16. HF part 5: Heart transplantation 101 with Dr. JoAnn Lindenfeld​

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Vanderbilt fellows, Richa Gupta and Jessica Huston, interview past HFSA president Dr. JoAnn Lindenfeld, Director of Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation Section at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute about the nuts and bolts of cardiac transplantation. Topics discussed include organ allocation, recipient selection, high risk donors, short and long term complications, and what non-transplant physicians should know about immunosuppressive medications.

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Dr. JoAnn Lindenfeld, is a Professor of Medicine and the Director of Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation Section at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.  She is the past president of the Heart Failure Society of America and serves on editorial boards of numerous journals including JACC, JACC Heart Failure and JHLT.  She is also a member of the AHA/ACC/HFSA heart failure guideline writing committee and was previously chair of the HFSA practice guidelines for the 2006 and 2010 guidelines. In addition to this she’s been an investigator in multiple large-scale clinical trials including the COAPT trial and has served on numerous steering committees, end point committees and data and safety monitoring committees. She is the author of a more than 300 original papers, reviews, and book chapters in the field of heart failure and heart transplantation.

Dr. Richa Gupta completed medical school at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and stayed on for internal medicine training in the Osler Residency Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.  She is currently a third-year cardiology fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she will also be pursuing fellowship in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology next year.  Her current interests include post-transplant outcomes, the genetics of tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy, the sequelae of mechanical circulatory support and applications of cardiac MRI. She also loves teaching the housestaff and medical students and getting them excited about all things heart failure.  Outside of the hospital she loves horror movies, food, travel and good exercise.

Dr. Jessica Huston is an Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she also completed her Cardiovascular Medicine fellowship and served as chief fellow. Prior to her time at Vanderbilt she completed residency at the University of Utah. Her clinical and research interests include pulmonary vascular remodeling in heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular failure. Outside the hospital she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her son.