Heart Transplant: Referral Directory

Physician Contacts:

  • Aliessa P. Barnes, M.D. - Heart Transplant Medical Director
  • Bibhuti Das, M.D. - Heart Transplant
  • David E. Fixler, M.D. - Heart Transplant
  • Joseph M. Forbess, M.D. - Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Kristine J. Guleserian, M.D. - Heart Transplant Surgical Director
  • Jami Gross, Ph.D.– Pediatric Psychologist

Key Contacts:

  • Susan Daneman, RN, BSN, CCTC – Heart Transplant Coordinator
  • Leah Knox, RN, BS - Heart Transplant Coordinator 
  • Tracey Mackling, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC/AC - Heart Transplant Pediatric Nurse Practioner
  • Lindy Huang, PharmD – Pharmacist
  • Jenny Sperry, LMSW – Clinical Social Worker Heart
  • Melanie Elliott, CCLS – Child Life Specialist for Pediatric Transplant
  • Jill Rockwell - Clinical Nutritionist for Pediatric Transplant

Common diagnoses we treat:

  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure

Please provide the following when calling to schedule a patient for a diagnostic evaluation:

  • Patient name and date of birth
  • Comprehensive demographics
  • Probable diagnosis
  • Insurance/referral information
  • Physician clinical findings or symptoms which caused the patient to visit physician
  • Primary care physician name and phone number

After hours or for emergencies, please call 214-456-7000 and request the on-call pediatric cardiologist.

Information for referral sources:

  • A written referral from physician or referral source is required (if required by insurer).
  • Pre-authorization is required by some insurance plans.
  • Patient instructions for specific tests will be provided when the appointment is scheduled.
  • To avoid unnecessary testing, have the family bring relevant medical records, test results and X-rays to the appointment.
  • Services are provided in close cooperation with the patient's referring physician.
  • Diagnosis, evaluation and recommended treatment information is provided promptly to the referring physician.

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