Transplant nephrologists specialize in disorders of the kidneys. Nephrologists will help manage your condition before and after the surgery.
Other Specialized Physicians may evaluate you before transplantation or donation, help in your management during and after transplant or donation, and make recommendations to the team. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Transplant coordinators are healthcare professionals who organize your pre-transplant or pre-donation evaluation. The transplant coordinator will provide patient education, and coordinates the diagnostic testing and maintenance on the waiting list.
Each transplant candidate and potential living donor is assigned to a specific transplant coordinator who will serve as the patient's primary contact throughout their journey.
Living Donor Kidney Transplant Candidate Coordinators:
Living Donor Coordinators:
Physician assistants work with the transplant surgeons and nephrologists to manage the care of transplant candidates, recipients and living donors before, during, and after their surgeries.
Nutritionists help you meet your nutritional needs before and after the transplant or kidney donation. They work closely with you to develop and reach goals such as weight loss, when appropriate.
Social workers will help you and your family deal with many issues that may arise including lodging and transportation, finances, insurance, and legal issues.
Clinical pharmacists assist the transplant team in designing your medication regimen, teach you about your transplant medications and help to manage your medication regimen throughout the transplant process.
Financial coordinators work with you and your insurance company to evaluate your ability to undergo transplant and manage the costs of your transplant medications. They also work with living donors through the process, from evaluation to follow-up.
Clinical research and transplant quality personnel educate you about opportunities to participate in research studies available to transplant patients and living donors. and coordinate your care if you choose to participate in a research study. They also monitor the transplant program to ensure it is meeting regulatory requirements.