Meet the Pediatric Heart Center Team

pediatric heart center team

The Pediatric Heart Center features qualified, board-certified physicians, nurses, medical assistants, technicians, a nutritionist and other support personnel, all working together to care for each patient. They are highly experienced and dedicated to caring for children with heart problems.

Director, Pediatric Heart Center

Lloyd R. Feit, MD, is director of the Pediatric Heart Center at Hasbro Children's Hospital and an associate professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. He completed a general pediatrics residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, with an additional year as fellow in pediatric education. He then completed his pediatric cardiology training and fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Feit joined the pediatric cardiology division at Rhode Island Hospital in 1991, and helped coordinate the inception of the new Hasbro Children's Hospital as inpatient director from 1994 until 2000. He became director of pediatric cardiology and the Pediatric Heart Center in 2010.

Board certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology, Dr. Feit’s clinical and research interests include all aspects of pediatric cardiology, with special emphasis on psychosocial adjustment in patients and families with congenital heart disease (CHD) and cardiac symptoms, transitional care of patients with congenital heart disease, fetal cardiology diagnosis and management, and Fontan-associated liver disease, in patients with single ventricle physiology.

Dr. Feit is the founder and medical director of Gabrielle’s Heart Camp, established in 2011. The overnight camp’s mission is to allow kids with CHD to have a fun experience while learning basics about their cardiac condition. At camp, patients learn self-efficacy skills that will help realize their individual potential as they manage a lifetime with congenital heart disease.

Staff Psychologist

Kristen Grabill-Benito, PhD, received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Florida. She completed her residency and two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Clinical Psychology Training Consortium of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Her training included a special focus on developing and delivering evidence-based behavioral treatments for youth with medical diagnoses.

In 2012, Dr. Grabill-Benito joined the Pediatric Heart Center, where she delivers on-site behavioral health services for youth and families. Her clinical interests include providing behavioral assessments for youth with congenital heart disease (CHD), optimizing health behaviors and coping with illness in youth with CHD, and treatment of anxiety in youth with or without CHD.

Dr. Grabill-Benito is a member of the Pediatric Heart Center’s research team. Her interests include developing behavioral interventions for youth with CHD and youth with orthostatic intolerance, understanding mechanism in behavioral interventions, and testing training methods for therapists who are learning to deliver evidence-based behavioral treatments. Her research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and from Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  She is an assistant professor (research) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Pediatric Cardiologist

Sara R. Ford, MD, received her medical degree from Albany Medical College in 1997. She then spent seven years at the University of Virginia, where she completed a residency in general pediatrics and a four-year fellowship in pediatric cardiology.

She joined the pediatric cardiology division at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in 2004 and is an associate professor of pediatrics (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology.

Ford's interests include all aspects of pediatric cardiology, with special emphasis on noninvasive imaging, fetal echocardiography, and disorders of lipid metabolism. Her interests include vascular reactivity and models of protection from cardiac ischemia-reperfusion injury.

Sarah M. Gay, PNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Gay, PNP-BC, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her MSN from MGH Institute of Health Professions.  She worked as a nurse practitioner in pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric cardiology, and primary care pediatrics before returning to pediatric cardiology at Hasbro Children's Hospital in 2017.

Pediatric Cardiologist

Brett Goudie, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Hasbro Children's Hospital and a three-year fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Dr. Goudie joined the pediatric cardiology division at Hasbro Children's Hospital  in 2011, following five years at the Nemours Cardiac Center/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. There he gained experience with management of heart failure and heart transplantation, as well as preoperative and postoperative management of congenital heart disease in the cardiac ICU setting.

Dr. Goudie is a general outpatient cardiologist with additional focus on noninvasive imaging and exercise physiology. He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University  and serves on the board of the Southern New England chapter of the American Heart Association.

Kathleen Guarino, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner

Kathleen Guarino, CPNP, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts and went on to work as a pediatric nurse at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. After working for 10 years as a registered nurse, she went on to complete her master’s degree in pediatric primary care at Simmons College in Boston.

In 1999, the nurse practitioner joined the division of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  She joined the pediatric cardiology division in 2003, and is a clinical teaching associate at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Her clinical interests include all aspects of pediatric cardiology.  Educating patients with chronic conditions and their families is a special interest.  She also enjoys helping patients and families prepare for eventual transition to adult providers.

Psychologist

Wendy Hadley, PhD, received her degree in pediatric psychology from the University of Memphis in 2003. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship within the Brown University Clinical Consortium.

She joined the pediatric cardiology division at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in 2016 and is an assistant professor (research) in the Division of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. During the past 12 years Dr. Hadley has worked with a variety of pediatric patients and their families, including those affected by cancer, HIV, feeding disorders, and obesity. 

Her clinical interests include adjustment to pediatric medical conditions and disease prevention. Research interests include the prevention of health risk behavior and the use of technology in the delivery of behavioral health interventions.

Odessa B. Holt, LICSW
Clinical Social Worker

Odessa Holt is a clinical social worker at the Pediatric Heart Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She completed her master’s degrees in social work and public health at Boston University and is an independent social worker licensed by the State of Rhode Island. At the Pediatric Heart Center, Holt provides support and education to newly diagnosed patients, helps families prepare for cardiac procedures, plans and participates in Gabrielle’s Heart Camp, and coordinates the health care transition program for teenage patients.

Pediatric Cardiologist

Kristin Lombardi, MD, is a pediatric cardiologist and assistant professor of pediatrics (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Lombardi earned her medical degree at the University of  Vermont College of Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and was chief resident from 2008 to 2009. Following that, she completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Dr. Lombardi is a member of the American College of Cardiology and is board certified in both general pediatrics and pediatric cardiology.  She joined the Pediatric Heart Center in 2012. Her clinical interests include general pediatric cardiology with special emphasis on adult congenital heart disease and fetal echocardiography. She also has an interest in part-time academic medicine and has participated in workshops, both locally and nationally, designed to help colleagues navigate and support a part-time academic faculty career path.

Pediatric Cardiologist

Kathleen M. Rotondo, MD, received her medical degree from the University of Vermont and completed a pediatrics residency at the University of Kentucky. She then completed a three-year fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, followed by an additional year of fellowship training in pediatric heart transplantation at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Medical Center of Dallas.

She became the medical director of the pediatric heart transplant program at Children's Medical Center in 1997, and was promoted to associate professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical School in 2000.

She joined the staff at Hasbro Children's Hospital in 2003 and is associate professor of pediatrics (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her interests include all aspects of general pediatric cardiology, cardiomyopathies, and resident and medical student education. She is board certified in pediatric cardiology.

Pediatric Cardiologist

James Ziegler, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Florida. He then completed a residency in general pediatrics at the University of South Florida, including a year as chief resident.

After a year in private pediatric practice in Melbourne, Florida, he completed a fellowship in pediatric and neonatal intensive care at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by fellowship training in pediatric cardiology at Denver Children's Hospital.

He joined the pediatric cardiology division at Hasbro Children's Hospital in 1995 and was director of the division from 2001 through 2010. He is board certified in pediatric cardiology and board eligible in general pediatrics and pediatric intensive care.

His clinical interests include all aspects of pediatric cardiology, with special emphasis on preventive cardiology and exercise physiology. Research interests include pulmonary hypertension, exercise-limiting symptoms in normal children, the role of exercise-induced bronchospasm as a cause of exercise intolerance, exercise physiology in abnormal nutritional states including obesity and malnutrition, and exercise parameters in patients with bronchopulmonary dysplasia and with various forms of congenital heart disease.