Our Staff

Val Cannon

Val Cannon

Pre-Heart Transplant Coordinator

Val is the coordinator for heart failure/pre-heart transplant and cardiomyopathy at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. She is the contact for all new heart failure consultations and transplant evaluations.

She works closely with referring physicians, nursing staff, cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons, facilitating necessary testing, procedures, and work up for optimal clinical or surgical management.

Val came to Stanford as a patient care coordinator in 1987. She has worked in the past in hematology and with the multi-organ transplant center. She joined the heart failure team in 1997.

Lisa Guertin, RN, BSN, MS, ACNP-BC

VAD Coordinator

Lisa has worked in critical care, transplant, and cardiology since becoming a nurse in 2000 after graduating from the University of Massachusetts. Lisa then returned to school and graduated from the acute care nurse practitioner program at the University of California, San Francisco in 2010 and accepted a position with Stanford Hospital & Clinics working with the ventricular assist device and heart transplant programs as a nurse practitioner.

Nancy Hahesy, RN, MSN, CNS

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Nancy received her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1982 from the University of Southern Maine and her masterís degree in nursing from San Francisco State University in 2010.

After beginning her career in her native state of Massachusetts, Nancy came to Stanford in 1992. As a critical care nurse, her clinical experience includes cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, organ transplant, neurosurgery, trauma, general medicine and surgery, and infusion therapy. She also held the positions of research nurse and nurse coordinator for the Division of Vascular Surgery. Nancy joined the heart failure & cardiomyopathy team as a clinical nurse specialist in 2010 and works primarily with Drs. Fowler, Witteles, and Banerjee. She is dedicated to providing quality care and education to those living with heart failure and cardiomyopathy.

Marie Lugtu, RN, MSN, CNL

Marie Lugtu, RN, MSN, CNL

VAD Coordinator

Marie joined the Mechanical Circulatory Support team as a nurse coordinator in 2012. Marie received her master of science in nursing from the University of San Francisco, where she completed the clinical nurse leader program.

She joins Stanford with a clinical background in cardiology and nursing administration. She is excited to join the Stanford team and looks forward to working within such an innovative program.


Annie Mullin, RN, BSN

Annie Mullin, RN, BSN

Clinical Coordinator

Annie has worked at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for more than 10 years. Her area of specialization and interest is heart failure and cardiovascular medicine.

As part of the heart failure & cardiomyopathy team, Annie works as nurse coordinator for Dr. Randy Vagelos.

On a personal note, Annie is an avid golfer and loves the sport.

Gabby Oro, RN, BSN, MSN

Transplant Nurse Coordinator

Gabby is the nurse coordinator for pre-heart transplant program at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and acquired her masters in nursing from San Francisco State University. Gabby came to Stanford as an inpatient nurse in 2006, and later joined the heart transplant team in 2011.

Heidi Salisbury, RN, MSN, CNS

Heidi Salisbury, RN, MSN, CNS

Clinical Nurse Coordinator

Heidi received her BS in kinesiology and minor in Spanish from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA in 1999. In 2002, Heidi completed her masters and clinical nurse specialist degrees in nursing from San Francisco State University.

In 2002, Heidi started at Stanford Hospital & Clinics as a staff nurse for the cardiac surveillance unit and the cardiac intensive care unit. Heidi practiced as a staff nurse IV and received her critical care RN certification. Heidi joined the team in the cardiology clinic as a nurse coordinator in September 2005 and continues to work closely with the cardiac care units and inpatient cardiac rehabilitation Teams.

Heidi is dedicated to working to increase awareness of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the community. In addition, she has a special interest in developing educational tools and support networks for families living with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Kim Sangalli, RN, BSN, MSN

Kim Sangalli, RN, BSN, MSN

Clinical Nurse Coordinator

Kim earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco in 1996 and her master's degree in Nursing from University of California San Francisco in 2004.

Her nursing experience has included general surgery, cardiac surgery, heart/lung transplant, nursing education, stroke, and quality improvement. She previously worked at the Stanford Cardiothoracic ICU and returned to join the heart failure and cardiomyopathy team in March 2006. Kim works primarily with Dr. Michael Fowler and Dr. Ron Witteles.

Christine Thompson, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN, CHFN

Christine Thompson, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN, CHFN

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Christine received her bachelor of science degree in nursing, with a minor in psychology from California State University, Hayward and a master of science degree in cardiovascular nursing from the University of California, San Francisco in 1997.

She began her nursing career at Stanford and has more than 25 years of experience in critical care nursing, largely with a cardiovascular focus. She is a board-certified clinical nurse specialist and certified in both adult critical care and heart failure nursing.

Christine enjoys providing education for patients and their caregivers/families as well as staff. Working largely in the inpatient areas at Stanford, Christine has a special interest in improving self-care and symptom management for patients with heart failure. Her focus areas include systems development around patient transitions of care across the continuum, advocacy honoring individual patient goals, and promoting optimal well-being for patients.

Angela Bingham, RN, MSN, CNL

Heart Failure Nurse Coordinator

Angela received her associate's degree in nursing from Clark College in 2004 at Washington State University.  She decided to continue her education in 2012 and received a master's degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco with a certification as a clinical nurse leader.

Angela has worked as a staff nurse in a variety of settings including telemetry, cardiovascular step-down, and the Cardiac Surveillance Unit/Coronary Care Unit at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.  In 2012 Angela joined the heart failure team as an inpatient heart failure nurse coordinator, focusing on educating patients and coordinating transition of care after hospitalization.  Angela is thrilled to have joined the heart failure group at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and enjoys working with such an incredible team.

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