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The Lung Transplant Program is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.
David L. S. Morales, MD Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart Institute, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart Institute, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Clark-Helmsworth Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
UC Division of Surgery
Congenital heart surgery; heterotaxy syndrome; pediatric heart and lung transplantation; mechanical circulatory support
Clinical and translational research related to mechanical circulatory support and tissue engineering
MD: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.
Residency: General and cardiothoracic surgery, New York-Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University, New York, NY.Fellowships: Congenital heart surgery, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor University, Waco, TX.
Board certifications: Surgery, thoracic surgery, congenital heart surgery.
Marc G. Schecter, MD Medical Director, Pediatric Lung Transplant Program
Medical Director, Pediatric Lung Transplant Program
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
MD: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 2000.
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, 2003.
Fellowship: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, 2006.
Certifications: Pediatrics, 2003; Pediatric Pulmonary, 2006.
Yousef S, Benden C, Boyer D, Elidemir O, Frischer T, Goldfarb S, Lopez-Mitnik G, Mallory G, Visner G, Westall G, Schecter MG. Lung transplantation in children following bone marrow transplantation: a multi-center experience. Pediatric Transplant. 2013 May;17(3):231-6.
Khan MS, Heinle JS, Samayoa AX, Adachi I, Schecter MG, Mallory GB, Morales DL. Is lung transplantation survival better in infants? Analysis of over 80 infants. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2013 Jan;32(1):44-9.
Rama JA, Fan LL, Faro A, Elidemir O, Morales DL, Heinle JS, Smith EO, Hazen ML, Moonnumakal SP, Mallory GB, Schecter MG. Lung Transplantation for childhood diffuse lung disease. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2013 May;48(5):490-6.
Vece TJ, Schecter MG, Gatti RA, Tunuguntla R, Garcia CK, Langston C, Dishop MK, Moore RH, Fan LL. Rapid and progressive pulmonary fibrosis in 2 families with DNA repair deficiencies of undetermined etiology. J Pediatr. 2012 Apr;160(4):700-702.e3.
Schaellibaum G, Lammers AE, Faro A, Moreno-Galdo A, Parakininkas D, Schecter MG, Solomon M, Boyer D, Conrad C, Frischer T, Wong J, Boehler A, Benden C. Bilateral lung transplantation for pediatric idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension: a multi-center experience. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2011 Nov;46(11):1121-7.
Scully BB, Zafar F, Schecter MG, Rossano JW, Mallory GB Jr, Heinle JS, Morales DL. Lung Retransplant in Children: appropriate when selectively applied. Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Feb;91(2):574-9.
Rosen JB, Schecter MG, Heinle JS, McKenzie ED, Morales DL, Dishop MK, Danziger-Isakov L, Mallory GB, Elidemir O. Clostridium Difficile colitis in children following lung transplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 2010 Aug;14(5):651-6.
Jami K. Johnson, MSN, APRN, CNP Nurse Practitioner, Lung Transplant Program, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Nurse Practitioner, Lung Transplant Program, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
BSN: Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX.
MSN: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX.
Christopher Towe, MD
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
MD: University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine, Dallas, TX, 2008.
Residency: Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 2011.
Fellowship: Pediatric Pulmonary, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2014.
Certification: Pediatrics, 2012.
Roosevelt Bryant III, MD
UC Department of Surgery
BA:Biology, Dillard University, New Orleans, LA, 1990.
MS: Boston University, Boston, BA 1999.
Internship and Residency: General Surgery, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS, 2004.
Residency: Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, 2007.
Fellowship: Congenital Heart Surgery, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX, 2009.
Arain N, Braunlin E, St. Louis J, Bryant R 3rd. Delayed Arterial Switch Operation in a Patient with Complete Transposition of the Great Arteries and Glucocorticoid Remediable Aldosteronism. World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. 2011 Apr; 2(2):316-17.
Bryant R 3rd, Steiner M, St. Louis JD. Current Use of the EXCOR Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device. J Cardiovasc Transl Res. 2010 Dec;3(6):612-7.
Shepard CW, Kochilas LK, Rosengart RM, Bryant R 3rd, Moller JH, St. Louis JD. Repair of Major Cardiac Defects in Low Birth Weight Infants; Is Delay Warranted? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Nov;140(5):1104-9.
Arain N, Bryant R 3rd, Ameduri R, Gruenstein D, Braunlin E, Joyce L, St. Louis J. Successful Coil Embolization of a Large Ascending Aortic Pseudoaneurysm Following Explanation of the EXCOR Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device in a Patient with Acute Fulminant Myocarditis. World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. 2010;1(2): 259-26.
Owens WR, Bryant R 3rd,Dreyer WJ, Price JF, Morales D. Initial Experience with the Heart Mate II Ventricular Assist System in a Pediatric Institution. Artif Organs. 2010 Jul;34(7):600-3.
Booth JH, Bryant R 3rd, Powers SC, Ge S, McKenzie ED, Heinle JS, Fraser CD, Morales D. Transthoracic Echocardiography Does Not Reliably Predict Involvement of the Aortic Valve in Patients with Discrete Subaortic Shelf. Cardiol Young. 2010 Jun;20(3):284-9.
