The group of specialists involved in the care of patients who are
undergoing a transplant procedure is often referred to as the
"transplant team." Each individual works together to provide
the best chance for a successful transplant and ongoing
post-transplant care and support.
The data coordinator is an integral part of the transplant team
ensuring accurate data collection, data entry, verification and
reporting. The data coordinator ensures timely completion of registry
forms required by UNOS and other regulatory agencies. Working closely
with the clinical staff and physicians, the coordinator ensures
integrity of the data for each patient.
A dietician helps the patient meet his/her nutritional needs before
and after the transplant. The dietician works closely with you and
Diabetes Education Team
Transplant surgeons, diabetes educators, endocrinologists, nurse
transplant coordinators, registered dietitians, and pharmacists work
together to coordinate comprehensive quality care that is accessible
to the patient. The diabetes education team believes that the person
with diabetes and their family are the most important members of the
diabetes team. Diabetes affects each person differently and we help
create individualized treatment programs that accommodate a patient's
needs and optimize their health.
The financial coordinator's work begins at the time of referral,
verifying coverage and ensuring all approvals are in place for
services. All patients receive a financial packet with personalized
benefit information. The financial coordinator helps patients in all
aspects of their insurance needs including:
Assistance with Medicare/Medi-cal
Additional coverage needs
Independent Donor Advocate
An Independent Donor Advocate (IDA) is responsible for making certain
that the rights of a potential organ donor are fully represented. IDAs
serve as living donor resources and advocates from the time that a
potential living donor contacts the transplant program as well as
Living Donor Team
The living donor team provides care coordination and advocacy for the
prospective living organ donor. They coordinate the full continuum of
the living donor process, obtain a medical history, provide education
to the potential donors and their family members, assess the potential
donors' needs, and arrange living donor transplants. The team
continues providing care and support to donors even after donation.
An advanced practice nurse who, in collaboration with transplant
pulmonologists, medically manages/treats transplant patients.
Other Team Members
Several other team members will evaluate the patient before
transplantation and provide follow-up care, as needed. These include,
but are not limited to, the following:
Chaplains who provide spiritual care and support.
A physical therapist helps patients become strong and independent
with movement and endurance after the transplantation.
Post-Transplant Patient Care Coordinator
A post-transplant patient care coordinator helps patients obtain
services in a timely manner and assures efficient utilization of the
nurses and doctors' appointment schedule. A patient care coordinator
arranges for medical studies, tracks results, and manages medication
refill requests. They inform patients about their appointments, how to
prepare for a study, and where to go.
Post-Transplant and Inpatient Coordinator
A post-transplant and inpatient coordinator educates and supports
patients as they transition and adjust to their new life style after
surgery. Coordinators ensure that recipients of an organ transplant
are informed about how to best care for themselves after
transplantation, are educated about signs and symptoms of infection
and rejection, and how to comply with medication regimen prescribed to
them. Coordinators educate patients in post-operative management and
arrange for follow up appointments.
The pre-transplant coordinator handles the evaluation of
pre-transplant patients referred to our program for organ
transplantation. The process begins at the time of the initial
referral and continues through transplantation.
The pre-transplant coordinator educates patients about the physical
and psychosocial implications of a transplant, obtains medical
history, informs patients about further consultations/studies required
to complete the evaluation process, and lists patients with UNOS when
appropriate. Coordinators monitor a patient's health status during the
waiting time prior to their transplant surgery.
Pre-Transplant Patient Care Coordinator
A pre-transplant patient care coordinator is the first point of
contact and processes all incoming referrals. The care coordinator
arranges for evaluation appointments with the nurse educators and
doctor, medical studies, consultations, and outside services to
complete the transplant/donor evaluation process as efficiently as
possible. Care coordinators support patients throughout the evaluation
process by providing education, instructions, and directing them to
A pulmonologist specializes in the function and disease of the lungs.
Pulmonologists will help manage a patient before and after the surgery.
A social worker provides support to your family and helps your family
deal with many issues that may arise including lodging and
transportation, finances, and legal issues.
The transplant dietician helps transplant patients and their families
learn about a healthful, enjoyable diet to speed recovery after
surgery and maintain health throughout life. The dietitian provides
education and care to pre- and post-organ transplant patients with
diabetes through the Transplant
Transplant Nurse Coordinator
A nurse who organizes all aspects of care provided to a patient
before and after the transplant. The nurse coordinator will provide
patient education and coordinate the diagnostic testing and follow-up care.
As member of a multidisciplinary team, the transplant pharmacist
makes rounds with the transplant team and offer services such as
therapeutic drug monitoring and providing drug information about
potential side effects and drug interactions. The pharmacist,
alongside other transplant team members, helps to counsel kidney and
pancreas transplant recipients on their individualized drug
Transplant Social Worker
A transplant social worker is responsible for assessing the
psychological, social, and cultural needs that impact transplant
recipients/living donors prior to as well as after surgery. The social
worker educates patients regarding resources available in the
community, helps problem solve at the time of crisis, and assists in
seeking therapeutic interventions when needed. The goal of the social
worker is to make the transition as smooth as possible for
A transplant surgeon specializes in transplantation and will be
performing the surgery. A transplant surgeon coordinates all team
members. The surgeon follows a patient before the transplant and
continues to follow the patient after the transplant and discharge
from the hospital.
Robert Negrin, MD, Director of Stanford's Blood and Marrow Transplant program on why he left biochemistry to become a hematologist.
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