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.  


Kevin Daly

Kevin P. Daly, MD

Attending, Department of Cardiology Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Frances Fynn-Thompson, MD

Francis Fynn-Thompson, MD

Associate, Department of Cardiac Surgery; Surgical Director, Cardiac Surgery Fellowship Program; Surgical Director, Ventricular Assist Device Program; Surgical Director, Heart Transplant Program; Surgical Director, Lung Transplant Program; Co-Director, Center for Airway Disorders Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
David Hoganson, MD

David Hoganson, MD

Assistant, Department of Cardiac Surgery; Director, Computational 3D Visualization Program Instructor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Christina J, VanderPluym, MD

Christina J. VanderPluym, MD

Co-Director, Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center; Medical Director, Cardiac Antithrombosis Management and Monitoring Program (CAMP) Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

VAD Coordinators

 Margaret Evans-Langhorst, CPNP

Margaret Evans-Langhorst, CPNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Department of Cardiology
 Beth Hawkins, RN, MSN, FNP-C

Beth Hawkins, RN, MSN, FNP-C

Coordinator, Ventricular Assist Device Program; Nurse Practitioner, Cardiology Anticoagulation Management Program


Michelle Martin

Michelle Martin

Administrative Assistant, Department of Cardiology