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​Our Heart Transplant Experts

UPMC's multidisciplinary heart transplant team offers a comprehensive continuum of care, from initial diagnosis through post-operative recovery and rehabilitation.

Heart Transplant Program Cardiologists

Dr. Jeffrey Teuteberg

Jeffrey Teuteberg, MD
Director, Advanced Heart Failure Program
Medical Directo​​r, Heart Transplantatio​n

Gavin Hickey
Gavin Hickey, MD
Cardiologist, Advanced Heart Failure​ 
Jonathan Holtz
Jonathan Holtz, MD
Cardiologist, Advanced Heart Failure
Dr. Michael Mathier

Michael Mathier, MD
Director, Section of Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension

Dr. Dennis McNamara

Dennis M. McNamara, MD
Director, Heart Failure Research Center

Brittany Palmer
Brittany Palmer, MD
Cardiologist, Advanced Heart Failure
Dr. Ravi Ramani

Ravi Ramani, MD
Director, UPMC Integrated Heart Failure Program

Dr. Marc Simon

Marc Simon, MD
Director, Heart Failure Research

Cardiothoracic Transplantation Program Surgeons

The following surgeons are members of the Cardiothoracic Transplantation Division of UPMC's Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery:

Dr. Robert Kormos

Robert Kormos, MD
Director, Artificial Heart Program
Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Luigi Lagazzi Luigi Lagazzi, MD
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Christopher Sciortino Christopher Sciortino, MD, PhD
Surgical Director, Advanced Heart Failure Center​

​Cardiac Transplantation Program Pharmacist 

​​Michael A. Shullo Michael A. Shullo, Pharm.D
Associate Director, Cardiac Transplantation
Director of Pharmacotherapy, Artificial Heart Program

Heart Transplant Team

As members of a pioneering heart transplantation program, UPMC's transplant cardiologists and surgeons are dedicated to delivering the best in comprehensive treatment. Our multidisciplinary team is known for its ability to consider each person's case in the context of its own challenges and opportunities.

Together, we strive to provide expert heart care that results in improved outcomes, no matter how complex the case.

Transplant Cardiologists

Not every cardiologist is a transplant cardiologist.

Transplant cardiologists:

  • Manage your medical treatment and provide support throughout the entire heart transplant process.
  • Participate in selecting any necessary heart-assist devices.
  • Stabilize you before heart transplant surgery.

If you're already under a cardiologist's care, he or she can work with your transplant cardiologist to ensure the best approach to treatment.

Transplant Surgeons

Our transplant surgeons:

  • Evaluate you to determine whether you're eligible for heart-assist devices and heart transplantation.
  • Perform the donor and transplant operations and manage any surgical decisions.
  • Work closely with transplant cardiologists to ensure seamless, comprehensive care.

Other Members of the Heart Transplant Team

In addition to transplant cardiologists and transplant surgeons, other health care professionals on your heart transplant team include:

  • Transplant coordinators
  • Specialized nurses
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Pathologists
  • Dieticians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Social workers
  • Pharmacists

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