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 VanderPluym MD

Christina J. VanderPluym, MD

Medical Director, Ventricular Assist Device Program; Medical Director, Cardiac Antithrombosis Management and Monitoring Program (CAMP), Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Francis Fynn-Thompson

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 BSc

Luis Guillermo Quinonez, MD, FRCS(C)

Assistant in Cardiac Surgery, Instructor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Kevin Daly

Kevin P. Daly, MD

Attending in Cardiology, Heart Failure and Transplant Service, 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,

Director, Psychiatry Consultation Service; Associate in Psychiatry, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry
Kristine McKenna PhD

Kristine McKenna, PhD

Transplant Psychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Michelle Corf LCSW

Michelle Corf, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker,
Emily Holman LICSW

Emily Holman, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker,
Michelle Martin

Michelle Martin,

Administrative Assistant,