Pediatric Kidney Transplant Team

At Children’s Carlos and Marguerite Mason Transplant Center, healthcare professionals are experts in caring for children before and after pediatric kidney transplants.

 

The Children’s Kidney Transplant team includes:

PediatricNephrologists
Donald Batisky, M.D. Director, Pediatric Hypertension Program   Rouba Garro, M.D.
Roshan George, M.D.   Larry Greenbaum, M.D., Ph.D. Chief, Pediatric Nephrology
Stephanie Jernigan, M.D., F.A.A.P. Medical Director, Pediatric Dialysis Program   Barry Warshaw, M.D. Medical Director, Kidney Transplant Program
Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship Program
Pamela Winterberg, M.D.  

Other Team Members

  • Pediatric anesthesiologists: A pediatric-trained medical doctor who monitors your child during surgery. Your child will be given a special medicine (anesthesia) that allows him to be in a deep sleep so he cannot see, hear or feel anything, not even pain.
  • Physician assistant and nurse practitioner: Clinical staff that assist your child's doctor in surgery. They are supervised by doctors and help take care of your child before, during and after a transplant.
  • Transplant coordinator: A registered nurse who is specially trained to care for children before and after kidney transplants. A kidney transplant coordinator helps arrange your child’s evaluation and teaches your family about transplants. The Children’s Kidney Transplant coordinator will follow your child’s progress in the hospital and during each outpatient visit after discharge; help answer your questions; and provide support to you and your family. At Children’s, a kidney transplant coordinator is available to you 24 hours a day for urgent problems.
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and patient floor nurses: Registered nurses who care for your child while in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and on the patient floor. They will assist with monitoring your child’s recovery and help plan for discharge from the hospital. These nurses are specially trained to care for pediatric transplant patients. They monitor your child’s day-to-day progress and teach you how to care for your child’s incision, give medicines and manage nutritional issues.
  • Pediatric respiratory care or respiratory therapists: Clinical staff who help your child with his breathing. They give breathing treatments and monitor how your child breathes.
  • Pediatric registered dietitians/nutritionists: Clinical staff that help your child with food and nutritional needs.
  • Transplant pharmacist: A pharmacist who has special training with transplant medicines. She arranges for your child’s medicines and teaches you what you need to know about them. She also helps with research studies.
  • Psychologist: A medical professional that helps you and your child cope with feelings about having a kidney transplant. They psychologist helps with the transplant evaluation.  
  • Child life specialists: Clinical staff who help you, your child and your family learn about why your child is in the hospital. They provide activities and services that allow your child to deal with the experience in ways that are healthy for his age. The child life specialist can: offer a hospital tour so your child can become familiar with the hospital; prepare your child before and after kidney transplant surgery; and answer questions your child might have about the kidney transplant surgery.
  • Social workers: Healthcare professionals who help patients and families deal with all aspects of a kidney transplant including the pre-transplant waiting time, the hospital stay, discharge and aftercare. They help provide guidance, counseling and coping skills for you and your family. Social workers help you get the services and resources you and your child need while in and out of the hospital.
  • Pediatric physical therapists: Clinical staff who are specially trained to help your child with exercises to make him stronger before and after kidney transplant. Pediatric physical therapists can also teach you what you can do at home to help your child regain strength. Exercise is important to reduce complications after pediatric kidney transplant surgery, improve endurance and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Chaplains: Chaplains help meet your family’s spiritual needs. A chaplain can work with your pastor or religious leader to provide needed spiritual support. Hospital chaplains also conduct interfaith services in the hospital chapel at Children’s at Egleston.
  • School program teachers: Hospital staff who are certified teachers. They help your child keep up with schoolwork so the transition between hospital, home and school will be easier. The schoolroom is located at Children’s at Egleston.
  • Transplant financial counselors: Financial counselors help you learn about your insurance plan and how to reduce your family’s out-of-pocket expenses for your child’s care. A financial counselor can help your family set up a long-term payment plan, if needed.

Some physicians and affiliated healthcare professionals who perform services at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta are independent providers and are not our employees.