Research Committee Update


Current research committee leadership includes co-chairs: Jamie Penk and Anna Fisk.

The sub-committee chairs are Jean Connor, Josh Cisco, Jamie Penk, Chris Mastropietro, Jennie Peterson, Catherine Krawczeski, Brad Marino, John Kheir

Research committee members include Catherine Allan, Judy Ascenzi, Scott Aydin, Amee Bigelow, Joshua Blinder, Elizabeth Braunlin, Tanya Chadha, Christin Diller, Justin Elhoff, Therese Giglia, David Hehir, Amy Kiskaddon, Kimberly Mills, Ashley Moellinger, Maryam Naim, Amy O’Connor, Angelo Polito, Ashlee Shields, Sacin Tadphale, Ravi Thiagarajan

Coming and going

  • Jean Connor recently transitioned out of the research committee co-chair role and will transition to the co-chair role of the white paper sub-committee.
  • Anna Fisk transitioned out of the scientific review committee sub-committee role and in to the committee co-chair role
  • Jamie Penk and Josh Cisco will shortly be transitioning out of the white paper sub-committee co-chairs
  • Kimberly Mills and Scott Aydin will be joining Jean Connor as co-chairs of the white paper sub-committee

Exciting News

The research committee will present an exciting inaugural plenary session titled, Innovation, Translation and Collaboration: Recent Advances in the Field and Scientific Work from PCICS at the PCICS 2022 Annual Meeting. The scientific committee recognizes the uniqueness of our specialty and seeks to support the PCICS strategic vision to “advance the art and science of healing through education and inquiry”. Brad Marino will kick off the session describing the early stages of the research committee and its goals in an appropriately titled session, The Importance of PCICS leading the Science.  The sub-committee’s chairs of CoRe PCICS, Scientific Innovation and the White Paper committee will describe how they seek to achieve their objectives to contribute to the science of pediatric cardiac intensive care though collaboration, envisioning the future and dissemination. Each subcommittee will also present recently completed research. This interdisciplinary session will feature the important contributions that are possible though collaboration and support of PCICS. We hope this will become a much-anticipated annual plenary.


Anna C. Fisk, PhD, RN, CCRN

Clinical Coordinator, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Boston Children’s Hospital


Jamie S. Penk, MD

Cardiac Intensivist, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine