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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 Trevor W. Reichman, MD, PhD, FACS
Assistant Professor, Surgery Chandra Bhati, MD, MS
Professor Emeritus Marc Posner, MD, FACS
Nurse Practitioner   Michael Akyeampong, AGACNP
Nurse Practitioner   Johanna Christensen, NP
Nurse Practitioner   Jeanette Amery, NP
Physician Assistant Becky Hickey, PA


Kidney Transplant Team

Transplant nephrologists

Medical Director, Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program
Professor, Internal Medicine & Nephrology  
Anne King, MD
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine   Guarav Gupta, 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
Nurse Practitioner Dana Steele, NP


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
Professor, Internal Medicine   Velimir A. Luketic, MD
Professor, Internal Medicine   Arun J. 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 Practitioner Carolyn Driscoll, PhD, NP


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 four VA liver transplant centers in the U.S. The team evaluates and coordinates the care of patients with end-stage liver disease. The liver transplant surgery is performed at the Hume-Lee Transplant Center.

Medical Director, Liver Transplantation   Binu V. John, MD, MPH
Professor, Internal Medicine   Douglas M. Heuman, MD
Nurse Practitioner Ho Chong Gilles, RN, FNP

Transplant Ancillary Care Team

Interventional Radiology
Director, Vascular Interventional Radiology
Malcolm K. Sydnor, Jr., MD
Transplant Infectious Disease
Director, Transplant Infectious Disease
Oveimar De la Cruz, MD
Transplant Dermatologist
Chair, Dermatology
Algin Garrett, MD
Chair, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism   Francesco S. Celi, MD, MHSc
Transplant Endocrinologist Ranjodh S. Gill, MD
Transplant Endocrinologist Diane M. Biskobing, MD

Transplant Administrative & Clinical Team

Transplant Administrator & Nursing Director   Margaret Schaeffer, MS, MSHA, RN, NE-BC
Transplant Psychologist   Stephan Weinland, PhD
HLA Laboratory Director   Pamela Kimball, PhD
Islet Cell Laboratory Assistant Director   Mazhar Kanak, 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.