Meet the Team

Izabela Leahy

Izabela Leahy, RN, BSN, MS

Executive Director/Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Research Associate in Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School

IRB Member since 2005

Research Director
Education: Boston College, 1997 BSN, 2006 MS

As the Executive Director for the Department Izabela integrates the practices and the priorities of the anesthesia department into the larger mission of the BCH.  A highly effective healthcare leader with clinical and administrative experience. Izabela has a reputation for integrity, credibility, and talent for organizational development and innovative solutions. A committed mentor who effectively identifies talented individuals and fosters their career growth. Extensive clinical background with unique ability to understand quality, research and safety issues in the complex clinical environment of a major academic medical center. Izabela’s activities represent innovation and advancement in three distinct areas:  Operations,  Quality Improvement, Research. Founder and Director of the Pediatric Clinical and Research Internship (PACaRI) and Pediatric Anesthesia Research center (PARC).

Lindsey Benson

Lindsey Benson, BSN, RN

Clinical Research Nurse

Education: MCPHS University, 2014; State University of New York College at Oneonta, 2012

Special skills: Experience in pediatric care and Electrophysiology

Rachel Bernier, MPH

Clinical Research Coordinator II

Education: Boston University, 2013

Special skills: Cardiac anesthesia studies and Pediatric Anesthesia Neurodevelopment Assessment (PANDA Study). 

Rachel Dabek, BA

Clinical Research Specialist II

Education: Emmanuel College, 2009

Special skills:   

Quality improvement initiatives, monitor analysis and compliance, database development, sedation research, and internship program and thesis mentoring. 

Christine Dube, RN, BSN, MSN

Clinical Nurse Specialist, RN II

Education: Northeastern University, 2010; Simmons College,1999

Special Skills: Monitor Compliance and Identifying Physiologic Patterns of Patient Deterioration, Electronic Surveillance and Hospital Wide Monitor Audits, Research in Pain Management and Genetic Polymorphisms Involved in Pain Perception/Opioid Transport, Pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics of oxycodone, Internship Program Mentoring.

Elisabeth Dwyer

Elisabeth Dwyer, RN, BSN

Clinical Research Nurse

Education: MCPHS University, 2014; St. Lawrence University, 2012

Special Skills: Main OR studies, pharmacokinetic studies

Erin Halpin

Erin Halpin, RN, MSN, CPN

Clinical Research Nurse II

Education: Salem State University, 2015; Simmons College, 2009

Special Skills: Research in Cardiology and Microbial Genomics

Kimberly Hassell

Kim Hassell, BA 

Research Administrator II

Education: MPH Candidate, Boston University School of Public Health; University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2011

WasinWasin Luckanavanich, BSN, RN 

Clinical Research Nurse

Education: Western Governors University, 2016; West Cost University, 2012

Special Skills: Clinical experience in the Neonatal Intensive Unit and research experience in neonatal respiratory and cardiac studies. 

Chiara Mancinelli

Chiara Mancinelli, MS 

Research Administrator II

Education: MS in Biomedical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy, 2008