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The Division of Solid Organ Transplantation at the University of Rochester Medical Center has earned a national reputation for offering sensitive, compassionate, world-class care from some of the best physicians and staff in the country.

Our transplant surgeons and physicians are national leaders, familiar with the most advanced technology and techniques. Dedicated to advancing medical knowledge and passing it on to the next generation, they each engage in extensive research and teach tomorrow's doctors and surgeons at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

But their primary mission is patient care. As experts in all aspects of organ disease and treatment, they recognize that transplantation may be the treatment of last resort. But when a transplant is the best, or only option, they're the ones to turn to.

Transplant Surgeons

Consulting Physicians

Transplant Hepatology:

Transplant Psychiatry:


Transplant Nephrology:

Pediatric Nephrology:

 Transplant Pharmacists:

  • Jennifer Cooley, Pharm.D.
  • Jennifer Melaragno, Pharm D.

Clinical Managers

  • Mike Grizzanti, FNP-BC, Liver
  • Erika Venniro, PAC, Kidney & Pancreas

Transplant Administration

  • Nancy Metzler, Transplant Administrator
  • Jessica Algarin, Administrative Assistant
  • Carole Dill, Administrator
  • Katie Dokus, Information Analyst
  • Al LaVigueur, Administrator, Data & Information
  • Ann LIndsay, Administrative Assistant
  • Kathleen Thompson, Administrator

Advance Practice Providers

  • Jennifer Boehly, ANP (Kidney Donors, Liver Transplant, General & Access Surgery)
  • Mike Grizzanti, NP (Liver Transplant)
  • Stacey McGahan, NP (Kidney Transplant)
  • Mary Robinson, NP (Kidney Donors, Kidney Transplant)
  • Anne Weisbeck, NP (Kidney Donor, Kidney Transplant)
  • Erika Venniro, RPA (Kidney Donor, Kidney Transplant)

Clinical Transplant Coordinators

  • Leah Bryan, R.N., C.C.T.C.  (Liver Post-Transplant)
  • Debbie Cook, R.N. (Kidney Transplant)
  • Jennie Errigo, R.N., C.C.T.C. (Live Liver Donor, Pre-Liver Transplant)
  • Judy Gierlach, R.N., C.C.T.C. (Liver Post-Transplant)
  • Tina Johnson, R.N., (Liver Pre-Transplant)
  • Rachel Morgan, R.N. (Kidney Transplant)
  • Tami Olsen, R.N., C.C.T.N. (Liver Pre-Transplant)

Inpatient Mid-Level Providers

  • Lee Castellano, A.C.N.P.
  • Jackie Cullen, A.N.P., C.C.T.C.
  • Carrie Moar, A.N.P.

Transplant Financial Counselors

  • Joyce Sauer 
  • Mary Spiegel 


  • Elizabeth Keirstead, R.D., C.N.S.D. (Kidney)
  • Gwen Kendall, R.D., C.N.S.D. (Liver)

Social Workers

  • Jen DeYager, L.M.S.W. (Inpatient)
  • Karen Porterfield, M.A., L.M.S.W. (Kidney)
  • Mary Salter, M.P.H., L.M.S.W. (Liver)

Administrative Support Team

  • Amy Chaplin (Liver)
  • Anne Clevenger (Kidney)
  • Leticia Colon (Liver)
  • Carole Jones (Kidney)
  • Danielle Lofton, (Liver)
  • Julie Magee (Liver)
  • Sandy Mitchell (Kidney)
  • Lourdes Montanez (Liver)
  • Teresa Pulvino-Stow (Liver)
  • Pam Weiss (Kidney)