Heart Transplant & LVAD Support Group - New Brunswick

Temporarily Suspended

We are currently unable to host in-person meetings to respect social distancing, but we are exploring some virtual support group options and will provide updates as soon as possible.

Come learn from experts in LVAD implantation and heart transplants, meet transplant recipients, and ask your burning questions. Share your own experiences with others and discuss the issues that are most important to you.

All pre- and post-transplant patients and LVAD patients are welcome to participate in this support group, as well as their family and friends. No commitment or reservation is necessary.

Light refreshments will be served.

Parking is available at the Plum Street Parking Deck.


Main Conference Room
Transplant Center
10 Plum Street, 7th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Support groups are held at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, with a few exceptions (see below for dates).

2020 Topics





The Effects of Compassion on Patient Outcomes

Val Karlin, LSW – LVAD/Heart Transplant SWer


Nutrition in LVAD/Transplant


Lindsey MacMath - Dietitian

4/14/20 *Canceled

NJ Sharing Network

Jan Hines – Transplant Community Relations

5/12/20 *Canceled

Medical Issues with LVAD/Transplant patients

Dr. Deepa Iyer, MD


Medical Issues with

LVAD/Transplant patients

Ester Caballero – Nurse Practitioner



Medical Issues with

LVAD/Transplant patients

Ada Bliven – Nurse Practitioner


Transplant Medications

Milisha Shah/Antonia Routh - Pharmacists


Medical Issues with

LVAD/Transplant patients

Darshi Patel – Nurse Coodinator

The schedule/topics may change, so please call (732) 253-3699 to verify.

Any questions?

Please call Val Karlin, LSW, at (732) 253-3699. For LVAD specific topics, call Ada Bliven at (732) 253-3699.

Contact Info: Val Karlin, LSW at (732) 253-3699

Transplant Center at RWJ, Main Conference Room

10 Plum Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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