I strive to innovate and develop new devices, therapies and treatments to ever improve the cardiac surgery repairs and overall care that we offer to our patients.

EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • Grove City College , 1998 , Grove City , PA

Medical School

  • Temple University School of Medicine , 2004 , Philadelphia , PA

Residency

  • Washington University in St. Louis , 2012 , St. Louis , MO

Fellowship

  • Washington University in St. Louis , 2014 , St. Louis , MO

Fellowship

  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2016 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

As a child born with complex congenital heart disease that required two surgeries to repair, I am extremely grateful of the care that I received and the opportunity to live a normal life. It is this personal gratitude that motivates me to provide similar compassionate care to neonates, children and adults with congenital heart disease. The cardiac surgery repair I had required innovation and boldness in an early era of cardiac surgery. With a personal background in engineering, I strive to innovate and develop new devices, therapies and treatments to ever improve the cardiac surgery repairs and overall care that we offer to our patients.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Following my training, I joined the staff at Boston Children's Hospital. My clinical focus is on neonates and children with congenital heart disease. I partner with Dr. Fynn-Thompson in the cardiac assist device and heart and lung transplant programs. Additionally I work as an intensivist in the cardiac intensive care unit. My research is focused on utilizing autologous umbilical veins as a shunt or patch material in neonates with complex congenital heart disease requiring surgery. My lab also focuses on development of devices to improve the safety and effectiveness of cardiac surgery, developing new transplant therapies and lung tissue engineering efforts to improve ECMO and oxygenator technologies.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Congenital Heart Surgery