Our Team

The lung transplant team at Texas Children’s Hospital is much more than just a surgical team. Our transplant coordinators work with surgeons, cardiologists, social workers, child life specialists, dietitians, pharmacists and physical and occupational therapists to give your child the best care possible.

Our lung transplant team treats the most challenging and rarest of cases giving every child the best chance for recovery.


Surgical Director

Research interests include but are not limited to cerebral and myocardial protection during cardiac surgery; early extubation following congenital heart surgery. Minimally invasive procedures in congenital heart surgery. Advances in congenital heart surgery. Improving the outcomes following…
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Transplant Surgeons

Dr. Adachi has written extensively regarding surgical, morphological, and physiological aspects of congenitally malformed hearts. His clinical and research interests also include pediatric heart failure and mechanical circulatory support including ventricular assist device and total artificial…
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Research interests include but are not limited to cerebral and myocardial protection during cardiac surgery; early extubation following congenital heart surgery. Minimally invasive procedures in congenital heart surgery. Advances in congenital heart surgery. Improving the outcomes following…
Phone: 832-826-2030

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Professional Interests: Congenital Heart Surgery Heart and lung transplants Fontans procedure Norwood operation Patent ductus arteriosus ligation Rastelli procedure Repair of Ebstein's anomaly Repair of anomalous coronary artery Ross procedure Tetralogy of Fallot repair Aortic arch…
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Medical Director

Dr. Melicoff received her M.D. degree from TEC de Monterrey in 2003. She did a post-doctoral fellowship on basic science until she entered her intership in Pediatrics in 2007. She trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Melicoff has worked with the…
Phone: 832-822-3300

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Pulmonologists

Dr. Das serves as director of the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia center at Texas Children's Hospital, in collaboration with physicians from other specialties.  PCD is a rare lung disease that causes recurrent lung and sinus infections.  He also cares for patients with complex airway disorders,…
Phone: 832-822-3300 (Main) | 281-494-7010 (Sugar Land)

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Dr. Gazzaneo's primary clinical interests are pediatric lung transplantation and pediatric critical care conditions. Her research interests include VV-ECMO as a bridge to lung transplant, nutritional support after lung transplantation and acute and chronic kidney disease post-lung transplant. She…
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Creating a partnership with my patient’s families is the foundation of my philosophy of care. Additionally, a team approach is essential to the care of patients with complex medical issues and lung disease. Working closely together with a multidisciplinary team is very important to me. It is an…
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Dr. Spielberg’s clinical focuses are in the Aerodigestive program with a particular interest in complex airway problems, and in the Rare and Interstitial Lung Disease program.  He is also a member of the Pediatric Lung Transplant Team.   His research interests include lung imaging (using both CT…
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Transplant Advanced Practice Providers

Anna Schrader, MSPAS, PA-C works with the multidisciplinary Lung Transplant Team to help meet the demands of these complex patients. Her responsibilities include evaluating new patient referrals, as well as inpatient and outpatient care of patients before and after transplant.   Anna received her…
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