Danielle Stolfi and Team Awarded “Dhillon’s Gift” Grant Funding

Congratulations to Danielle Stolfi, MSN ’19, RN, CCRN, on being awarded the 2021 Dhillon Jordan Shah Innovation Fund in Congenital Heart Disease. She and her team will receive $3,125 to conduct their study “A 3-Dimensional Dive into the Fundamentals of Pediatric Congenital Heart Defects.”

Stolfi received her MSN from Carolina Nursing in 2019, and she now works as the clinical nurse education specialist and interim program manager at UNC Health’s Children’s Heart Center, which promotes the wellbeing of all patients with congenital and acquired heart disease through high-quality, comprehensive care from fetus through adulthood.

With this funding, Stolfi and her team will create a toolbox of common congenital heart defects to be printed into three-dimensional models. These models will be used as educational tools by health care providers to help both patient families and nursing staff understand and become active participants in patient care.

“As we work to build our Congenital Heart Program here at UNC Children’s, we hope to help make the explanation and understanding of complex congenital heart defects more attainable through the use of visual models,” explains Stolfi.

Dhillon Jordan Shah

Team members on the study include UNC School of Nursing faculty advisor Ashley Amorello Kellish, DNP, RN, CCNS, and co-investigators Jessica Floriano, RN, MSN, PNP AC/PC, FNP-C, Nurse Practitioner from the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at UNC Health Children’s Hospital and Pace Johnston, MD, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Advanced Cardiac Imaging for UNC Children’s Hospital.

Also known as “Dhillon’s Gift,” the Dhillon Jordan Shah Innovation Fund in Congenital Heart Disease was established by Dhillon’s maternal grandmother, Dr. Bev Foster, a long-time member of the School of Nursing faculty, and her family to honor his memory. Please read more about Dhillon and the fund established to memorialize him here.

(Team members pictured left to right: Danielle Stolfi, Jessica Floriano, Pace Johnston, and Ashley Kellish)