Penn Transplant Institute

Lung Transplant Physicians and Teams

The members of the Penn Lung Transplant team include:

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 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

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