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Christian A. Bermudez, MD

Christian A. Bermudez, MD Surgeon

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
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • 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 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
  • Vetrans Choice Program (6/2018 Not Active)

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 European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery committee to develop an expert consensus statement regarding the use of ECMO for post-cardiotomy shock, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, National Heart Failure/Transplant Scientific Council, The International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, International International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, International Johns Hopkins University Committee for the Development of National and International Guidelines, Curriculum and Performance Metrics for ECLS, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, National Mechanical Circulatory Support Council, The International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, International Medical Advisory and Policy Board, Gift of Life., Local Priesley Society of Surgery, National The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, National Thoracic Organ Transplantation Committee, American Society of Transplant Surgeons., National Thoracic Solid Organ Heart Committee, Aetna, National Workforce on International Relationships, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, National Workforce on Surgical Treatment of End-Stage Cardiopulmonary Disease. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, 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:

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. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery : 2018.

Warnecke Gregor, Van Raemdonck Dirk, Smith Michael A, Massard Gilbert, Kukreja Jasleen, Rea Federico, Loor Gabriel, De Robertis Fabio, Nagendran Jayan, Dhital Kumud K, Moradiellos Díez Francisco Javier, Knosalla Christoph, Bermudez Christian A, Tsui Steven, McCurry Kenneth, Wang I-Wen, Deuse Tobias, Lesèche Guy, Thomas Pascal, Tudorache Igor, Kühn Christian, Avsar Murat, Wiegmann Bettina, Sommer Wiebke, Neyrinck Arne, Schiavon Marco, Calebrese Fiorella, Santelmo Nichola, Olland Anne, Falcoz Pierre-Emanuel: Normothermic ex-vivo preservation with the portable Organ Care System Lung device for bilateral lung transplantation (INSPIRE): a randomised, open-label, non-inferiority, phase 3 study. The Lancet. Respiratory medicine : 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 : 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 and vascular anesthesia : 2018.

Gaffey Ann C, Chen Carol W, Chung Jennifer J, Han Jason, Bermudez Christian A, Wald Joyce, Atluri Pavan: Is there a difference in bleeding after left ventricular assist device implant: centrifugal versus axial? Journal of cardiothoracic surgery 13 (1): 22,2018.

Crespo M, Bermudez C, Mulligan M, McCarthy D, Hopkins P, Clark S, D'Cunha J, Lease E, Leard L, Diamond J, Yun J, Cypel M, Wigfield C, Klepetko W, Verleden G, Hoetzenecker K, Dellgren G: ISHLT Consensus Statement on Adult and Pediatric Airway Complications after Lung Transplantation: Definitions, Grading System and Therapeutics Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation : 2018.

Anderson B, Chesley C, Theodore M, Christie C, Tino R, Wysoczanski A, Dramphal K, Oyster M, Kalman L, Porteous M, Bermudez C, Cantu E, Kolson D, Christie J, Diamond J, Tino G: Incidence, Risk Factors and Clinical Implications of Postoperative Delirium in Lung Transplant Recipients. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation : 2018.

Crespo M, Bermudez C, Molina M, Gardo L, Patel N, Zaleski D, Ahya V, Christie J, Hadjiliadis D, Lee J, Porteous M, Cantu E, Diamond J.: Causes, preventability and cost of unplanned re-hospitalizations within 30 days of discharge following lung transplantation. Transplantation : 2018.

Cantu Edward, Diamond Joshua M, Suzuki Yoshikazu, Lasky Jared, Schaufler Christian, Lim Brian, Shah Rupal, Porteous Mary, Lederer David J, Kawut Steven M, Palmer Scott M, Snyder Laurie D, Hartwig Matthew G, Lama Vibha N, Bhorade Sangeeta, Bermudez Christian, Crespo Maria, McDyer John, Wille Keith, Orens Jonathan, Shah Pali D, Weinacker Ann, Weill David, Wilkes David, Roe David, Hage Chadi, Ware Lorraine B, Bellamy Scarlett L, Christie Jason D: Quantitative Evidence for Revising the Definition of Primary Graft Dysfunction after Lung Transplant. American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine 197 (2): 235-243,2018.

Enriquez Andres, Liang Jackson, Gentile Javier, Schaller Robert D, Supple Gregory E, Frankel David S, Garcia Fermin C, Wald Joyce, Birati Edo Y, Rame J Eduardo, Bermudez Christian, Callans David J, Marchlinski Francis E, Santangeli Pasquale: Outcomes of rescue cardiopulmonary support for periprocedural acute hemodynamic decompensation in patients undergoing catheter ablation of electrical storm. Heart rhythm 15 (1): 75-80,2018.

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)