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.


Many of the physicians who have medical staff privileges to practice medicine at
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are independent physicians, and not employees or agents of the hospital. These independent physicians bill separately for their services. You should contact your physician to determine their status and billing practices.


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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, MBA

Director Division of Transplant Surgery

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Fardad Esmailian, MD

Surgical Director Heart Transplant

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Lawrence S. Czer, MD

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

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Jignesh K. Patel, MD, PhD

Cardiology

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Medical Directors

Michele Hamilton, MD

Director Heart Failure Program

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Jaime D. Moriguchi, MD

Cardiology

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Transplant Cardiologists

Babak Azarbal, MD

Cardiology

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David H. Chang, MD

Cardiology

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Dael Geft, MD

Cardiology

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Antoine (Alhajje) Hage, MD

Cardiologist

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Michelle M. Kittleson, MD, PhD

Cardiology

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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

Surgery-Cardio-Thoracic

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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