Dr. Innanje Rao from Cleveland Clinic and Founder of Charlotte Cardiology told me that I could treat millions of patients with my medical ideas and 10,000 to 30,000 as a physician. That motivation forged my career.
— Dr. Charles Richardson, Chairman and President of TransWorld Med

Dr. Innanje Rao with one of the third generation Cleveland Clinic Cardiology in training.

Who is Dr. Charles?

  • From Charlotte, NC
  • Doctor of Medicine, MD
  • Pioneer in BioTech, Medical Devices, and Pharmaceuticals
  • Masters of Business Administration, MBA
  • Business Magnate
  • Passionate Philanthropist
  • Successful inventor
  • Animal lover
  • Frequent and excited traveler

Dr. Charles Richardson and Harry Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina. 


Dr. Charles Richardson has a passion for medical devices and is a visionary serial inventor. His main research interests are focused on new discoveries involving life-saving technologies. Dr. Richardson was the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Cleveland Heart. He invented and developed mini-LVAD, left-ventricular assist device (LVAD), right ventricular assist device (RVAD), and the Total Artificial Heart (TAH). For 10 years, Dr. Richardson was intimately involved with the discovery and development of the total implantable, electric artificial heart with continuous-flow. 

His numerous awards include an honorary Distinguished Scientist Award, given by the Parks and Ruth Secrest Fund. American Chemical Society (ACS) certificate in Recognition of Membership in 2005. Cleveland Clinic Innovation Award for excellence in human Total Artificial Heart Replacement. American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Recognize Charles Richardson, MD Professional Member Issued October 2005.  

Cleveland Heart Mechanical Circulatory Support Principles and Applications. Dr. Richardson founded Cleveland Heart and created the vision for the company's product strategies -- including the design, engineering and manufacturing of more affordable electric medical devices for mainstream consumers. As Chairman and Product Architect, Dr. Richardson had helped design the ground-breaking products which had lead him to earn a Global Medical Award in 2014.