We are pleased to announce the following new members to the Heart Center Staff:
Naomi Gauthier, MD, comes to Boston Children’s Hospital as a general pediatric cardiologist in the Outpatient Division with a special interest in exercise physiology, and as the director of the Cardiac Fitness Program. Gauthier’s primary responsibility will be precepting the fellows in their clinics and supervising in the Exercise Lab. Her research interests are around optimizing long-term outcomes and new ways to assess and promote thriving in our patients. Gauthier, who has been President of the New England Congenital Cardiology Association (NECCA), will be working within the Heart Center to help assess quality metrics for accountable care and will continue a collaborative outpatient clinic with Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.
Michael Mendelson, MD, comes to the Heart Center at Boston Children’s Hospital as a full-time staff member. He was previously a part-time physician in the Heart Center’s Preventive Cardiology program in conjunction with a research fellowship in epigenetic epidemiology in the intramural research program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Mendelson completed his pediatric residency at the Montreal Children’s Hospital / McGill University, followed by a cardiology fellowship at SickKids Hospital / University of Toronto, a senior fellowship in preventive cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a research fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology at Boston University and the Framingham Heart Study. He will continue to work in the Preventive Cardiology program and help lead research in the area. Mendelson’s population research lab, funded by an NIH K99/R00 award, studies epigenetic modifications in cardiometabolic disease.
Katie Zaleski, MD, comes to Boston Children’s Hospital as a staff anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine in the Division of Cardiac Anesthesiology. She attended Tufts Medical School, where she earned her MD with Research Honors, and completed her residency in Anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Zaleski’s two fellowships were completed at Boston Children’s in Pediatric Anesthesiology and Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology. Between residency and fellowship, she worked for a year as an attending anesthesiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Following her Pediatric Anesthesiology fellowship and prior to returning to Boston Children’s Hospital for additional fellowship training, Zaleski worked for Anesthesia Associates of Morristown at Morristown Medical Center/Goryeb Children’s Hospital (Morristown, NJ) as a staff anesthesiologist.
We are pleased to announce the following promotions within the Heart Center:
- Sarah de Ferranti, MD, has been promoted to Director of Outpatient Services and associate professor at Harvard Medical School
- Alexander “Sasha” Opotowsky, MD, has been promoted to associate professor at Harvard Medical School
- Sitaram Emani, MD, has been promoted to associate professor at Harvard Medical School
Cardiac Catheterization Leadership
We are pleased to announce that Diego Porras, MD, FAAP, has been named Boston Children’s new Chief of the Division of Invasive Cardiology. He will be succeeding Audrey Marshall, MD, who has led the Division of Invasive Cardiology since 2009, pioneering techniques and assessing outcomes for fetal aortic and pulmonary valvuloplasty, as well as atrial septoplasty. Please join us in wishing Dr. Marshall the very best as she moves on from her many years of service to our patients and their families.
An exceptional interventional cardiologist with a comprehensive understanding of congenital heart disease anatomy and physiology, Dr. Porras has been a trusted clinician, a gifted teacher and a respected leader at Boston Children’s for more than a decade.
He has excelled in every aspect of his work at Boston Children’s — care, research teaching — and we are pleased he has accepted the responsibility of leading invasive cardiology into the future. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Porras on his new position.
2016-2017 Cardiology Fellow Academic Achievements
Robert Whitehill, MD, presented an oral abstract at the Heart Rhythm Society in May, “Variation in recommendations regarding primary prevention ICDs in adult congenital heart disease.”
Michael Goldsmith, MD, had his oral abstract, “Using a high-fidelity physiologic monitoring system to evaluate a clinical protocol for post-operative single ventricle congenital heart disease,” selected as a top oral abstract platform presentation at the December 2016 Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society Conference in Miami, FL.
Sarah Pickard, MD, was selected as a finalist for the American Heart Association’s 2017 Cardiovascular Disease in the Young Early Career Investigator Award, and will be presenting an oral abstract at the AHA meeting in November: “Stroke and coronary artery disease in adults with Coarctation of the aorta: a national population-based study.” For this project, she was awarded a Matthew’s Hearts of Hope grant, as well as the Boston Children’s Hospital Alumni Association’s Trainee Travel Award.
Oliver Barry, MD, had his oral research abstract presented at the World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery in Barcelona, Spain: “How hard do cardiologists work? The patient encounter index (PEI): a novel method to assess the clinical workload of a paediatric cardiology service”.
Humera Ahmed, MD, presented her oral research abstract, “Oxyhemoglobin saturation, not oxygen tension, should be used as a marker of arterial oxygenation in cyanotic patients,” at the 2016 Annual Sessions of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society in Miami, Fl. The manuscript of this work has been accepted and is in press at JAMA Pediatrics.
Jessica Garbern, MD, was awarded a third year extension of the John S. LaDue Memorial Fellowship for her project, “Does growth differentiation factor 11 regulate cardiac hypertrophy?” Garbern also received a grant award from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Children’s Heart Foundation Research Fellowship for her research “Maturation of stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes.” Garbern recently presented her work, “Vitamin D binding protein enhances maturation of cardiomyocytes derived from inducible pluripotent stem cells,” at the International Society for Stem Cell Research meeting in Boston, MA.
Aaron Prosnitz, MD, presented his oral abstract, “Early hemodynamic changes after fetal aortic stenosis valvuloplasty are associated with biventricular circulation at birth,” at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions in Washington, DC. Prosnitz gave a poster presentation of another research project, “An association between Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome and pulmonary vein stenosis,” at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ National Conference in San Francisco, CA.
Brian Quinn, MD, presented an oral abstract, “Radiation risk categories for adjusting case mix complexity in cardiac catheterization for congenital heart disease,” at the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) meeting in New Orleans, LA, this past May, as part of their “best of the best” abstract presentations.
Laura Gellis, MD, presented an oral abstract, “Contrast volume to estimated glomerular filtration rate ratio for prediction of contrast-induced acute kidney injury after cardiac catheterization in adults with congenital heart disease,” at the SCAI meeting in New Orleans, LA, this past May.
Audrey Dionne, MD, had her research abstract poster, “Regional variation in the management of Kawasaki disease; preliminary results from an ongoing global survey,” presented at the World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery in Barcelona, Spain.
Anjuli Sinha, MD, presented her research project, “Quantifying ICU support in the context of disease-matched patients over time using care curves,” at the Society of Critical Care Medicine meeting in Honolulu, HI in January.
Matan Setton, MD, received the 2017 David Kane/Nicholas Owens Award for Compassionate Care, which honors the memory of Nick Owens, a beautiful, witty, smart and courageous boy with a severe form of Marfan syndrome who died at the age of three and a half on September 30, 2012. The Kane/Owens Award for Compassionate Care, which comes with a generous stipend, is given annually to a fellow in the cardiovascular program who demonstrates exceptional integrity, empathy, respect, and compassion while providing excellent clinical care.