Who are the members of your transplant team and what do they do?
It is important for you to know the medical professionals who will be taking care of you and what they do. Each team is different, but your team may include these people:
Click on each team member to learn more
You are one of the most important members of your transplant team.
You are encouraged to share your feelings, ask questions, and discuss issues that are important to you with the rest of your team.
The physical therapist may give you an exercise plan to help you keep your muscles strong, control your weight, and keep up a normal activity level after your transplant.
The financial coordinator is trained to help patients and their families deal with finances.
He or she may also tell you about ways to get help with medical coverage.
The dietitian/nutritionist is trained to give advice about diet and nutrition.
This team member may help you with meal planning and any special dietary needs you may have before and after your transplant.
The pharmacist can help coordinate your prescriptions before and after your transplant.
He or she also may inform you about how your medicines work and how they may affect you.
Other team members may include other doctors, nurses, and coordinators who are part of your transplant team depending on your needs.
- Physician assistants (PAs)
- Operating room and intensive care nurses
- Nurse practitioners (NPs)
- Medical residents
- Procurement coordinators
- Case managers
- Transplant assistants
The transplant coordinator is responsible for many duties, some of which may include:
- Organizing your evaluations
- Checking test results
- Educating you before and after your transplant
- Giving you discharge instructions
- Keeping all your medical information
Think of him or her as the person who will coordinate your care and keep track of how you are doing throughout the transplant process.
The consultant doctors are medical specialists who make sure you get the care you need.
Depending on the type of organ transplant you may need, your doctors may include:
- Nephrologists (doctors who treat kidney disease)
- Cardiologists (doctors who treat heart disease)
- Infectious disease specialists (doctors who treat contagious diseases)
- Hematologists (doctors who treat blood disease)
- Oncologists (doctors who treat cancer)
- Anesthesiologists (doctors who manage anesthesia)
- Psychiatrists/psychologists (doctors who treat mental illness)
- Hepatologists (doctors who treat liver disease)
The transplant doctor monitors all nonsurgical aspects of your care, such as organ function, rejection episodes, and medicines after your transplant.
- If you are having a kidney transplant, you will see the transplant nephrologist
- If you are having a liver transplant, you will see the transplant hepatologist
- If you are having a heart transplant, you will see the transplant cardiologist
The transplant surgeon performs the transplant surgery.
He or she may also check your health before the transplant to make sure you’re healthy, and after the transplant to make sure your transplanted organ is working well.