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Our Team

A transplant requires a multidisciplinary approach. At UR Medicine, we have a team of transplant specialists from many areas of healthcare.

We focus on treating the whole patient – and that means giving you a team that is ready to care for all your needs – physical, mental and emotional.

The members of our team communicate regularly to ensure each specialist is informed about your condition and treatment. We get everyone’s input to make the best decisions for you.

Our kidney transplant team includes:

  • Transplant surgeons who perform your kidney transplant procedure
  • Nephrologists who take care of your kidneys before and after surgery
  • Pharmacists who dispense medication and answer questions you may have about it
  • Psychiatrist who takes care of your mental and emotional health
  • Social worker who helps you and your family understand and process your diagnosis
  • Transplant coordinator who schedules your appointments and helps you understand the transplant process
  • Dieticians who help ensure you are getting proper nutrition throughout the transplant journey and educate you on the type of diet you may need to follow

Transplant Surgeons

Transplant Nephrology:

Pediatric Nephrology:

Transplant Psychiatry:


Transplant Pharmacists:

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

Clinical Managers

  • Erika Venniro, PAC

Transplant Administration

  • Nancy Metzler, Transplant Administrator
  • Carole Dill, Administrator
  • Katie Dokus, Quality Manager
  • Al LaVigueur, Administrator, Data & Information
  • Ann Lindsay, Administrative Assistant
  • Khaled Abi Morshed, Information Analyst
  • Leah Solea, Administrative Assistant
  • Rick Frost, Financial Analyst
  • Kate Helbig, Research

Advance Practice Providers

  • Sue Hartfield, PA
  • DyYoung Jaworski, NP
  • Stacey McGahan, N.P.
  • Sara Goto, N.P.
  • Erika Venniro, P.A.C.

Clinical Transplant Coordinators

  • Debbie Cook, R.N.
  • Gerald Lapple, R.N
  • Amanda Boyd, R.N.
  • Barbara Mangione R.N.
  • Whitney Serwetnyk, R.N.

Inpatient Providers

  • Jackie Cullen, A.N.P., C.C.T.C.
  • Carrie Moar, F.N.P.
  • Laura Overstreet, N.P.
  • Brianna Pfeiffer, P.A.C.
  • Valarie Schiano, F.N.P.

Live Donor Advocate

  • Elizabeth Keller, R.N.

Transplant Financial Counselors

  • Tracey Brienza
  • Joyce Sauer 
  • Julie Magee


  • Danielle Ferrel, C.N.S.D.

Social Workers

  • Rebecca Cinquino, L.M.S.W.
  • Christina Coury, L.M.S.W.

Administrative Support Team

  • Jaclyn Barron
  • Kathi Irving
  • Sandy Mitchell
  • Pam Weis