Lung Transplant Program

  • Meet the Team

    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.

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    Program Directors

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    David L. S. Morales, MD
    Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart Institute, Cardiothoracic Surgery

    513-803-9150

    david.morales@cchmc.org

    David L.S. Morales, MD

    Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart Institute, Cardiothoracic Surgery

    Clark-Helmsworth Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Division of Surgery

    Phone: 513-803-9150

    Email: david.morales@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Congenital heart surgery; heterotaxy syndrome; pediatric heart and lung transplantation; mechanical circulatory support

    Research Interests

    Clinical and translational research related to mechanical circulatory support and tissue engineering

    Education and Training

    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.

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    Marc G. Schecter, MD
    Medical Director, Pediatric Lung Transplant Program

    513-636-6771

    marc.schecter@cchmc.org

    Marc G Schecter, MD

    Medical Director, Pediatric Lung Transplant Program

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6771

    Email: marc.schecter@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Education and Training

    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.

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    Pulmonary Faculty

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    Jami K. Johnson, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Lung Transplant Program, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    513-803-4811

    jami.johnson@cchmc.org

    Jami K. Johnson, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Lung Transplant Program, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    Phone: 513-803-4811

    Email: jami.johnson@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BSN: Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX.

    MSN: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX.

    Christopher Towe, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6771

    Email: christopher.towe@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Lung transplantation

    Education and Training

    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.

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    Surgical Faculty

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    Roosevelt Bryant III, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4770

    Email: roosevelt.bryantIII@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Neonatal and congenital heart surgery and pediatric heart transplantation with specialty certification in Berlin Heart Surgical implantation and training.
    Ex vivo analysis of the pediatric donor heart and pediatric mechanical circulatory support.

    Education and Training

    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.

    Publications

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    Multidisciplinary Team

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    Ashleigh E. Bradley, OTR/L, MOT
    Occupational Therapist I, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

    513-636-4651

    ashleigh.bradley@cchmc.org

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    Michael Clay, PT
    Physical Therapist I, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

    513-636-4651

    michael.clay@cchmc.org


    Lara A. Danziger-Isakov, MD, MPH

    Director, Transplant ID

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4578

    Email: lara.danziger-isakov@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Transplant infectious diseases

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

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    Guido DiMarco, MSW, LISW-S
    Social Worker III, Lung Transplant Program

    513-803-7194

    guido.dimarco@cchmc.org


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    Karla E. Foster, MS
    Exercise Physiologist, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    513-636-6771

    karla.foster@cchmc.org

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    Carrie Piazza-Waggoner, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-4336

    carrie.piazza-waggoner@cchmc.org

    Carrie Piazza-Waggoner, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Director, BMCP Consultation-Liaison Service

    Training Director, O'Grady Residency

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Email: carrie.piazza-waggoner@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Medical inpatient psychological consultation-liaison; patient and parent coping with medical illness, hospitalization and procedures

    Biography

    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.

    Education and Training

    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.

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    Ashley Pinger, PT, DPT
    Physical Therapist I, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

    513-636-4651

    ashley.pinger@cchmc.org

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    Erin Wells, RN, BSN, CPN
    Care Manager, Lung Transplant Program

    513-803-4815

    erin.wells@cchmc.org