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Northwestern Memorial's pancreas/islet cell transplant physicians, surgeons, nurses and coordinators are dedicated to improving the quality of life for their patients. Individually, the team members are among the most experienced and respected medical professionals in the world, having developed and refined many advanced medical and surgical procedures. Together, they provide a unique resource for physicians and patients who require comprehensive, state-of-the-art care.

Surgical Physicians

Juan Carlos Caicedo, MD
Joseph Leventhal, MD, PhD
Anton Skaro, MD, PhD

Transplant Nephrologists

M. Javeed Ansari, MBBS, MRCP (UK)
John J. Friedewald, MD
Lorenzo Gallon, MD
Bing Ho, MD, MPH
Xunrong Luo, MD, PhD

Transplant Cardiologists

Ata Erdogen, MD
James Flaherty, MD
Mihai Gheorghiade, MD
Sanjiv Shah, MD
Stephen Smith, MD

Transplant Dermatology

Marad Alam, MD
Simon Yoo, MD

Transplant Infectious Disease

Michael Ison, MD, MS
Valentina Stosor, MD

Transplant Psychiatrist

John Franklin, MD

Transplant Pharmacists

Joslyn Emerson, PharmD
Michael Fang, PharmD

Physician Assistants

Tiffany McKirnan, PA-C
Brian Moyer, PA-C
Lynn Nicolaisen, PA-C
Chandra Schmechel, PA-C

Nurse Practitioners

Rebecca Duke, MSN, APN
Donna Kamuda, APN
Gulcin Pusuoglu, APN
Katie Turpin, APN

Transplant Nurse Coordinators & Clinic Support


Nicole Beauvais, PA
Denae DeCrescenzo, RN
Maria Hendricks, RN
Judith Stein, RN
Emily Warren, RN
Keith Wszolek, RN
Juanita Bell
Erin Chastney
Arlett Flores
Minerva Tamayo
Sharon Wallace


Erin Alberico, RN
Connie Aristoza, RN
Caitlin Dierking, RN
Heidi Dybas, RN
Nancy Fletchter, RN
Patricia Gierut, RN
Ann McDermott, RN
Becky Miedema, RN
Lisa Scholz, RN
Jaclyn Semko, RN
Carly Torraco, RN
Maria Torres, RN
Jennifer Wright, RN
Jelitsa Zuluaga, RN
Danielle Cherry
Andre Jones
Vanessa Tooley

Transplant Social Workers

Janet Aminoff, LCSW
Jami Hanneman, LCSW
Martha Escamilla-Arias, LSW
Sara Miller, LCSW

Transplant Dietitian

Judith Fitzhugh, RD, LDN, CNSD

Clinical Research Coordinators

Division of Transplant Surgery

Patrice Al-Saden, RN, CCRC
Jane Charette, RN, CCRC
Candace Staron, RN
Angela Hecyk, BS, CCRC
Farida Siddiqui, CCRC
Amanda Sweeney, BS

Transplant Financial Coordinator

Karla Christensen
Betty Laureano

Transplant Quality

Anton Skaro, MD, PhD
Eileen DeMayo, RN
Stacie Landron, RN

Transplant Administration

Gwen McNatt, MS, RN, CNN, FNP-BC (Director)
Corey King (Manager, Transplant Support Services)
Steve Nelson (Manager, Transplant Business)
Sarah Plaskett, PA-C (Manager, Clinical Care)
Luke Preczewski (Division Administrator)
Robert Cundiff, MBA (Manager, Transplant Finance)

Program Development

Greg Ciaciura (Manager, Transplant Development)
Doug Penrod, RN (Nurse Coordinator - Outreach)

Last UpdateFebruary 19, 2014


For more information or to make an appointment please call 312-695-0828.