Connections Committee


This is our first newsletter of the year 2023 and I would like to say happy new year to all our readers and all who follow and support PCICS. This will be a year of changes. At the December 2022 meeting in Miami, the Connections Committee officially welcomed Claire Rizk, NP on board as co-chair. I look forward to working with Claire over the next one year as I finish the second half of my co-chair term.

The 5 subcommittees of Connections Committee continue to function well. David Werho, MD is moving on to become PCICS Treasurer as well as co-chair of the Finance Committee, and in the wake of that created an opening for executive producer of the PCICS Podcast. Lilian Su, MD therefore joined the Podcast subcommittee and will be co-executive producer along with Sadie Rodriguez, MD and Deanna Tzanetos, MD. Also, Saidie will take over as the Connections Committee’s liaison to the Education Committee.

Jill Zender, NP is now the PCICS Secretary. She will maintain her roles within the Connections Committee, in both the Membership and Website subcommittees.

Ever considered hosting a podcast?  Enjoy talking to people and asking interesting questions?  The PCICS Podcasting Subcommittee is for you!  It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet other members in the field, ask interesting questions, and build community.  Obligation is recording and editing at least 2 podcasts/ year and attending 3-4 zoom meetings per year.  No experience necessary, we can teach you! Must be a PCICS member.  Interested applicants may contact Deanna Tzanetos at

The Newsletter subcommittee (me, Meghna Patel, Kriti Puri and Felina Mille) continue our work this year with renewed commitment, and with plans for exciting new changes in format, in reach, and in invited authorship. Watch this space!


Ivie Esangbedo


Co-Chair, PCICS Connections Committee

Editor, PCICS Newsletter

Clin Associate Professor of Pediatrics

UW/Seattle Children’s Hospital