Emory's Lung Transplant Team

The multidisciplinary team at Emory's McKelvey Lung Transplant Center includes:

Transplant Surgeon

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

Seth Force, MD

Seth Force, MD
Surgical Director, Lung Transplantation

Allan Pickens, MD

Allan Pickens, MD
Transplant Surgeon

Felix Fernandez, MD

Felix Fernandez, MD
Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon

Manu Sancheti, MD

Manu Sancheti, MD
Thoracic Surgeon

Transplant Pulmonologist

The pulmonologist is the doctor who possess specialized knowledge and skill in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary (lung) conditions and diseases and who will perform your overall evaluation.

David Neujahr, MD

David Neujahr, MD
Medical Director, Lung Transplantation

E. Clinton Lawrence, MD

E. Clinton Lawrence, MD
Director, McKelvey Lung Transplant Center

Remzi Bag, MD

Remzi Bag, MD
Transplant Pulmonologist

Transplant Cardiologist

A transplant cardiologist may meet with you to evaluate your cardiac function.

Transplant Infectious Disease Physicians

Since transplant patients take medications to prevent the immune system from attacking their new organ, the transplant infectious disease physician provides consultation for infectious disease management in transplant recipients. They provide pre- and post-transplant vaccination and individual treatment plans for preventing infections.

G. Marshall Lyon, MD

G. Marshall Lyon, MD
Director, Transplant Infectious Diseases

Aneesh Mehta, MD

Aneesh Mehta, MD
Assistant Director, Transplant Infectious Diseases

Physician Assistant (PA) and Nurse Practitioners (NP)

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

Melissa Nelson, RN, MS, NP
Anisha Patel, RN, MS, NP

Transplant Coordinator

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 Nurse Coordinator

Emily Williamson, RN
Karena Buchanan, RN

Post-Transplant Nurse Coordinators

Carol Michael, RN
Courtney Smith, RN

Social Worker

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 Worker

Donnette Grant

Physical Therapist

A physical therapist may help pre-transplant patients understand what exercises are prescribed by the transplant pulmonologist. He or she is specially trained to help you regain your strength after surgery and will refer you to a pulmonary rehabilitation program in the early weeks after transplant. Exercise is important to your recovery. It can reduce complications after transplant surgery, improve your endurance and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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.

Clinical Nutritionist

Malia Anne Chang

Speech Pathologist

A speech pathologist will assess a patient's swallowing ability before and after lung transplant. There may be temporary problems swallowing liquids or solids after the transplant surgery. Patients are required to have their swallowing assessed by the speech pathologist through a bedside evaluation and a modified barium swallow performed in conjunction with the Radiologist.

Speech Pathologist

Deb Sinsley

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.

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 Nurse

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 Coordinator

Twanda John

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 Team Members

Program Manager

Kristina Photakis

Administrative Assistant

Sandi Skopek

Brenda Zachary