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Our Team


The faculty and staff at the Hume-Lee Transplant Center is dedicated to education and ongoing research to promote the most outstanding outcomes and continued quality of life for our patients that we are able to continually achieve.

Our multi-disciplinary team is comprised of many transplant and internal medicine industry experts who collaborate to provide our patients the highest quality of care before, during and after transplantation.

Transplant Surgery Team

Chair, VCU Division of Transplantation Surgery,
Director, Hume-Lee Transplant Center
Marlon F. Levy, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Surgery Adrian Cotterell, MD
Associate Professor, Surgery Amit Sharma, MD, MPhil
Associate Professor, Surgery Chandra Bhati, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Surgery Vinay Kumaran, MBBS, M Ch
Associate Professor, Surgery David Bruno, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Surgery Seung Duk Lee, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Surgery Aamir Kahn, MBBS
Nurse Practitioner   Michael Akyeampong, AGACNP
Nurse Practitioner   Johanna Christensen, NP
Nurse Practitioner   Jeanette Amery, NP
Physician Assistant Becky Hickey, PA
Nurse Practitioner Megan Gray, NP
Physician Assistant Vanessa Taylor, PA


Kidney Transplant Team

Transplant Nephrologists

Medical Director, Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program Gaurav Gupta, MD
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine & Nephrology Professor, Internal Medicine  Anne King, MD
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine   Dhiren Kumar, MD
Professor, Pediatric Nephrology   Timothy Bunchman, MD
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine   Layla Kamal, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatric   Megan M. Lo, MD
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine Irfan A. Moinuddin, MD


Nurse Coordinators

The kidney transplant team also includes pre-, inpatient, and post-transplant nurse coordinators who work closely with our patients and their families throughout the entire referral, evaluation, transplant and post-transplant process.


Liver Transplant Team


Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program
Professor, Internal Medicine
Richard T. Stravitz, MD
Chief, Section of Hepatology
Professor, Internal Medicine
Richard Sterling, MD
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine Vaishali Patel, MD
Professor, Internal Medicine Arun Sanyal, MD
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine M. Shadab Siddiqui, MD
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine   Scott C. Matherly, MD
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine   Hannah Lee, MD

Nurse Coordinator

The liver transplant team also includes ambulatory and inpatient nurse coordinators who work closely with our patients and their families throughout the entire referral, evaluation, transplant and post-transplant process, as well as hepatocellular carcinoma nurse coordinators who work with patients with liver cancer and coordinate their care with the interdisciplinary team.


Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

The Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center is one of six VA liver transplant centers in the U.S. The team evaluates, coordinates and manages the care of veterans with end-stage liver disease before and after liver transplant. The liver transplant surgery is performed at the Hume-Lee Transplant Center.

Medical Director, GI/Hepatology & Liver Transplantation   Michael Fuchs, MD, PhD
Clinical Program Director, Liver Transplantation HoChong Gilles, DNP, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor, GI/Hepatology & Liver Transplantation Brian Davis, MD
Assistant Professor, GI/Hepatology & Liver Transplantation Samarth Patel, MD
Coordinator, Liver Transplantation Felicia Tinsley, MSN, MHA, RN
Program Support Assistant, Liver Transplantation Cecile Rock

Transplant Consultation Team

Interventional Radiology
Director, Vascular Interventional Radiology
Malcolm K. Sydnor, Jr., MD
Transplant Infectious Disease
Director,VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center
Megan Morales, MD
Chair, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism   Francesco S. Celi, MD, MHSc
Transplant Endocrinologist Stephanie B. Mayer, MD MHSc

Transplant Administrative Team

Administrative Director Will Maixner, MHA, FACHE
Clinical Program Director Caitlin Winkler, MSN, RN
Nursing Director Brett Neville, MS, RN
Transplant Program Manager Allison Lewis, MSN, RN


Transplant Clinical Team

Transplant Psychologist   Stephan Weinland, PhD
HLA Laboratory Director   Pamela Kimball, PhD
Islet Cell Laboratory Director                   Mazhar Kanak, PhD
Islet Cell Laboratory Assistant Director Prathab Balaji Saravanan, PhD
Transplant Research Mary Baldecchi, RN
Transplant Pharmacist Idris Yakubu, PharmD
Transplant Pharmacist Ryan Winstead, PharmD, BCPS
Transplant Pharmacist Moses O. Demehin, PharmD
Transplant Pharmacist Chelsey (Chenxi) Song, PharmD, BCPS


Other clinical and administrative team members include:

  • Dedicated ambulatory and inpatient Social Workers who work with each patient to enhance quality of life and outcomes.
  • Transplant Dieticians who provide transplant-specific education and nutritional support to patients and their families pre- and post-transplant.
  • Financial Coordinators who are available to help guide our patients through the insurance process and provide education on the financial aspects of transplant – from evaluation to life after transplant.
  • Outreach Coordinators who assist with transplant education for patients with end-stage renal disease, provide outreach and support for community health care providers, and facilitate ongoing communications between Hume-Lee and referring providers.