New Faculty

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

Christina Friel, MHA, DHA

Christina Friel is very happy to be back at Boston Children’s Hospital in the role of Heart Center access administrator. Friel holds a BS in psychology and an MHA and DHA in healthcare administration. In her new role as the Heart Center access administrator, she is excited to lead her team in handling all second opinions, financial pre-authorizations, inpatient to inpatient transfers, and scheduling of EP procedures, catheterizations and surgeries.



Nathalie Roy, MD

Nathalie Roy, MD, is the newest member of the Department of Cardiac Surgery, joining the department in October of 2017. Roy comes from Massachusetts General Hospital, where she worked for the past five years as staff surgeon overseeing the management of post-operative cardiac surgery, heart and lung transplant, and heart failure patients requiring ventricular assist devices and ECMO. She joins the Department of Cardiac Surgery as assistant in surgery and instructor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Roy received her cardiac surgery training at McGill University in Montreal and congenital cardiac surgery training at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, and a clinical and research fellowship in cardiac surgery at Boston Children’s. Roy completed a critical care fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is board-certified in surgical critical care. Roy’s clinical interests are in enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS), with a particular emphasis on children and adults following congenital cardiac surgery. She has been recruited develop the ERAS initiative at the Heart Center.

Nicola Maschietto, MD

Nicola Maschietto, MD, has joined the Division of Invasive Cardiology. After completing his senior fellowship in interventional cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2011, Maschietto returned to his native Padova, Italy, to join the Interventional Cardiology Program in the Pediatric Cardiology Unit of the University of Padova, the major referral center for congenital heart disease in northeast Italy. There, he rose quickly to become the senior interventionalist, performing over 250 interventional catheterization procedures a year in patients of all ages.

Maschietto’s research interests include acute and long-term outcomes after transcatheter interventions for left heart lesions, and the long-term complications of the Fontan circulation. He also has significant clinical expertise in ductal stenting in newborns with ductal-dependent pulmonary blood flow, as well as transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement.

Awards and Accreditations

We are pleased to announce the following awards and accreditations.

American Heart Association (AHA) Paul Dudley White Award

Newburger will be honored at the Boston Heart & Stroke Ball in May.

Jane Newburger, MD, MPH, has been named the recipient of the AHA’s 2018 Paul Dudley White Award. The esteemed Paul Dudley White Award is named in honor of one of Boston’s most revered cardiologists and a founding father of the AHA. 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 will be honored at the AHA’s upcoming Boston Heart & Stroke Ball on May 5.




Mended Little Hearts Innovator Award

Catherine Allan, MD, cardiologist and SIMPeds clinical director, with Weinstock

Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD, director of Boston Children’s Simulator Program (SIMPeds), was honored at the Mended Little Hearts’ 2017 CHD Symposium with the first-ever Innovator Award. Created to recognize a pioneer in CHD treatment and family care, the award acknowledges Weinstock’s work in simulation and 3-D printing for preparedness and surgical planning that directly impacts patients with CHD.





Victor Sidel and Barry Levy Award

Barry Levy (former APHA president), Tom Quade (current APHA president), Fatima Lunze and Karsten Lunze

The American Public Health Association (APHA) recently honored Fatima Lunze, MD, ScD, PhD, HMS, instructor in Pediatrics in Boston Children’s Department of Cardiology, and her husband, Karsten Lunze, MD, DrPh, MPH (2008 from Harvard), assistant professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, with the Victor Sidel and Barry Levy Award for Peace in recognition of their work with Russian North Caucasus war and terror survivors. The Lunzes collaborated with local and international health organizations to set up trainings, equipment and health care services in this stricken region.




BACH Accreditation

The BACH (Boston Adult Congenital Heart) Program is one of first in the country to receive accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA). We are the only accredited adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) program in New England, and have 10 ACHD board-certified cardiologists on staff. BACH faculty have collaborated with the ACHA since its inception and continue to serve as members on the medical advisory board, working to create standards of excellence for adults living with CHD.


CCF Accreditation

The Heart Center was once again recognized by the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) as an Accredited Center of Care. This program recognizes medical centers in the U.S. and Canada that provide high-quality cardiac care and specialized disease management to children with cardiomyopathy.




Our picks for exciting events on the horizon.

American Thoracic Society Annual Meeting
January 27-31
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Cardiology 2018
February 21-25
Scottsdale, Arizona

March 10-12
Orlando, Florida

American Heart Association Heart & Stroke Ball
May 5
Boston, Massachusetts