Meet the Heart Transplant Program 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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Mark Siegel Family Foundation Distinguished Chair and Director of the Heart Institute
Director, Heart Institute
Professor, Medicine
SPECIALTY
IM Cardiology
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DSL/Thomas D. Gordon Chair in Heart Transplantation Medicine
SPECIALTY
IM Cardiology
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Esther and Mark Schulman Chair in Surgery and Transplantation Medicine
Director, Transplant
Director, Comprehensive Transplant Center
Professor, Surgery
Director, Division of Transplant Surgery
Professor, Surgery
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Surgery-General Surgery, Surgery Transplant Surgery
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Surgical Director, Heart Transplant
Professor, Surgery
SPECIALTY
Surgery-Cardio-Thoracic
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Medical Director, Heart Transplant Program
Associate Medical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program
Co-Medical Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Database
Professor, Medicine
SPECIALTY
IM Cardiology
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Director, Heart Failure Program
SPECIALTY
IM Cardiology
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

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.