New Faculty and staff

We are pleased to announce the following new members to the Heart Center staff.

David Kane, MD

David Kane, MD, has joined the Division of Inpatient Cardiology. After completing cardiology training at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2010, Kane returned to the University of Massachusetts Medical School to join the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. Serving as a general cardiologist, he was also the director of fetal echocardiography and continued to attend at Boston Children’s a few times each year.

Recognized as a leader in graduate and undergraduate medical education, Kane served in a variety of educational positions while at UMass. He looks forward to being involved in the growth of multidisciplinary educational initiatives and working with trainees from all levels on the inpatient service. Elected as the president of the New England Congenital Cardiology Association (NECCA) in 2017, Kane has focused on cultivating strong relationships throughout the region while promoting scholarship and quality improvement.


Sandra Pittenger, BA, MA

Sandra Pittenger has joined Boston Children’s as the international case coordinator within Cardiac Surgery. Pittenger has a BA in political science and an MA in intercultural relations. In her previous role, she was the program manager for a refugee resettlement program in Boston. She is excited to be working on second opinions for patients from across the country and around the world. With her experience in advocacy, she looks forward to assisting families in navigating the process and providing additional support to them upon their arrival in Boston.

Awards, accomplishments and accreditations

We are pleased to announce the following awards, accomplishments and accreditations.

Jane Newburger, MD, MPH, was recently honored with two outstanding achievements:

American Heart Association (AHA) Paul Dudley White Award

Beginning in 1974, the Paul Dudley White Award has been bestowed annually to a medical professional in Massachusetts who symbolizes the integrity and values of White and who demonstrates a distinguished contribution of lasting nature to the mission of the AHA. Newburger was recognized at the AHA’s Boston Heart & Stroke Ball, in the company of her colleagues, family and friends. View the tribute video.

Harvard Medical School (HMS) William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award

The Lifetime Excellence in Mentoring Award was established in 1997. In 2001, it was renamed the William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award to honor and acknowledge the lifetime commitment Silen made to mentoring students, residents and faculty. Newburger was selected as a 2018 recipient.

Circle of Excellence Award

Jason Thornton, RN, MSN, CCRN, CPHQ, NE-BC, director of Nursing and Patient Services, CICU and CVOR, recently received a Circle of Excellence Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Of the 11 national honorees this year, Jason is the only nurse from Massachusetts to be recognized.





Boston Children’s Hospital & Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Collaborative Symposium

As part of the larger Heart and Minds of Ghana program, Bev Small, RN, CCRN, and Karen Horn, RN, BSN, coordinated the second Boston Children’s Hospital & Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Collaborative Symposium at the Kath Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. Presenters were paired with a nurse, pharmacist or physician from Ghana to present their work collaboratively to a group of more than 140 clinicians.The team covered a wide range of topics in cardiovascular critical care nursing and oncology nursing over the course of the two-day conference. View photos from the April trip.



A first for critical care nursing

Recently published by Patricia A. Hickey, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN; Kimberlee Gauvreau, ScD; Courtney Porter, MPH; and Jean A. Connor, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN, The Impact of Critical Care Nursing Certification on Pediatric Patient Outcomes details first-time findings in adults and pediatrics. Hickey was selected as one of only six presenters at the 9th Congress of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive & Critical Care Societies this past June, in Singapore, where she shared research tying critical care certification to improved outcomes in patients undergoing congenital heart surgery.





Our picks for exciting events on the horizon.

Pediatric Cardiology Symposium: Updates for Primary Care Providers
October 22
Boston, MA

AHA Scientific Sessions
November 10-12*
*save the date for an alumni event