Our Team

Upstate's kidney transplant program is comprised of the following multidisciplinary team of specialists who manage our patients' care through the entire transplant process.  Their goal is to provide the best care possible so that our patients can quickly return to a full and productive life:

 

Zeki Acun, MD
Zeki Acun, MD
315 464-5413
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Chronic Kidney Disease; Chronic Kidney Failure; Diabetes; Renal Failure; Kidney Transplantation

Brian J Gallay, MD, PhD
Brian J Gallay, MD, PhD
315 464-5290
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Nephrology
Education: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Dongmei Huang, MD
Dongmei Huang, MD
315 464-6340
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Pediatrics; Pediatric Nephrology; Acute Kidney Failure; Congenital Genitourinary Tract Abnormalities; Hypertension; Nephrolithiasis (Kidney Stones); more

Mark R Laftavi, MD
Mark R Laftavi, MD
315 464-5413

John E Leggat Jr, MD
John E Leggat Jr, MD
315 464-5290
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Nephrology; Acute Kidney Failure; Acute Renal Insufficiency; Chronic Kidney Disease; Chronic Kidney Failure; Hypertension; more
Education: Dartmouth Medical School
Research Interests:

Outcome of therapeutic decisions in dialysis and transplantation

Clinical Interests: Dialysis, transplantation, general nephrology

Sharon R Loerzel, PA
Sharon R Loerzel, PA
315 464-5413
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Immunocompromised Patient and Surgery; Renal Failure; Renal Transplant

Tamer A Malik, MBBCH
Tamer A Malik, MBBCH
315 464-5413
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Transplant; Pediatric Kidney Disease and Transplant; Renal Transplant; Kidney Transplantation

Sriram S Narsipur, MD, FASN, FACP
Sriram S Narsipur, MD, FASN, FACP
315 464-5290
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Medicine; Pediatrics; Nephrology; Transplant; Hypertension; Immune Abnormalities; more
Education: University of Michigan Medical School
Research Interests:

Cardiovascular disease in patients with end stage renal and chronic kidney disease

Clinical Interests: Clinical transplantation, dialysis, general nephrology

Oleh G Pankewycz, MD
Oleh G Pankewycz, MD
315 464-5413
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Nephrology; Transplant
Education: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Associations/Memberships: American Society of Nephrology (ASN); American Society of Transplantation (AST)

Scott J Schurman, MD
Scott J Schurman, MD
315 464-6340
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Nephrology; Acute Kidney Failure; Chronic Kidney Disease; Hypertension; Nephrolithiasis (Kidney Stones); Nephrotic Syndrome; more
Education: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Associations/Memberships: American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Rauf Shahbazov, MD, PhD
Rauf Shahbazov, MD, PhD
315 464-5413
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Transplant; Acute Pancreatitis; Bile Duct Cancer; Bile Duct Injuries; Bile Duct Stricture; Chronic Pancreatitis; more
Research Interests:

Transplant immunology, clinical outcome studies in abdominal solid organ transplantation, islet cell transplantation research

Education Interests:

Application of minimal invasive techniques in transplant and hepatobiliary surgery

Clinical Interests:

Kidney, pancreas, islet and liver transplant surgery

Hepato pancreato biliary surgery

Total pancreatectomy and auto islet transplantation

Associations/Memberships: American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS); International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA); Clinical Robotic Surgery Association; Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh (RCS ED); Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association; European Liver and Intestinal Transplantation Association (ELITA); European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT); Middle East Society of Organ Transplantation (MESOT); American Medical Association

Reeba Thankachan, NP
Reeba Thankachan, NP
315 464-5413
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Transplant; Renal Transplant; Pancreas and Kidney Transplantation
Associations/Memberships: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

Donor Advocate:

  • Jennifer Kite, LMSW

Financial Coordinators:

  • Nyellka Brown, CPC
  • Lisa Donovan, BPS

Medical Assistant:

  • Antoinette Belcore, CMA 

Medical Office Support Staff:

  • Tosha Cuadra, CMA
  • Tyler Graham, CMA
  • Michele Wanamaker, CMA

Nurse Manager:

  • Janine Morris, RN, BSN, MPH

Receptionist:

  • Zaquia Stanley

Secretary:

  • Tammy Fetcie

Social Worker:

  • Tania Lyons, LMSW

Team Leader:

  • Amanda Demperio

Transplant Coordinators:

  • Liz Alissandrello, RN, ASN, Post-Transplant Coordinator
  • Ellen Havens, RN, BSN, CCTC, Transplant Coordinator
  • Lavell Jones, RN, BSN, CCTC, Living Donor Coordinator
  • Galina Koval, RN, ASN, Pre-Transplant Coordinator
  • Caley Michalski, RN, BSN, Post-Transplant Coordinator
  • Debra Abbott, RN, ASN, CCTC Pre-Transplant Coordinator
  • Heidi Smileuske, RN, BSN, CCTC, Post-Transplant Coordinator
  • Samantha Saxby, RN, BSN, Pre-Transplant Coordinator

Transplant Nutritionist:

  • Terry Podolak, RD

Transplant Pharmacist:

  • Christine Yang, Pharm. D., BCPS

Transplant Quality:

  • Karina Olivera-Wright

Transplant Surgery Administrator:

  • Juliann Axton, MS, RN
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