Transplant Team Members
Transplant surgeons meet with the patients and families during the evaluation process to perform
a medical evaluation, explain the surgical process, and review your risks and benefits of
transplant. The transplant surgeon performs the transplant surgery and works with the medical
doctors to manage the patients care after the transplant.
Transplant, Nephrologists, and Hepatologists
Nephrologists are doctors who focus on kidney disease. Hepatologists are doctors who focus on
liver disease. They assess the patient to decide if a transplant will be of help. They stay
involved in the patient's care while the patient is on the waiting list and long-term after transplant
has been done.
Pre-Transplant Nurse Coordinators
Pre-transplant coordinators are responsible for coordinating patients care before transplant, from
the time of the first referral until the time a transplant is received. They help arrange the testing
required for placing a patient on the waitlist. A pre-transplant coordinator assists patients
through the evaluation process by working closely with them and communicating with their local
doctors, dialysis units, other healthcare facilities, and outpatient clinics.
Post-Transplant Nurse Coordinators
Post-transplant coordinators assist with coordinating every aspect of transplant care, from the
time of transplant through long-term, post-transplant care. They serve as the patient’s link to the
rest of the transplant team after the patient goes home after transplant surgery. Coordinators
assist the doctors in the medical management of the patient, provide ongoing education for the
patient and family, and act as patient advocates. Their follow up care includes contact with local
doctors, other healthcare facilities, and outpatient clinics.
Clinical Social Workers
Clinical social workers conduct a psychosocial assessment, discuss available community
resources, assist with financial resources, and work with other members of the transplant team to
support patients emotionally throughout the transplant process. The social worker will provide
information and help with completion of advance directives. They can also assist with finding a
support group for patients and their families.
Clinical dieticians work with patients and their families to evaluate the patient’s nutritional status
and develop a plan for good nutrition throughout the transplant process.
Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners
Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners assist with inpatient and outpatient care and help
organize the patient’s discharge needs. They check patient recovery, assist in daily medical
management after transplant surgery, immunosuppression management, and assist doctors in
every aspect of patient care.
Surgical Residents and Transplant Fellows
Surgical residents and transplant fellows assist mainly with inpatient care including preparing
patients for surgery, assisting in the operating room, and helping to manage post operative issues.
Surgical residents and transplant fellows work with the surgeons and other team members to
prepare the patient for discharge. Patients may also see transplant fellows at transplant clinic
Financial counselors work with patients and their insurance companies both before and after
transplant to facilitate financial matters concerning transplantation, such as billing, collection,
deductibles, drug coverage, and co-insurances. They are responsible for the patient’s education
about the financial aspects of transplant. They are the best resource for help with any insurance
Transplant pharmacists work closely with doctors, nursing staff, and the patient to ensure that the
transplant medicines are used correctly. The pharmacists work with the rest of the transplant
team to find the best way to diminish the side effects a patient may have due to
immunosuppression and other medicine used during transplantation. They also help with
managing the medicine schedules.
Inpatient Transplant Nurses
Inpatient transplant nurses specialize in the care and treatment of transplant patients during their
hospital stay. Patients are assigned a primary nurse for their inpatient nursing care that will work
with doctors, coordinators, and other health care disciplines to prepare patients for their
Discharge Case Managers
Discharge case managers work with patients and families to prepare them to leave the hospital.
Some patients need skilled nursing care after leaving the hospital, and discharge case managers
assist with arranging these services.
Transplant Clinic Nurses
Transplant clinic nurses care for patients during clinic visits and assist with numerous outpatient
procedures. The clinic nurses provide care and support for patients during the recovery period
after procedures, and assist in setting up required follow-up care. They also provide ongoing
education for patients and their families.
Office Support Staff/Department Assistants
Members of the transplant office support staff provide phone triage to coordinators and other
staff and assist in management of outpatient medical information. They help coordinators with
managing patient lab results and daily patient issues and concerns.
Chaplains help many patients and families receive comfort and meaning from their faith during
illness recovery. Our chaplains provide spiritual and emotional support and perform sacraments.
Faith and medicine opportunities are provided at the hospital chapel. Catholic and Protestant
services are held on Sundays.
Other Doctor Consultations
Other doctor consults may be required either during the transplant evaluation or at any period
after transplant to address your special needs. UW Hospital and Clinics have many specialized
expert doctors that can be consulted to work together to provide the best care possible.
Infectious disease, dental, endocrine, cardiology, hepatology, gastroenterology, dermatology,
urology, and rehabilitation and are just a few of the teams that are available to assist in your care.
Other services are available to provide assistance to patients and their families. For example,
interpreter services can be made available for anyone needing translation services. Housing
assistance can help the patient and family should temporary housing be needed.
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have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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