Penn Transplant Institute

Lung Transplant Physicians and Teams

The members of the Penn Lung Transplant team include:

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.


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

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