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Christian A. Bermudez, MD

Christian A. Bermudez, MD Physician

Director of Thoracic Transplantation Surgical Director, Lung Transplantation and ECMO Associate 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

Programs & Centers:

Clinical Expertise:

  • Atrial Septal Defect Closure
  • Biventricular Device Implantation
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG)
  • Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP)
  • Heart Transplant - Post-Transplant Follow-Up
  • Heart Transplant Evaluation
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Valve Surgery
  • Orthotopic Heart Transplantation
  • Patent Foramen Ovale Closure
  • Pulmonary Vein Antrum Isolation (PVAI)
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Ventricular Assist Device

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:

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

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

Bermudez C: Heart-lung transplantation Rob & Smith's Operative Cardiac Surgery, 6th Edition : 2019.

Bermudez C, Poynter J: ECMO and temporary mechanical circulatory assistance Rob & Smith's Operative Cardiac Surgery, 6th Edition : 2019.

Mulligan Michael S, Weill David, Davis R Duane, Christie Jason D, Farjah Farhood, Singer Jonathan P, Hartwig Matthew, Sanchez Pablo G, Kreisel Daniel, Ware Lorraine B, Bermudez Christian, Hachem Ramsey R, Weyant Michael J, Gries Cynthia, Awori Hayanga Jeremiah W, Griffith Bartley P, Snyder Laurie D, Odim Jonah, Craig J Matthew, Aggarwal Neil R, Reineck Lora A: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and American Association for Thoracic Surgery Workshop Report: Identifying collaborative clinical research priorities in lung transplantation Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 156(6) : 2355-2365,2018 .

Bhama Jay K, Bansal Utsav, Winger Daniel G, Teuteberg Jeffrey J, Bermudez Christian, Kormos Robert L, Bansal Aditya: Clinical experience with temporary right ventricular mechanical circulatory support Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 156 (5): 1885-1891,2018 .

Zhang D, Jkang J, Restle D, Hennessy-Strahs S, Bermudez C, Acker M, Atluri P, Bartoli C: Clinical and in vitro evidence that LVAD-induced Von Willebrand Factor degradation alters angiogenesis Circulation: Heart Failure 11 (9): e004638,2018.

Shah Pranav R, Boisen Michael L, Winger Daniel G, Marquez Jose, Bermudez Christian A, Bhama Jay K, Shigemura Norihisa, D'Cunha Jonathan, Subramaniam Kathirvel: Corrigendum to 'Extracorporeal Support During Bilateral Sequential Lung Transplantation in Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension: Risk factors and Outcomes' [Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia volume 31/2 (2017) 418-425]. Journal of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Anesthesia 32 (4): 2034,2018.

Menachem J, Birati E, Zamani P, Owens A, Atluri P, Bermudez C, Drajpuch D, Yuli K, Rame E, Palanivel V, Wald J, Acker M, Mazurek J: Pulmonary hypertension-barrier or just a bump in the road in transplanting adults with congenital heart disease Congenital Heart Disease 13 (4): 492-498,2018.

Gutsche Jacob T, Miano Todd A, Vernick William, Raiten Jesse, Bermudez Christian, Vallabjoysula Prashant, Milewski Karianna, Szeto Wilson, Fall Meghan Lane, Williams Matthew L, Patel Prakash, Mikkelsen Mark E, Chiu Cornel, Ramakrishna Harish, Canon Jeremy, Augoustides John G: Does a mobile ECLS program reduce mortality for patients transported for ECLS therapy for severe acute respiratory failure? Journal of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Anesthesia 32 (3): 1137-1141,2018.

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)