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Rhondalyn C. McLean, MD, MHS

Rhondalyn C. McLean, MD, MHS Physician

Associate Medical Director of Heart Transplant Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. McLean is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Cardiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Cardiovascular Disease, 2008

Clinical Expertise:

  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Transplant - Post-Transplant Follow-Up
  • Heart Transplant Evaluation
  • Heart Transplantation

Description of Clinical Expertise

Heart Failure and Transplantation
Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF)
End Stage Heart Failure
Mechanical Circulatory Support

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • 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

Education and Training

Medical School: University of California - San Francisco
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital


American Heart Association, National Heart Failure Society of America, National International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. McLean is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Genetic Polymorphisms in Response to Heart Failure Medications
End-stage Heart Failure

Selected Publications:

Han J, Gaffey A, Soopan R, Hung G, McLean R, Acker M, Howard J, Phillips E, Venataraman C, Acker M, Atluri: HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist Device Geometry on Chest Radiograph Does Not Correlate with Risk of Pump Thrombosis ASAIO Journal : 2016.

Amrut V. Ambardekar, MD; Rhondalyn C. Forde-McLean, MD, MHS; Michelle M. Kittleson, MD, PhD; Garrick C. Stewart, MD; Maryse Palardy, MD; Jennifer T. Thibodeau, MD,MSc; Adam D. DeVore, MD; Maria M. Mountis, DO; Linda Cadaret, MD; Jeffrey J. Teuteberg, MD; Salpy V. Pamboukian, MD,MSPH; Ryan S. Cantor, MSPH; JoAnn Lindenfeld: High Early Event Rates in Patients with Questionable Eligibility for Advanced Heart Failure Therapies: Results from the Medical Arm of Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (Medamacs) Registry. JHLT : 2016.

Slotwiner D, Varma N, Akar JG, Annas G, Beardsall M, Fogel RI, Galizio NO, Glotzer TV, Leahy RA, Love CJ, McLean RC, Mittal S, Morichelli L, Patton KK, Raitt MH, Ricci RP, Rickard J, Schoenfeld MH, Serwer GA, Shea J, Varosy P, Verma A: HRS Expert Consensus Statement on remote interrogation and monitoring for cardiovascular implantable electronic devices. Heart Rhythm 12 (7): e69-100,2015.

Forde KA, McLean RC, O'Donnell W, Krok KL, Patel M, Lin G, Oh JK, Krowka MJ, Fallon MB: Impact of Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction on Patients Being Evaluated for Liver Transplantation American Transplant Congress : 2015.

Daniel P. Rhoades, MD, James H. Tabibian, MD, PhD, Kimberly A. Forde, MD, MHS, Rhondalyn C. McLean, MD, MHS, Vinay Chandrasekhara: Impact of time to endoscopy and source of bleeding on outcomes of acute gastrointestinal hemorrhage in patients with ventricular assist devices DDW : 2015.

Ahluwalia M, Owens A, Forde K, Jessup M: Clinical utility of right heart catheterization in patients listed for heart transplantation ISHLT : 2015.

MM Kittleson, CB Patel, RS Cantor, AD DeVore, AV Ambardekar, JT Thibodeau, SV Pamboukian, JJ Teuteberg, RC Forde-McLean, MM Mountis, M Palardy, GC Stewart: Physician Prediction of Outcomes in Ambulatory Patients with Advanced Heart Failure ACC : 2015.

Kim R, Cingolani O, Wittstein I, McLean R, Han L, Cheng K, Robinson E, Brinker J, Schulman SS, Berger RD, Henrikson CA: Mechanical alternans is associated with mortality in acute hospitalized heart failure: prospective mechanical alternans study (MAS). Circulation Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology 7 (2): 259-266,2014.

McLean RC: The challenge of treating heart failure: a diverse disease affecting diverse populations JAMA 310 (19): 2033-2034,2013.

Inflammatory Markers and the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease. Current Therapy in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery : 2013.

Academic Contact Info

3400 Civic Center Boulevard
PCAM 2 East

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2727
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)