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

Ravi Thiagarajan, MD, MPH

Ravi Thiagarajan, MD, MPH

Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Critical Care; Callaghan Family Chair in Cardiac Intensive Care Professor 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

Faculty

Peta Alexander, MBBS

Peta Alexander, MBBS

Attending, Department of Cardiology Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Douglas Atkinson

Douglas B. Atkinson, MD

Associate in Cardiac Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine Instructor of Anaesthesia, 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

Chief, Division of Cardiac Anesthesia; Senior Associate in Cardiac Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School
Mohammad Bakr Ghbeis, MD

Muhammad Bakr Ghbeis, MD

Attending, Department of Cardiology Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Sarah Goldberg, MD

Sarah Goldberg

Assistant, Department of Cardiology Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Daniel Hames, MD

Daniel Hames, MD

Attending, Department of Cardiology Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
John Kheir

John Kheir, MD

Attending, 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
Kimberly Mills, MD

Kimberly Mills, MD

Assistant in Cardiology, Department of Cardiology Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Kshitij Mistry

Kshitij Mistry, MD, MMSc

Attending Physician, Cardiovascular Critical Care; Director, Quality and Outcomes Program, Department of Cardiology Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Katie Moynihan, MD

Katie Moynihan, MD

Attending, Department of Cardiology Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Joshua Salvin, MD, MPH

Joshua Salvin, MD, MPH

Attending, Department of Cardiology Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Bryan Siegel

Bryan Siegel, MD

Staff Physician, Department of Cardiology Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Melissa Smith-Parris, MD

Melissa Smith-Parrish, MD

Assistant, Department of Cardiology Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Sarah Teele

Sarah Teele, MD

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

Physician Assistant

Erica Comstock

Erica Comstock, MS, PA

Physician Assistant, Cardiac Surgery

Nursing Leadership

 Jason Thornton

Jason Thornton, RN, MSN

Director of Nursing Patient Services, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
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Mary O'Brien, RN, BSN, CCRN

Registered Nurse, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Clinical Nurse Specialists

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

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, 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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Valerie Bailey, RN, MS, 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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Erin Eggers, MSN

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

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

Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Hanna Roberts, AC-PNP, DNP

Hanna Roberts, AC-PNP, DNP

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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Kathy Whelan, MSN, RN, NP-C, CCRN

Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Allied Health Professionals

Katharine Antommaria, MS

Katharine (Kate) Antommaria, MS

Child Life Specialist, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Michelle Kerns, MS, CCLS

Michelle Kerns, MS, CCLS

Child Life Specialist, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

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
Chelsea Cotnoir, LCSW

Chelsea Cotnoir, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker, Department of Cardiology
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Mary Bruno

Patient Services Administrator, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit