Expert Team

The Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at the Smidt Heart Institute brings together a team of surgeons, cardiologists, specialists and professionals from myriad disciplines. With this multifaceted and highly experienced team, patients have access to world-class treatments for end-stage heart failure.


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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Advanced Heart Failure Cardiologists

Jon A. Kobashigawa, MD

DSL/Thomas D. Gordon Chair in Heart Transplantation Medicine

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Jaime D. Moriguchi, MD

Cardiology

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Babak Azarbal, MD

Cardiology

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David H. Chang, MD

Cardiology

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Robert M. Cole, MD

Cardiology

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Lawrence S. Czer, MD

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

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Dael Geft, MD

Cardiology

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Antoine Hage, MD

Cardiology

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Michele A. Hamilton, MD

Director Heart Failure Program

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Michelle M. Kittleson, MD, PhD

Cardiology

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Evan P. Kransdorf, MD, PhD

Cardiology

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Jignesh K. Patel, MD, PhD

Cardiology

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Surgical Physicians

Francisco A. Arabía, MD

Director Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
Surgical Director Mechanical Circulatory Support Program

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Joshua S. Chung, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Fardad Esmailian, MD

Surgical Director Heart Transplant
Professor Surgery

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Danny Ramzy, MD

Surgical Director Lung Transplant Program
Director Robotic & Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

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Alfredo Trento, MD

Director Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
Professor Surgery

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