Heart Center

Meet Your Team

Everyone on the Heart Center team at Seattle Children’s is specially trained to understand and meet the specific healthcare needs of babies, children and adolescents. We treat children with all kinds of heart disease — from the most common to the most complex and rare.

Our pediatric experts work closely with you, with each other and with your child’s pediatrician to provide the best and safest care for your child. We tailor care to your child’s age and developmental stage to protect your child’s health now and as they continue to grow.

Leadership

  • Mark B. Lewin, MD

    Mark B. Lewin, MD

    Division Chief, Cardiology; Co-Director, Heart Center; Director, Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment Program

  • Michael McMullan, MD

    Michael McMullan, MD

    Division Chief, Congenital Cardiac Surgery; Surgical Director, Cardiac Transplant; Director, Mechanical Cardiac Support and ECLS Services

  • Joanie Blanchard, RN, MN, NE-BC

    Joanie Blanchard, RN, MN, NE-BC

    Senior Director, Heart Center, Fetal Care and Treatment Center and CICU

Teams

Pediatric cardiac surgeons

Seattle Children’s board-certified pediatric cardiac surgeons perform a wide range of heart procedures, including surgery to repair complex congenital heart defects.

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Cardiac anesthesiologists

Our pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists service are doctors specially trained to know how a child with heart disease may react to anesthesia. They and their team of nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners will meet with you before your child's procedure. They provide the anesthetic if your child needs cardiac surgery, cardiac catheterization or electrophysiology studies.

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Cardiac intensivists

Cardiac intensivists are doctors with special training in pediatric cardiac intensive care. We have the only pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) in the Pacific Northwest. At least 1 of our cardiac intensive care doctors is present in the CICU 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Cardiac perfusion team

The cardiac perfusion team specializes in circulating blood outside of the body (extracorporeal circulation). They run the heart-lung bypass machine for children during congenital heart surgery. They also provide heart and lung support using ventricular assist devices (VADs).

  • Kevin Charette, BA, CCP, chief perfusionist

  • Kelsey Clendenen, BA, CCP

  • Renee Dickey, BS, CCP, MBA

  • Amy Falconer, BA, CCP

  • Brian Perfette, BS, CCP

  • Navriti Sharma

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Fellows

A fellow is a doctor who has finished medical school and is now training in a specific field. Our Heart Center fellows are learning to treat children's heart diseases. As part of your child's Heart Center team, these doctors will assist the team in your child's general care and visit your child while in the hospital.

  • Lauren Carlozzi, MD

  • Kaitlyn Freeman, DO

  • Evan Holleran, MD

  • Sangitha Krishnan, MD

  • Joshua Price, MD

  • Jenna Schauer, MD

  • Kathryn Virk, MD

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Nurse practitioners – cardiology and cardiac surgery

Heart Center nurse practitioners coordinate care for patients and communication between all team members. They are usually the first contact for referring physicians, team physicians and patients. They will provide continuity of care between inpatient and outpatient settings. This includes educating families and staff about heart conditions, ordering diagnostic tests and managing medicines and keeping your family, your child and the referring physician informed about progress. They also visit your child daily while your child is in the hospital.

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Nurses – cardiac catheterization lab

Treatment plans can be complex, making our nurses an important resource for families. Their role includes checking to see how your child is doing and coordinating education and care before surgical procedures. They also provide long-term follow-up. Nurses are available to you all along the way to answer questions and give advice. Your child may also work with nurses who have special training and experience in specific areas of the Heart Center, such as electrophysiology. Radiology technicians also play a role in the cath lab, working closely with doctors and nurses to do the imaging that guides your child’s procedure.

  • Arlene Armatage, RN

  • Carlie Bouvatte, RN

  • Steve Bridges, RT

  • Nathan Deering, RT

  • Janice Elliott, RN

  • Joseph Hancock, RT

  • Kristine Krueger, CVT

  • Michelle Nguyen, RN

  • Katie Richey, RN, MHA, clinical practice manager

  • Molly Ruddy, RN

  • Keri Schrimshaw, RN

  • Mitzi Schubert, RN

  • Hillary Staley, CVT

  • Kathleen Swanson, RN

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Nurses – general cardiology

Main campus in Seattle

  • Rafael Achacoso, RN

  • Paige Ayers, RN, BSN, CPN

  • Emily Bay, RN

  • Bailey Brinks, RNC-NIC (Prenatal Clinic)

