Penn Transplant Institute

Heart Transplant Team and Physicians

Penn Heart Transplant Program brings together a team of surgeons, physicians, nurse specialists and hospital support staff who provide coordinated care throughout the entire transplant process. Their goal is to meet the unique physical and emotional needs of every patient in a caring, professional environment.

While primarily committed to patient care, these faculty members are also actively engaged in clinical and laboratory research designed to improve survival and quality of life for heart transplant recipients.

The following members of the heart transplant team are involved in patient care throughout the transplant process:

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 Practitioner
  • 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