Meet the Advanced Heart Failure, VAD, and Transplant Team

Your heart will be in good hands. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) New Brunswick's specialized cardiac and transplant team includes cardiologists and surgeons, nurses, administrators, financial coordinators, and pharmacists, as well as a registered dietitian and a social worker to manage your health holistically. RWJUH is an academic medical center, so all of our physicians are full-time and have faculty appointments at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and access to the latest medical research.

Administrative Leadership

Judith Lane, MHA, BSN, RN, SCRN
Assistant Vice President of Clinical Operations

Rachel Thomas, MBA, BSN, RN
Administrative Director


Transplant Surgeons

Advanced Heart Failure Team

Clinical Manager

  • Ada Bliven, APN, MSN, RN

Nurse Practitioners

  • Ester Caballero, APN, MSN, RN
  • Sarah Turk, APN, MSN, RN
  • Jessica Sinnott, APN, MSN, RN

Nurse Coordinators

  • Jacqueline Burbank, MSN, RN
  • Peggy Henninger, MSN, RN
  • Maria Vivina Regis, MSN, RN
  • Darshi Patel, BSN, RN

Quality Coordinator

  • Daniel Pieloch, MS, RD, CPHQ

Social Worker

  • Valerie Karlin, MSW, LSW


  • Lindsey MacMath, RD

Medical Assistants

  • Sarah Aviles
  • Shaminah Dunlap
  • Zeffery Frazier

Administrative Coordinator

  • Barbara Devlin

Finance Coordinators

  • Rose Moss
  • Preet Raina

Data Coordinator

  • Elizabeth Melita, BA


  • Antonia Routh, PharmD, BCPS
  • Milisha Shah, PharmD, BCPS

Patient Stories

  • “Everyone who took care of me did an amazing job.”

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  • Walter knew that his new heart was coming and he was right.

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Patient Stories

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