Meet the Heart Transplant Expert Team

Since 2010, no hospital has performed more adult heart transplants than Cedars-Sinai. Trust your heart transplant to a team that has the most experience with these sophisticated procedures, achieving patient outcomes that exceed the national average, according to the independent Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

Fardad Esmailian, MD, and Jon Kobashigawa, MD
Expertise & Partnership

Jon Kobashigawa, MD, and Fardad Esmailian, MD, director and surgical director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Transplant Program, bring a wealth of experience and a strong, collaborative spirit to their leadership of an interdisciplinary team that includes unrivaled expertise in transplant cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, advanced practice nursing, transplant coordination, transplant pharmacy, infectious disease, pathology, immunology, social work and clinical research.

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Associate Director, Clinical Affairs
Board of Directors, California Heart Center Foundation
Chief Medical Officer, California Heart Center Foundation
Director, Advanced Heart Disease
DSL/Thomas D. Gordon Chair, Heart Transplantation Medicine Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
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IM Cardiology
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Surgical Director, Heart Transplant
Professor, Surgery
SPECIALTY
Surgery-Cardio-Thoracic
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Medical Director, Heart Transplant Program
Associate Medical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program
Co-Medical Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Database
Professor, Medicine
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IM Cardiology
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Cardiologist, California Heart Center/University Cardiovascular Medical Group
Co-Director, Heart Failure Unit, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Program Director, Post Graduate Education in Interventional Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
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IM Cardiology
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Associate Program Director of Post Graduate Medical Education in Heart Failure and Transplantation, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Cardiologist, California Heart Center Foundation University Cardiovascular Medical Group
SPECIALTY
IM Cardiology
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Professor, Surgery
SPECIALTY
Surgery-Cardio-Thoracic
SUBSPECIALTY
Lung Transplant
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The Irina and George Schaeffer Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Surgery
Chair, Cardiac Surgery
SPECIALTY
Surgery-Cardio-Thoracic
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Assistant Professor, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Associate Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Research and Education Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute
Cardiologist, Advanced Heart Failure/Mechanical Circulatory Support/Transplant Cardiology Attending California Heart Center, Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute
SPECIALTY
IM Cardiology
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Associate Program Director, Thoracic Surgery ACGME Fellowship Program
Associate Surgical Director, Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support
Surgical Co-Director, Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit
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Surgery-Cardio-Thoracic
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Associate Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Research and Education Advanced Heart Disease
Cardiologist, Advanced Heart Failure/Mechanical Circulatory Support/Transplant Cardiology Attending, California Heart Center
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IM Cardiology

Heart Transplant Coordinators

  • Angela Velleca, RN, CCTC
  • Barone Heather, RN, CCRN, RN-BC
  • Tina Kao RN, CCTC
  • Brenda Kearney, RN, CCTC
  • Bryan May RN, CCTC
  • DeGroodt Karleen, RN, CPTC
  • Ransbottom Nicole, RN, CCTC
  • Curry Michelle RN, CCTC
  • Riano Karlene RN, CMSRN, PCCN
  • Norland Kristine, RN, CCTC
  • Yakulis Alexandra, RN, CCTN
  • Mikhail Noura, RN
Nurse Practitioners
  • Nicole Kissling, MSN, ACNP-BC
  • Gina Jamero, MSN ACNP-BC
  • Frances Deleon, MSN ACNP-BC

Many of the physicians who have medical staff privileges to practice medicine at Cedars-Sinaiare independent physicians, and not employees or agents of the hospital. These independent physicians bill separately for their services. You should contact your physician to determine their status and billing practices.