New Faculty

Douglas Atkinson, MD, is an assistant in the Division of Cardiac Anesthe­sia and an attending in the Cardiac ICU. Atkinson has previously held fellowships in pediatric cardi­ac anesthesia, pediatric anesthe­siology and pediatric cardiac intensive care at Boston Children’s Hospital. In addition, he completed a residen­cy in anesthesiology at University of Washington School of Medicine and a pediatric critical care fellowship and pediatric residency at Vander­bilt School of Medicine. Clinically, Atkinson specializes in perioperative care of children with congenital heart disease, while his research centers on metabolic changes in the brain during anesthesia.


Viviane Nasr, MDis an assistant in the Division of Cardiac Anesthesia. Nasr completed resi­dencies in anes­thesiology at the American University of Beirut and Tufts Medical Center, and fellowships in pediatric anesthesiology and pediatric cardiac anesthesiology at Children’s National Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. Her clinical practice centers on the care of children with congenital heart defects, while her research focuses on improving the outcomes of children undergoing anesthesia.


Ron Lacro, MD, was awarded the 2014 Antoine Marfan Award from the Marfan Foundation. This prestigious award is a tribute to Lacro’s national reputation as an expert in Marfan and other connective tissue disorders.

Pedro del Nido, MD, and Nikolay Vasilyev, MD, were chosen as Honorees at the 2014 “Invented Here!” annual event held by the Boston Patent Law Association. The “Invented Here!” honors selected New England innovators, their inventions and the stories behind them. Del Nido and Vasilyev were selected for their US-patented Instrument Port for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery.

Christina Ronai, MD, was named a Tommy Kaplan Cardiovascular Fellow for the current academic year. Established in 1997 by David and Nancy Kaplan and their family, this fellowship supports the work of bright young researchers and clinicians in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery and basic cardiovascular research. The award is presented in memory of David and Nancy’s son Tommy, who was born with congenital heart disease. Even though Tommy tragically passed away on his ninth birthday, he lived a happy, full life, surrounded by a loving extended family and the two dogs he adored. Each Kaplan Fellow is a testament to the remarkable work being done in Tommy’s name.

Ben Kozyak, MD, received the 2014 David Kane/Nicholas Owens Award for Compassionate Care in June. This award is presented in memory of Nick Owens, a young boy with severe Marfan syndrome who died at three years of age. Nick was inspired by David Kane, MD, who was a fellow when he met Nick and his family and served as Nick’s primary cardiologist during the remainder of his tenure at BCH. The Kane/Owens Award was conceived of and endowed by Leslie and Erik Owens, along with their family and friends, to recognize a fellow in our program who demonstrates exceptional integrity, empathy, respect and compassion while providing excellent clinical care.

Pierre Dupont, PhD, won the TRP Innovation Award for his project titled “Robotic Implant for Long-Gap Esophageal Atresia.”

John Kheir, MD, was awarded both the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology Young Clinicians Award and the TRP Junior Translational Investigator Award.

Frank Pigula, MD, received a TRP Pilot Grant for his project titled “Biometric Direct Cardiac Compression Device.”

Mehdi Hedjazi Moghari, MD, received an OFD/RRC/CTREC Faculty Career Development Fellowship for her project titled “Creation of 3D Virtual and Physical Heart Models.”

Meena Nathan, MD, also received an OFD/RRC/CTREC Faculty Career Development Fellowship for her project titled “Technical Performance Score: A Quality Assessment Tool in Congenital Cardiac Surgery.”

Upcoming Events

Weinstein Cardiovascular Development Conference
April 30 – May 2, 2015

Pediatric Critical Care Nursing Conference
September 24 – 26, 2015