Our Team

Upstate's kidney transplant program is comprised of the following multidisciplinary team of specialists who manage our patients' care through the entire transplant process.  Their goal is to provide the best care possible so that our patients can quickly return to a full and productive life:

Transplant Surgery

Transplant Nephrology

Transplant Surgery Administrator

  • Charlene Hubbell, MT (Interim)

Nurse Manager

  • Juliann Axton, MS, RN

Transplant Coordinators

  • Caley Michalski, RN, ASN, Post-Transplant Coordinator
  • Heidi Smileuske, RN, BSN, CCTC, Post-transplant Coordinator
  • Ellen Havens, RN, BSN, CCTC, Living Donor Coordinator
  • Lavell Jones, RN, ASN, CCTC, Pre-transplant Coordinator
  • Debra Parker, RN, ASN, Pre-Transplant Corrdinator

Social Worker

  • Tania Lyons, LMSW

Financial Coordinator

  • Lisa Donovan

Transplant Nutritionist

  • Terry Podolak, RD

Transplant Pharmacist

  • Christine Han, PharmD

Medical Office Support Staff

  • Tyler Graham, CMA
  • Tosha Cuadra, CMA
  • Michele Wanamaker, CMA

Donor Advocate

  • Jennifer Kite, LMSW