Cardiac Intensive Care Unit | Meet Our Team

At Boston Children’s Hospital, we consider you and your child integral parts of the care team and not simply recipients of care. We specialize in family-centered care, which means that during your hospital stay, you’ll work with a team of professionals who are committed to supporting all of your family’s needs.

Our award-winning nurses

Our Cardiac Intensive Care Unit has received the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, which recognizes individual critical care units that have met rigid criteria for excellence in patient outcomes, care quality, patient safety, interdisciplinary practice, innovation and family-centered care.

Our Cardiac ICU is only the second pediatric Cardiac ICU in the country to receive this honor. Receiving the Beacon Award is a testament to the extraordinary Cardiac ICU staff that provides exceptional care to our critically ill patients and their families every day

Directors

Thomas Kulik

Thomas Kulik, MD

Senior Associate, Department of Cardiology, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Faculty

Peta Alexander, MBBS

Peta Alexander, MBBS

Attending, Department of Cardiology, Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Catherine K.  Allan

Catherine Allan, MD

Medical Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit; Associate Program Director, Simulator Program, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Douglas Atkinson

Douglas B. Atkinson, MD

Assistant, Cardiac Anesthesia Services; Assistant, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Instructor in Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School
Henry Cheng, MD

Henry Cheng, MD

Attending, Department of Cardiology, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
James A.  DiNardo

James A. DiNardo, MD

Senior Associate in Cardiac Anesthesia; Chief, Division of Cardiac Anesthesia, Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School
John Kheir

John Kheir, MD

Attending, Department of Cardiology, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Thomas Kulik

Thomas Kulik, MD

Senior Associate, Department of Cardiology, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Joan M. LaRovere, MD

Joan M. LaRovere, MD

Attending, Cardiovascular Critical Care, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Joshua Salvin, MD, MPH

Joshua Salvin, MD, MPH

Attending, Department of Cardiology, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Sarah Teele

Sarah Teele, MD

Attending, Department of Cardiology, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Ravi Thiagarajan, MD, MPH

Ravi Thiagarajan, MD, MPH

Chief, Division of Cardiac Critical Care, Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Nursing Leadership

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Mary O'Brien, RN, BSN, CCRN

Registered Nurse, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Dorothy Beke, MS, RN, CPNP-PC/AC

Registered Nurse, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,
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Lindyce Kulik, MSN, RN, CPNP, CCRN

Registered Nurse, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,
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Patricia Lincoln, MSN, RN, BC-CNS, CCRN

Registered Nurse, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,

Clinical Educators

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Lauren Danforth, BSN, RN

Registered Nurse, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,
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Toni Imprescia, BSN, RN, CCRN

Registered Nurse, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,

Advanced Nurse Practitioners

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Whitney McCormick Parks, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC, CCRN

Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,
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Catherine Dowling, NP, MS, BSN

Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,
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Lisa Klosterboer, CPNP AC/PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,
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Kathy Whelan, MSN, RN, NP-C, CCRN

Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,
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Nancy Braudis, MS, RN, CPNP, CCRN

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,
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Elizabeth Swanson, RN, MSN, CPN, CCRN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,
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Caroline Morin, RN, CPNP, CCRN

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Instensive Care Unit,
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Megan Matiasek, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, CCRN

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,

Allied Health Professionals

 Christine French, MS, RD, LDN

Christine French, MS, RD, LDN

Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition,
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Lauren Garcia, RD, LDN

Clinical Nutrition Specialist, Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition ,
 Kate Huyler, MS, CCLS

Kate Huyler, MS, CCLS

Child Life Specialist, Department of Cardiology,

Staff

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Lynne Patkin, MBA

Business Analyst, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,
Kimberley Lehner, MSW, LICSW

Kimberly Lehner, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,
Shana Swartz, MSW, LICSW

Shana Swartz, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker, Department of Cardiology,
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Mary Bruno,

Patient Services Administrator, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,