Meet the Team

Izabela Leahy

Izabela Leahy, RN, BSN, MS

Executive Director/Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

Research Associate in Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School

IRB Member since 2005

Research Director
Education: Boston College, 1997 BSN, 2006 MS

As the Executive Director for the Department Izabela integrates the practices and the priorities of the anesthesia department into the larger mission of the BCH.  A highly effective healthcare leader with clinical and administrative experience. Izabela has a reputation for integrity, credibility, and talent for organizational development and innovative solutions. A committed mentor who effectively identifies talented individuals and fosters their career growth. Extensive clinical background with unique ability to understand quality, research and safety issues in the complex clinical environment of a major academic medical center. Izabela’s activities represent innovation and advancement in three distinct areas:  Operations,  Quality Improvement, Research. Founder and Director of the Pediatric Clinical and Research Internship (PACaRI) and Pediatric Anesthesia Research center (PARC).



Rachel Bernier, MPH

Clinical Research Manager II

Education: Boston University, 2013

Special skills: Cardiac anesthesia studies and Pediatric Anesthesia Neurodevelopment Assessment (PANDA Study). 





Shenxiang (Tim) Huang , BS

Clinical Research Assistant I

ShengXiang (Tim) Huang joined the Pediatric Anesthesia Research Center as a Clinical Research Assistant 1 in June of 2019. He graduated from Boston College where he double majored in biology and history. Prior to joining Boston Children’s Hospital, Tim volunteered at various health organizations including East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, New York Presbyterian-Columbia, and Boston Health Care for the Homeless. In addition, he has also worked on profiling candidates for pharmaceutical development in a lab at Boston College. 



KarinaKarina Lukovits, BSc

Clinical Research Assistant I

Karina is joining the Pediatric Anesthesia Research Center as a research assistant. She is from Norwich, Vermont and graduated with a BSc in Neuroscience from the University of St. Andrews. Prior to coming to Boston Children’s Hospital, she conducted research at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center that focused on the use of photodynamic therapy for eliminating precancerous tissue. While at St. Andrews, she was a part of the Neural Control of Movement Lab group, and conducted research on spinal cord based mechanisms of locomotor modulation in neonatal mice. She also completed the Pediatric Anesthesia Clinical Research Internship here at BCH last summer, during which she aided in the creation of a blood transfusion database for the hospital.




Ivy Pham, BS

Clinical Research Assistant I

Education: University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2018
Special Skills: Studied Public Health; Research in Perioperative Anesthesia and Critical Care studies; PACaRI Internship Program Mentoring




Julian Post

Julian Post, BS

Clinical Research Specialist II

Julian joined the Anesthesia Department in July 2017 and is a Research Study Coordinator for the Pediatric Anesthesia Research Center.  He graduated from Tufts University in 2015 with a B.S. in Biopsychology, and he began work with the Program for Patient Safety and Quality at Boston Children’s Hospital in January 2016. Prior to working at Boston Children’s Hospital, Julian worked as a Summer Research Intern at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, investigating salivary duct carcinomas in the El-Naggar Head & Neck Surgical Oncology Research Lab.  Julian supports principal investigators within the Anesthesia Department by overseeing and managing details of various ongoing studies, particularly in Outcomes Research. Julian is also one of the co-chairs for the LGBTQ & Friends Group at Children's and is also a Core Facilitator for the Safe Zone Workshops at the hospital.




Brooke Sens, BSN, RN

Brooke graduated from Regis College in 2016. She joined the PARC team in Spring of 2018. Brooke’s research interests and experience include critical care studies, randomized control trials, and cardiac anesthesia studies.