Zhi D, Bryant R 3rd, Heinle J, Nihill M. Isolated Cleft of the Mitral Valve: Clinical Spectrum and Course. Tex Heart Inst J. 2009;36(6):553-6.
Bryant R 3rd, Morales D. Corkscrew Trachea: A Novel Type of Distal Congenital Tracheal Stenosis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 Jun;87(6):1923-5.
Booth JH, Bryant R 3rd, Vaporciyan A, Morales D. Complete Lung Parenchyma Sparing Resection of the Right Main Stem Bronchus and Bronchus Intermedius. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2009 Mar 6.
Bryant R 3rd, Phalak K, Morales D. Multimodality Therapy for Primary Sternal Osteomyelitis. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2009 Jan;28(1):73-4.
Michael Clay, PT Physical Therapist I, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
Lara A. Danziger-Isakov, MD, MPH Director, Transplant ID
Director, Transplant ID
Transplant infectious diseases
Dr. Danziger-Isakov began her research career investigating cytomegalovirus in pediatric lung transplant recipients. After completing fellowship she led an international epidemiological study of pediatric lung transplant recipients including 14 international sites from North America and Europe to publish seminal manuscripts on fungal and viral infections through the International Pediatric Lung Transplant Collaborative. While at the Cleveland Clinic she performed an innovative investigation evaluating alloreactive cellular and humoral responses to influenza vaccine in transplant recipients. She is the protocol chair for two NIH-funded pediatric transplant studies in the Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation in Pediatrics (CTOT-C) entitled "Viral Triggers of Alloimmunity and Autoimmunity in Pediatric Lung Transplantation (CTOTC-03)" and "Perceived Barriers to Patient Adherence after Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation (CTOTC-05)" with principal investigator Stuart Sweet at Washington University.
Dr. Danziger-Isakov is a member of several international organizations, with guest lectureships throughout the North America and Europe. She has been recognized with the Clinical Science Career Development Award from the American Society of Transplantation in 2012, has been elected as co-editor for the American Society of Transplantation’s 3rd Edition of the Infectious Diseases Guidelines, and served as Infectious Disease Council Chair for the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.
MD: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1997.
MPH: Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 2004.
Residency: Pediatrics, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 1997-2000.
Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Diseases, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington Univeristy, St. Louis, MO, 2000-2003.
Certification: Pediatrics, 2000; Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 2003.
Danziger-Isakov LA, Sweet S, DelaMorena M, Mendeloff E, Huddleston CB, DeBaun MR. Epidemiology of bloodstream infections in the first year after pediatric lung transplantation. The Pediatr Infectious Disease Journal. 2005; 24(4):324-330.
Spivey JF, Singleton D, Sweet S, Storch GA, Hayashi RJ, Huddleston CB, Danziger-Isakov LA. Prolonged Prophylaxis Against Cytomegalovirus (CMV) With Ganciclovir To Diminish CMV Viremia in Pediatric Lung Transplant Recipients: A Phase II Pilot Study. Pediatric Transplantation. 2007;11(3):312-8.
Danziger-Isakov LA, Worley S, Arrigain S,Aurora P, Ballmann M, Boyer D, Conrad C, Eichler I, Elidemir O, Goldfarb S, Mallory GB, Michaels MG, Michelson P, Mogayzel PJ, Parakininkas D, Solomon M, Visner G, Sweet S, Faro A. Increased Mortality after pulmonary fungal infection within the first year after pediatric lung transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2008; 27(6): 655-661.
Danziger-Isakov LA, Worley S, Michaels MG, Arrigain S, Aurora P, Ballmann M, Boyer D, Conrad C, Eichler I, Elidemir O, Goldfarb S, Mallory GB, Mogayzel PJ, Parakininkas D, Solomon M, Visner G, Sweet S, Faro A. The risk, prevention & outcome of cytomegalovirus after pediatric lung transplantation. Transplantation. 2009 May 27;87(10):1541-8.
Liu M, Worley S, Arrigain S, Aurora P, Ballmann M, Boyer D, Conrad C, Eichler I, Elidemir O, Goldfarb S, Mallory GB, Michelson P, Mogayzel PJ, Parakininkas D, Visner G, Sweet S, Faro A, Michaels M, Danziger-Isakov LA. Respiratory Viral Infections within one year after Pediatric Lung Transplant. Transpl Infect Dis. 2009 Aug;11(4):304-12.
Ranganathan K, Worley S, Michaels MG, Arrigan S, Aurora P, Ballmann M, Boyer D, Conrad C, Eichler I, Elidemir O, Goldfarb S, Mallory GB Jr, Mogayzel PJ, Parakininkas D, Solomon M, Visner G, Sweet SC, Faro A, Danziger-Isakov L. Cytomegalovirus immunoglobulin decreases the risk of cytomegalovirus infection but not disease after pediatric lung transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2009 Oct;28(10):1050-6.
