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Heart Transplant Leadership

As a heart transplant patient at Tampa General Hospital’s Transplant Institute, you will be able to rely on a team of knowledgeable and caring professionals who are dedicated to making every step of the transplant process as smooth as possible.
Your main point of contact at the transplant center will be your heart transplant coordinator. He or she will relay information among you, your family, your care team, and your insurance payers throughout your transplant process, and is the person you should contact with any questions.
When you’re a heart transplant patient at TGH’s Transplant Institute, your team will include several medical specialists, including:
  • A cardiologist, who will develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs
  • A surgeon, who will explain your surgery and the associated risks before the procedure is performed
  • A dietician, who will assess your nutritional health and provide instruction about a special diet you’ll be required to follow before and after your heart transplant
  • A pharmacist, who will explain your prescriptions and their side effects
  • An infectious disease specialist, who will check you for exposure to viral infections and determine your risk of infection after your transplant
Complete The Cardiothoracic Transplant Referral Form buttonUndergoing a heart transplant is an extensive process, and when you’re a patient in TGH’s Heart Transplant Program, we’ll make sure that you have the resources necessary to cope during this stressful time. Your transplant care team will also include a social worker who will meet with you and your family to make certain you have a proper support system in place, and to check on financial and insurance matters. Additionally, a financial counselor will help you through the process by working to obtain insurance authorization for your evaluation and the transplant surgery, as well as ensure that you have the financial resources to cope with post-transplant care.
Contact Tampa General Hospital for more information about our heart transplant program. Call 1-800-505-7769 (press 1 for the heart transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-4088. Overall, TGH is a transplant center ranked #5 in the nation by organ transplant volume, which leads to better outcomes for our patients. 
Benjamin Mackie
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
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.
Dr. Lozonischi
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.