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 Coordinators

  • Renee Nickerson, NP
  • Ellen Havens, RN, CCTC, Living Donor Coordinator
  • Lavell Jones, RN, CCTC, Pre-transplant Coordinator
  • Heidi Smileuske, RN, CCTC, Post-transplant Coordinator

Social Worker

  • Tania Lyons, LMSW

Financial Coordinator

  • Lisa Donovan

Transplant Nutritionist

  • Terry Podolak, RD

Transplant Pharmacist

  • Christine Han, RParm

Medical Office Support Staff

  • Debra Durham, MOA
  • Tosha Cuadra, CMA
  • Kara Redden

Transplant Administrator

  • William Pelley

Donor Advocate

  • Jennifer Kite, LMSW