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While primarily committed to patient care, these faculty members are also actively engaged in clinical and laboratory research designed to improve survival and quality of life for kidney transplant recipients. Their goal is to provide the best care and restore each patient to a full and productive life.

The following members of the kidney transplant team are involved in patients' care throughout the transplant process:

Kidney Transplant Surgeons

Kidney Transplant Nephrologists

Transplant Psychiatrists

Non-Physician Providers

Kidney Transplant Coordinators

Social Workers

  • Elizabeth "Liz" Smith, MSW, LCSW
  • Gabrielle “Elle” Gordon, LSW
  • Marie Luciano, LSW, MSSA, CCMC
  • Rose Winchell, MSW
  • Sandra "Sandy" Aponte Peralta, MSW
  • Julia Stiffman, MSW

Financial Coordinators

  • Kara Hovatter
  • Tara Koslowski
  • Naiphesa Hilliard

Transplant Nutritionist

  • Tiffany Donahue, RD, LDN

Transplant Pharmacist

Renal Nurse Practitioners

Living Donor Advocate

  • Vanessa Worzel, MSW

Living Donor Team

Transplant Outreach Coordinator

Manager, Transplant Outreach and Communication

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