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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. Below is a list of Penn's transplant surgeons.
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. Below is a list of Penn's pulmonologists.
- Vivek Ahya, MD, MBA
- Jason D. Christie, MD, MS
- Joshua M. Diamond, MD, MSCE
- Associate Medical Director
- Denis Hadjiliadis, MD
- James C. Lee, MD
- Namrata Patel, MD
- Mary Porteous, MD
- Daniel Dorgan, MD
- Director, Cystic Fibrosis Program
- Steven Kawut, MD
- Director, Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program
- Maryl Kreider, MD
- Co-Director, Interstitial Lung Disease Program
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. Below is a list of Penn's nurse practitioners.
- Nancy Blumenthal, DNP, CRNP, CCTC
- Director of Clinical Practice, Senior Nurse Practitioner
- Jaclyn Golato, MSN, CRNP
- J. Eric Hobson, MSN, CRNP
- James Mendez, PhD, CRNP
Social workers provide advocacy, supportive counseling, communication, and education throughout the transplant process. Below is a list of Penn's social workers.
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. Below is a list of Penn's finance coordinators.
The lung transplant team dietitian meets with patients to discuss eating habits, nutritional needs and create nutritional plans. Below is a list of Penn's Dietitians.
- Katie Stratton, MA, RD, LDN
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. Below is a list of Penn's transplant pharmacists.
- Tamara Claridge, PharmD, BCPS
Respiratory therapists and physical therapists assess patients' physical fitness and make recommendations for exercise to promote strength, endurance and flexibility. Below is a list of our respiratory and physical therapists.
- Joseph Adler, PT, DPT, CCS
- Rodney Simcox, RRT