Liver Transplant Team

The multidisciplinary team at Emory's Liver Transplant Program includes:

Medical Directors
Stuart Knechtle, MD

Stuart Knechtle, MD
Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation

James Spivey, MD

James Spivey, MD
Medical Director, Liver Transplantation

Transplant Surgeons

The transplant surgeon will perform your transplant surgery and will be in charge of your care immediately following your surgery.

Andrew Adams, MD

Andrew Adams, MD
Liver Transplant Surgeon

Daniel Campos, MD

Daniel Campos, MD
Liver Transplant Surgeon

Karim Halazun, MD

Karim Halazun, MD
Liver Transplant Surgeon

Stuart Knechtle, MD

Stuart Knechtle, MD
Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation

Joseph Magliocca, MD

Joseph Magliocca, MD
Liver Transplant Surgeon

Hepatologists

A hepatologist is the doctor who possesses specialized knowledge and sill in the diagnosis and treatment of liver conditions and diseases and who will perform your overall evaluation.

Ryan Ford, MD

Ryan Ford, MD
Transplant Hepatologist

Hetal Karsan, MD

Hetal Karsan, MD
Transplant Hepatologist

John Norvell, MD

John Norvell, MD
Transplant Hepatologist

Samir Parekh, MD

Samir Parekh, MD
Transplant Hepatologist

Anjana Pillai, MD

Anjana Pillai, MD
Transplant Hepatologist

James Spivey, MD

James Spivey, MD
Medical Director, Liver Transplantation

Ram Subramanian, MD

Ram Subramanian, MD
Transplant Hepatologist

Joel Wedd, MD

Joel Wedd, MD
Transplant Hepatologist

Physician Assistant (PA) and Nurse Practitioners (NP)

The Physician Assistant (PA) and Nurse Practitioners (NP) are members of the transplant team who practice medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician. The PA or NP may obtain your medical history, perform your physical exam and supervise your transplant evaluation. He or she will educate you about transplantation. After transplant, the PA or NP will follow your progress in the hospital as well as in the transplant clinic.

Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Physician Assistant (PA)

Lisa Arasi, NP
Janis Carter, NP
Jennifer Everett Kitchens, PA
Steve Mishkin, PA
Melanie Patak, NP
Nick Rao, PA
Yvane Wimberly, NP

Transplant Coordinators

A transplant coordinator is a registered nurse specially trained to care for patients before and after transplantation. Transplant coordinators work in different stages of the transplant process. One coordinator will be responsible for obtaining the results of your evaluation. This coordinator will serve as your main contact from the time of your evaluation until the time of your transplant. Additional coordinators will follow your progress in the hospital and provide follow-up care at each clinic visit after you are discharged.

Pre-Transplant Coordinators

Gwendolyn Christian, RN, BSN
Katherine Patterson, RN, BSN
Sharon F. Williams, RN, MS, NP-C
Donna Worrell, RN, BSN

Post-Transplant Coordinators

Katherine Lohmuller, RN, BSN
Angela Barrett-Brown, ACNP-C
Tenita Foston, FNP-C
Dianne Thackston, RN, BSN

Social Workers

Social workers are available for evaluation and supportive counseling for you and your family throughout the phases of transplant. If you need information about local housing, fundraising, and other transplant resources, the transplant social worker can assist you.

Social Workers

Iris Bordeaux, ACSW, LCSW
Jennifer Wild

Psychiatrist

A psychiatrist will meet with you during the evaluation to obtain a general mental health history. He or she can identify personal or social situations that may affect the likelihood of a successful outcome after transplant. Psychiatric help is available for any developing needs or concerns.

Clinical Nutritionist

A clinical nutritionist will see you before and after your transplant to evaluate your diet and help you maintain a healthy weight. After your transplant you may have difficulty maintaining your weight and controlling your cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The nutritionist will be available to see you regularly after your transplant to discuss these issues.

Transplant Dietitian

Kristen Loechel MS, RD, LD

Pharmacist

A pharmacist will begin working with you after your transplant. It is important for you to clearly understand your medications and how each affects your body. The transplant pharmacist, along with your transplant coordinator and nurses, will explain the actions, dosages and side effects of your medications. The pharmacist will be available to answer questions during your hospitalization and after transplant.

Pharmacist

Sarah Saxer, RPh, PharmD

Chaplain

A chaplain is on call 24 hours a day to visit with you while you are at Emory University Hospital. The chaplain can help you and your family deal with the emotional and spiritual issues that can be associated with transplantation.

Staff Nurses

Staff nurses are responsible for monitoring your daily care in the hospital. They will teach you how to check your vital signs and identify any signs of infection. They will help you learn how and when to take your new transplant medications. Staff nurses play an important role in alerting the team to any potential problems.

Financial Coordinator

The financial coordinator will help you understand the cost of transplantation, explain your insurance benefits and assist you in identifying resources available to you.

Financial Coordinators

Angela Broom
Carla Cody

Organ Placement Program

The Emory Transplant Call Center team is specially trained to review offers for all organs that match with potential recipients at Emory University Hospital. This nursing team is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to review donor offers with the transplant surgeon on call. Together with numerous organ procurement organizations, this team of specially trained nurses is responsible for coordinating the transplant process from the time the initial offer is received through calling a patient in for their transplant. If and when a patient is offered a possible transplant, one of these coordinators will be in contact.

Organ Placement Program
Mimi Buenvenida, RN BSN CCTC
Megan Case, RN BSN
Michelle Edwards, PCC
Carolyn Johnson, RN BSN
Casey King, RN, BSN, CCTC
Robin Pastush, RN BSN

Additional Transplant Staff Members

Nurse Manager Liver Transplant, Clinical Operations and Services

Wanda Allison, RN, BSN, CCTC

Medication Access Program (MAP) Coordinator

Gayelord Langley, RN