Advanced Practice Providers (APP) at Connecticut Children’s are vital members of the healthcare team who provide high-quality and compassionate care to patients and families. As the only free-standing Level One Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, our nurse practitioners and physician assistants use their advanced education and clinical training to deliver comprehensive care for children of all ages in both pediatric medical and surgical specialties. 

APPs are part of almost every patient’s experience at Connecticut Children’s. Whether you’re a new graduate or an established clinician, we offer opportunities to advance your career. Our APPs work in ambulatory, emergency, inpatient, and intensive care departments. They have the opportunity to participate in clinical protocol development, student mentorship, institution-wide committees, quality improvement projects, and the Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Fellowship Program. 

Our APP infrastructure includes institutional APP Co-Directors who report directly to the Executive Management Team, and a vibrant APP Advisory Council. We offer competitive compensation, benefits and the opportunity for clinical advancement with our competency-based four-step APP Career Ladder.


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Meet Our APPs

Rachel Caplan, Nurse Practitioner

Rachel creates a genuine connection with patients and their families by addressing their questions and concerns in ways they understand.

Sarah Orlando, Physician Assistant

Sarah’s interest in medicine started when she was young. “I attempted to suture my brother’s finger when I was just 10 years old!” she says.

Kimberley Roche, Nurse Practitioner

For Kimberley, providing the best care for her patients gives her a sense of purpose which aligns with her alma mater Boston College’s creed “Ite inflammate omnia,” which means Go Set the World Aflame.

James Gerace, Physician Assistant

“When a baby goes home with their parents, this inspires me every day to come back and provide the best care possible for these patients to strive and grow,” Jim says.

Leadership Team

Garry Lapidus, PA-C

Director, Research Operations & Development | Co-Director, Office of Advanced Practice Providers

Basia Adams, APRN

Co-Director, Office of Advanced Practice Providers