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The Liver Transplant Team at UR Medicine

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, including the patient’s, to give you the best care.

Liver transplant team

Our liver transplant team includes:

  • Transplant surgeons who perform your liver transplant procedure
  • Hepatologists who take care of your liver 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 ID physicians who provide comprehensive care for the evaluation and management of infectious diseases in pre and post-transplant patients. Their goal is to prevent and treat infectious complications

Transplant Surgeons

Transplant Hepatology:

Transplant Psychiatry:


Infectious Disease:

Clinical Managers

  • Mike Grizzanti, FNP-BC

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
  • Amber Niewiemski, Business & Finance Administrator
  • Leah Solea, Administrative Assistant
  • Kate Helbig, Research

Advance Practice Providers

  • Nancy Amell, N.P.
  • Jennifer Boehly, A.N.P.
  • Brittany Duheme, N.P.
  • Mike Grizzanti, N.P.

Clinical Transplant Coordinators

  • Leah Bryan, R.N., C.C.T.C.  (Post-Transplant)
  • Jennie Errigo, R.N., C.C.T.C. (Live Liver Donor, Pre-Liver Transplant)
  • Judy Gierlach, R.N., C.C.T.C. (Post-Transplant)
  • Pat Milot, R.N., C.C.T.C. (Pre-Transplant)
  • Tami Olsen, R.N., C.C.T.N. (Pre-Transplant)

Inpatient Advanced Practice Providers

  • Jackie Cullen, A.N.P., C.C.T.C.
  • 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


  • Gwen Kendall, R.D., C.N.S.D.

Social Workers

  • Rebecca Cinquino, L.M.S.W.
  • Jennifer Maracle, LMSW
  • Mary Salter, M.P.H., L.M.S.W.

Administrative Support Team

  • Laura Alexander
  • Amy Chaplin
  • Leticia Colon
  • LaDonna Lewis
  • Danielle Reaves
  • Amber Gary
  • Carolyn Hastings
  • Kayla Stockwell