Meet the ECMO Team

The extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) programs at Lifespan are offered to adults and children of all ages as a method of life support. Our multidisciplinary team powers this program and consists of physicians, consultants, respiratory therapists, and bedside intensive care nurses. 

Cynthia Devers, RRT-NPS
Manager, ECMO Services, Rhode Island Hospital
Medical Director, Pediatric ECMO Services, Pediatric Vascular Anomalies Service
Director, Lifespan Thoracic Aortic Center; Director, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit; and Surgical Director, ECMO and Mechanical Circulatory Support

Neel R. Sodha, MD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital and an assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His clinical interests include aortic surgery, valve surgery, and mechanical circulatory support. He is the director of the Lifespan Thoracic Aortic Center, a multidisciplinary center specializing in the care of patients with thoracic aortic disease. In addition, he is the surgical director of the ECMO and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program for Lifespan and is the director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. 

Dr. Sodha was chief resident in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and chief resident in cardiac surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and in thoracic cardiovascular surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Medical Director, Adult ECMO Services; Associate Director, RI Pulmonary Hypertension Center; Director Clinical Research, Pulmonary Division

Corey Ventetuolo, MD graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. After finishing an internal medicine residency at Brown, she completed pulmonary and critical care fellowship training at Columbia University. During fellowship, she earned a master’s degree in biostatistics and patient-oriented research and received specialized pulmonary vascular disease training at the University of Colorado and New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is licensed and certified in internal medicine and pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Her research focuses on the role of gender and sex hormones and their influence on pulmonary vascular and right heart function, as well as the study of unique predictors of right ventricular function. She is funded by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health and she has recently published in Circulation and the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

As the director of the adult extracorporeal life support program at Rhode Island Hospital, Ventetuolo has expanded the region’s Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program to include novel applications in patients with pulmonary hypertension.

She is an active speaker and expert in the field of pulmonary hypertension and serves on national and international committees.