New Faculty

Morgan Brown, MD, PhD, is an assistant in the Division of Cardiac Anesthesia. Brown completed residencies and fellowships in anesthesiology and pediatric cardiac anesthesiology at the University of Manitoba, University of Alberta, and Boston Children’s Hospital. She holds a doctoral degree from the Clinical and Translational Science program at the Mayo Clinic. Her clinical work focuses on the care of children and adults with congenital heart disease. She conducts database-based research on the clinical outcomes of patients with congenital heart defects.


Juan Ibla, MD, joined the Division of Cardiac Anesthesia as a senior associate. Ibla has completed residencies and fellowships in surgery and anesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and most recently worked as an associate in cardiac anesthesia at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. His clinical practice centers on the care of children undergoing cardiac surgery and solid organ transplantation, while his research work focuses on the molecular events linking hypoxia and inflammation.


Keri Shafer, MD, joined the Boston Adult Congenital Heart (BACH) service as an adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) cardiologist. Shafer completed a fellowship in ACHD and pulmonary vascular disease at Boston Children’s and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, following residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical center and a cardiovascular medicine fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she served as the chief cardiology fellow in 2011-2012. In 2013 she also completed the Harvard School of Public Health’s Program for Clinical Effectiveness, focusing on research methods and statistical analysis. Shafer cares for adults with congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension, and studies exercise physiology and imaging in ACHD patients. She will also spearhead the Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plans (SCAMPs) program for BACH.

Awards & honors

Aldo Castañeda, PhD, MD, received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award of the American College of Cardiology, one of the highest honors bestowed by the College. The award recognizes his lifetime of outstanding achievements in the field of cardiovascular disease and accomplishments as a role model through service, basic or clinical research and teaching.

Pedro del Nido, MD, is the incoming president of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, an international organization of over 1,300 of the world’s foremost cardiothoracic surgeons representing 41 countries.

Stacey Gennis, RNKaren Horn, RNCassandra Hunter, NPAndrea Jacovides-Desantis, RNWilliam Kerr, RN; and the entire Cardiac Intensive Care Unit nursing team were recognized in The Boston Globe’s 2014 Salute To Nurses for their excellent and compassionate care. The Salute to Nurses tribute publicly honors nurses nominated by colleagues, families, and patients for the care they give during their patients’ most vulnerable moments.

Tal Geva, MD, received the 2014 Excellence in Teaching in Pediatrics Award of the American Society of Echocardiography. This award is given to an individual who has shown exceptional commitment and skill in teaching pediatric echocardiography, has been a mentor to students and serves as a role model for the profession, and fosters a sense of clinical excellence and research investigation in the individuals they teach.

Patricia Hickey, PhD, RN, FAAN, was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service by President Barack Obama in December. The award acknowledged her 25 years of service to child health in China through Project HOPE.


Taking on Tomorrow: Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards
October 30-31, 2014
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Long QT Syndrome Family Day
November 8, 2014