the team

 
Donna Brezinski Founder, CEO Donna graduated from Yale Medical School, completed a pediatrics residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and received her training in neonatology at the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program. As a neonatologist today, she cares deeply about improving newborn care, especially in under-resourced contexts. She is married to Gary Gilbert, has two sons and three step-sons, and is also a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Tanglewood Festival Chorus.  

Donna Brezinski

Founder, CEO

Donna graduated from Yale Medical School, completed a pediatrics residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and received her training in neonatology at the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program. As a neonatologist today, she cares deeply about improving newborn care, especially in under-resourced contexts. She is married to Gary Gilbert, has two sons and three step-sons, and is also a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

 

Gary Gilbert founder, COO Gary is Chief of Hematology & Oncology at VA Boston Healtcare Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He grew up in Los Alamos, NM, the son of a physicist. As a child, he recalls his father estimating how many trees are on the earth during a walk in the woods.  Today, along with leading a research laboratory focused on cell membranes and blood coagulation, he enjoys landscape design, running, and mountaineering. He is married to Donna Brezinski, with three sons and two step-sons.  

Gary Gilbert

founder, COO

Gary is Chief of Hematology & Oncology at VA Boston Healtcare Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He grew up in Los Alamos, NM, the son of a physicist. As a child, he recalls his father estimating how many trees are on the earth during a walk in the woods.  Today, along with leading a research laboratory focused on cell membranes and blood coagulation, he enjoys landscape design, running, and mountaineering. He is married to Donna Brezinski, with three sons and two step-sons.

 

 
Erica Kontson Product Engineer Erica joined the Little Sparrows Team in June 2015 after completing a degree in Biomedical Engineering at Penn State and multiple internships at NASA. Her passion for regulatory compliance is rivaled only by her killer instincts on the volleyball court where she has lead her club team to winning seasons and a recent championship.  In fall 2017, she will be starting a part-time M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts University.  

Erica Kontson

Product Engineer

Erica joined the Little Sparrows Team in June 2015 after completing a degree in Biomedical Engineering at Penn State and multiple internships at NASA. Her passion for regulatory compliance is rivaled only by her killer instincts on the volleyball court where she has lead her club team to winning seasons and a recent championship.  In fall 2017, she will be starting a part-time M.S. in Engineering Management at Tufts University.

 

Shreyas Ranganathan Biomedical Engineer Shreyas joined our team in 2015 after completing a summer internship with us. A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Biomedical Engineering, he "does the math", bringing endless enthusiasm and a wide range of engineering competencies to solve problems. When he is not ciphering, you might be lucky enough to hear him around Boston dropping some serious bass lines with his a cappella group, the Pow Arrangers.  

Shreyas Ranganathan

Biomedical Engineer

Shreyas joined our team in 2015 after completing a summer internship with us. A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Biomedical Engineering, he "does the math", bringing endless enthusiasm and a wide range of engineering competencies to solve problems. When he is not ciphering, you might be lucky enough to hear him around Boston dropping some serious bass lines with his a cappella group, the Pow Arrangers.

 

Carly Phillips Data Management Specialist Carly joined the team as an intern while studying Biology at Boston College and began full-time after her graduation in May 2017.  She will begin studying part-time for an MS in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance at Boston College in the fall of 2017. A native of Wisconsin, she has a passion for all things dairy and the great outdoors.  

Carly Phillips

Data Management Specialist

Carly joined the team as an intern while studying Biology at Boston College and began full-time after her graduation in May 2017.  She will begin studying part-time for an MS in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance at Boston College in the fall of 2017. A native of Wisconsin, she has a passion for all things dairy and the great outdoors.

 

 
Phoebe Stoye Business Development Intern Phoebe is a rising senior at Harvard College studying Neurobiology.  Along with joining our team in summer 2017, she is conducting thesis research at Boston Children’s Hospital on the neural correlates of growth stunting in 3-year-olds in Bangladesh. She previously co-founded a startup, Chirp, which worked on preventing infants from being accidentally left in hot cars. She enjoys photography and drawing, playing viola, and coxing for crew.

Phoebe Stoye

Business Development Intern

Phoebe is a rising senior at Harvard College studying Neurobiology.  Along with joining our team in summer 2017, she is conducting thesis research at Boston Children’s Hospital on the neural correlates of growth stunting in 3-year-olds in Bangladesh. She previously co-founded a startup, Chirp, which worked on preventing infants from being accidentally left in hot cars. She enjoys photography and drawing, playing viola, and coxing for crew.

Nolan Smith Engineering Intern Nolan joined the team in June 2017 and is a lifelong Massachusetts resident. He is a rising sophomore at Pennsylvania State University majoring in engineering. In his free time you can find him working on his jeep, repairing phones, enjoying the outdoors, or even deep sea fishing.

Nolan Smith

Engineering Intern

Nolan joined the team in June 2017 and is a lifelong Massachusetts resident. He is a rising sophomore at Pennsylvania State University majoring in engineering. In his free time you can find him working on his jeep, repairing phones, enjoying the outdoors, or even deep sea fishing.

 

OUR TEAM AT LITTLE SPARROWS SEEKS TO ENSURE THAT ALL INFANTS HAVE THE ACCESS TO THE MEDICAL CARE THAT THEY NEED.

 

Little Sparrows was launched in 2013 by Donna Brezinski, MD, and her husband, Gary Gilbert, MD, both doctors affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

Today, we are a team of doctors, engineers, scientists, and designers dedicated to developing innovative solutions for our world's smallest humans.