Get to know our NP/PA Leaders

The University of Maryland Medical Center has established a Leadership Model to foster and guide successful advanced practice providers. Within this collaborative framework, Lead NPs provide mentoring, program support, human resources guidance and monitor NP/PA practice and outcomes for our team.

Carmel A. McComiskey, DNP, CRNP, FAANP

Photo of Carmel A. McComiskey M.S., C.R.N.P.Carmel is the Director of Nurse Practitioners at University of Maryland Medical Center and holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, and Instructor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is the co-chair of the Graduate Education and Practice committee of the UM Nursing partnership.

Carmel is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at University of Maryland Medical Center, Division of Pediatric Surgery and Urology, where she began in 1981, first as a nurse coordinator and in 1996, became a NP, centering her specialty care around managing children with intestinal failure, children with long term bowel and bladder problems. In 2007, she initiated an NP managed Center for Bowel and Bladder management which sees patients with both daytime and nocturnal enuresis and/or encopresis. 

In addition to serving on numerous committees, teams and councils at UMMC, Carmel is also a member of many professional committees and organizations including Sigma Theta Tau International, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners, and the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses' Association, an organization where she is a charter member, served on its Board of Directors for many years and served as president from 1999-2000 and was the recipient of the APSNA Founder's award in 2007. Most recently she worked with the ANA to revise the scope and standards of Pediatric nurses and APNs.

Carmel's clinical interests include voiding dysfunction and pediatric obesity and pediatric bariatric treatment. She served as the co-investigator on a Phase 3 clinical trial of tolterodine and is currently evaluating the efficacy of  the treatment of voiding dysfunction.  She has given many professional presentations and published articles in many journals. She is an editor of Nursing Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient and served as the Associate Editor of Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care from 2010-2013.

Carmel is involved with community service through her work on the St. Mark Pastoral Council and the Parent Advisory Council at the John Carroll School. She was the recent keynote speaker at the American Association of University Women- Harford Association's Educational Foundation Awards Luncheon “Judith Resnick Mathematics/Science Awards”.

These Clinical Program Managers, or Leads, provide mentoring, organizational support, and leadership to the nurse practitioners and physician assistants in specific areas. In addition, the LEADS will address collaboration and offer support to our physician colleagues who request additional advanced practice personnel and ongoing collaboration for patient care. They will also partner with the managers of the nursing care units where they provide care to assure collaboration and education of the nursing staff.

Carmel McComiskey, DNP, CRNP, FAANP,
Director of Nurse Practitioners at UMMC

Jennifer Fitzgerald, CRNP
Clinical Program Manager and Lead NP for NICU

Jennifer Fitzgerald is a senior member of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner team in the NICU. She has worked as a NNP at UMMC since 1999. She has held the acting co-coordinator of Neonatal NPs, NP positions at Mercy Medical Center, as well as worked as a neonatal transport nurse within UMMC and Johns Hopkins Hospital. She received a MS in Nursing from the University of Maryland SON in 1999. She performed as a clinical instructor in Nursing for Salisbury University from 2000-2006. Jen's vision for neonatal advanced practice will be instrumental as we develop new areas of support for advanced practice in the NICU. She has spoken nationally and internationally about neonatal care.

Jennifer Fitzgerald, CRNP
Neonatal ICU

Carolyn Ramos, CRNP
Clinical Program Manager and Lead NP for Surgical Services

Carolyn Ramos began her nursing career in a Level II trauma center, first on a surgical floor, then in a combined medical/surgical ICU. Deciding to return to school to pursue her Graduate Degree, she worked part time in the PACU and as a clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing.  Carolyn helped to open the Surgical Intermediate Care Unit (SIMC) and became one of the first Unit-based Nurse Practitioners here at University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).  Since its inception, 8 years ago, the SIMC has proven to be a successful and efficient unit, offering continuous hemodynamic and cardiac monitoring of post surgical patients.  In addition to admitting and providing care to this population of patients, she acts as a clinical resource and provides educational opportunities to the nurses on the unit. She is currently researching the “Perceptions of the Unit-based NP from Staff and Physicians” and will be presenting the outcome data at a local conference in November, with plans to publish the findings in the near future.  She also offers support to the Moderate Sedation Team during MRI scans.

Carolyn Ramos, CRNP
Surgical IMC

Kim Reck, CRNP
Clinical Program Manager and Lead NP for Cardiology Services

Kim Reck is the Clinical Program Manager of Nurse Practitioners in Cardiology. Kim completed a post masters program as an Adult NP in 1989, and initially worked in an outpatient Hematology/Oncology role. She has worked in cardiology since 1992, developing several highly successful programs for inpatient and outpatient nurse practitioner practice, while maintaining an active clinical practice. She has been a Clinical Program Manager since 2003, and was one of the first to occupy that role in the University of Maryland System. She mentors new NPs and NP students, and is an instructor in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at University of Maryland School of Nursing. Kim effectively promotes her vision for advancing the role of the NP in cardiology services.

