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Transplant Staff Roles


Our team of anesthesiologists specialize in transplant procedures. Transplant patients often have abnormalities in blood clotting mechanisms and other complications that create complex situations for anesthesiologists. Our anesthesiologists routinely work with transplant patients and are experts in this area. Meet our anesthesiologists.

Child Life Specialists

For our pediatric patients, the child life specialist will direct supervised play in the hospital’s playrooms, coordinate special activities for the children at the hospital and work with your child to help him cope with the hospital experience.

Dietitians / Nutritionists

Maintaining a proper diet before and after transplant is critical for long-term success. Transplant patients often experience high-blood sugar after transplant, and dietitians and nutritionists work to ensure that our patients understand the best diet for recovery. The dietitians will also recommend any lifestyle changes that may be necessary for long-term success. Meet our dieticians and nutrionists.


The nurse coordinators maintain close contact with patients often on a daily basis during the most complex stages of the transplantation process. They provide educational, informational and emotional support to comfort families and patients during this time. The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing also provides a specialization for nurses interested in transplantation. Meet our nurses.


Sometimes a biopsy will be needed if the transplant is not functioning properly or there is a risk of rejection. The pathologists process the biopsy tissue and analyze it using light microscopy and immuno-microscopy, and if needed electron microscopy. Pathologists can diagnose rejection, drug toxicity, infection, ischemic injury, and recurrent disease, as well as identify permanent graft damage in early stages when intervention is still possible. The pathologists are on call 24/7 to provide rapid biopsy interpretation when needed.  Meet our pathologists.

Pediatric Gastroenterologists

For our youngest patients with liver problems, the pediatric gastroenterologist will be the primary physician during the pre-transplant period from evaluation to surgery. After transplant, the pediatric gastroenterologist collaborates with the pediatric transplant surgeon to provide care in the hospital and after discharge.


The pharmacists who work with our transplant patients are closely familiar with immunosuppressant pharmacotherapy, as well as medical and surgical issues that surround a transplant patient. They are actively involved in patient care and will closely monitor the situation during all aspects of the transplant process. Meet our pharmacists.


Experiencing the transplant process can be extremely stressful. Patients are often anxious and emotional. Because of the psychological toll a transplant can take on a patient, each transplant patient has a psychologist assigned to them. The psychologist will help address the many emotional aspects of the transplant process. Meet our transplant psychologist.

Social Workers

Transplant social workers help patients and their family members handle many issues from the psychological strain of living with a chronic illness to more practical challenges, such as paying for treatment or arranging transportation. Meet our social workers.


Surgeons are the physicians who actually perform the operation. The transplant surgeons at the Johns Hopkins Hospital are among the world's best. They consult with other team members and strive to develop close relationships with their patients. Meet our surgeons.

Transplant Coordinators

The transplant coordinator is the logistical expert who will help plan and arrange all aspects of your transplantation experience. Meet our transplant coordinators.