Meet the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Team
Our team includes board-certified pediatric hematology/oncology physicians who work closely with other hospital specialists including surgeons, palliative care, etc. Other multidisciplinary team members include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, psychologists, registered dietitians, rehabilitation therapists, pharmacists, child life specialists, and parent consultants.
In addition, we train medical students, residents and pediatric hematology/oncology fellows from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, as well as trainees visiting from outside institutions vetted through our institutional credentialing office.
Our collaboration and leadership within the national Children's Oncology Group and membership in the Dana-Farber Leukemia Consortium give our patients access to the most up-to-date national cooperative group therapies.
Our dedicated doctors are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We treat patients in our pediatric emergency room, outpatient clinic, or inpatient service at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Our goal is to offer individualized approaches that incorporate trusted scientific evidence and innovative ideas. We strive to allow and support families to make the best choices for their child. By offering local services we attempt to minimize time spent at the hospital and maximize family time at home.
Rishi R. Lulla, MD, MS, is the chief of pediatric hematology/oncology at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and an international expert in the care of children and young adults with brain and spinal cord tumors. After completing his residency and fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago, Dr. Lulla spent several years as an attending physician on the pediatric neuro-oncology team at Northwestern. He has recently been given the Hero Award for outstanding dedication to pediatric neuro-oncology by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and was named one of Chicago’s Top Cancer Doctors by Chicago magazine.
Dr. Lulla’s scientific work has been published in more than 20 peer-reviewed journals and two books. He has presented his findings on pediatric central nervous system tumors at the local, national, and international levels, and he has served as principal investigator to multiple grant-sponsored research investigations. His current research activities are focused on translating laboratory findings into novel treatment for children with brain and spinal cord tumors. He served as the executive chair of the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium and is an active member of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, the Children’s Oncology Group, and the Society of Neuro-Oncology.
Roma Bhuta, DO, is a pediatrician who specializes in hematology/oncology at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She is an assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Bhuta is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, the Consortium for New England Childhood Cancer Survivors and the Dana Farber Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Consortium.
Wen-I Chang, MD, is a pediatrician in the division of pediatric hematology/oncology at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Her clinical interests include genomics in cancer and cancer predisposition syndromes. She is a member of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, the Children’s Oncology Group, and the American Association of Cancer Research.
Bradley DeNardo, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician who specializes in pediatric hematology and oncology at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. After attending The Warren Alpert Medical School, Dr. DeNardo continued dedicating his time to the medical students there by instructing them in pediatrics for the following nine years. In addition, Dr. DeNardo is a consulting physician at Women and Infants Hospital.
Dr. DeNardo’s work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and books, and he has also presented his research at the local, regional and international levels. He is a member of a number of professional societies, including Children’s Oncology Group and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
Salley G. Pels, MD, is the director of the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center at Rhode Island Hospital. She earned her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her residency and fellowships at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital in Connecticut. She also received an additional year of training in hemostasis and thrombosis as a National Hemophilia Foundation Clinical Fellowship awardee. Her previous appointments included co-medical director of the Hemophilia Center and assistant professor of hematology/oncology in the department of pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Pels’s research interests include quality improvement in hemophilia care, hematologic disorders in pregnancy and immune thrombocytopenia therapies. She has served on the board of directors for the Thrombosis Hemostasis Society of North America and the Hemophilia Alliance, and is an active member of the American Thrombosis Hemostasis Network.
Advanced Practice Providers
Amanda F. Barbosa, MSN, RN, APRN, CNP, is a nurse practitioner who cares for pediatric hematology/oncology patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Boston College and a master of science degree in nursing from the University of Rhode Island.
Barbosa is a member of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and has completed APHON’s Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Providers program.
Patricia A. Carlson, MSN, RN, CPNP, is a pediatric nurse practitioner who cares for hematology/oncology patients in the Tomorrow Fund Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, and a master of science degree in nursing (pediatric primary care) from Simmons College in Boston.
Elizabeth Mintzes, MSN, RN, CPNP, is a pediatric nurse practitioner who cares for hematology/oncology patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Mintzes earned a bachelor of science degree from Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and received her master of science degree in pediatric advanced practice nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City.
She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, the Children’s Oncology Group, and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and is certified as a pediatric chemotherapy/biotherapy provider.
Caitlin Montcrieff, CPNP, CPHON, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Hasbro Children’s Hospital who specializes in hematology. Montcrieff is associate director of the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center (HTC) of Rhode Island Hospital and manager of pediatric hematology/oncology advanced practice providers. Previously, she was director of the HTC.
Before coming to the Tomorrow Fund Clinic in 2012, Montcrieff worked on the adult oncology/bone marrow transplant unit at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as Just Kids RI Sick Care pediatric urgent care.
Montcrieff is an active provider in the bleeding disorders community. Her specialties and interests include hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, immune thrombocytopenia, Evans Syndrome & ALPS, rare bleeding disorders, platelet disorders, and abnormal uterine bleeding.
Montcrieff has served the Hemostasis & Thrombosis Research Society in leadership roles at the regional and national levels. Montcrieff has a number of abstracts on immune thrombocytopenia, hemophilia, and von Willebrand disease, and has presented at regional, national, and international conferences. Her professional society memberships include the Hemostasis & Thrombosis Research Society, the Foundation for Women & Girls with Blood Disorders, and the Nurse Practitioners Alliance of Rhode Island.
Silvianne Eleonore Ngueya, MSN, RN, FNP, is a family nurse practitioner in the pediatric hematology/oncology department at Hasbro Children's Hospital.
Ngueya earned her bachelor of science and master of science degrees in nursing at University of Massachusetts Boston.
She received the 2018 Excellence in Nursing Practice Award from the New England Regional Black Nurses Association.
Registered Nursing Staff
Ancillary Medical Staff
Clinical Administrative Staff
Clinical Research Team
Emily Awopeju is a clinical research program coordinator in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology unit at Hasbro Children's Hospital. She earned her bachelor of science degree in medical laboratory science with a concentration in biotechnology from the University of Rhode Island.
Awopeju has prior research experience with adult cardiovascular diseases and obtained her master of science in clinical research from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston.
Kelsey Leubner, BS, is a senior clinical research assistant in the pediatric hematology/oncology department at Hasbro Children's Hospital. She earned her bachelor of science degree in psychology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and is currently completing her master of arts degree in research psychology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Leubner has research experience in developmental psychology with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and other social emotional disorders.
Caitlin Marino, BS, is a clinical research assistant in the pediatric hematology/oncology department at Hasbro Children's Hospital. She earned her bachelor of science degree in medical laboratory science with a concentration in biotechnology from the University of Rhode Island. She acquired wet laboratory research experience working at Brown University's Marshall Laboratory, where she focused on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Angelman syndrome (AS).
Daniela Moreno, CRA, is a research assistant with pediatric hematology/oncology at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She earned her bachelor of science in biological sciences and a bachelor of arts in modern languages in Spanish from Rhode Island College. She is certified in CPR/AED, phlebotomy and electrocardiogram procedures.