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Melissa B. Bleicher, MD

Melissa B. Bleicher, MD Physician

Assistant Medical Director, Penn Kidney Transplant Program, Post-Transplant Operations, University of Pennsylvania Director, Transplant Adolescent Transition Program, University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Bleicher is employed by Penn Medicine.

In New Jersey, providers are affiliated with Penn Medicine through Clinical Health Care Associates of New Jersey.

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Nephrology, 2008

Clinical Expertise:

  • Chronic Kidney Disease in Organ Transplant Patients
  • Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD)
  • Complex Hypertension
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Pancreas Transplantation

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Vetrans Choice Program (6/2018 Not Active)

Education and Training

Medical School: State University of New York at Brooklyn
Residency: Staten Island University Hospital (North Site)
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Memberships

Alpha Omega Alpha, National American Society of Nephrology, National American Society of Transplantation, National Phi Beta Kappa, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Bleicher is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Selected Publications:

Gumber Ramnika, Cohen Jordana B, Palmer Matthew B, Kobrin Sidney M, Vogl Dan T, Wasserstein Alan G, Nasta Sunita D, Bleicher Melissa B, Bloom Roy D, Dember Laura, Cohen Adam, Weiss Brendan M, Hogan Jonathan J: A clone-directed approach may improve diagnosis and treatment of proliferative glomerulonephritis with monoclonal immunoglobulin deposits. Kidney international 94 (1): 199-205,2018.

Varga Alexandra N, Johnson David, Sawinski Deirdre L, Lim Mary Ann, Bloom Roy D, Abt Peter L, Goral Simin, Bleicher Melissa, Levine Matthew H, Naji Ali, Nazarian Susanna, Porrett Paige, Trofe-Clark Jennifer: Safety and Feasibility of Outpatient Rabbit Antithymocyte Globulin Induction Therapy Administration in Kidney Transplant Recipients. Pharmacotherapy 38 (6): 620-627,2018.

Reese P, Abt P, Blumberg E, Van Deerlin V, Bloom R, Potluri V, Levine M, Porrett P, Sawinski D, Nazarian S, Naji A, Hasz R, Suplee L, Trofe-Clark J, Sicilia A, McCauley M, Gentile, C, Smith J, Niknam B, Bleicher M, Reddy R, Goldberg D: Twelve month outcomes after transplantation of hepatitis-C infected kidneys into 3 uninfected recipients: A single-arm trial Annals of Internal Medicine : 2018.

Bleicher M, Sawinski D, Goral S.: Nutritional Requirements of Kidney Transplant Patients Handbook of Nutrition and the Kidney, 7th Edition (Mitch & Ikizler) : 2016.

Stevens DR, Trofe-Clark J, Blumberg E, Wilck M, Weikert B, Goral S, Bleicher M, Sawinski D, Abt P, Levine M, Porrett P, Bloom RD: Increased Risk of Breakthrough Infection Among Cytomegalovirus Donor Positive/Recipient Negative Kidney Transplant Recipients Receiving Lower Dose Valganciclovir Prophylaxis Encore Poster Presentation at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting : 2013.

Trofe-Clark J, Sawinski D, Sparkes T, Goral S, Bleicher M, Bloom RD: Single Center Experience with Long-Term Prospective BK Monitoring in Renal Transplantation Encore Poster Presentation at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting. : 2013.

Trofe-Clark J, Sawinski D, Sparkes T, Goral S, Bleicher M, Bloom RD: Single Center Experience with Long-Term Prospective BK Monitoring in Renal Transplantation Poster Presentation to the American Transplant Congress Meeting : 2013.

Wing J, Patel P, Sawinski D, Bleicher M, Goral S, Reese P, Trofe-Clark J, Bloom RD: Differing Characteristics of New-Onset Diabetes after Transplantation (NODAT)in African American Compared to Non-African American Kidney Recipients Poster Presentation at the American Transplant Congress Meeting. Awarded as a Poster of Distinction : 2013.

Stevens DR, Trofe-Clark J, Blumberg E, Wilck M, Weikert B, Goral S, Bleicher M, Sawinski D, Abt P, Levine M, Porrett P, Bloom RD: Increased Risk of Breakthrough Infection Among Cytomegalovirus Donor Positive/Recipient Negative Kidney Transplant Recipients Receiving Lower Dose Valganciclovir Prophylaxis Poster Presentation at the American Transplant Congress Meeting : 2013.

Trofe-Clark J, Goral S, Sawinski D, Bleicher M, Levine M, Abt P, Ende L, Van Deerlin V, Bloom RD: Single Center Experience with Prospective BK Monitoring in Renal Transplantation Encore Poster Presentation at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting : 2012.

Academic Contact Info

One Founders
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 615-6513
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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