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Our Heart Transplant and VAD Team

UNC Transplant includes the following multidisciplinary team members that collaborate to provide patient-centered care:

Cardiothoracic and Transplant Surgery

  • Brett Sheridan, MD, Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support (VAD) and Cardiac Transplantation; UNOS Primary Surgeon
  • Andy Kiser, MD, Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery; Cardiothoracic Surgeon (adult)
  • Tommy Caranasos, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon (adult)
  • Michael Mill, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon (pediatric, neonatal, and adult)
  • Jennifer Nelson, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon (pediatric)
  • Tracy Vernon Platt, MSN, NP-Cardiothoracic Surgery Nurse Practitioner

Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology

  • Patricia Chang, MD, MHS, Director, Heart Failure and Transplant Program; UNOS Primary Physician
  • Kirkwood Adams, MD
  • Brian Jensen, MD
  • Jason Katz, MD, MHS, Medical Director of Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit; VAD Director
  • Carla Sueta, MD, PhD
  • Megan Andrews, ANP-BC, Heart Transplant and VAD Nurse Practitioner
  • Sarah Waters, ANP-BC, Heart Failure Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Cardiology

Transplant Infectious Disease

  • Pearly Chong, MD
  • Anne Lachiewicz, MD
  • David van Duin, MD

Transplant Psychiatry & Psychology

Transplant Pharmacists

  • Ruth Ann M. Lee, PharmD
  • Jo-Ellen Rodgers, PharmD
  • Ian Hollis, PharmD

Transplant Program Multidisciplinary Team

  • Kate Burnett, RN, BSN, Heart Transplant Lead Coordinator
  • Amanda Bowen, RN, BSN, VAD Coordinator
  • Sarah Davis, RN, BSN, Heart Transplant Coordinator
  • Melissa Duva, RN, BSN, MSN, VAD Coordinator
  • Danielle R. Miller, RN, BSN, VAD Coordinator
  • Karen Stupp, RN, BSN Heart Transplant Coordinator
  • Sharon Wesner, RN, BSN, VAD Coordinator
  • Kate Artin, LCSW, CCTSW, Case Manager
  • Lily Avery, LCSW, Case Manager
  • Jeremy Degraffenreaidt, Administrative Associate
  • Wesley Otwell, Administrative Associate
  • Candy Anderson, Transplant Financial Coordinator
  • Kim Abu-Bakr, Transplant Financial Coordinator
  • Jodi Mettel, RD, LDN, Transplant Registered Dietitian

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Heart & Vascular Care

The UNC Center for Heart & Vascular Care has an experienced multi-disciplinary team that collaborates to provide personal, patient-centered care. The transplant team includes heart failure cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurse coordinators, psychologists, a social worker, financial counselors, and other consultants as needed.

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