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Treatment Team

Our treatment team at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Comprehensive Transplant Center (CTC) is a unique gathering of professionals leading their fields. All team members specialize in transplant medicine. Our team surrounds the patient to create a unique, patient-centered model of care available at few other centers around the world.

We help manage your care before, during and after your transplant. Your transplant care team includes:

Transplant Cardiologist: This heart doctor who specializes in heart transplants will follow you before, during and after your transplant. He or she will complete a physical exam and discuss with you testing that is needed in order to prepare you for your heart transplant. He or she will also be performing heart biopsies after your transplant.

William Abraham, MD
Veronica Franco, MD, MPh
Garrie Haas, MD
Ayesha Hasan, MD
Ray Hershberger, MD

Rami Kahwash, MD

Transplant Surgeon: This doctor will perform your heart transplant surgery. He will discuss the risks and benefits related to the surgery and assist you in understanding what to expect after receiving your transplant.

Robert Higgins, MD, MSHA​
Juan Crestanello, MD
Ahmet Kilic, MD
Peter Lee, MD, MPH, MS, FAsMA​
C. B. Sai-Sudhakar, MD

Infectious Disease Physician: This doctor who specializes in infectious diseases will follow you before, during and after your transplant to reduce risk of infection.

John Davis, MD, PhD 
Stanley Martin, MD 
Nicole Theodoropoulos, MD

Heart Transplant Coordinators: The nurses who will be your primary contact from the time you are referred for a transplant evaluation throughout your care at Ohio State's Medical Center. They will help answer any questions you may have and assist you throughout your transplant experience.

Erin Bumgardner, RN, BSN, CCTC
Susan Graff, RN, BSN, CCTC
Emily Jarvis, RN, BSN, CCTC

Ventricular Assist Device Coordinators:

Kelly MacBrair, RN, BSN
Sherri Wissman, RN, BSN, CCTC

Social Workers/Psychologists: These professionals meet with you to evaluate your psychological readiness for transplantation.

Laura Newman, LISW
Kristin Kuntz, PhD, Transplant Psychologist

Transplant Pharmacist: A transplant pharmacist is a pharmacist who specifically works with patients who have received a transplanted organ. This pharmacist has been trained to understand details about anti-rejection medications, works closely with your transplant physician to help manage your medications and helps answer medication questions you may have.

Eric Able
Kerry Pickworth

Pharmacy Patient Assistance Coordinator:  The Medication Patient Assistance Program offers assessment, linkage and referrals for assistance to patients who need certain medications and have high co-pays or no prescription drug coverage. Types of assistance include Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs, Co-pay Assistance Foundations and charitable organizations. It is very important for you to contact the Heart Transplant offices as soon as you or your caregivers are aware that there will be medication coverage issues.

Stacy Morton (800) 626-2538

Heart Transplant Office:

Long Distance: (800) 538-1886
Local: (614) 293-3787
Fax: (614) 293-9038

After Hours/Weekends: (614) 293-8000, ask for the
heart transplant coordinator "on-call" to be paged.