BBN Team

Dr. Anthony Orsini BBN Program

Anthony Orsini, D.O.

Founder & President

Dr. Orsini is a full-time neonatologist and expert in compassionate communication in medicine. He is currently the Vice-Chairman of Neonatology at Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando, FL. He also serves as the President of BBN, the organization he founded in 2012 that offers training services to educate professionals in the art and science of compassionate communication. Founding BBN was the culmination of his lifelong passion and over 20 years of research and development. The resulting program, Breaking Bad News P.R.O.G.R.A.M., utilizes the best techniques on how to discuss tragic news with patients and families in the most effective and compassionate manner. His proven methods are now being used successfully to help professionals navigate through difficult conversations and improve patient and customer experience. Dr. Orsini’s interest in compassionate communication began early in his medical training where he was drawn to the specialty of neonatology that required him first to become a pediatrician. He saw the opportunity to help people through more life and death crises presented by specializing in neonatology. He received his D.O. in Medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Profoundly impacted by his early career experience and the discovery that even the most successful and well-respected doctors could not offer guidance on communicating catastrophic news, Dr. Orsini began developing the teachable techniques that evolved into the Breaking Bad News P.R.O.G.R.A.M.  After medical school, Dr. Orsini completed his training in pediatrics and neonatology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia, PA. His next move to NYU Langone Medical Center as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Attending Neonatologist, allowed him to further develop his teaching expertise. Prior to joining Winnie Palmer Hospital, he served as a neonatologist for Atlantic Health Systems in Morristown, NJ, which later became the first BBN Center of Excellence.

Elizabeth Poret-Christ BBN

Elizabeth Poret-Christ

Director of Programming

Elizabeth Poret-Christ serves as Director of Programming for BBN. Elizabeth joined BBN as a Family Advisor, expanding her responsibilities as the program grew. In her role, Elizabeth partners with BBN clients to identify the best training solutions to fit their needs. Once identified, she serves as the single point of contact, managing the planning, facilitation, role-playing feedback and ensuring client satisfaction. With nearly 15 years experience as a patient advocate, Elizabeth ensures the patient / client perspective is central to every aspect of BBN P.R.O.G.R.A.M.™ execution. She was introduced to BBN through her role as Family Advisor at the Goryeb Children’s Hospital, becoming one of the first BBN Family Advisors. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has held a variety of positions in client services for the fashion industry. She gives tirelessly to volunteering and fundraising for medical causes close to her heart. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Hofstra University with a concentration in marketing.


Dr. Patricia Eaton

Dr. Patricia Eaton

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, Orlando, FL

Dr. Mary Ann LoFrumento Dr. Mary Ann LoFrumento

Assistant Clinical Professor Pediatrics

Thomas Jefferson University Attending Pediatrician Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Morristown, NJ

Dr. Sheryl VassalloDr. Sheryl Vassallo

Director of Advanced Care Team (PACT)

Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Morristown, NJ


Angela Michael

Family Advisor

Noelle Moore

Family Advisor

Debbie Haine Vijayvergiya

Family Advisor

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