At the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, our comprehensive team of kidney specialists is dedicated entirely to kidney transplant care. This focused approach ensures we provide exceptional expertise and understanding of the entire transplant process – before, during and after transplant surgery.
Meet Our Kidney Transplant Experts
Our kidney transplant team includes experts with many unique skill sets. As we work together, we ensure every patient receives highly coordinated, personalized care. Our comprehensive kidney transplant team includes:
- Transplant nephrologists: These doctors specialize in kidney care and transplant medicine. They have special expertise in managing immunosuppression medications and caring for your kidney health before and after transplant surgery. Nephrologists help determine whether you are a good candidate for transplant.
- Transplant surgeons: Our transplant surgeons are expertly skilled in innovative and minimally invasive surgical techniques, leading to our excellent kidney transplant outcomes (success rates). These doctors perform your surgery.
- Nurse coordinators: A nurse coordinator becomes your point person throughout the transplant process and follows you for the life of your transplant. All of our coordinators receive special training in transplant care, giving them a deep understanding of your needs as a transplant patient.
- Social workers and financial coordinators: These professionals help you and your caregivers manage many challenges that transplant may present, including lodging, transportation, financial issues and legal resources.
- Transplant pharmacists: Our dedicated pharmacists monitor your medications while you are in the hospital and when you come for your follow-up appointments. Theses specialists help you understand your medications as you return home. Medications can prevent your body from rejecting your new kidney or reduce your risk of infection.
- Dietitians: Our dietitians help manage your nutrition needs before and after transplant surgery. These professionals can help you make healthy food choices and work with you to manage conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
- Primary care specialists: Your primary care physician and referring nephrologist are a crucial part of the transplant team. They work with our transplant specialists to provide seamless follow-up care in the months and years after your surgery.
- Other team members: Our team also includes anesthesiologists, operating room staff, hematologists (blood disease specialists), infectious disease specialists, psychologists and inpatient coordinators. All of these professionals offer their expertise and insight to provide you the best possible care.
For more information about the kidney transplant program at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, call 800.633.9906.