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
Sandra Heisterkamp, RN
Nina Krishun, BSN, RN
David Lewino, RN
Suzanne Reed, RN
Stephanie Ta, RN
Eileen Chatfield, RN
Jennifer Joliat, RN
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 858-657-7729.
Transplant Financial Coordinator(s)
The kidney and pancreas transplant financial coordinator is your primary contact for insurance and financial issues related to transplantation and care. Call 858-657-7729.
Lisa Forgett, 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. Lisa will help you create a meal plan and understand food choices that provide the greatest nutritional benefit. Call 858-657-7729.
Live Donor Coordinator(s)
Michael Chua, RN
The live donor coordinator supports and manages the care of living kidney donors. Call 858-657-7729.
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 858-657-7729.
Transplant Social Worker(s)
Christine 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 858-657-7729.
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 858-657-7729.