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    Research Staff

    Amy Palmisciano, RN, BSN


    Amy J. Palmisciano, RN is the program coordinator of pulmonary and critical care research at Rhode Island Hospital.  A 1996 graduate of the nursing program at Rhode Island College, Palmisciano has assumed several positions during her 20 years of employment at Rhode Island Hospital in such clinical areas as general medicine, pulmonary, dialysis and critical care medicine.  Her research experience is in critical care medicine with an emphasis on sepsis and septic shock and outpatient pulmonary trials for a variety of pulmonary diseases including pulmonary hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and emphysema. Palmisciano has also assisted investigators in establishing and maintaining bio banks for several studies in both pulmonary and critical care medicine.  Since 2008 she has served as a voting member of the Rhode Island Hospital Institutional Review Board, a committee that oversees research conducted at Rhode Island Hospital. Palmisciano has functioned as a co-investigator on observational studies, randomized controlled trials, retrospective chart review studies and quality initiative studies that have been accepted as poster presentations at professional conferences and published in medical journals. 


    Amy Palmisciano RN BSN  

    Ipsita Krishnan


    Ipsita Krishnan, senior clinical research assistant specializing in the area of outpatient pulmonary arterial hypertension research, has worked at Rhode Island Hospital since 2013 on FDA-regulated clinical trials and registries.  Krishnan works on biomarker and biobanking studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as COPD, IPF and inpatient sepsis studies. She earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University and looks forward to pursuing a career in medicine.

    Ipsita Krishnan, ScB  

    Luca Tomasi


    Clinical research assistant Luca Tomasi began in pulmonary and critical care research research at Rhode Island Hospital in March 2015, working on clinical trials and department funded studies with regard to inpatient sepsis and other ICU protocols, and also on interstitial lung disease research. He is Italian-American and speaks fluent Italian. Tomasi graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in 2013 and is pursuing a career in medicine.

    Luca Tomasi BS  
    Tanis Caine


    Tanis Caine, clinical research assistant, joined the pulmonary and critical care team at Rhode Island Hospital in May 2015, working on clinical trials and department funded studies in the areas of inpatient sepsis and interstitial lung disease, as well as other ICU protocols. Caine was previously employed by Syracuse University and the University of Rochester where she worked on NIH funded HIV and behavioral health research projects. Caine earned her Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from St. Lawrence College in Canada and is pursuing a career in public health.

    Tanis Caine Pulmonary Hypertension Center  

     Nurse Champions

    The respiratory intermediate care unit at Rhode Island Hospital offers specialized inpatient care of our pulmonary hypertension patients. Nurses have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension and the delivery of all advanced therapies, including inhaled, subcutaneous, and continuous infusion medication. Excellent nursing and supportive staff, including Pulmonary Hypertension Center nurse champions Elizabeth Diaz and Sonia Depina, help to ease inpatient to outpatient transitions for our patients and provide ongoing patient, caregiver and staff training. Rhode Island Hospital Pulmonary Hypertension Center

    For more information about the Rhode Island Hospital Pulmonary Hypertension Center or to schedule an appointment, please call 401-444-3570.