  • Anne Davis, RN

  • Jennifer Harkishnani, RN

  • Dan Hogan, RN, manager

  • Jennifer Keylon, BSN

  • Barb Lafayette, RN

  • Kelly Merrill, RN

  • Kimberly Montgomery, BSN, director, Cardiac Ambulatory and Diagnostic Services

  • Jane Reynolds, RN

  • Sophia Sauer, RN, BSN

  • Julie Sidles, RN

  • Jessica Taylor, RN

  • Andrea Trout, RN

  • Julie Woosley, RN

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Nurses - general cardiology

North

  • Patricia Flitz, RN

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Nurses - general cardiology

South Sound

  • Emily Austin, RN

  • Tammy Holmes, RN

  • Beth Rayfield, BSN

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Nurses - general cardiology

Tri-Cities

  • Dora Auilar, RN

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Nurses - general cardiology

Alaska

  • Eva Guzman, RN

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Nurses - general cardiology

Montana

  • Heather Konigsbauer, RN

  • Cherry Supalia, RN

  • Tammy Townsend, RN

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Nurses – operating room nurses

  • Kim Carris, BSN, RN

  • Kristi Leahy, BSN, RN

  • So Young Lim, BSN, RN, CNOR

  • Virginia Postor, BSN, RN

  • Melissa Taylor, BSN, RN

  • Lisa Tocher, BSN, RN

  • Mimi Yuson, BSN, RN

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Nurses – transplant/heart failure

  • Katie Arlan, RN

  • Stephanie Church, RN

  • Jason Cruz, RN

  • Pam Hopkins, RN

  • Jody Martinez, RN

  • Keli Morgan, RN

  • Katie Richey, RN, MHA, clinical practice manager

  • Erica Southern, RN

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Medical assistants

A medical assistant (MA) greets you when you arrive and checks your child’s height and weight. They can help direct your questions to medical staff. An MA also helps you check in for the clinic and get set up for an electrocardiogram (ECG), procedure or surgery.

  • Jestine Bianca Gregoria, CMA

  • Jillian Grindstaff, CMA

  • Rosaline Guarin, CMA

  • Kim Huneke, CMA

  • Irene Longaker, CMA

  • Julius Mendoza, CMA (North)

  • Wendy Mowbray, CMA

  • Michelle Velasco, CMA

  • Linnea Ward, CMA

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Sonographers

We have 30 pediatric sonographers, the most at any hospital in the region. A sonographer performs echocardiograms (ultrasounds of the heart).

  • Janet Barnes, RDCS (PE)

  • Heidi Borchers, RDCS (AE, PE), RDMS

  • Brandy Clark, RDCS (AE, PE)

  • Michele Clouse, RDCS (AE, FE, PE)

  • Mykell Cruz, RDCS (PE, FE)

  • Heidi Cuffee, RDCS (AE, PE)

  • Judy Devine, RDCS (PE)

  • Ilona Dizon, RDCS (AE)

  • Marneye Driesen, RDCS (AE, PE)

  • Alison Freeberg, RDCS (AE, FE, PE)

  • Joey Goulding, RCCS RCS

  • Daniel Greene, RDCS (AE, PE)

  • Letty Hingtgen, RDCS (AE, FE, PE)

  • Cheyenne Hobbs, RDCS (AE)

  • Stanley Ibe, RDCS (AE, PE)

  • Mary Jordan, RDCS (FE, PE)

  • Amber Kelly, RDCS (AE), RCS

  • Casey Marvin, RDCS (AE, PE)

  • Carly Morrison, RDCS (AE, PE)

  • Kimberli Nichols, RDCS (AE, PE)

  • Shelby Niehl, RDCS (AE, PE)

  • Briana Olson, RDCS (AE)

  • Alex Raible, RDCS (AE, PE)

  • Danielle Saliba, RDCS (PE)

  • Marisa Tanioka, RDCS (AE)

  • Kimberly Thomas, RDCS (AE, PE, FE)

  • Erin Trent, RDCS (AE, PE, FE)

  • Tom Yanagihara, RDCS (AE, PE)

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Family service coordinators

  • Shannon Cuenca

  • Kristin Domser

  • Lisa Fischer

  • Cody Frazier

  • Sonja Harris-Young

  • Shay Johnson

  • Diljot Kaur

  • Erin Knoll

  • Maritza Perez

  • Rachael Storey

  • Rubi Zavala

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Regional managers/supervisors

  • Kimberly Beauchamp (South Sound)

  • Sarah Chandler (Montana)

  • Pam Hanson (Central Washington)

  • Christy Rutter (Alaska)

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ECG technicians

ECG technicians are specially trained medical assistants. They help during exercise testing and heart monitor placement. They also will place electrodes on a patient’s chest and attach the wires that hook up to a machine that records heart rate (electrocardiogram or ECG).

Social worker

Our social worker is available throughout your child’s treatment to help with issues and stresses related to your child’s illness. The social worker collaborates with all members of your child’s healthcare team.

Based on what you, your child or family need, types of help may include emotional support, information about coping with the effect of a heart condition on your family or assistance in getting access to resources.

Nutritionists

Children with heart conditions may have challenges or risks related to eating and weight gain, especially during the first years of life. Our nutritionists will work closely with you and your family, your primary physician and your child’s cardiologists to make feeding plans, check calorie intake and track weight gain or loss.