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.

Fardad Esmailian, MD, and Jon Kobashigawa, MD
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.

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Esther and Mark Schulman Chair in Surgery and Transplantation Medicine
Director, Transplant
Director, Comprehensive Transplant Center
Director, Division of Transplant Surgery
Professor, Surgery
Surgery Transplant Surgery, Surgery-General Surgery
Liver Transplant, Fatty Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal Oncology
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Surgical Director, Lung Transplant Program
Surgical Co-Director of CSICU,
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Assistant Professor, Surgery
Surgical Director, Lung Transplant Program
Director, Robotic & Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Assistant Professor, Surgery
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Associate Director, Aortic Surgery Program
Associate Professor, Surgery
Vascular Surgery, Surgery-Cardio-Thoracic

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
Nurse Practitioners
  • Nicole Kissling, MSN, ACNP-BC
  • Gina Jamero, MSN ACNP-BC
  • Frances Deleon, MSN ACNP-BC

Many of the physicians who have medical staff privileges to practice medicine at Cedars-Sinaiare 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.