A Team Approach

The Kidney Transplant Team at Cleveland Clinic is specially trained in meeting the needs of kidney transplant patients. The team is committed to providing comprehensive care in a compassionate setting.

The Kidney Transplant Team members include:

  • Transplant Surgeons
  • Transplant Nephrologists
  • Transplant Coordinators
  • Transplant Fellows and Residents
  • Social Workers
  • Transplant Program Assistants
  • Financial Counselors
  • Dietitians
  • Transplant Psychiatrist
  • Transplant Bioethics
  • Registered Nurses
  • Nursing Assistants

Additional consultants may also include:

  • Cardiology
  • Vascular Medicine or Surgery
  • Endocrinology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pulmonology

The following Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center doctors and staff specialize in Kidney Transplant:

Kidney Transplant Program Leadership

Kidney Transplant Program Surgeons

Kidney Transplant Program Physicians

Kidney Transplant Program Team Members

Pre-Transplant Coordinators:

  • Valerie Keenan, RN, BSN, CCTC
  • Ragina Bass, RN
  • Melissa Drummond-Young, RN
  • Beverly Alt, RN, CPTC
  • Eva Davis, RN

Procurement Transplant Coordinators:

  • Cynthia Anderson, RN, CCTC
  • Casey Billington, RN, CCTN

Post-Transplant Coordinators:

  • Megan Begala, RN, BSN
  • Margaret Kay Burr, RN, MSN
  • Natalie Keyerleber, RN, BSN
  • Shawn Paschal, RN, BSN, CCTC
  • Elaine Beaver, RN, BSN, CCTC

Nurse Practitioners:

  • Tracy Evans-Walker, RN, MSN, CNP, CCTC
  • Sherry Levy, RN, MSN, CNP
  • Julie Corder, RN, MSN, CNP - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Transplant Coordinator
  • Melanie Klein, RN, MSN, CNP - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Transplant Coordinator

Kidney Transplant Living Donor Coordinators:

  • Audrey Caplin, RN, BSN
  • Karen Wallenfelsz, RN

Social Work:

  • Trudy Aquilina, ACSW, LISW-S
  • Cheryl Gillespie, LISW-S, MSW
  • Beth Piotrowicz, MSW, LISW-S
  • Audrey Rush, MSW, LISW - Pediatric Social Worker
  • Kelly Vitello, MSW, LISW - Pediatric Social Worker

Department Coordinators/Transplant Program Assistants:

  • Melissa Nalepka - Pre-Transplant
  • Monica Young - Pre-Transplant
  • Jacqueline Prather - Pre-Transplant
  • Susan Mitchell - Living Donor
  • Dragana Komso - Post-Transplant
  • Shoneice Barton - Post-Transplant
  • Beverly Suber - Post-Transplant

Financial Coordinator:

  • Donna Eatmon

Clinic Support Staff:

  • Vannessa Walter, LPN
  • Annette Restifo, MA