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Upstate's Transplant Team

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:

 

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, FACS, FICS
Mark R Laftavi, MD, FACS, FICS
315 464-7329
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Transplant; Immunocompromised Patient and Surgery; Pancreatic Disease; Pediatric Kidney Disease and Transplant; Renal Transplant; Pancreas and Kidney Transplantation
Associations/Memberships: American Medical Association; American Society of Transplantation (AST)

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
Associations/Memberships: American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

Sriram S Narsipur, MD, FASN, FACP, MRCP
Sriram S Narsipur, MD, FASN, FACP, MRCP
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
315 464-5290
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Nephrology; Transplant; Acute Pancreatitis; Chronic Pancreatitis; Diabetes; more
Education: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Associations/Memberships: American Society of Nephrology (ASN); American Society of Transplantation (AST)

Reza F Saidi, MD, FACS, FICS
Reza F Saidi, MD, FACS, FICS
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Surgery; Transplant; Bile Duct Cancer; Bile Duct Injuries; Diabetes; Gallbladder Cancer; more
Research Interests:

Ischemia reperfusion injury

Transplant outcomes

Clinical Interests:

Solid Organ Transplantation (Liver, Kidney, Pancreas)

Hepatobiliary Surgery

General Surgery

Associations/Memberships: American Society of Transplantation (AST); International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA); American College of Surgeons (ACS); American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD); International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS); American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS); Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association; Association for Academic Surgery; Middle East Society of Organ Transplantation (MESOT); Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

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, MS FNP-C
Reeba Thankachan, MS FNP-C
315 464-5413
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Transplant; Renal Transplant; Kidney Transplantation; Pancreas and Kidney Transplantation
Associations/Memberships: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP); Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)

Donor Advocate:

  • Caitlin Zimmerman, LMSW

Financial Coordinators:

  • Nyellka Brown, CPC
  • Lisa Donovan, BPS

Medical Assistant: 

  • Tosha Cuadra, CMA
  • Michele Wanamaker, CMA

Receptionist:

  • Zaquia Stanley

Secretary:

  • Tammy Fetcie

Office Manager:

  • Amanda Demperio

Transplant Coordinators:

  • Lavell Jones, RN, MSN, CCTC, Living Donor Coordinator
  • Galina Koval, RN, ASN, Pre-Transplant Coordinator
  • Caley Michalski, RN, BSN, CCTC, Post-Transplant Coordinator
  • Heidi Smileuske, RN, BSN, CCTC, Post-Transplant Coordinator
  • Kristie Garcia, RN, Pre-Transplant Coordinator
  • Tiffany Seoane, RN, Pre-Transplant Coordinator

Transplant Nutritionist:

  • Terry Podolak, RD

Transplant Pharmacist:

  • Christine Yang, Pharm. D., BCPS
  • Zachary Hayes, Pharm. D.

Transplant Social Worker:

  • Brittany Root, LMSW

Transplant Quality:

  • Tania Lyons, LMSW

Transplant Administrator:

  • Janine Morris, RN, BSN, MPH

Data Coordinator:

  • Alex Almonte, MEng

HLA Laboratory:

  • Charlene Hubbell, BS, MT(ASCP), SBB
  • Reut Hod Dvorai, PhD, D(ABHI)
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