Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Team
The kidney/pancreas transplant team includes surgeons, nephrologists, infectious disease specialists, endocrinologists, clinical transplant nurse coordinators, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, neuropsychologists, clinical social workers and registered dietitians. Patients, doctors, researchers and staff all work together to provide the best outcomes for those facing end-stage kidney disease.
Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Coordinators
Christine Brenner, RN (pre-transplant)
Sabrina Fernandez, RN (post-transplant)
David Lewino, RN (pre-transplant)
Jennifer Joliat, RN (post-transplant)
Sandra Leyden, RN (pre-transplant)
The kidney and pancreas transplant coordinators are deeply involved in the transplant process including your care before, during and after transplantation. They will discuss any questions or concerns with you throughout the process, and will coordinate your pre and post transplant care. Call 619-574-8612.
Live Donor Coordinator
Michael Chua, RN
Sandra Heisterkamp, RN
The live donor coordinator supports and manages the care of living kidney donors. Call 619-574-8612.
Alejandra Munoz (live donor assistant)
The transplant assistants play a crucial role in orchestrating behind the scenes efforts to schedule appointments, collect and maintain medical records and assist in pre and post transplant care. Call 619-574-8612.
Transplant Financial Coordinator
The kidney and pancreas transplant financial coordinator is your primary contact for insurance and financial issues related to transplantation and care. Call 619-574-8612.
Transplant Social Workers
Christine Frederici Hines, LCSW (pre-transplant)
Nina Sullivan, MSW (in-patient and post-transplant)
Kelli Swan-Vranish, LCSW (in-patient and post-transplant)
The kidney and pancreas transplant social workers help you handle challenges throughout the transplant process. They are your contacts for issues regarding housing, work, relocating, transportation assistance, state disability, medication assistance, community support and more. Call 619-574-8612.
Linda Raynes, RD
Our dietician has specific training on the nutritional needs of people with kidney diseases and how those nutritional needs change during and after transplantation. Linda will help you create a meal plan and understand food choices that provide the greatest nutritional benefit. Call 619-574-8612.
Michael Misel, PharmD
Janice Sudaria-Kerr, PharmD
The pharmacists on the kidney and pancreas transplant team have extensive experience in the medications used to fight rejection, infection and keep you healthy. They will help monitor your medications while you are in the hospital and at clinic visits and will teach you about each of the medications you are taking. Call 619-471-0575.
Make an appointment or transfer a patient
- 888-UCSD-KD3 (827-3533)
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