The transplant group at UPMC in Central Pa. is a specially trained multi-disciplinary team working together to provide transplant patients and living donors with the best possible care. The physicians, nurses, and staff are experts in the latest transplantation techniques, anti-rejection (immunosuppressant) drugs, post-transplant care and the management of related health conditions of patients with kidney disease.
Our team works closely with patients, living donors and their families, throughout the entire transplant process, including care for years after transplant. We focus on both the physical and emotional aspects of the patient experience. Learn more about our transplant team:
Our transplant surgeons are among the best in the field, specializing in kidney transplantation and donor procedures. They have years of experience and have performed hundreds of procedures.
Nephrologists are medical doctors who specialize in kidney care and treating diseases of the kidneys. Our nephrologists work with our transplant patients before, during and after the transplant procedure, helping them manage their disease, prepare for surgery and manage their after care.
Nurse practitioners are licensed clinical experts who work alongside the doctors, nurses, and staff to provide a comprehensive care plan for patients throughout the entire transplant process including post-transplant care.
Pre and Post Transplant Coordinators
The transplant coordinators will be your main source of contact with the transplant team. The coordinator is a Registered Nurse who has specialized education in transplant. The coordinator will be an integral part of your transplant process both before and after transplant. Before transplant, your coordinator will guide you through the education and work-up process. Your post-transplant coordinator will be your contact person for any questions or concerns after the transplant takes place.
The transplant social worker will assist you in preparing for transplantation or living kidney donation beyond the physical and medical aspects. They will assess your social, financial, and support systems to ensure the best experience.
The transplant financial coordinators will review insurance and prescription coverage to make sure it is adequate for transplant and assist you in getting the coverage you need.
Independent Living Donor Advocate
The Independent Donor Advocate (ILDA) is a social worker who has received advanced education to be an independent and specialized advocate for the living donors. The ILDA's role is to make sure the living donors understand the entire living donor process and have had their questions answered. The ILDA will ensure that potential donors receive all the information they need throughout all phases of donation. As a potential living donor, any questions or concerns you may have about the care you receive from the transplant team may be directed to the ILDA.
Need more information? Call 877-778-6110