Ventricular Assistive Device Program | Meet our Team

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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)

Department: Cardiology

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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

Department: Cardiac Surgery

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Luis Guillermo Quinonez MD BSc

Luis Guillermo Quinonez, MD, FRCS(C)

Assistant in Cardiac Surgery

Department: Cardiac Surgery

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Kevin Daly

Kevin P. Daly, MD

Attending in Cardiology, Heart Failure and Transplant Service

Department: Cardiology

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Elizabeth D.  Blume

Elizabeth Blume, MD

Director, Advanced Cardiac Therapies; Medical Director, Heart Transplant Program; Medical Director, Heart Failure Program

Department: Cardiology

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Beth Hawkins, RN, MSN, FNP-C

Ventricular Assist Device Coordinator, Cardiology Anticoagulation Management Program Nurse Practitioner

Department: Cardiology

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Margaret Langhorst-Evans, CPNP

Margaret Evans-Langhorst, CPNP

Nurse Practitioner

Department: Cardiology

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Amy Hellinger PharmD

Amy Hellinger, PharmD, BCPS

Pharmacist

Department: Cardiology

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Catharine Thompson MS RD LDN

Catharine Seiler, MS, RD, LDN

Clinical Nutrition Specialist

Department: Gastroenterology Hepatology Nutrition

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Lauren Smizer

Lauren Smizer, BS, CCLS

Child Life Specialist

Department: Cardiology

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Lynne Long

Lynne Long, BA, CCLS, CEIM

Child Life Specialist I

Department: Cardiology

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Katie Huyler

Kate  Huyler, MS, CCLS

Child Life Specialist

Department: Cardiology

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Patricia Ibeziako MD

Patricia Ibeziako, MD

Director, Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation Service; Assistant in Psychiatry

Department: Psychiatry

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Kristine McKenna PhD

Kristine McKenna, PhD

Transplant Psychologist

Department: Psychiatry

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Michelle Corf LCSW

Michelle Corf, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker

Department: Cardiology

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Emily Holman LICSW

Emily Holman, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker

Department: Cardiology

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Michelle Martin

Michelle Martin

Administrative Assistant

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