Transplant Team | SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital 

Our Team 

A variety of healthcare professionals are involved in transplant care at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. This helps to ensure that each patient receives the highest quality, most comprehensive and specialized care available.

Transplant Surgery
The transplant surgeon will perform the surgery and supervise a patient’s care immediately following surgery. The transplant surgeon will also supervise the transplant evaluation and follow progress once they are discharged from the hospital.

Kambiz Etesami, MD Chintalapati Varma, MD, FRCS, FACS
Mutafa D. Nazzal, MD Julia Craig, MSN, FNP-BC
 Henry B. Randall, MD, FACS

Transplant Hepatology
Transplant hepatologists specialize in liver disease and transplant. The hepatologist conducts a full history and physical exam. He/she also assists in the medical management of your kidney disease and works with the transplant team to determine if you are medically suitable for transplant.

Bruce R. Bacon, MD Brent A. Tetri, MD

Alex S. Befeler, MD 

Alexa M. Fider-Whyte, MMs, PA-C
Adrian M. Di Bisceglie, MD

Transplant Nephrology
Transplant nephrologists specialize in kidney disease and transplant. The nephrologist conducts a full history and physical exam. He/she also assists in the medical management of your kidney disease and works with the transplant team to determine if you are medically suitable for transplant.

Rosemary Ouseph, MD Rupinder K. Sodhi, MD, MBA

Kevin J. Martin, MB, BCh, FACP

Thanh-Mai Vo, MD
Bahar Bastani, MD Francis Arden Purvis, PA-C
Krista Lentine, MD, PhD

Transplant Coordinators
Transplant coordinators are registered nurses who coordinate a patient’s treatment prior to and during his/her hospital stay. Coordinators will also provide long-term follow-up care. The transplant coordinator provides education about transplantation and helps to prepare patients and their families for life before, during and after transplantation.

 Brittney Gabris, RN, BSN  Annette Nicks, RN, BSN, CCTC
 Holly Jackson, RN  Ellen Qualls, RN, BSN
 Karen Johns, RN  Amanda Wilderman, RN, CCTC

Transplant Social Workers
Social workers provide supportive counseling for patients and their families. They can help address the impact of transplant on various aspects of lifestyle (such as adjustment to illness/hospitalization, and impact on the family/caregiver, employment, financial issues, etc.). They also help provide information about housing, financial and fund-raising information, support groups and other resources that are available before and after transplant.

Transplant Financial Coordinators
The financial coordinator will help guide patients through the financial process. They will assist with understanding insurance benefits and identifying resources that may be available.

Transplant Dietitian
A dietitian will visit with patients before and after transplant to evaluate their diet and to help them maintain a healthy weight and a healthy body.

Transplant Chaplain
The chaplain assesses patients’ spiritual resources and their understanding of how their faith impacts their illness. The chaplain offers patients support through listening, reflecting and prayer. The chaplain also works with patients and their families to explore the meaning of the disease and help resolve any issues of guilt, regret or other difficult feelings.


If you are interested in an evaluation for kidney transplant, we encourage you to download and complete the Kidney Transplant Referral Packet and fax it to 314-268-5132 to expedite the process. All patients interested in kidney transplant evaluation will be reviewed by the transplant team.