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Heart Transplant Center: Medical Leadership

Benjamin Mackie, MD
Medical Director, Center for Heart Transplant 

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

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, Center for Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support, Tampa General Hospital

Dr. Lozonschi received his medical degree from the G.T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi, Romania, before completing a general surgery internship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He subsequently completed a general surgery residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Before joining USF Health, Dr. Lozonschi served as the Director of Surgical Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He also has experience as the Surgical Director of Heart Transplantation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. Dr. Lozonschi’s expertise is in robotic and minimally invasive cardiac surgery, heart transplant and cardiothoracic surgery. He has received multiple research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and has won numerous awards for his clinical care, research, and presentations at National professional societies. Dr. Lozonschi has published over 65 peer reviewed manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters. His has nine patents, and in 2017 was the first surgeon in the U.S. to implant the latest Heartmate 3 device in the veteran population.

Dr. Lozonschi was the first in Florida to complete a robotic mitral valve repair.