Kim Reck, CRNP
Division of Cardiology

Dr. Deborah Schofield, DNP, CRNP
Clinical Program Manager and Lead NP for Specialty Areas, the Emergency Department, Psychiatric Emergency Services and the PREP Center;
Director, Post Graduate Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

Deb Schofield is an experienced nurse practitioner. She recently earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Maryland. She is nationally recognized, well published and has worked in the areas of radiologic advanced practice, the PREP Center and the ED. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing. She won the Doctor of Nursing Practice Leadership Award, which is awarded to a DNP student demonstrating outstanding leadership skills in May 2009. She was mentioned in “Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities”, May 2009. She was the winner of the Linda Strangio Editor's Award for Excellence in writing and contribution to Radiology Nursing, awarded at the American Interventional Radiology Nurse's Conference in San Diego, California, March, 2009, for “Carotid Trauma Bluntly”, published in American Journal of Radiology Nursing.

Deborah Schofield, DNP, CRNP
Specialty Area NP

Dr. Shari Simone, MS, CRNP
Clinical Program Manager and Lead NP Women's and Children's Services

Shari Simone is an experienced pediatric nurse practitioner in the PICU, where she developed the pediatric critical care NP role. She has been an NP since 1995. She has published extensively and has both written and edited pediatric critical care chapters and textbooks. She was the author of an article on defining the role of the PICU NP in Critical Care Medicine and most recently has an article accepted in Pediatric Critical Care on post-graduate training for pediatric critical care NPs. She is an experienced researcher and is currently the PI on a sedation weaning study in the PICU. She earned a DNP in May 2011 and was received the prestigious DNP Capstone Award by the UM Nursing Faculty. She holds a faculty appointment at the SON and has taught at the University of PA. Shari has a multitude of pediatric nursing experiences; she has worked and held leadership roles at Johns Hopkins PICU, and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

Shari Simone, DNP, CRNP-AC, FCCM
Pediatric ICU

Joseph Larivey, MSN, CRNP

Clinical Program Manager, Department of Orthopaedics

Joseph Larivey, MSN, CRNP, is the clinical program manager and lead for the division of orthopaedics. In addition to orthopaedic injuries, he also specializes in perioperative management. Prior to his current role, Joseph served as a senior family nurse practitioner and registered nurse. He received his registered nurse diploma from the Millard Fillmore School of Nursing in Buffalo, N.Y., before pursuing a B.S.N. from the University of Rochester and M.S.N. from Bowie State University in Maryland. Before arriving at UMMC in 1999, Joseph was a registered nurse at the University of Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital and at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, N.Y.

Joseph Larivey, MSN, CRNP
Division of Orthopaedics

Carla Aresco, MSN, CRNP

Clinical Program Manager and  Lead for Shock Trauma Care

Carla attended St. Josephs College in West Hartford to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing in 1993, obtained a  Master's Degree in Nursing at UMSON in 2000, and has most recently secured an Acute Care NP OMC from UMASS Worscester in 2002. She is currently working as the Clinical Program Manager for Shock Trauma Care at the University of Maryland. 

Carla Aresco, MSN, CRNP
R Adams Crowley Shock Trauma Care

Michelle Willis, ACNP
Clinical Program Manager and  Lead for Shock Trauma Care

Michelle Willis. ACNP
R Adams Crowley Shock Trauma Care

Brooke Anderson, MS, CRNP

Brooke Anderson, MS, CRNP is a Nurse Practitioner who is nationally board certified in Adult Acute Care, and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Master's in Science. Her area of clinical expertise include: Traumatic Injury, Shock, the Use of Advanced Practice NP's in the ICU, and the Development and Implementation of Critical Care NP Fellowship Program.




Kim Bowers, MS, RN, ACNP-BC

Kimberly Bowers, MS, RN, ACNP-BC is a nurse practitioner who is Nationally board certified in Adult Acute Care, and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing with a Master's degree. Her area of clinical expertise include: Adult Acute Care Medical Patients.




Colleen Gaffney, MS, CRNP

Colleen Gaffney, MS, CRNP is the NP Clinical Program Manager for the Neurosurgical Team. Colleen graduated from the University of Maryland Acute Care Masters Program specializing in Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Nursing.




JoAnn Sikora, MS, CRNP

Jo Ann Sikora, MS, CRNP is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner who graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing with a MS degree. Her areas of clinical expertise include Cardiothoracic Surgery and Critical Care Medicine.





Michelle Turner, MS, CRNP

Michelle M. Turner, MS, CRNP is a Nurse Practitioner who is Nationally board certified in Adult Health by the American Nurses Credentialing Center , and graduated from Boston College School of Nursing with a Master’s degree. Her areas of clinical expertise include Adult Health and Oncology, specializing in Thoracic, GI, and Melanoma oncology at the Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center outpatient clinic.

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