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Heart & Vascular Center


Heart Transplant Team

The dedicated heart transplant team members at Barnes-Jewish and Washington University focus only on patients undergoing transplant and those with congestive heart failure. Each person on the transplant team is an expert in a different area of transplantation. Together, they bring their expertise, knowledge and understanding to each patient in our program.

  • Cardiologists - physicians who specializes in heart failure and other heart conditions that lead to transplantation. Cardiologists will help manage your condition before and after transplant surgery.
  • Transplant surgeons - physicians who specialize in transplants and who will be performing the surgery.
  • Nurse coordinators - nurses who organize all aspects of care provided to you before and after the transplant. The nurse coordinator will provide patient education and will coordinate the diagnostic testing and follow-up care. All our nurses are CCTC certified (certified clinical transplant coordinator).
  • Social workers - professionals who will help your family deal with many issues that may arise including lodging and transportation, finances and legal issues.
  • Financial coordinators - financial experts who have extensive experience working with transplant patients. The financial coordinator will arrange and clarify the financial aspects of your care before, during and after the transplant.
  • Pharmacists - dedicated pharmacists have extensive experience with medications for transplant patients and will monitor your medications while you are in the hospital and at clinic visits.
  • Dietitian - a dietitian will help manage your nutrition both before and after transplantation. The dietitian can help you with any special dietary instructions or diets to manage co-existing medical complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
  • Primary care physician - Your primary care physician and primary referring cardiologist are a critical part of the transplant team. You need to maintain a relationship with your primary care physician and/or cardiologist since they will be a vital part of your general care. Your transplant specialist, cardiologist and primary care physician will work together to provide continuing care to you following transplant.
  • Other team members – professionals who will evaluate you before transplantation and will make recommendations to the team. These include, but are not limited to, anesthesiologists, hematologists, infectious disease specialists and psychologists.

Cardiologists and Transplant Surgeons

Photo of Doctor Susan M Joseph
Heart Failure/Transplant Card, Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine
Saint Louis
Dr. Joseph specializes in heart failure, heart transplant, and transplant biopsy. You must have a referral from your primary care physician when you make your appointment with Dr. Joseph. Dr. Joseph is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

Photo of Doctor Edward M Geltman
Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Failure/Transplant Card, Internal Medicine
Saint Louis
Dr. Geltman is a cardiologist who is a Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine. He focuses his practice on cardiology, cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure (CHF), coronary revascularization, heart disease, cardiac transplantation, hypertension, PET scanning, echocardiography, and aspirin therapy. Dr. Geltman is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

Photo of Doctor Scott Christopher Silvestry
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery (General)
Saint Louis
Dr. Silvestry performs adult cardiac surgery. He focuses his practice on surgical treatment of coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure, heart transplant, ventricular assist, VAD, valve replacement and valve repair,

Photo of Doctor Gregory A Ewald
Transplantation-Medical, Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Failure/Transplant Card, Internal Medicine
Saint Louis
Dr. Ewald is an Associate Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine and specializes in congestive heart failure(CHF), heart transplant, acute myocardial infarction, pulmonary hypertension, high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy, coronary heart disease, endocarditis and angina pectoris. Dr Ewald is the Director of the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Center at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Ewald is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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