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Our Team

Hume-Lee Transplant Center team

The faculty and staff at the Hume-Lee Transplant Center are 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. Our teams also include:

Transplant Surgery Team

Kidney Transplant Team

Liver Transplant Team

Transplant Infectious Diseases Team

Richmond VA Medical Center


Transplant Administrative Team

Associate Vice President Sherri A. Newman, MSHA
Transplant Business Operations Director Kate Best, MHA
Transplant Clinical Director Maureen Flattery, RN, MS, ANP
Nursing Director Brett Neville, DNP, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC
Liver Transplant, Living Donor Transplant, TPIAT and
HCC Program Manager
Allison Lewis, MSN, RN
Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Program Manager Leana Yancey, MSN, RN
Manager, Transplant Services - Heart Failure/ Heart Transplant/MCS Kathryn Abernathy, MS, RN, ACCNS-AG, CHFN


Transplant Clinical Team

Transplant Psychologist   Stephan Weinland, PhD 
HLA Laboratory Director   Mary Carmelle Philogene, PhD
Islet Cell Laboratory Director                   Mazhar Kanak, PhD
Islet Cell Laboratory Assistant Director Prathab Balaji Saravanan, PhD
Transplant Pharmacist Idris Yakubu, PharmD
Transplant Pharmacist Andrew Brown, PharmD
Transplant Pharmacist Sara Sterling, PharmD
Transplant Pharmacist

Bem Agegnehu

Transplant Pharmacist

Aoife Iaria


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.