Jesse Esch, MD, joined the Department of Cardiology as the fifth member of the interventional cardiology team. In this role, he also will serve as the director of cath lab-based Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plans (SCAMPs). Prior to this position, he held the roles of chief fellow for Pediatric Cardiology (2011-2012) and was a fellow in the Interventional Cardiology Department. Before coming to Boston Children’s, Esch was chief resident at Stollery Children’s Hospital in Alberta, Canada. SCAMPs take a relatively heterogeneous patient population and through a process of iterative analysis and modification of standardized assessment and management algorithms, and allow the intrinsic biologic variability in a population to emerge and be understood.


Aditya (A.K) Kaza, MD, joined the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery as a pediatric cardiac surgeon. Previously, he was a clinical fellow and chief resident in congenital cardiac surgery at Boston Children’s from July 2007 to June 2008. Since that time, Kaza has been an attending surgeon in the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah Hospital, working at Primary Children’s Medical Center. Clinically, he performs the entire spectrum of congenital heart surgery in neonates to adults. However, his main clinical focus is cardiac surgery in the neonate. He also focuses on translational research and has received an award from NIH to develop novel imaging methods for identifying conduction tissue intraoperatively using confocal microscopy.


Luis Quiñonez, MD, who joined the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery as an assistant, completed his fellowship in advanced adult cardiovascular surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.; a fellowship in cardiac transplantation and assist devices at Cleveland Clinic; and fellowships in congenital heart surgery at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, as well as Boston Children’s. Quiñonez is interested in the assessment of outcomes of neonates after congenital heart surgery. He also is researching the application of human factors to critical events in the intensive care unit.


Awards & honors

Patty Hickey, PhD, MBA, RN, was appointed an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and also received the President’s Award for Excellence at Shanghai Children’s Medical Center in Shanghai, China. The latter distinction recognized Hickey’s 25 years of leadership and service to Xin Hua Hospital and Shanghai Children’s Medical Center.



Jane Newburger, MD, MPH, gave the Lewis A. Conner Memorial Lecture, entitled “Beyond Mortality—Outcomes in Congenital Heart Disease”at the 2013 annual Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association on Nov. 17, 2013. Newburger’s goals are to improve the diagnosis, treatment and outcome of children with Kawasaki disease and to minimize neurologic problems that may occur after surgery for congenital heart disease. She has focused on performing randomized trials of new therapies for these conditions.



Cheryl Toole, MS, RN, was granted a Circle of Excellence Awards from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, which is given in recognition of significant contributions to the care of acute and critically ill patients and their families.