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Meet the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) 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

Read more about Ravi Thiagarajan, MD, MPH

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

Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Catherine Allan, MD

Medical Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit; Director, Human Factors & Systems Design

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Faculty

Read more about Peta-Maree Alexander, MBBS

Attending, Department of Cardiology

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Douglas B. Atkinson, MD

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

Instructor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Henry Cheng, MD

Attending, Department of Cardiology

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Eduardo M. da Cruz, MD, FACC

Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Critical Care; Peter Lang Chair in Cardiology

Faculty Member, Harvard Medical School

Read more about James A. DiNardo, MD

Chief, Division of Cardiac Anesthesia; Senior Associate in Cardiac Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Diana Geisser, MD

Staff Physician, Department of Cardiology

Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Muhammad Bakr Ghbeis, MD

Attending, Department of Cardiology

Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Sarah Goldberg, MD

Assistant, Department of Cardiology

Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Daniel Hames, MD

Attending, Department of Cardiology

Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about John Kheir, MD

Attending, Department of Cardiology

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Joan LaRovere, MD

Attending, Cardiovascular Critical Care

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Kimberly Mills, MD

Assistant in Cardiology, Department of Cardiology

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Kshitij Mistry, MD, MMSc

Attending Physician, Cardiovascular Critical Care; Director, Quality and Outcomes Program, Department of Cardiology

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Katie Moynihan, MD

Attending, Department of Cardiology

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Elizabeth Pace, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)

Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Vickren Pillay, MD

Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology

Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Cailyn Rood, MD

Attending, Department of Cardiology

Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Joshua Salvin, MD, MPH

Attending, Department of Cardiology

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Jun Sasaki, MD

Attending Physician. Department of Cardiology

Read more about Bryan Siegel, MD

Attending, Department of Cardiology

Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Eleonore Valencia, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)

Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Niranjan Vijayakumar, MBBS

Attending Physician, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)

Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Physician Assistant

Read more about Erica Comstock, MS, PA

Physician Assistant, Department of Cardiac Surgery

Nursing Leadership

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Read more about Dorothy Beke, MS, RN, CPNP-PC/AC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Read more about Patricia Lincoln, MSN, RN, BC-CNS, CCRN

Registered Nurse, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Clinical Educators

Read more about Lauren Danforth, BSN, RN

Registered Nurse, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Read more about Annette Imprescia, RN, CCRN

Staff Nurse, Department of Cardiology

Advanced Nurse Practitioners

Read more about Valerie Bailey, RN, MS, NP-C, CCRN

Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Read more about Nancy Braudis, MS, RN, CPNP, CCRN

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Read more about Erin Eggers, MSN

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit

Read more about Lisa Klosterboer, CPNP AC/PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Read more about Caroline Morin, RN, CPNP, CCRN

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Read more about Hanna Roberts, AC-PNP, DNP

Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Read more about Elizabeth Swanson, RN, MSN, CPN, CCRN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Allied Health Professionals

Read more about Katharine (Kate) Antommaria, MS

Child Life Specialist, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Read more about Michelle Kerns, MS, CCLS

Child Life Specialist, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Staff