Penn Heart and Vascular

Doctors and Staff at the Heart Transplantation Program

Cardiovascular Surgeons
Heart Failure Physicians
Heart Transplant Clinical Practitioners

Heart Transplant Nurse Coordinators

  • Patricia Poderis RN
Pre-Transplant Nurse Practitioner
  • Nicole Hornsby, MSN, CRNP
Pre-Transplant Nurse Coordinator
  • Anthony Kayser, RN
Heart Failure Clinical Practioner
  • Amy Marzolf, MSN, CRNP
Heart Failure Nurse Specialists
  • Eileen Baxter, BSN, RN
  • Sarah Fontana, MSN, RN, CHFN
  • Lauren McDevitt, BSN, RN
  • Patricia McGurl, MSN, RN
  • Judie Shilling, RN
  • Joann Treacy, BSN, RN, 
  • Linda Wells, MA, RN, CHFN
Mechanical Circulatory Support Device (MCSD) Coordinators
  • Sherri Walsh, BSN, RN
  • Christyna Zalewski, BSN, RN
Social Workers
  • Deborah Gordon, MSS, LCSW
  • Sallie Smith, MSW, LSW
  • Claudia Smith, MSSA, LCSW
Financial Coordinators
  • Cammy McCaskill
  • Kara Hovatter
Director of Clinical Operations
  • Donna Chojnowski, MSN, CRNP
Transplant Pharmacist
  • Tamara Claridge, PharmD