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Phone 215-662-9595
Inpatient Facilities
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC)
Medical Faculty
J. Eduardo Rame, MD - Director
Tom P. Cappola, MD, ScM
Paul R. Forfia, MD
Lee P.Goldberg, MD, MPH
Mariell L. Jessup, MD
Kenneth B. Margulies, MD
Anjali Tiku Owens, MD
Joyce Wald, DO
VAD Coordinator
Christyna Zalewski, BSN
Available Devices
Thoratecâ„¢ VAD
HeartMate II LVAS
Syncardia Total Artificial Heart
Levitronix Centrimag
Division of
Cardiovascular Surgery
Mechanical Assist Device Program

The Mechanical Assist Device Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is an integral component of the cardiac surgery and cardiac transplant programs.  The cardiac assist device team is comprised of nationally known experts in cardiac surgery, heart failure and transplant care, and cardiac assist device technology.


As one of the busiest transplant programs in the region, the ready availability of a variety of cardiac assist devices is necessary to support the sickest patients on our wait list. Of all the patients at our center who undergo heart transplant each year, twenty to thirty percent survived to surgery because they were supported by a cardiac assist device.  In some instances, patients were able to wait at home, even return to work, while on a support device.

Total Artificial Heart
Dr. Michael Acker
Dr. Acker
Dr. Pavan Atluri
Dr. Atluri
Dr. Wilson Szeto
Dr. Szeto

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