Meet the Heart Transplant Medical Directors and Team
Our multidisciplinary medical team provides unparalleled expertise and experience to ensure that you receive the very best care.
Dr. Adamson received his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah, where he also completed his internship and residency in general surgery. Dr. Adamson went on to complete a fellowship in cardiac transplantation at Stanford University Medical Center.
Dr. Adamson began his practice in San Diego in 1987. He is board-certified in surgery and thoracic surgery and is a member of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.
He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Missouri, where he also completed his surgical internship. Dr. Dembitsky completed a general surgery residency and was chief resident in general surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. He then went on to complete a residency in cardiothoracic surgery and was chief resident in cardiothoracic surgery at Washington University. Dr. Dembitsky completed research fellowships at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Dembitsky has been practicing in San Diego since 1978. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a noted researcher and author on topics related to the use of mechanical assist device.
Dr. Hoagland received his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston. Dr. Hoagland completed his cardiology fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and Bayside Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Dr. Hoagland has served as chief of staff at Sharp Memorial Hospital. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Cardiovascular Disease. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology. He is a published author on aortic stenosis, cardiac transplant, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction.
Dr. Jaski received his undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering and biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He was a resident in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospital and was a clinical research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital and at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Jaski is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. He is a noted author and researcher in topics related to heart failure and cardiac transplantation.
Dr. Mehta earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California with honors and his medical degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He completed his residency and fellowship at Scripps Clinic in San Diego. He finished training at Stanford University, where he focused on advanced heart failure, cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support, under the guidance of renowned cardiologist Dr. Sharon Hunt.
Dr. Mehta is board certified in cardiovascular diseases, advanced heart failure, cardiac transplantation, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. He is an active participant in the American College of Cardiology, where he serves on the committee for high-risk surgery within the Heart Failure Council. In addition, he has served as a member of the program committee for the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation. Dr. Mehta has coauthored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters relating to heart failure, cardiac imaging and mechanical support. In addition, he lectures and maintains an active research interest in right heart failure and pulmonary hypertension.
Dr. Limmer is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon who has practiced at Sharp Memorial Hospital since 2014. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his medical degree from Temple University. He completed his internship and residency at the University of California San Diego Medical Center, followed by fellowships at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He specializes in minimally invasive cardiac surgical procedures and is one of a select number of heart surgeons in the country who performs the hybrid maze procedure (Mini-Maze).
Dr. Limmer has coauthored numerous research papers and book chapters relating to adult chest surgery. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology and is a candidate member for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Dr. Larson is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon who began practicing at Sharp Memorial Hospital in 2016. He earned his bachelor's degree at State University of New York at Geneseo and his doctor of osteopathic medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health in Cincinnati, where he earned the Joel Essig Award, bestowed yearly to the resident who best exemplifies qualities of leadership. Dr. Larson completed a residency in thoracic surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he most recently served as director of cardiothoracic surgery. He also held the role as vice chair of cardiac services for the medical center. Dr. Larson is a member of the American College of Surgeons and of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.