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Heart Transplant Center: Medical Leadership

Benjamin Mackie, MD
Medical Director, Heart Transplant, Tampa General Hospital

Dr. Mackie completed medical school at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa. He completed his internal medicine residency and a fellowship in cardiology, advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation, at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Mackie served as chief medical resident and chief cardiology fellow during his training at Emory. He has published a number of manuscripts in notable journals and contributed to numerous cardiovascular disease and internal medicine textbooks. He is a member of numerous professional and scientific societies including the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Heart Failure Society of America, and the Florida Medical Association. Dr. Mackie's clinical interests are advanced heart failure, cardiac transplantation, mechanical circulatory support and cardiac echocardiography.


Debbie Rinde-Hoffman, MD
Medical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Tampa General Hospital

Debbie A. Rinde-Hoffman, M.D., F.A.C.C., completed her medical training, including medical school, internal medicine internship, residency, and fellowship in cardiology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Rinde-Hoffman has completed special training and proficiency in nuclear cardiology, cardiac transplantation, echocardiography, diagnostic cardiac catheterization, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, excimer laser angioplasty, and intracoronary stent placement. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, advanced heart failure and heart transplant by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In addition, she served as chief of the Department of Internal Medicine at Tampa General Hospital and is the medical director of the cardiac transplantation team. She is also an affiliate associate professor at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. Rinde-Hoffman has had numerous articles published in the area of cardiac transplantation. She is a sought-after speaker on issues related to women with heart disease, congestive heart failure, transplantation, and mechanical assist devices. She is a member of numerous professional and scientific societies including the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and Florida Medical Association.


Lucian Lozonschi, MD
Associate Director, Thoracic Transplant, Tampa General Hospital
Surgical Director, Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support, Tampa General Hospital

Dr. Lucian Lozonschi serves as the Associate Director of Thoracic Transplant and the Surgical Director of Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support at Tampa General Hospital. Dr. Lozonschi completed his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Ohio State University and his residency in surgery at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Lozonschi is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery for Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery.