Our Lung Transplant Team

Our dedicated and experienced multidisciplinary lung transplant team is instrumental to our mission of providing the best and most appropriate care to our patients with advanced lung disease. From patient screening, preoperative monitoring, and donor procurement to surgery and post-operative care, our diverse team – including surgeons, pulmonologists, clinical nurse specialists, psychiatrists, pharmacists, and dietitians – works together to do everything possible for our patients. The following are some of the key members of our team:

Nirmal Sharma, MD
Medical Director, Lung Transplant Program

Raphael Bueno, MD
Chief, Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic Surgeons


Nurse Practitioners

  • Valerie Durney, MSN, NP, CCTC
    NP Team Manager
  • Jessica Fenty-Scotland, MSN, NP, AGNP-C
  • Shirley Marshall, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

Nurse Coordinators

  • Kathy Boyle, RN
  • Gina Damp, MSN, RN, CCTC
  • Linda Cronin, RN
  • Meagan Frenette, BSN, RN
  • Stacia Meadowcroft, BSN, RN
  • Ellen Modi, BSN, RN
  • Jessica Mongello, BSN, RN, CCRN
  • Karen Tsveybel, MSN, RN, CCTC
  • Deborah Valenza-Glennon, BSN, RN

Physician Assistants

  • Will Clippinger, PA-C
  • Jillian Hamlin, PA-C
  • Sarah Hammer, PA-C
  • Jillian Lynch, PA-C
  • Jennifer Lynett, PA-C
  • Kaitlyn McGowan, PA-C
  • Arzoo Patel, PA-C
  • Hannah Rajabi, PA-C
  • Katie Ryder, PA-C
  • Roshni Shah, PA-C


  • Caitlin Blakeley, MS, RD, LDN

Transplant Pharmacists

  • Keri Townsend, PharmD, BCPS
  • Yanman Yang-Liu, PharmD, PCPS

Transplant Social Worker

  • Angela Lombardo, LCSW
  • Samantha Pearlstein, LCSW

Transplant Administrative Director

  • Keila Jackson, MHA, R.T.(R)

Referral Specialist

  • Jessica Dawn

Pre-transplant Administrative Coordinator

  • Sonia Gillis

Post-transplant Administrative Coordinator

  • Nireida Fonseca

Senior Program Assistant

  • Ayanna Stirling-Cornelius

Financial Coordinator

  • Carmel Owens

Sr. Data Analyst

  • Steve Boukedes

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