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... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street Legacy Tower, 21st Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-2030

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... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street Legacy Tower, 21st Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-2030
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 advancement... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street Legacy Tower, 21st Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-2030

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... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street 9th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3300

Pulmonologists

In 2001, Dr. Mallory joined the Baylor College of Medicine pediatric faculty and with Dr Dean McKenzie helped to establish the TCH Lung Transplant Program. The program was approved in 2002. Since that time, the TCH Program has become the most active program in the world with 8 to 20 transplants... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street 9th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3300
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,... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, 9th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Texas Children's Specialty Care Sugar Land 15400 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3300 (Main) | 281-494-7010 (Sugar Land)
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... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street 9th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3300
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... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street 9th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3300

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... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street 9th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3300

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Charissa Kam, PharmD