Expansion and renewal

A number of significant expansion and renewal projects are underway at Boston Children’s Hospital: our new Hale Family Clinical Building, the development of Boston Children’s at Brookline Place and the evolution of our existing campus.

Site preparation for the Hale Family Clinical Building is ongoing, thanks to a $50 million gift to Boston Children’s from Rob and Karen Hale — longtime supporters of improving care for our patients and families. This gift will help us advance care through a streamlined and comprehensive Heart Center, a state-of-the-art NICU, intensive care and surgical services, private rooms for all patients, the most technologically advanced equipment and facilities available, and significantly increased green and open space for healing and respite.

2017-2018 fellow achievements

Humera Ahmed, MD, presented two research abstracts, “Characteristics of Interstage Death After Discharge From Stage I Palliation for Single Ventricle Heart Disease,” and “Development of a Validated Risk Score for Interstage Death or Transplant After Stage I Palliation for Single Ventricle Heart Disease,” in March 2018 at the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida.

Tarek Alsaied, MD, presented a research abstract, “Maldistribution of Pulmonary Blood Flow After the Fontan Operation Is Associated With Lower Exercise Capacity,” in the Early Career Award Session at the Society for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance annual meeting in February 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. Alsaied was also the recipient of an SCMR travel award to present this work.

Oliver Barry, MD, presented a research abstract, “Incidence and Predictors of Dangerous Arrhythmias During Pediatric Exercise Tests,” at the American Heart Association Annual Scientific Sessions in November 2017 in Anaheim, California.

Emily Bucholz, MD, was recently awarded a two-year Pediatric Heart Network Scholar grant for her project, “Socioeconomic Status and Long-term Outcomes in Children With Single Ventricle Heart Disease.”

Arene Butto, MD, will present a research abstract, “Impact of Pre-implant Illness Severity on Outcomes of Pediatric VAD Patients,” at the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant in Nice, France on April 13, 2018.

Claire Cigarroa, MD, presented a research abstract, “Measurement of Dead Space Fraction Upon ICU Admission Predicts Length of Stay and Clinical Outcomes Following Bidirectional Cavopulmonary Anastomosis,” at the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society annual meeting in December 2017 in Washington, D.C. This work has subsequently been published in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

Michael Goldsmith, MD, presented a research abstract, “Clinical Outcomes Following Implementation of a Continuous Risk of Inadequate Oxygen Delivery Algorithm,” at the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society annual meeting in December 2017 in Washington, D.C. Goldsmith is also honored this year as the current Heart Center 2017-2018 Tommy Kaplan Fellow.

Katie Moynihan, MD, presented a research abstract, “Hemoptysis in Patients with Fontan Circulation; An Unrecognized Mode of Failure of the Fontan Circulation,” at the International Fontan Interest Group Meeting at CHOP’s 21st Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona in February 2018.

Sarah Pickard, MD, was recently awarded a two-year Pediatric Heart Network Scholar grant for her project, “Screening Strategies for Intracranial Aneurysms in Coarctation of the Aorta.”

Elizabeth Profita, MD, presented a research abstract, “What Electrocardiographic Changes Occur During Acute Rejection in Pediatric Heart Transplant Recipients?” at the Pediatric Heart Transplant Summit in Seattle in September 2017. She will be presenting another research abstract, “Incidence, Predictors and Outcomes of Severe Primary Graft Dysfunction in Pediatric Heart Transplant Recipients,” at the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation meeting in Nice, France in April 2018.

Daniel Quiat MD, PhD, presented a research abstract, “High-throughput Screening of Kawasaki Disease Sera for Viral Antigen Exposure,” at the Infectious Diseases Society of America IDWeek meeting in October 2017 in San Diego, California.

Anjuli Sinha, MD, presented a research abstract, “Comparison of Intensive Care Provision Following the Stage 1 Procedure Among Five Centers Using Growth Chart-like ‘Care Curves,’” at the American Heart Association Annual Scientific Sessions in November 2017 in Anaheim, California.

Ada Stefanescu, MD, presented a research abstract, “Association of Age, Procedure Characteristics and Outcomes in Aortic Coarctation Interventions – a Report from the IMPACT Registry,” at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) meeting in Denver, Colorado in November 2017. Stefanescu was also the recipient of the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry Travel Award for NCDR.18/ACC.18, which recognizes accomplished young cardiologists who have successfully published a manuscript as a primary author from an NCDR funded research project.

Abbas Zaidi, MD, presented a research abstract, “Ascending Aorta Size at Birth Predicts White Matter Microstructure in Adolescents Who Underwent Fontan Palliation,” at the American Heart Association Annual Scientific Sessions in November 2017 in Anaheim, California.