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 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
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
Kidney Transplant
Kidney Transplant Surgeons
Kidney Transplant Nephrologists
Non-Physician Providers
  • Georgine 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
  • Bernadette Selera
  • Tara Koslowski
Transplant Nutritionist
  • Tiffany Donahue, RD, LDN
Transplant Pharmacist
  • Jennifer Trofe, PharmD, BCPS
Renal Nurse Practitioners
  • Christina Braun, MSN, CRNP
  • Carolyn Mylowe, MSN, CRNP
  • Trisha Duncan, MSN, CRNP
  • Jenna Angerstein, MSN, CRNP, CCTN
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

  • Diane Peyton, BSN, RN (In-Patient Service)
Surgery:
  • Georgine Smith, MS, MHS, PA-C
  • Kelly Cederquist, MMSc, PA-C
Hepatology:
  • Brenda Appolo, MHS, PA-C
  • Lori Sinese, PA-C
  • Jennifer Deuel, MS, PA-C
  • Alexandra Garzone, MHS, PA-C
  • Melissa J. Ferrari, MPAS, PA-C
Liver Transplant Hepatologists

Chief, Hepatology

Medical Director

Hepatologists

Living Donor Advocate
  • Leanne Wilkofsy, MSW, LSWM
Social Workers
  • Senaysish Addis, MSW
  • Chrystal Liebold, MSW
Financial Coordinator
  • Kaomi China
Transplant Coordinators
Transplant Nutritionist
  • Kristen Dwinnells, RD, CNSC, LDN
Transplant Pharmacist
  • Erin Ticehurst, PharmD
Transplant Psychiatrist
Living Donor Team
Transplant Outreach & Communication
Clinical Director, Abdominal Organ Transplant
  • Geri Libetti, MSN, RN, CCTC
Lung Transplant
Lung Transplant Surgeons

Physicians trained to perform surgeries of the chest, including both the heart and lung. Surgeons perform the lung transplant operation and helps care for patients immediately following surgery.

Pulmonologists

Medical doctors who specializes in diseases of the lungs and have specific training to manage the complex medical issues that may arise following transplantation. Pulmonologists provide care before, during and after the surgery.

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

Experienced, specialized nurses who works closely with the transplant pulmonologist to develop a medical plan of care. 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
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.

  • Andrew Haas, BS
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
Manager, Transplant Outreach & Communication
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
  • Bernadette Selera
  • Tara Koslowski
Transplant Nutritionist
  • Tiffany Donahue, RD, LDN
Transplant Pharmacist
  • Jennifer Trofe, PharmD, BCPS
Renal Nurse Practitioners
  • Christina Braun, MSN, CRNP
  • Carolyn Mylowe, MSN, CRNP
  • Trisha Duncan, MSN, CRNP
  • Jenna Angerstein, MSN, CRNP, CCTN)
Transplant Outreach Coordinator
Clinical Director, Abdominal Organ Transplant
  • Geri Libetti, MSN, RN, CCTC
Manager, Transplant Outreach and Communication
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