Kidney transplant: A team effort—for life

Kidney transplant is a complex procedure requiring thorough evaluation, medical testing, and lifelong care. It takes a caring, experienced, and highly trained team of experts that includes transplant nephrologists and transplant surgeons*: Umber Burhan, MD, Carlo Ramirez, MD, Adam Bodzin, MD, Adam Frank, MD, Jaime Glorioso, MD, Warren Maley, MD, and Ashesh Shah, MD, as well as pre-transplant, post-transplant, and living donor nurse coordinators. Your transplant journey also includes transplant assistants, a pharmacist, dietitian, and social worker/financial coordinator.

At Lankenau Medical Center we have performed over 600 kidney transplants since our first kidney transplant procedure nearly 30 years ago. People choose Lankenau for kidney transplant because of the volume of experience, our steady leadership, and personalized attention. Our commitment to patients also includes:

  • Helping you schedule pre-transplant appointments and tests
  • Coordinating with physicians and organ procurement networks
  • Planning and performing your surgery
  • Coordinatig and providing your post-transplant care

* Lankenau Medical Center is a part of the Jefferson Transplant Institute and shares surgical services.

Along with the most modern standard of care in kidney disease and transplantation, the transplant team at Lankenau Medical Center is dedicated to the health and quality of life of every patient we see. We look forward to helping you through the kidney transplant process.

Meet your kidney transplant team

Naomi Barton, CRNP, CCTC

Naomi joined the kidney transplant team in 2018 as the living donor coordinator. She brought several years of experience in kidney transplant to the role as well as several years as a medical/surgical staff nurse. She earned her undergraduate nursing degree at the University of Michigan and holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kristina Bryson, RN, CCTC

Kristina joined our team in 2015. She specializes in pre-transplant care and manages our new evaluations and transplant waiting list. Kristina previously worked at Temple University Hospital as a liver transplant coordinator and a hepatology RN specializing in hepatitis C treatment. Before moving to Pennsylvania, she worked at New York-Presbyterian / Weill-Cornell Medical Center as a kidney transplant staff nurse. She completed her nursing education at CUNY.

Laurel Lerner, RN, CCTC

Laurel Lerner joined Lankenau Medical Center's Transplant Program in 2002. She found her home in transplant nursing in 1988 at Albert Einstein Medical Center in kidney and pancreas transplantation. She has been involved in all aspects of transplantation and donation and has assisted in developing educational programs for patients and families and within the community. Prior to working in transplant, Laurel worked in the areas of medical oncology and medical/surgical intensive nursing where she earned Staff Nurse Recognition awarded by the Pennsylvania Nurses Association and Albert Einstein Medical Center. She graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Des Moines Area Community College and became a Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator in 2003.

Marie Manley

Marie joined the kidney transplant team in 2009. She brought her strong organizational and time management skills honed by years in retail management and personnel training.

As her four children became more computer-savvy, she returned to school and earned a certificate in Computer Technical Support from the Chubb Business School.

Her experience as an altruistic kidney donor and volunteer with Gift of Life redirected her focus from business to kidney transplant. She uses her organ donation experience to promote awareness and to advocate for those awaiting transplants.

Johana Rodriguez

Johana has been in the medical field for over 20 years. She has a background in administrative technology and was responsible for educating other employees on using progressive systems and applications, such as Epic. She always brings a positive attitude and energy to encourage and motivate others.

Johana was inspired to join the transplant team by her oldest daughter, who donated bone marrow. She enjoys seeing the success of our patients and helping them every step of the way, she says. "It's extremely rewarding when patients come in with a big smile and are so thankful that we are here to help and celebrate their success."

In her free time she enjoys hiking, crafting, spending time with her four children as well as volunteering and traveling.

Cassidy Shaver, MSW, LCSW

Cassidy started in February of 2016 as our transplant social worker and financial coordinator. Cassidy previously worked as a dialysis social worker before joining Lankenau. Cassidy studied social work and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and her graduate degree from Temple University. Cassidy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, the highest license a master's-level social worker can earn. Cassidy lives in Philadelphia and enjoys spending time with her family, working out, and exploring the city with friends. She also supports Lankenau by being a member of the Diversity, Respect, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and she's on the Employee Advisory Committee.

Cassidy can help patients pre- and post-transplant in reducing the stress patients and their families may feel related to kidney transplant. She is available to offer support, education and counseling and can connect patients with resources to ensure they have a successful outcome post-transplant.

Susan Vernick

Sue joined the kidney transplant team in 2007. Before that she was the medical secretary for a surgical practice at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Susan's earlier career also included being a respiratory therapist, Weight Watcher's leader, and running a business while raising her two boys with her husband, Bob. She has been involved in leading several community support groups. Her role as the post-transplant assistant involves scheduling patient testing and appointments and resolving insurance issues. She is also the friendly voice you hear on the phone when you call the department. When Susan is not working, she enjoys the role of “Mom-Mom” to seven grandchildren. She also enjoys playing tennis and going to Curves!

To schedule an appointment with a kidney transplant specialist at Main Line Health, call 484.476.8485.