Meet the Heart Transplant Expert Team
Since 2010, no hospital has performed more adult heart transplants than Cedars-Sinai. Trust your heart transplant to a team that has the most experience with these sophisticated procedures, achieving patient outcomes that exceed the national average, according to the independent Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.
Expertise & Partnership
Jon Kobashigawa, MD, and Fardad Esmailian, MD, director and surgical director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Transplant Program, bring a wealth of experience and a strong, collaborative spirit to their leadership of an interdisciplinary team that includes unrivaled expertise in transplant cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, advanced practice nursing, transplant coordination, transplant pharmacy, infectious disease, pathology, immunology, social work and clinical research.
Heart Transplant Coordinators
- Angela Velleca, RN, CCTC
- Barone Heather, RN, CCRN, RN-BC
- Tina Kao RN, CCTC
- Brenda Kearney, RN, CCTC
- Bryan May RN, CCTC
- DeGroodt Karleen, RN, CPTC
- Ransbottom Nicole, RN, CCTC
- Curry Michelle RN, CCTC
- Riano Karlene RN, CMSRN, PCCN
- Norland Kristine, RN, CCTC
- Yakulis Alexandra, RN, CCTN
- Mikhail Noura, RN
- Nicole Kissling, MSN, ACNP-BC
- Gina Jamero, MSN ACNP-BC
- Frances Deleon, MSN ACNP-BC
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