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Kidney Transplant Center

Kidney Transplant Center

Re-gifting Life - Restoring Families

For more than two decades, the Saint Thomas Health Kidney Transplant Center has been serving patients with kidney failure. Beginning with an individualized evaluation and continuing throughout the transplant process, each recipient and living donor receives a specialized plan of care designed to meet their specific needs.

Our highly experienced multidisciplinary team of surgical specialists, nephrologists, transplant coordinators, social workers, clinical nutrition specialists, pharmacists and nurses strive to provide care that sustains and improves the health of each individual. 

If you are showing signs of kidney failure, or want more information about the Saint Thomas Kidney Transplant Center,

Call (800) 456-6618

Transplant Team

  • Derek Moore, MD - Program Director
  • Laurie Oliver - Transplant Executive Director
  • Stanley Lee, MD - Transplant Medical Director
  • Heather Marshall, RN - Program Clinical Manager
  • Andrew Holt, RN – Transplant Coordinator
  • Anna Castleman, RN – Transplant Coordinator
  • Heather Young, RN – Transplant Coordinator
  • Belinda Harris, RN – Transplant Coordinator
  • Christopher Johnston,LMSW -Social Worker
  • Lynn Henderson, MS, RD, LDN - Dietitian
  • Franchelle Lewis - Benefits Coordinator
  • Monica O'Hara - Transplant Operations Assistant
  • Stefanie Taylor - Transplant Operations Assistant
  • Quishawn Brewington - Medical Assistant
  • Kwame Asare - Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

For more information about the Saint Thomas Kidney Transplant Center , please call (800) 456-6618.

The Saint Thomas Kidney Transplant Center performs kidney transplants for patients who have serious kidney dysfunction and will not be able to live without dialysis or a transplant. While not a cure, kidney transplant is a treatment option for patient with end-stage renal disease (ESRD).  Saint Thomas Health performs adult kidney transplants from both deceased and living donors. The majority of transplanted kidneys come from deceased organ donors, called a cadaveric transplant. A patient usually receives only one kidney, but, in rare situations, he/she may receive two kidneys from a deceased donor.


Family members or individuals who are unrelated but make a good match may also donate one of their kidneys through a living donor transplant. Donors can live healthy lives with one kidney.

pdf Kidney Patient Referral Form

Want to Become a Living Kidney Donor?

Family members or individuals who are unrelated but make a good match may also donate one of their kidneys through a living donor transplant. Donors can live healthy lives with one kidney. Complete the Living Donor Online Form to begin the evaluation process.

Complete the pdf Living Donor Online Form to begin the evaluation process.

End Stage Renal Disease

The indication for a kidney transplant is end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Though there are many conditions which can lead to ESRD, diabetes is the most common. Others include:

  • Analgesic nephropathy
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Congenital nephrotic syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome
  • Goodpasture syndrome

To learn more about ESRD, visit the American Kidney Fund or Medline Plus.

Working With UNOS

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is responsible for transplant organ distribution in the United States and oversees the allocation of many different types of transplants, including liver, kidney, pancreas, heart, lung, and cornea. Our organ transplant team is responsible for sending the data to UNOS, and updating them as your condition changes.

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When you meet Jan Frazier of Chattanooga, Tennessee, you would never know she's sick. Her big smile and southern drawl full of positivity will endear you to her in an instant. But, for more than 40 years, she's been battling a lifelong illness with her kidney. Read more at nothingshallbeimpossible.com