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Christian A. Bermudez, MD

Christian A. Bermudez, MD Physician

Director of Thoracic Transplantation Surgical Director, Lung Transplantation and ECMO Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • French
  • Spanish

Dr. Bermudez is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adventitial Cystic Disease
  • Aneurysm Repair Surgery
  • Anomalies of Pulmonary Circulation
  • Anomalous Pulmonary Artery
  • Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return
  • Aortic Arch Aneurysm
  • Aortic Root Replacement
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Ulcer
  • Aortic Valve Procedures
  • Aortic Valve Sclerosis
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Atrial Septal Defect Repair
  • Atrioventricular Canal Defect
  • Balloon Catheter
  • Bloodless Cardiac Surgery
  • Cadaveric Transplant
  • Cardiac Implant Closure Devices
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Circulatory Assist Devices
  • Collateral Vessel Closure
  • Combined Heart Lung Transplant
  • Congenital Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Convergent Procedure
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG)
  • Double Aortic Arch
  • Embolectomy
  • Endocardial Cushion Defect
  • Enhanced External Counterpulsation
  • Epicardial Lead Placement
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  • Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • Heart Transplant Rejection
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis
  • Impella Insertion
  • Impella Management
  • Infiltrative Disorders of the Heart
  • Infundibular Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Konno Procedure
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure
  • Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device
  • Loeys-Dietz Syndrome
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Maternal Valvular Disease
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Median Sternotomy
  • Mediastinal Disorders
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Mediastinitis
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Closure of Atrial Septal Defect
  • Minimally Invasive Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Ventricular Septal Defect Closure
  • Mitral Regurgitation
  • Mitral Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Multi-Organ Transplant
  • Myocardial Bridge
  • Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Organ Donation
  • Paravalvular Leak Repair
  • Patent Foramen Ovale Closure
  • Percutaneous Atrial Septal Defect Closure
  • Percutaneous Ventricular Septal Defect Closure
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Pericardiotomy
  • Prosthetic Heart Valves
  • Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Clearance for Surgery
  • Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy
  • Pulmonary Valve Disorders
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis (PVS)
  • Pulmonic Valve Replacement
  • Reoperative Cardiac Surgery
  • Replacement of Heart Valve
  • Rheolytic Thrombectomy
  • Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis
  • Robotic Cardiac Surgery
  • Rupture of Papillary Muscle
  • Septal Myectomy
  • Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Thoracic Aneurysm Repair
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair
  • Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm
  • Thrombectomy
  • Total Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair
  • Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Replacement
  • Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Replacement
  • Transplant Evaluation
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tube Pericardiostomy
  • Valve-Sparing Surgery
  • Valvuloplasty
  • Ventricular Aneurysm
  • Ventricular Septal Defect Repair
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Concepcion
Residency: University of Chile School of Medicine
Fellowship: Hospital Clinico Universidad de Chile
Fellowship: Mayo Clinic
Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


American Heart Association, National American Medical Association, National American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, National American Society of Transplant Surgeons, National Chilean Society of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, International Chilean Society of Transplantation, International Collaborative Clinical Research Committee: Priorities in Lung Transplantation, American Association for Thoracic Surgery/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, International Medical Advisory and Policy Board, Gift of Life, Philadelphia, PA, Local Priesley Society of Surgery, National The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, National Thoracic Solid Organ Heart Committee, Aetna, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Bermudez is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Courtwright Andrew M, Zaleski Derek, Tevald Michael, Adler Joe, Singer Jonathan P, Cantu Edward E, Bermudez Christian A, Diamond Joshua M: Discharge frailty following lung transplantation. Clinical transplantation : e13694,2019 epub.

Lorusso Roberto, Raffa Giuseppe Maria, Kowalewski Mariusz, Alenizy Khalid, Sluijpers Niels, Makhoul Maged, Brodie Daniel, McMullan Mike, Wang I-Wen, Meani Paolo, MacLaren Graeme, Dalton Heidi, Barbaro Ryan, Hou Xaotong, Cavarocchi Nicholas, Chen Yih-Sharng, Thiagarajan Ravi, Alexander Peta, Alsoufi Bahaaldin, Bermudez Christian A, Shah Ashish S, Haft Jonathan, Oreto Lilia, D'Alessandro David A, Boeken Udo, Whitman Glenn: Structured review of post-cardiotomy extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: Part 2-pediatric patients. The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation : 2019 epub.

Sertic Federico, Diagne Dieynaba, Rame Eduardo, Wald Joyce, Richards Thomas, Chavez Lexy, Na Sean, Jason Han, Patrick William, Habertheuer Andreas, Gutsche Jacob, Vallabhajosyula Prashanth, Desai Nimesh, Atluri Pavan, Acker Michael A, Bermudez Christian: Short-term outcomes and predictors of in-hospital mortality with the use of veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in elderly patients with refractory cardiogenic shock. The Journal of cardiovascular surgery : 2019 epub.

Chen Carol W, Auvil Bryan J, Zhang Jason C, Chung Jennifer J, Gaffey Ann C, Bermudez Christian A, Goldberg Lee R, Acker Michael A, Atluri Pavan: Transplant Volume Is Associated With Graft Acceptance Threshold and Center Resource Availability. Journal of cardiac failure : 2019 epub.

McLean Rhondalyn C, Reese Peter P, Acker Michael, Atluri Pavan, Bermudez Christian, Goldberg Lee, Abt Peter L, Blumberg Emily A, Van Deerlin Vivianna M, Reddy K Rajender, Bloom Roy D, Hasz Richard, Suplee Lawrence, Sicilia Anna, Woodards Ashley, Zahid Muhammad Nauman, Bar Katharine J, Porrett Paige, Levine Matthew, Hornsby Nicole, Gentile Caren, Smith Jennifer, Goldberg David S: Transplanting hepatitis C virus-infectedĀ hearts into uninfected recipients: A single-arm trial. American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons : 2019 epub.

Bermudez C, Swain J: ECMO as a bridge to lung transplantation Difficult Decisions in Cardiothoracic Critical Care Surgery : 2019 (in press).

Suzuki Y, Bermudez C: Management of primary graft dysfunction Lung Transplantation Surgery : 2019 (in press).

Bhardwaj Abhishek, Miano Todd, Geller Bram, Milewski Rita C, Williams Matthew, Bermudez Christian, Vallabhajosyula Prashant, Patel Prakash, Mackay Emily, Vernick William, Lane-Fall Meghan, Raiten Jesse, McDonald Michael, Haddle John, Gutsche Jacob: Venovenous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Patients With Return of Spontaneous Circulation After Cardiac Arrest Owing to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia 33 (8): 2216-2220,2019 .

Han Jason J, Hoenisch Kelly, Bermudez Christian: Designing an Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Protocol: It Is Time to Address Quality. ASAIO journal (American Society for Artificial Internal Organs : 1992) 65 (6): 533-534,2019 .

Sertic Federico, Crespo Maria M, Milas Bonnie, Bermudez Christian: Early diagnosis and management of pulmonary vein thrombosis following lung transplant. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 157 (6): e419-e421,2019 .

Academic Contact Info

Division of Cardiovascular Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, 6 Silverstein

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 614-0329
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)