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Kidney Transplant program

Meet the team

Dr. Jeff Zaltzman
Dr. Jeff Zaltzman
Dr. Darren Yuen
Dr. Darren Yuen
Dr. Ramesh Prasad
Dr. R. Prasad

Transplant nephrologists

Dr. Ramesh Prasad, Dr. Darren Yuen, Dr. Jeff Zaltzman are doctors specializing in kidney transplant. They review patients’ test results during the work-up process, answer questions, monitor how the kidney is working after transplant and adjust medications.

Dr. Jeff Zaltzman
Dr. Jeff Zaltzman
Dr. Jordan Weinstein
Dr. J. Weinstein
Dr. Phil McFarlane
Dr. Phil McFarlane

Donor nephrologists

Dr. Phil McFarlane, Dr. Jordan Weinstein and Dr. Jeff Zaltzman are doctors specializing in kidney disease who work up potential kidney donors to decide if it is possible for them to safely donate a kidney.

Dr. Robert Stewart
Dr. Robert Stewart
Dr. Kenneth Pace
Dr. Kenneth Pace
Dr. Michael Ordon
Dr. Michael Ordon

Transplant surgeons

Dr. Michael Ordon, Dr. Kenneth Pace and Dr. Robert Stewart are urologists who perform the kidney transplant surgery, are involved in the donor and recipient work-up process and who manage surgical care post-donor and transplant surgery.

Tess Montada-Atin
Tess Montada-Atin

Nurse practitioner (NP)/Certified diabetes educator (CDE)

Tess Montada-Atin specializes in taking care of transplant patients with diabetes. She also works up potential kidney donors. Nurse practitioners are nurses who have additional training that qualifies them to independently diagnose and treat medical problems.

Dr. Jeff Zaltzman
Michelle Gabriel
Meriam Jayoma-Austria
M. Jayoma-Austria

Pre-transplant coordinators (RN)

Meriam Jayoma-Austria and Michelle Gabriel are nurses who coordinate the transplant work-up and patients’ care while waiting to receive a transplant.

Imelda Lo
Imelda Lo
Jennie Huckle
Jennie Huckle
Thelma Carino
Thelma Carino
Kevin Bradley
Kevin Bradley

Post-transplant coordinators (RN)

Kevin Bradley, Thelma Carino, Jennie Huckle, Imelda Lo, Sarah Mattok, Galo Meliton, Kathryn Salvatore and Fernanda Shamy are nurses who look after patients’ health after transplant. They work closely with the transplant nephrologists.

Fernanda Shamy
Fernanda Shamy
Kathryn Salvatore
Kathryn Salvatore
Galo Meliton
Galo Meliton
Sarah Mattok
Sarah Mattok
Maureen Connelly
Maureen Connelly
Kevin Bradley
Kevin Bradley

Living donor coordinators (RN)

Kevin Bradley and Maureen Connelly are nurses who coordinate the potential kidney donor’s work-up process. They work closely with the donor nephrologists and transplant surgeons.

Francine Kwee
Francine Kwee

Pharmacist

Francine Kwee teaches patients about their transplant medicines. She reviews and monitors patients’ medicine regimens on a regular basis to make sure they are receiving the best possible therapy.

Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee
Suela Cela
Suela Cela

Social workers (RSW)

Suela Cela and Sharon Lee provide support by helping patients plan for and transition to a new life after transplant. They can link patients to community resources, drug coverage plans and provide information on ways to cope.

Jenny Accettura
Jenny Accettura

Dietitian (RD)/certified diabetes educator (CDE)

Jenny Accettura works with patients to manage a healthy diet after transplant. She also runs a weight loss program to help people lose excess weight before transplant.

Susie Par
Susie Par

S. Buencamino
Orlene Bailey
Orlene Bailey

Administrative assistants/clerical staff

Orlene Bailey, Sheila Buencamino, Susie Par, Mona Udit, Senyo Williams and Patricia Zambri work with the rest of the team to schedule patients appointments, manage referrals and organize lab results.

Patricia Zambri
Patricia Zambri
Senyo Williams
Senyo Williams
Mona Udit
Mona Udit
Weiqiu Yuan
Weiqiu Yuan
Lindita Rapi
Lindita Rapi
Michelle Nash
Michelle Nash

Research coordinators and assistants

Michelle Nash, Lindita Rapi and Weiqiu Yuan coordinate research studies about transplant. They may approach patients about volunteering to participate in a research study.

Lucy Chen
Lucy Chen

Case manager

Lucy Chen coordinates projects to continuously improve the quality of care in the transplant program. She co-chairs the Patient and Family Advisory Council where patients can provide input about their experience.

Dana Whitham
Dana Whitham

Clinical leader manager

Dana Whitham manages the day-to-day operations for the transplant program. She ensures that the whole team is well equipped to provide excellent care for patients.