum laude”.

After graduation Dr. Gakuba practiced general medicine for three years in Tanzania and in 1970 managed to come to US for post-graduate training. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Lutheran Hospital in West Baltimore and residency in Internal Medicine at Maryland General Hospital (a University of Maryland affiliated hospital), becoming Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1974. Finally, he completed his Fellowship in Cardiology at University of Maryland Hospital and became Board Certified in the Subspecialty of Cardiology in 1977. Dr. Gakuba spent his cardiology career in a suburb of Baltimore, Pikesville, where he practiced for over 35 years, leaving to devote his full time to the Foundation and relocating to Rwanda. While in practice, given he is fluent Russian, he served the large Jewish influx that fled the former Soviet Union. Besides, English, Dr. Gakuba speaks fluent French and his native Rwandan language of Kinyarwanda.

Dr. Gakuba belongs to the American College of Cardiology, the Association of Black Cardiologists the American Medical Association, and his local Medical Society. He was Assistant Professor at the Meharry Medical School in Nashville, Teaching Attending at Good Samaritan Hospital and Maryland General Hospital and served as Chief of Cardiology at Provident Hospital, in Baltimore for 2 years.

On a personal level, Dr. Gakuba has witnessed many of the sad events which have afflicted Rwanda over the last 50 years, culminating in the massacres of many of his family and close friends during the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. He brought his orphaned nephew to Maryland to raise as a child and who now is a successful civil engineer.


Dr Paul GurbelIt is not an overstatement to describe Dr. Paul Gurbel as a “Doctors’ Doctor“. He graduated from University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1983 and interned at Duke University Hospital Paul completed his medical residency at Duke University and Cardiac Fellowship at Johns Hopkins, graduating in 1987.

Dr. Gurbel is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. He is the Director of Thrombosis Research at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. His research has led to a better understanding of the mode of action and subsequent FDA approval of two important drugs, Plavix or Clopidogrel and Ticagrelor. Both drugs have revolutionized the treatment of heart attacks around the world. He travels extensively in US, Europe and Far-East sharing his knowledge and expertise on these important topics.

Paul’s experience and enthusiasm will be an important addition to the Board of Adele Heart Foundation and will anchor much of the activities of the Foundation back in the US.







FERDINAND S LEACOCKDr. Leacock a Board Certified Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Baltimore, graduated from Howard University College of Medicine, Washington DC, in 1960 and served an internship at San Joaquin General Hospital, in Stockton California in 1961. He completed his general surgery residency at Ft Howard VA Hospital and his Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at University of Maryland, in Baltimore, completing in 1969.

Dr. Leacock served as attending physician and surgeon at Maryland General Hospital, Liberty Medical Center and Bon Secours Hospital, serving in such capacities as Chief of the Medical Staff and Vice-President for Medical Affairs. Dr. Leacock and Dr. Gakuba practiced at several of the same hospitals and so forged an enduring sense of respect, friendship and camaraderie. Dr. Leacock has a deep social commitment and is honored to serve on the Board of the Foundation. His experience and administrative skills are a very welcome contribution.






BernadetteBernadette Denis BSN, a Trinity University alumna, brings a wealth of experience to the Adele Foundation. Through her professional career she has acquired a rich and varied experience in all areas of patient care. Bernadette has grown from a staff nurse to Clinical Director in the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, Intensive Care, Oncology and Bariatric Surgery. She was a Clinical Manager and is currently serving as Nursing Director at Washington Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Bernadette’s outstanding academic background includes a Master Degree in Science of Administration with focus on Public and Community Health from Trinity Washington University. She is a member of Oncology Nursing Society and American Nursing Association. Her passion for patient care has carried over into her commitment to volunteerism.

For the last several years Bernadette Denis has been a volunteer with Mobile Medical Care, serving the uninsured and immigrants and with Medical Mission Project Cure, bringing medical supplies to Rwanda.


A native of Rwanda, Odette is the spouse of Dr. Gakuba and longstanding Office Manager for Dr Gakuba’s practice. She supervises the office assistants and technicians, and all other operations of the business. When not administrating the practice, she assists with technical procedures such as EKG’s, Holter monitors and stress testing. Odette will be the Foundation Office Supervisor and Director of Human Resources.