Meet the Team

Strong results reflect a multidisciplinary approach to patient care that draws on the combined talents and experience of transplant physicians, transplant surgeons, nurse coordinators, transplant assistants, social workers, financial counselors and psychologists.

UF Health Shands Transplant Center team members offer state of the art immunosuppression protocols to improve patient and graft survival rates.


Transplant Surgeons


Transplant Physicians


Physician Extenders

  • Jillian Bowdain, MSN, AGACNP-BC, FNP
  • Michelle Klenk-Cohen, MSN, FNP-C
  • Jusil Rice, MSN, APRN  
  • Nicole Gazzola, PA-C

Manager of Kidney and Pancreas Transplant and the Living Donor Programs

  • Sandra Demasters-Reynolds, MSN, RN, CCTC

Living Donor Team

  • Stephanie Sharpe, RN, BSN – Coordinator
  • Angela Hoppe, LCSW – Social work & ILDA
  • Vickie Connell – Transplant Assistant 

Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Coordinators and Assistants

Pre-transplant Coordinators

  • Mojdeh Bannister BSN, RN
  • Goldwyn Rahman BSN, RN, CCTC, CCRN
  • Laura Schoonmaker MSN, RN, CCTC
  • Lourdes Andujar-Rivera, BSN, RN

Live Donor

  • Stephanie Sharpe, RN, BSN

Post-transplant Coordinators

  • Ke'van Brown, RN, BSN
  • Alex Saveland, BSN, RN
  • Emily Siegle, BSN, RN
  • Gena Johns, RN, BSN

Pre-Transplant Assistants

  • Phyllis Mitchell
  • Maria Oxendine
  • Shanne'l Woods
  • Stephanie Mitchell

Post-Transplant Assistants

  • Viva Brown
  • Edward Harley
  • Kathy Henderson
  • Latosha Williams

Pediatric Kidney Coordinators and Assistant

  • Rachel Bush, MSN, RN-BC, CPNP-AC/PC
  • Felicia Johns, RN, BSN
  • April Ellis - Assistant

Financial Coordinators

UF Health is contracted with most transplant networks. Check with your employer or insurer for more information about accessing UF Health for transplant services or our call financial coordinators with any questions.

Social Worker, Kidney Transplant

  • Jennifer Zeidman, MSW, LCSW, CCTSW (Adult and Pediatric)