Penn Transplant Institute

Transplant Physicians & Teams

Heart Transplant
Cardiovascular Surgeons
Heart Failure Physicians
Heart Transplant Clinical Practitioners

Heart Transplant Nurse Coordinators

Pre-Transplant Nurse Practitioner
  • Nicole Hornsby, MSN, CRNP
Pre-Transplant Nurse Coordinator
  • Anthony Kayser, RN
Heart Failure Nurse 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
  • Christine Hill, BSN, RN
  • Judy Marble, BSN RN
  • Christyna Justice, BSN, RN
  • Jennifer Marcellus RN BSN
  • Jessica Watson RN BSN
Social Workers
  • Deborah Gordon, MSS, LCSW
  • Sallie Smith, MSW, LSW
  • Claudia Smith, MSSA, LCSW
Financial Coordinators
  • Kara Hovatter
Director of Clinical Operations Advanced Cardiac
  • Donna Chojnowski, MSN, CRNP
Transplant Pharmacist
  • Tamara Claridge, PharmD
Kidney Transplant
Kidney Transplant Surgeons
Kidney Transplant Nephrologists
Non-Physician Providers
  • Georgeine Smith, MS, MHS, PA-C
  • Kelly Cederquist, MMSc, PA-C
Kidney Transplant Coordinators
Social Workers
  • Jason Kim, MSW
  • Regina Miller, MSW
  • Elizabeth Spina, MSW
Financial Coordinators
  • Kara Hovatter
  • Tara Koslowski
Transplant Nutritionist
  • Tiffany Donahue, RD, LDN
Transplant Pharmacist
  • Jennifer Trofe-Clark, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS
Renal Nurse Practitioners
  • Jenna Angerstein, MSN, CRNP, CCTN
  • Naomi Barton, MSN, CRNP
  • Gail Eastman, MSN, CRNP
Living Donor Advocate
  • Carolyn Cristofalo, MSW, LCSW
Living Donor Team
Transplant Outreach Coordinator
Clinical Director, Abdominal Organ Transplant
  • Geri Libetti, MSN, RN, CCTC
Manager, Transplant Outreach and Communication
Liver Transplant
Liver Transplant Surgeons

Non-Physician Providers

Surgery:
  • Georgine Smith, MS, MHS, PA-C
  • Kelly Cederquist, MMSc, PA-C
Liver Transplant Hepatologists

Chief, Hepatology

Medical Director

Hepatologists

Non-Physician Providers

Hepatology Physician Assistants
  • Brenda Appolo, MHS, PA-C
  • Lori Sinese, PA-C
  • Jennifer Deuel, MS, PA-C
  • Alexandra Garzone, MHS, PA-C
  • Jennifer Zone, PA-C
  • Mary Cate Wilhelm, MHS, PA-C
  • Melissa J. Ferrari, MPAS, PA-C
Inpatient Hepatology Nurse Liaison
  • Diane Peyton, BSN, RN
Transplant Coordinators
Procurement Coordinators
  • Nicole Platt, MS, EMT-B
  • Joe Dimick, BS
  • Kate Ennis, BS
Living Donor Team
Living Donor Advocate
  • Leanne Wilkofsy, MSW, LSWM
Social Workers
  • Senaysish Addis, MSW
  • Brigid Reilly, LSW
Financial Coordinator
  • Kaomi China
Transplant Nutritionist
  • Kristen Dwinnells, RD, CNSC, LDN
Transplant Pharmacist
  • Erin Ticehurst, PharmD
Transplant Psychiatrist
New Patient Referral Intake Coordinator
  • Jeanette Davis
    Tel: 215-662-4554
    Fax: 215-662-2244
Transplant Outreach & Communication
Clinical Director, Abdominal Organ Transplant
  • Geri Libetti, MSN, RN, CCTC, FABC
Lung Transplant
Lung Transplant Surgeons

Lung transplant surgeons are physicians trained to perform surgeries of the chest, including heart and lung procedures. Surgeons perform the lung transplant operation and care for patients immediately following surgery.

Pulmonologists

Pulmonologists are medical doctors who specializes in diseases of the lungs and have specific training to manage the complex medical issues that may arise prior to and following lung transplantation. They provide care through all phases of transplantation.

Physician Contributors
  • Steven Kawut, MD
    Director, Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program
  • Maryl Kreider, MD
    Co-Director, Interstitial Lung Disease Program
Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners are specialized nurses with advanced education and training who work with patients and the interdisciplinary lung transplant team to develop a plan of care tailored to the patients' needs and goals. They are licensed to see patients independently and to prescribe as necessary. All Penn Lung Transplant coordinators are nurse practitioners.

Social Workers

Social workers provide advocacy, supportive counseling, communication, and education throughout the transplant process.

  • Christopher Erickson, MSW, LCSW
Finance Coordinators

Financial coordinators assist with questions and/or concerns related to health insurance coverage and the costs related to lung transplantation. This may include providing assistance with obtaining, maintaining or changing insurance plans, Medicare and state assistance.

  • Michelle Plummer
Dietitian

The lung transplant team dietitian meets with patients to discuss eating habits, nutritional needs and create nutritional plans.

  • Katie Stratton, MA, RD, LDN
Transplant Pharmacist

The transplant pharmacist works with the lung transplant physicians and nurse practitioners to ensure that every patient's medication regimen is appropriate to their needs.

  • Tamara Claridge, PharmD, BCPS
Manager, Transplant Outreach & Communication
Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Respiratory therapists and physical therapists assess patients' physical fitness and make recommendations for exercise to promote strength, endurance and flexibility.

  • Joseph Adler, PT, DPT, CCS
  • Rodney Simcox, RRT
Pancreas Transplant
Pancreas Transplant Surgeons

Non-Physician Providers

  • Georgine Smith, MS, MHS, PA-C
  • Kelly Cederquist, MMSc, PA-C
Pancreas Transplant Nephrologists
Pancreas Transplant Coordinators
Social Workers
  • Jason Kim, MSW
  • Regina Miller, MSW
  • Elizabeth Spina, MSW
Financial Coordinators
  • Kara Hovatter
  • Tara Koslowski
Transplant Nutritionist
  • Tiffany Donahue, RD, LDN
Transplant Pharmacist
  • Jennifer Trofe-Clark, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS
Transplant Outreach Coordinator
Clinical Director, Abdominal Organ Transplant
  • Geri Libetti, MSN, RN, CCTC
Manager, Transplant Outreach and Communication
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