Meet the Team

At Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, our cardiothoracic surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, children’s heart specialists and other highly trained caregivers have the expertise, training and equipment to give the treatment your child deserves.

Our team of board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians is experienced in caring for all types of children’s heart conditions.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has ranked Norton Children’s Heart Institute’s pediatric heart care among the best in the region. We provide a network of remote diagnostic and treatment services in Kentucky, including Frankfort, Bowling Green, Owensboro and Paducah. Our Southern Indiana locations stretch from Madisonville to Evansville and include New Albany and Corydon.

Cardiothoracic Surgery

General Pediatric Cardiologists

Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Fetal Heart Team

Heart Failure and Heart Transplant

  • Joshua D. Sparks, M.D. (Medical Director)
  • Sarah Wilkens, M.D., MPH
  • Cassie Blandford, BSN, R.N., CCRN
  • Emilee Yates , BSN, CCRN
  • Mary T. Massey, APRN, MSN, FNP-C, CCTC, CPN
  • Jennifer D. Thomas, DNP, R.N., CCRN (Transplant Administrator)
  • Jenna Walsh, LSW

Outreach and Telemedicine

Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Catheterization

Pediatric and Adult Congenital Electrophysiology

Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

ECMO

Cardiac Perfusionists

  • Trevor Church, CCP
  • Olivia Isaacs, CCP
  • Ray Keijner, CCP
  • Vince F. Olshove Jr., CCP, FPP (Chief, Pediatric Perfusion)
  • Stacey Ousley, CCP

Cardiovascular Nurse Clinicians

  • Renae L. Akins, R.N.
  • Violet A. Carey, R.N.

Norton Children’s Heart Institute Management and Care Team

  • Teresa L. Bacon, R.N., AND (Care Manager)
  • Lisa M. Baker, BSN, R.N. (Supervisor, Invasive Cardiology)
  • Enitan V. Bethel, MSW (Social Services)
  • Jenna Blyth, M.S., CCC-SLP (Speech Therapist)
  • Sara A. Chandler, R.D., L.D. (Dietitian)
  • Stephanie J. Cline, R.N., BSN, CHPPN (Palliative Care, Hearts & Hands Care Team)
  • Heather N. Damhoff, Pharm.D. (CICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist)
  • Allison P. Fears, M.S.,CCC-SLP (Speech Therapist)
  • Stacy L. Flanders, DNP, R.N., CCRN-K, NE-BC (Nurse Manager, CICU)
  • Jessie E. Gordon, M.Ed., CCLS, CIMI (Child Life Therapist)
  • Robin D. Gowin, M.S., CCC-SLP (Speech Therapist)
  • Stacie M. Hartlage, R.N., BSN (Norton Children’s Heart Institute Nurse Navigator)
  • Christy L. Henry, R.N., BSN, CHPPN (Palliative Care, Hearts & Hands Care Team)
  • Michelle B. Hicks, OTR/L, CNT (Occupational Therapist)
  • Nancy Marshall, P.T., DPT (Physical Therapist)
  • Mary Jo McIver, BSN, R.N. (Assistant Nurse Manager, Cardiovascular Surgery)
  • Crissy Merideth, P.T. (Physical Therapist)
  • Rose Pasqualini, BHS, RRT (Director, Norton Children’s Heart Institute)
  • Jackie Pollard, M.S., CCC-SLP (Speech Therapist)
  • Jo J. Scroggin, P.T., DPT (Physical Therapist)
  • Teka Siebenaler, MPH, RRT (Manager, ECMO and VAD)
  • Susan A. Skutt, R.N., BSN (Care Manager)
  • Amy K. Stiles, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist)
  • Dana J. Thompson, B.S., RDCS, CCT (Manager, Noninvasive Cardiology)
  • Kristy R. Trimble, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist)

Why Choose Norton Children’s Heart Institute

No other congenital heart surgery program in Kentucky, Ohio or Southern Indiana is rated higher by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons than the Norton Children’s Heart Institute Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Program.

  • Norton Children’s Hospital has been a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, performing Kentucky’s first pediatric heart transplant in 1986 and becoming the second site in the United States to perform an infant heart transplant.
  • Our board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric cardiovascular surgeons are leaders in the field as clinicians and researchers.
  • More than 5,000 children a year visit Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, for advanced heart care.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute successfully performs more than 17,500 procedures a year.
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons rated Norton Children’s Heart Institute among the best in the region after studying years of our patients’ outcomes and our ability to treat a range of pediatric heart conditions, including the most severe.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute has satellite outpatient offices in Ashland, Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, London, Madisonville, Murray, Owensboro, Paducah and Shepherdsville in Kentucky; as well as Corydon, Jasper, Madison and Scottsburg in Indiana; 28 tele-echocardiography locations in Kentucky and Southern Indiana; and six fetal echocardiography locations across Kentucky.
  • The American Board of Thoracic Surgery has awarded the cardiothoracic surgeons at Norton Children’s Hospital with subspecialty certification in congenital heart surgery.
  • The Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) is the largest dedicated CICU in Kentucky, equipped with 17 private rooms and the newest technology available for heart care  .
  • Our multidisciplinary approach to pediatric heart surgery brings together our specialists in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, anesthesiology, cardiac critical care and other areas to create a complete care plan tailored for your child.
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