At UPMC Transplant Services, your team will work as a cohesive unit throughout the transplant process to make the experience as seamless as possible. Our talented, highly skilled professionals will care for and guide you every step of the way.
As a potential candidate transplantation, a transplant surgeon will evaluate you and:
Our surgeons also have a thorough understanding of the management of immunosuppressive drugs, which will help your body accept the newly transplanted organ and minimize drug-related complications posttransplant.
Specialists who will medically manage your care before and after transplant surgery include:
Transplant nurse coordinators are registered nurses who have training and experience in caring for transplant patients.
Your dedicated transplant nurse coordinator will serve as your primary contact 24 hours a day and:
If living-donor transplant is determined to be an appropriate treatment option for you, your donor will be assigned an independent living-donor advocate to act on the donor’s behalf.
The living-donor advocate helps to ensure the donor is fully aware of what it means to be a living donor and understand the risks of the transplant surgery. The living-donor advocate will voice any concerns of the donor to the multidisciplinary transplant team and will determine that the donor’s decision is fully informed.
Anesthesiologists are doctors who will administer the medications that keep you asleep during your transplant surgery and monitor vital signs such as:
Transplant pathologists are doctors who are involved in processing and evaluating tissue biopsies, as well as in diagnosing disease progression.
The transplant psychiatric/behavioral health team will help you and your family cope with the stresses associated with chronic disease and the transplant process.
Personalized services tailored to your needs include:
Transplant social workers are specially trained in the unique financial, educational, and support needs of each transplant patient. Before, during, and after your hospital stay, a social worker is available to provide educational information and individual, family, or group counseling.
They also can provide and connect you and your family with resources and information, including:
Your transplant coordinator will arrange appointments with a transplant pharmacist as part of routine postoperative visits.
Transplant dietitians are registered dietitians who have education and experience in managing nutrition for pre- and posttransplant patients. They can assess your nutritional status and make recommendations about therapeutic diets and nutritional supplementation.
Transplant credit analysts are responsible for:
Transplant office assistants and medical assistants are responsible for scheduling clinic appointments and all required tests before and after your transplant.
Transplant guardian angels offer support and assistance to transplant patients and their families during their stay at UPMC. They also provide non-medical care by: