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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 Surgeon:
This doctor will perform your pancreas transplant surgery. He or she will discuss the risks and benefits related to surgery and assist you in understanding what to expect after receiving your 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 Ohio State's 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:

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


Advanced Practice Nurse:
The 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 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
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.

April Delahunty
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 Post Transplant office as soon as you or your caregivers are aware that there will be medication coverage issues.

Stacy Morton (800) 626-2538


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