Dr. Blumenthal has been a nurse with the Penn Lung Transplant Team since its inception in 1991. She cares for patients and their families throughout all phases of lung and heart-lung transplantation including consultation, evaluation, transplantation and follow-up. In her role as Director of Clinical Practice & Senior Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Blumenthal leads the interdisciplinary team in clinical care planning and partners with her medical and surgical colleagues in the strategic planning and development of the program.
Widely published on topics of lung transplantation and pulmonary disease, Dr Blumenthal has contributed to both nursing and medical literature. She has lectured regionally, nationally and internationally on the expanding role of nurse practitioners within the field of transplant as well as subjects pertaining to end stage pulmonary disease and lung transplantation. She holds a faculty appointment as an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr Blumenthal is the recipient of multiple awards for clinical excellence and leadership in nursing and has the distinction to be the first nurse to have a have a professorship in medicine endowed in her name. In 2006, the Craig and Elaine Dobbin and Nancy P. Blumenthal Professorship in Medicine was established to celebrate and support physician-nursing collaborative practice in advanced lung disease and lung transplantation at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2015, she earned her Doctorate of Nursing from Yale University. Her capstone project titled "Missing Domains of Lung Transplant Patient Selection" spoke to the nursing perspective of lung transplant patient evaluation.