Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin

The Liver Transplant Health Care Team at TGH¡¯s Transplant Institute

The liver transplant health care team at Tampa General Hospital¡¯s Transplant Institute is completely dedicated to you and meeting your needs before, during, and after your transplant surgery.?Our liver transplant program is ranked #7 in the nation by volume, making us a high-volume center with?experienced staff and world-class outcomes.?
During the liver transplant process, every patient at our transplant center works with a range of medical professionals and support staff. Our transplant team works cohesively to provide the most comprehensive care possible. Because of this process, there may be multiple surgeons and health care team members that you meet with throughout the time that you¡¯re on the waitlist.liver referral form button
Some of these team members will include:
  • A transplant coordinator, who will become your primary contact and guide you throughout the transplant process. This registered nurse will also be available to answer any questions you have along the way. The coordinator provides you and your support team with educational materials throughout the transplant process. At some point, you may be assigned a different coordinator as you move through the stages of transplant but your transplant coordinator will also always assist with communication between your providers, so even if you work with multiple coordinators over time, they will always be completely up to speed.
  • A surgeon, who will perform your surgery and meet with you before and after your transplant and will also meet with you while you¡¯re hospitalized at Tampa General. However, the surgeon on call at the time of your transplant will be doing your surgery.
  • A hepatologist, who specializes in liver diseases and will meet with you while you are?undergoing evaluation, while you are on the waitlist, and after your transplant is complete.
  • A social worker, who will assess your family and social support system so that they¡¯re aware of any needs you might have before your surgery. The social worker also assists with discharge planning needs after transplant.
  • A financial counselor, who will evaluate your insurance coverage and your out-of-pocket expenses (or co-payments) for?liver transplant procedures?and medications.
  • A dietitian, who will assess your nutrition and provide information and tips for optimizing your diet pre- and post-transplant.
  • A pharmacist, who will evaluate your medications and inform you about their side effects. You may also work with someone from the Transplant Specialty Pharmacy who will assist you with your transplant medication needs.
  • A psychologist, who will assess any emotional or psychological concerns.
  • Transplant assistants, who help with answering phones, refilling prescription requests, and appointment scheduling.
  • Advanced practice providers (APPs) and physician assistants (PAs), who assist the surgeons and hepatologists in clinic and while patients are hospitalized.
  • Transplant referral coordinators, who assist with processing your referral at the beginning of the waitlist process.
  • Medical assistants, who sometimes will assist the physicians and coordinators in the transplant clinic.
For more information about the liver transplant health care team at TGH¡¯s Transplant Institute, please call the referral coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686. You may also contact the transplant office at 1-800-505-7769 (press 4 for the liver transplant program).

Meet Our Team?



Jacentha Buggs, MD
Transplant Procurement Surgeon
Research Physician


Kiran Dhanireddy, MD, FACS
Executive Director, Transplant Institute
Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation