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The Liver Transplant Team at UNC

Our liver transplant team includes attending surgeons, dedicated transplant hepatologists (liver specialists), nurse practitioners, physicians' assistants, transplant nurse coordinators, social workers, psychologists, dieticians, financial coordinators, and dedicated inpatient and outpatient pharmacists.

In addition, the transplant team also works closely with a vast array of sub-specialists in other areas of medicine, including oncology, vascular interventional radiology, and infectious disease.

The core surgical team for liver transplants includes board-certified abdominal transplant surgeons with special training from fellowship programs approved by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. The surgical team works hand-in-hand with board-certified hepatologists, each with an average of 10 years of experience.

UNC Transplant includes the following multidisciplinary team members that collaborate to provide patient-centered care:

Transplant Hepatology Physicians

Abdominal Transplant Surgeons

Transplant Infectious Disease

  • Pearly Chong, MD
  • Anne Lachiewicz, MD
  • David Van Duin, MD

Transplant Psychiatry & Psychology

Transplant Pharmacists

  • Jennifer C. Deyo, PharmD, Clinical Specialist
  • Ruth Ann M. Lee, PharmD, Clinical Assistant Professor

Additional Members of the Multidisciplinary Team Include:

  • Dushun McCowan, RN, BSN, Liver Nurse Coordinator, Lead Liver Coordinator
  • Martha Bausch, NP, Abdominal Nurse Practitioner
  • Elissa Collins-Yoder, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN, Liver Nurse Coordinator
  • Michelle Curl, RN, BSN, BA, Liver Nurse Coordinator
  • Daniel Gonzalez, RN, BSN, Liver Nurse Coordinator
  • Kim Jones, RN, BSN, BA, Liver Nurse Coordinator
  • Connie Lipton, RN, BSN, Liver Nurse Coordinator
  • Trish Thompson, NP, Abdominal Nurse Practitioner
  • Noriko Yokoi, RN, BSN, Liver Nurse Coordinator
  • Lisa Jurgevich, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker
  • Monica Oliver, Financial Coordinator
  • Maria Mendez, Financial Coordinator
  • Latasha DeGraffenreaidt, Liver Transplant Administrative Assistant
  • Eleanor Murray, Liver Transplant Administrative Associate
  • Danita Thomas, Liver Transplant Administrative Associate
  • Alex Vaughn, Liver Transplant Administrative Associate
  • Aparna Veeramachaneni, RD, LDN, Transplant Registered Dietitian

Transplant coordinators at UNC all have broad experience helping patients and their families prepare for the challenges ahead.