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.
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.
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.
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.
Elizabeth-Ann R. Viscione has served as a clinical research assistant for pulmonary and critical care studies at Rhode Island Hospital since June 2015. Viscione works primarily with outpatient pulmonary arterial hypertension research, which includes clinical trials and National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded studies. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 2015 and intends to pursue a career in clinical psychology.
For more information about the Rhode Island Hospital Pulmonary Hypertension Center or to schedule an appointment, please call 401-444-3570.