ABOUT ACTION

Our Team

Our team knows when it’s time to take action.

Our hearts are in ACTION.

We have grown exponentially since our start in 2017— our global healthcare network is comprised of patients, families, clinicians, researchers and industry representatives. Our multi-disciplinary leadership team and members work together to guide ACTION’s initiatives to improve outcomes for patients.

Founders

Angela Lorts, MD, MBA
Angela Lorts, MD, MBA
Co-Executive Director
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
David Rosenthal, MD
David Rosenthal, MD
Co-Executive Director
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Lauren Smyth, MHA
Lauren Smyth, MHA
Director, Operations​
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
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Inspiring ACTION

After a heartbreaking experience, Liam and his family inspired providers across the country to rethink how they communicate and learn from one another. Now, with the ACTION collaborative, every patient has access to a healthcare community working together to provide the best care throughout their heart health journey.

Executive Leadership

Neha Bansal, MD
Neha Bansal, MD
Media & Outreach Advisor
The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
Melissa Cousino, PhD
Psychology Advisor
C. S. Mott
Children’s Hospital
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Katrina Fields, BSN
VAD Coordinator Advisor
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
David Morales, MD
David Morales, MD
Surgical Advisor
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Jenna Murray, NP
Jenna Murray, NP
APP Advisor
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Matthew O'Connor, MD
Matthew O’Connor, MD
Academic Advisor
Children’s Hospital
of Philadelphia
David Peng, MD
David Peng, MD
Innovation Advisor
C. S. Mott
Children’s Hospital
Tanya Perry, DO
Tanya Perry, DO
ICU Advisor
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
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Joseph Spinner, MD
Heart Failure Advisor
Texas Children's
Hospital
Christina VanderPlyum, MD
Christina VanderPluym, MD
Cardiology Advisor
Boston Children’s
Hospital
Chet Villa, MD
Chet Villa, MD
Muscular Dystrophy Advisor
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Executive Adjunct Leadership

Scott Auerbach, MD
Scott Auerbach, MD
Pediatric Heart Transplant Society
Katy Fraser, Abbott
Katy Fraser
Abbott
Kirstie Keller, PhD, Additional Ventures
Kirstie Keller, PhD
Additional Ventures
Robert Kroslowitz, Berlin Heart
Bob Kroslowitz
Berlin Heart, Inc.
Melissa McQueen
Transplant Families
Sara Paquali, Cardiac Networks United
Sara Pasquali, MD, MHS
Cardiac Networks United
Joseph Rossano, MD, MS
Joesph Rossano, MD, MS
Pedimacs
Farhan Zafar, MD
Farhan Zafar, MD
Data Consultant

Data Adjudication & Visualization Leadership

Scott Auerbach, MD
Scott Auerbach, MD
Children’s Hospital
Colorado
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David Kwiatkowski, MD
Lucile Packard Children’s
Hospital Stanford​
Robert Niebler, MD
Robert Niebler, MD​
Children’s
Wisconsin

Disease or Treatment Specific Leadership

Heart Failure
Ryan Butts, MD
Children’s Health
Dallas
Kathleen Simpson, MD
Children's Hospital
Colorado
Joseph_Spinner_MD
Joseph Spinner, MD
Texas Children’s
Hospital
Congenital Heart Disease
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Ari Cedars, MD
Johns Hopkins
Children's Center
Kurt Schumacher, MD
C. S. Mott
Children’s Hospital
Kathleen Simpson, MD
Children's Hospital
Colorado
Ventricular Assist Devices
Jennifer Conway, MD
Stollery Children’s
Hospital
Angela Lorts, MD, MBA
Angie Lorts, MD, MBA
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Christina VanderPlyum, MD
Christina VanderPluym, MD
Boston Children’s
Hospital
Muscular Dystrophy
Linda Cripe, MD
Nationwide
Children’s
Deipanjan Nandi, MD
Deipanjan Nandi, MD
Nationwide
Children’s
Chet Villa, MD
Chet Villa, MD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Preparing for Transplant
Neha Bansal, MD
Neha Bansal, MD
The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
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Seth Hollander, MD
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Aamir Jeewa, MD
SickKids/
The Hospital for Sick Children

Core Initiative Leaders

  • Betsy Blume, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Melissa Cousino, PhD, C.S. Mott Children’s
  • Lindsay May, MD, Primary Children’s
  • Kevin Hall, MD, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital
  • Dave Peng, MD, C.S. Mott Children’s
  • Jennifer Conway, MD, Stollery Children’s
  • Dave Peng, MD, C.S. Mott Children’s
  • Kathleen Simpson, MDSt. Louis Children’s
  • Katrina Fields, BSN, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Jodie Lantz, MSN, Children’s Health Dallas
  • Tanya Perry, DO, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Anna Joong, MD, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Joseph Spinner, MDTexas Children’s Hospital

Task Force & Committee Leaders (not listed above)

  • Christopher Almond, MD, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
  • Shahnawaz Amdani, MD, Cleveland Clinic Children’s
  • Danielle Burstein, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Sharon Chen, MD, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
  • Lara Danziger-Isakov, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • John Dykes, MD, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
  • Barbara Elias, BSN, Texas Children’s
  • Jesse Esch, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Brian Feingold, MD, Children’s of Pittsburgh
  • Josh Friedland-Little, MD, Seattle Children’s
  • Robert Gajarski, MD, Nationwide Children’s
  • Kristen George, NP, Sick Kids/The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Nancy Ghanayem, MD, Texas Children’s
  • Beth Hawkins, NP, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Aamir Jeewa, MD, Sick Kids/The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Michael Khoury, MD, Stollery Children’s Hospital
  • Steven Kindel, MD, Children’s Wisconsin
  • Mary Mehegan, RN, Louis Children’s
  • Michelle Ploutz, MD, Primary Children’s
  • Marc Richmond, MD, Columbia Morgan Stanley
  • Arash Salavitabar, MD, C.S. Mott Children’s
  • David Sutcliffe, MD, Children’s Health Dallas
  • Hari Tunuguntla, MD, Texas Children’s
  • Kae Watanabe, MD, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Samuel Wittekind, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Steven Zangwill, MD, Phoenix Children’s

Operations & Data Coordinating Center

Located within the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

  • Anaam Alzubi, Data Analyst
  • Nikita D’Souza, Program Management
  • Toni Duganiero, Data Management
  • Paige Krack, MBA, QIC, Quality Improvement
  • Christina Larkins, Program Management
  • Kacie Serrato, Designer, Swash & Dot Design
  • Muhammad Shezad, MHSA, Data Center Support
  • Olivia Taylor, Administrative Assistant
  • Kyle Werling, Developer

Key Stakeholders

  • Sonya Bhavsar  Abiomed
  • Eric Chen  Abbott
  • Katy Fraser  Abbott
  • Robert Kormos  Abbott
  • Kirstie Keller, PhD  Additional Ventures
  • Bob Kroslowitz  Berlin Heart, Inc.
  • Melissa McQueen,  Parent Advisor
  • Leslie Sweet  Medtronic
  • Elizabeth Oei  SynCardia

Our Sites

To contact an ACTION site or member, please email us and let us know who you would like to connect with.

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Our team is ready to get you on the path to heart success.