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Treatment Team

Our treatment team at Ohio State's Comprehensive Transplant Center is a unique blend of professionals leading their fields, all specialized in transplant medicine. Our team surrounds the patient to create a unique, patient-centered model of care available at few other centers around the world.

We will help manage your care before, during and after your transplant. Your transplant care team includes:

Transplant Nephrologist: This kidney doctor who specializes in kidney/pancreas transplants will follow you before, during and after your transplant. He will complete a physical exam and discuss with you what additional testing is needed in order to prepare you for your transplant.

Nephrology Office (614) 293-4997

Alejandro Diez, MD
Uday Nori, MD 
Todd Pesavento, MD 
Neeraj Singh, MBBS 
Jon Von Visger, MD, PhD

Transplant Surgeon:
This doctor will perform your kidney/pancreas transplant surgery and help take care of you after the transplant.  He or she will discuss the operation and responsibilities after transplant.

Sylvester Black, MD, PhD
Ginny Bumgardner, MD, PhD
Elizabeth Davies, MD
Elmahdi Elkhammas, MD
Mitchell Henry, MD
Ronald Pelletier, MD 
Amer Rajab, MD, PhD

Infectious Disease Physician:
This doctor who specializes in infectious diseases will follow you before, during and after your transplant to reduce risk of infection.

John Davis, MD, PhD 
Stanley Martin, MD 
Nicole Theodoropoulos, MD​

Transplant Coordinators:
The nurses who will be your primary contact from the time you are referred for a transplant evaluation throughout your care at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. They will help answer any questions you may have and assist you throughout your transplant experience.

Pre-Transplant Coordinators:

Tara Bautista, RN, BSN, CCTC
Maria Colter, RN, BSN
Janice Emerson, RN
Dianne Goodrich, RN, BSN, CCTC
Tayana Greene, RN, CCTN
Buffie Pepe-Vargo, RN

Post-Transplant Coordinators:

Brianna Edinger, RN, BSN, CCRN
Missy Knox, LPN, CCTC
Julie Luebke, RN, BSN
Melissa Mazur, RN, BSN, CCTC
Marilyn Moor, RN, BSN
Karen Nicholas, RN, CPTC
Patricia Phillis, RN, BSN
Joanie Steele, RN, BSN

Advanced Practice Nurse:
An advanced practice nurse holds an advanced degree in nursing. He/she works closely in collaboration with your physician to help ensure continuity of care throughout your admission in the hospital and facilitates transition to outpatient care. He/she participates in your plan of care by ordering and monitoring diagnostic tests and treatments. He/she can respond to urgent needs, and diagnose and treat problems if they arise. At the end of your hospital stay, the nurse advanced practice nurse assists you by providing educational tools and resources necessary to continue success with your transplant once you are discharged.

Gerald Arnold, MS, APRN-BC, ACNS
Terri Miller, CNP

Social Workers/Psychologists:
These professionals meet with you to evaluate your psychological readiness for transplantation.

Kim Ansley, MSW, LSW
Carol McLeister, MSW, LSW
Melissa Skillman, LISW
Kristin Kuntz, PhD​, Transplant Psychologist

Transplant Pharmacist:
A transplant pharmacist is a pharmacist who specifically works with patients who have received a transplanted organ. This pharmacist has been trained to understand details about anti-rejection medications, works closely with your transplant physician to help manage your medications and helps answer medication questions you may have.

Holli Winters

Pharmacy Patient Assistance Coordinator: 
The Medication Assistance Program offers assessment, linkage and referrals for assistance to patients who need certain medications and have a high co-pays or no prescription drug coverage. Types of assistance include Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs, Co-pay Assistance Foundations and charitable organizations. It is very important for patients to contact the Posttransplant offices as soon as you or your caregivers are aware that there will be medication coverage issues.

Stacy Morton (800) 626-2538

Living Donor Advocate:
All prospective living donors meet with the Living Donor Advocate to discuss the candidate's decision to become a donor. 

Pre-Transplant Phone Numbers:

Long Distance: (800) 293-8965
Local: (614) 293-6724
Fax: (614) 293-6710

Post-Transplant Phone Numbers:

Long Distance: (800) 626-2538
Local: (614) 293-8746
Fax: (614) 293-6720