Expert Team

The Heart Transplant Program at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute leads the nation in adult heart transplants. It brings together a team of professionals from myriad disciplines that provide world class pre- and post-transplant cardiac care to patients.


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Leadership

Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD

Director Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute

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Jon Kobashigawa, MD

Director Advanced Heart Disease
Director Heart Transplant Program

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Andrew S. Klein, MD, FACS, MBA

Director Comprehensive Transplant Center
Esther and Mark Schulman Chair Surgery and Transplantation Medicine

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Fardad Esmailian, MD

Surgical Director Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device Program

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Lawrence Czer, MD

Medical Director Heart Transplant Program
Associate Medical Director Mechanical Circulatory Support Program

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Jignesh Patel, MD, PhD

Co-Medical Director Heart Transplant Program

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Medical Directors

Michele Hamilton, MD

Director Heart Failure Program

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Jaime Moriguchi, MD

Medical Director Mechanical Circulatory Support Program

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Transplant Cardiologists

Babak Azarbal, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Associate Program Director Post-Graduate Education in Interventional Cardiology

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David H. Chang, MD

Associate Director Postgraduate Medical Education in Heart Failure and Transplantation
Cardiology

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Dael Geft, MD

Cardiologist

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Antoine (Alhajje) Hage, MD

Cardiologist

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Michelle Maya Kittleson, MD

Cardiologist

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Transplant Surgeons

Alfredo Trento, MD

Director Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Estelle Abe and Marjorie Sanders Chair in Cardiac Surgery

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Francisco A. Arabia, MD

Surgical Director Mechanical Circulatory Support Program

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Wen Cheng, MD

Director Surgical Lung Transplant Program

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Danny Ramzy, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Surgical Director Lung Transplant Program
Director Extracorporeal Life Support Program

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Heart Transplant Coordinators

  • Angela Velleca, RN, CCTC (lead coordinator)
  • Linda Piponniau, RN, CCTC (lead coordinator)
  • Malissa Johnson, RN, CCTC
  • Tina Kao, RN, CCTC
  • Brenda Kearney, RN, CCTC
  • Bryan May, RN, CCTC
  • Noelle Perry, RN
  • Jenna Rush, RN, MSN, CCTC
  • Emily Stimpson, RN, CCTC

Social Work

  • Ellen Anifantis, MSW

Financial Counselors

  • Cecilia Arevalo
  • Chris Brown


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