Danziger-Isakov LA, Cherkassky L, Siegel H, McManamon M, Kramer K, Budev M, Sawinski D, Augustine JJ, Hricik DE, Fairchild R, Heeger PS, Poggio ED. Effects of influenza immunization on humoral and cellular alloreactivity in humans. Transplantation, 2010 Apr 15;89(7):838-44.
Cherkassky L, Lanning M, Lalli PN, Czerr J, Siegel H, Danziger-Isakov L, Srinivas T, Valujskikh A, Shoskes DA, Baldwin W, Fairchild RL, Poggio ED. Evaluation of Alloreactivity in Kidney Transplant Recipients Treated with Antithymocyte Globulin Versus IL-2 Receptor Blocker. Am J Transplant. 2011 Jul;11(7):1388-1396.
Moses J, Alkhouri N, Shannon A, Raig K, Lopez R, Danziger-Isakov L, Feldstein AE, Zein NN, Wyllie R, Carter-Kent C. Hepatitis B Immunity and Response to Booster Vaccination in Children With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treated With Infliximab. Am J Gastroenterol. 2011 Aug 30.
Li L, Avery R, Budev M, Mossad S, Danziger-Isakov L. Oral versus inhaled ribavirin therapy for respiratory syncytial virus infection after lung transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2012 Aug;31(8):839-44.
Guido DiMarco, MSW, LISW-S Social Worker III, Lung Transplant Program
Karla E. Foster, MS Exercise Physiologist, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Carrie Piazza-Waggoner, PhD Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Director, BMCP Consultation-Liaison Service
Training Director, O'Grady Residency
Medical inpatient psychological consultation-liaison; patient and parent coping with medical illness, hospitalization and procedures
Dr. Carrie Piazza-Waggoner, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in health and pediatric psychology. Since 2006, she has been a part of the consultation-liaison service. Specifically, she works with patients and their families when they are admitted on medical inpatient floors to address a variety of presenting concerns (e.g., coping with new diagnosis, coping with hospitalization, adherence to medical regimen, pain management) for patients who have either acute or chronic health concerns. In 2013, Dr. Piazza-Waggoner became the director of this clinical service.
Dr. Piazza-Waggoner is also the training director of the O'Grady Residency in Psychology which is an American Psychological Association accredited pre-doctoral internship. Her research interests are in inpatient consultation and liaison treatment and program development as well as family functioning in families who have a child or children with chronic illnesses.
PhD: West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 2004.
Internship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.
Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.
Ernst MM, Piazza-Waggoner C, Chabon B, Murphy M, Carey J, Roddenberry A. Hospital based consultation and liaison service. In Handbook of clinical psychology in medical settings: Evidence-based assessment and intervention. Eds: Christine M. Hunter, Rodger Kessler, Christopher L. Hunter. Great Britain: Springer Publishing. 2014.
Ernst MM, Barhight L, Bierenbaum ML, Piazza-Waggoner C, Carter BD. Case studies in Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology: The "why" and "how to". Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. In press. 2014:1;108-120.
Piazza-Waggoner C, Roddenberry A, Yeomans-Maldonado G, Noll J, Ernst MM. Inpatient pediatric psychology consultation-liaison program development: 5 year practice patterns and implications for trends in health care. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2013 1(1):28-41.
Piazza-Waggoner C, Modi AC, Ingerski L, Wu YP, Zeller M. Distress at the dinner table? Observed mealtime interactions among treatment-seeking families of obese children. Child Obes. 2011 Oct 18;7(5):385-391.
Ingerski LM, Modi AC, Hood KK, Pai AL, Zeller M, Piazza-Waggoner C, Driscoll KA, Rothenberg ME, Franciosi J, Hommel K. (2010). Health-Related Quality of Life across Pediatric Chronic Conditions. J Pediatr. 2010 Apr;156(4):639-44.
Modi AC, Lim CS, Driscoll KA, Piazza-Waggoner C, Quittner AL, Wooldridge J. Changes in pediatric health-related quality of life in cystic fibrosis after IV antibiotic treatment for pulmonary exacerbations. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2010 Mar;17(1):49-55.
Herzer M, Godiwala N, Hommel KA, Driscoll K, Mitchell M, Crosby L, Piazza-Waggoner C, Zeller M, Modi AC. Family functioning in the context of pediatric chronic conditions. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2010 Jan;31(1):26-34.
Piazza-Waggoner C, Modi AC, Powers SW, Williams LB, Dolan LM, Patton SR. Observational assessment of family functioning in families with children who have type 1 diabetes mellitus. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2008 Apr;29(2):101-5.
Powers SW, Jones J, Ferguson K, Piazza-Waggoner C, Daines C, Acton J. Randomized clinical trial of behavioral and nutrition treatment to improve energy intake and growth in toddlers and preschoolers with cystic fibrosis. Pediatrics. 2005 Dec;116(6):1442-50.
Ashley Pinger, PT, DPT Physical Therapist I, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
Erin Wells, RN, BSN, CPN Care Manager, Lung Transplant Program
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