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Division of Transplantation

Division of Transplantation at SUNY Downstate Medical Center

» Rainer WG Gruessner, M.D (Department Chairman)
» Devon John, M.D. (Division Chief)
» Nabil Sumrani, M.D.
» Dale Distant, M.D.
» Joon Hong, M.D., PhD



The Division of Transplantation is a nationally recognized center for excellence in renal transplantation. Our team has performed over 3,200 kidney transplants since the program's inception in 1972.

Each patient is carefully screened and followed by an experienced team of surgeons, physicians, nurses, coordinators and social workers, with 24 hour availability.

Vascular access and peritoneal access for chronic dialysis is also offered in conjunction with an outstanding Nephrology Division to round out the patient's option for renal replacement.

Our Staff


Carrie Lindower, RN, MBA - Administrative Director of Kidney Transplant
Roberto Rauda, PA
Muriel Briggs, RN - Transplant Coordinator
Maxine Easy, RN - Transplant Coordinator
Alana Byum, NP
Dara Stephenson, NP
Lyudmila Elgort, NP
Susan Sanders, LCSW
Mary Fontenelle, Outreach Coordinator
Vivian Vivian Reyes-Schabloski, Staff Associate