Ventricular Assistive Device Program | Meet our Team

The primary members of the VAD team are: 

  • cardiac surgeon
  • cardiologist with expertise in mechanical circulatory support
  • nurse practitioners coordinators
  • social workers
  • pharmacists
  • dietitian

The VAD team works in close conjunction with the Cardiomyopathy, Cardiology Anticoagulation Monitoring, Heart Failure and Heart Transplant teams. Together, we coordinate care for advanced heart failure patients to assure a standardized level of management across the institution.

The VAD team also coordinates care with a larger, multidisciplinary team including, but not limited to, cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, heart transplant coordinators, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, nutritionists, psychologists/psychiatrists, ECMO specialists, palliative care physicians, financial coordinators, child life specialists, physical therapists, and nurse practitioners to meet comprehensive patient needs.  

Christina J, VanderPluym, MD

Christina J. VanderPluym, MD

Medical Director, Ventricular Assist Device Program; Medical Director, Cardiac Antithrombosis Management and Monitoring Program (CAMP), Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Frances Fynn-Thompson, MD

Francis Fynn-Thompson, MD

Surgical Director, Ventricular Assist Device Program; Surgical Director, Lung Transplant Program; Surgical Director, Heart Transplant Program; Associate in Cardiac Surgery; Co-Director, Center for Airway Disorders, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Luis Guillermo Quinonez, MD, FRCS(C)

Luis Guillermo Quinonez, MD, FRCS(C)

Assistant, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Instructor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Kevin Daly

Kevin P. Daly, MD

Attending, Department of Cardiology, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Elizabeth D.  Blume

Elizabeth Blume, MD

Director, Advanced Cardiac Therapies; Medical Director, Heart Transplant Program; Medical Director, Heart Failure Program, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Beth Hawkins, RN, MSN, FNP-C

Ventricular Assist Device Coordinator, Cardiology Anticoagulation Management Program Nurse Practitioner,
Catharine Thompson MS RD LDN

Catharine Seiler, MS, RD, LDN

Clinical Nutrition Specialist,
Lauren Smizer

Lauren Smizer, BS, CCLS

Child Life Specialist,
Lynne Long

Lynne Long, BA, CCLS, CEIM

Child Life Specialist I,
Katie Huyler

Kate Huyler, MS, CCLS

Child Life Specialist,
Patricia Ibeziako, MD

Patricia Ibeziako, MD

Director for Clinical Affairs, Department of Psychiatry; Director, Psychiatry Consultation Service, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Kristine McKenna, PhD

Kristine McKenna, PhD

Attending Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry; Associate in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Michelle Corf, MSW, LCSW

Michelle Corf, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker, Department of Cardiology,
Emily Holman, MSW, LICSW

Emily Holman, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker, Department of Cardiac Surgery,
Michelle Martin

Michelle Martin,

Administrative Assistant,