The Massachusetts General Hospital Pancreas Transplant Team guides patients through every stage of care with a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, dietitians, case managers, financial coordinators and other clinicians.
The Pancreas Transplant Team
Leaders in pancreas Transplant Care
When you are referred to the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center, you will be cared for in a world-renowned hospital. As you move through the transplant process, from evaluation (to determine whether you are a transplant candidate) to organ transplantation, the pancreas transplant team of doctors, surgeons, nurses, case managers and other clinicians work together to manage your care at every stage, with the goal of helping you return to a full and productive life.
Scroll through the tiles below to learn more about the team members who will support you during the transplant process and beyond.
Chief of the Division of Transplantation James F. Markmann, MD, PhD
Pancreas Transplant Surgeons
Pancreas transplant surgeons such as James Markmann, MD, PhD, prepare patients for pancreas transplantation, perform pancreas transplants and oversee patient care. Your pancreas surgeon will manage your care while you are in the transplant unit of the hospital and during the post-operative period after you leave the hospital.
Meet our pancreas transplant surgeons:
David M. Nathan, MD, Medical Director
Patients considering pancreas transplant may benefit from the expertise of diabetologists and endocrinologists on their care team during the pre-transplant evaluation, peri-operative period and post-transplant. Diabetologists and endocrinologists such as David M. Nathan, MD, can help if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, or if you need help managing your pancreas dysfunction.
Meet our diabetologists/endocrinologists:
Lead Nurse Coordinator Susan Noska, RN, CCTC
Nurse coordinators like Susan Noska, RN, CCTC, serve as a single point of contact for patients during the evaluation process, through the waiting period until the time of transplantation. Nurse coordinators will contact you when an organ becomes available, communicate with your referring physician or reach out to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) on your behalf.
Amy Jarry, ANP
Inpatient Care Team
Nurse practitioners (NPs) such as Amy Jarry, ANP, will work with your entire care team throughout your inpatient stay and will help coordinate your outpatient care after you leave the hospital. Case managers will help plan your discharge and arrange your in-home needs, including nursing services, physical or occupational therapy, and rehabilitation. Your case manager will confirm insurance coverage for these services and make sure you have a plan to obtain your prescription medications after you leave the hospital.
Jessica Padelford, RN, Practice Manager and Patricia Flaherty, NP
The Transplant Clinic cares for patients at every stage of the transplant process. From your first appointment, patient service coordinators work with you and your family to facilitate care prior to transplant surgery as well as follow-up appointments after you are discharged. As part of the clinic, surgeons, medical specialists, nurses and other clinicians follow your care plan closely and monitor your progress, assisting with recovery and medications as you adjust to life with your new organ.
Deborah Whittaker, RN
Mass General was the first hospital in Massachusetts to achieve Magnet status, one of the highest honors for nursing care. You'll receive this award-winning care from nurses such as Deborah Whittaker, RN, who works with your entire care team throughout the transplant process.
Your nurses have special expertise in treating patients with your specific condition. Post-surgery, they will assist you with activities to increase your endurance. You will also receive long-term support and tools to help you manage your condition and your new organ after you leave the hospital.
Eileen Keegan, LICSW, and Lucia Coale, LICSW
Social workers such as Lucia Coale, LICSW, and Eileen Keegan, LICSW, work with patients on stress reduction and enhancing quality of life during and after your transplant. They are there for you every step of the way and can connect you with other resources, should you need them.
Jessica Witchey, RD, LDN
Proper nutrition is an important part of staying healthy before and after an organ transplant. As part of your care team, Mass General transplant dietitians such as Jessica Witchey, RD, LDN, provide nutritional guidance to you before and after surgery. Our dieticians work with you to develop a personalized diet plan, answer your nutrition questions, and help you deal with medication side effects such as appetite changes, weight loss or weight gain.
Khalid Abdi and Ellen MacLaughlin
Navigating health insurance policies and other paperwork related to organ transplantation can be overwhelming. Mass General transplant financial coordinators Khalid Abdi and Ellen MacLaughlin are available to answer questions about medical insurance coverage and transplant-related charges.
They also work with your insurance company to authorize treatment during each phase of the transplant process and help you coordinate other options, if needed. This level of support allows you to focus on what is most important—your health.
Camille Kotton, MD
Infectious Disease Specialists
Mass General transplant infectious disease specialists, including Camille Kotton, MD, work with your transplant team to develop a personalized strategy to help prevent infection when your ability to fight infection has decreased, and to treat any infections that develop.
Meet our infectious disease specialists:
Nick Kontos, MD
Thais Gift, PharmD, and Sarah Shao, PharmD
You will need to take immunosuppressive drugs to keep your body from rejecting your new organ. Our pharmacists, including Thais Gift, PharmD, and Sarah Shao, PharmD, help transplant patients manage their medications after surgery and can answer any questions you may have about your drug regimen.