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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Save the Date: Annual Patient Holiday Party

We hope your schedules will allow you to join us at our annual holiday party for an evening of fun, food and celebration.

Anyone connected to Penn through a heart, kidney, liver, lung, pancreas or living donor transplant is invited. It's a great opportunity to spend time with friends you’ve made along your transplant journey, make new ones and see your favorite Transplant staff members.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

5:00-7:30 pm

Smilow Center for Translational Research Commons
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA

Complimentary food and refreshments will be served.

Parking Information

Valet parking is not available for the session; however, self-pay and self-park are available at two locations:

Perelman Center Parking Garage

Location: 3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Rate: $7 for up to three hours

Civic Center Boulevard Parking Garage

Location: 3600 Civic Center Boulevard Center Boulevard 
Rate: $5 flat rate

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Being far from home when you need medical care is never easy -- and if it happens over the holidays, it can be even more challenging. If you’d like to help us offer additional hospitality to the guests at the Clyde F. Barker Transplant House, donations will be accepted at the holiday party. Just look for the Penn Transplant House table and add your gift to the collection. Checks can be made payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. Please put "Transplant House" on the memo line.


Space is limited. To attend the holiday party, kindly RSVP by Tuesday, November 24 by calling 1-800-789-PENN (7366).

We can't wait to see everyone!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Come to the November Lung Transplant Support Group!

Date: Monday, November 9, 2015
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Topic: Attitude of Gratitude

We wish to extend our thanks to the patients and caregivers who've been able to join us for the monthly Penn Transplant Lung Transplant Support Group meetings. Your shared insights have helped create a richly supportive experience for everyone in attendance. Your willingness to invest your time to join us and speak about your experience is a real benefit to all participating.

Please consider attending the Monday, November 9 session where we plan to come together and prepare for the holiday season. We will focus on the facets of our lives for which we are grateful. While holiday seasons often present challenges on many different levels, setting our attention, even for short periods of time, on aspects of our lives we enjoy can help us navigate through tough situations. We hope your schedules will permit you to join us for this special session where Penn Lung Transplant Social Worker, Christopher Erickson, MSW, LCSW will outline some strategies to develop an "attitude of gratitude".

We also want to give you a sneak peak at the date of the Penn Transplant Institute Patient Holiday Party. The party is planned for Monday, December 1, 2015; please stay tuned for more details.

If you've attended the Penn Transplant Patient Holiday Party in the past, we'd love to hear from you! Email three reasons you'd recommend people attend the Penn Transplant Patient Holiday Party to Nancy Blumenthal, DNP, CRNP, our Director of Clinical Practice & Senior Nurse Practitioner, at We'll post your responses on the Penn Lung Transplant Blog next month to help encourage newcomers to come out and celebrate.

If you’d like additional information about any Penn Lung Transplant Support Group events, please contact Christopher Erickson at 215-662-4575 or
We look forward to seeing you on November 9!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Join Team Philadelphia at the 2016 Transplant Games of America

The Gift of Life Donor Program is assembling a team of transplant recipients, donor family members, living donors and their supporters to participate in this year's Transplant Games of America, an Olympic-style athletic competition.

The event is intended to raise organ and tissue donor awareness by displaying the talents and abilities of individuals of all ages who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries, as well as honoring families whose loved ones have given the gift of life.

Important Dates

The Games will be held from June 10 through 15, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

If you’re interested in participating on Team Philadelphia, the first team meeting will be held October 10 from noon to 3pm, with additional meetings to follow. The meeting will be located at:
Crown Plaza
260 Mall Blvd., King of Prussia, PA

Please RSVP to team manager, Kelly Antczak, at 215-557-8090 or

Events and Activities at the Games

Competition is open to organ transplant recipients, living donors, bone marrow recipients and corneal and tissue transplant recipients.

Special programs and workshops will be available for donor families, and they are welcome to cheer on the athletes as they compete.

Events at the Transplant Games include:
  • 5K/10K run/walk 
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bocce
  • Bowling
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Golf
  • Racquetball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Cornhole (bean bag toss)
  • Texas hold-em poker
  • Trivia challenge
  • Virtual triathlon
  • Youth Olympiad


Please contact the Gift of Life Donor Program to learn more and register.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Transplant Games!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Advanced Lung Disease Webchat - Live on October 7

We’re teaming up with 6ABC for a live, streaming web chat on the topic of advanced lung disease. Join our team of experts as we discuss screening options, risk evaluation and treatments.

When: Wednesday, October 7
12 pm to 1 pm


Who: The panel will include three specialists from Penn Medicine's Harron Lung Center:

Christian Bermudez, MD
Dr. Bermudez is a cardiothoracic surgeon that specializes in lung and heart transplantation, mechanical support for cardiopulmonary failure and perfusion techniques, including extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and ex-vivo perfusion. His clinical expertise also includes other advanced procedures for heart failure, including revascularization, valvular procedures and thromboendarterectomy for chronic pulmonary hypertension.
James Lee, MD
Dr. Lee is the Medical Director of the Lung Transplantation program at Penn Medicine. He specializes in the treatment of advanced lung disease and lung transplant. In addition, his expertise includes the medical management of lung and heart-lung transplant recipients.
Nancy P. Blumenthal
Nancy P. Blumenthal, DNP, CRNP has been a nurse with the Penn Lung Transplant Team since its inception in 1991. She cares for patients and their families throughout all phases of lung and heart-lung transplantation including consultation, evaluation, transplantation and follow-up. In her role as Director of Clinical Practice & Senior Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Blumenthal leads the interdisciplinary team in clinical care planning, and partners with her medical and surgical colleagues in the strategic planning and development of the program.

The Harron Lung Center offers patient-focused, compassionate evaluation and treatment of advanced lung disease. This unique, multidisciplinary approach partners pulmonologists with radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, cancer specialists and transplant experts to provide patients comprehensive treatment tailored to their individual need.