Penn Transplant Institute

Transplant Physicians & Teams

Hand Transplant

The Penn Hand Transplant multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Surgeons in:
    • Orthopaedics
    • Plastics
    • Transplantation
  • Transplant anesthesiologists
  • Nurses
  • Transplant nutritionists
  • Transplant pharmacists
  • Hand therapists
  • Immunology/tissue typing specialists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Financial coordinators
Heart Transplant

Cardiovascular Surgeons

Heart Failure Physicians

Heart Transplant Clinical Practitioners

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

Non-Physician Providers

  • Georgine Smith, MS, MHS, PA-C
  • Kelly Cederquist, MMSc, PA-C

Kidney Transplant Nephrologists

Kidney Transplant Coordinators

Social Workers

  • Jason Kim, MSW
  • Regina Miller, MSW
  • Elizabeth Spina, MSW

Financial Coordinators

  • Bernadette Selera
  • Tara Koslowski

Transplant Nutritionist

  • Carol Bergen, MS, RD, CSR, 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, BSN, 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

Liver Transplant Hepatologists

Transplant Coordinators

Living Donor Advocate

  • Leanne Wilkofsy, MSW, LSWM

Social Workers

  • Senaysish Addis, MSW
  • Chrystal Liebold, MSW

Financial Coordinator

  • Kaomi China

Transplant Nutritionist

  • Carol Bergen, MS, RD, CSR, LDN

Transplant Pharmacist

  • Erin Ticehurst, PharmD

Transplant Psychiatrist

Living Donor Team

Transplant Outreach & Communication

Clinical Director, Abdominal Organ Transplant

  • Geri Libetti, BSN, 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

  • Carol Bergen, MS, RD, CSR, 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, BSN, RN, CCTC

Manager, Transplant Outreach and Communication