Meet Our Team

Kenneth Andreoni, MD
UF Health, Associate Professor and Chief, Transplantation 

Kenneth Andreoni, MD, is associate professor and chief in the division of transplantation surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Andreoni earned his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency training at Johns Hopkins University, where he served as chief resident from 1994 to 1995. He also completed a gastrointestinal surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins University and a transplant immunology research fellowship, followed by a clinical transplantation fellowship with the division of abdominal transplantation at The Ohio State University.

He is past president (2013-2014) of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the nonprofit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. He is past chair of the Kidney Committee, founding chair of the Kidney Paired Donation project, a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Society of Transplantation and the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Andreoni is board-certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. His clinical interests include kidney, pancreas and liver transplant services in both adults and children, as well as public policy in organ transplantation.

Dr. Andreoni was listed in the 2008, 2010 and 2011 Best Doctors in America by Columbus Monthly Magazine and as a Top Doctor by U.S. News & World Report in October 2012. He also was listed in Business North Carolina Best Doctors 2006 through 2008.

Mark William Johnson, MD
UF Health, Professor, Transplantation Surgery

Mark W. Johnson, MD, FACS, is a professor of surgery in the division of transplantation surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at New England Medical Center in Boston. He went on to complete a clinical and research fellowship in transplantation surgery at Harvard Medical School and a clinical teaching fellowship in surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Johnson has previously worked as chief transplant officer and medical director of transplant services at Wellstar Health System in Marietta, Georgia, as program director of Piedmont Transplant Institute of Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta and as director of liver transplantation at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

He has twice received the Montague Boyd Award and is recognized by the renowned Best Doctors in America. Dr. Johnson’s professional affiliations include the Medical Association of Georgia, the American Transplant Congress, the American Society of Transplantation and the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.

Dr. Johnson’s clinical interests include liver transplantation, renal transplantation and management of biliary complications after liver transplantation.

William F. Kendall Jr., MD, FACS 
UF Health, Assistant Professor, Transplantation Surgery

William F. Kendall Jr., MD, FACS, is an assistant professor of surgery in the division of transplantation surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Kendall earned his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, followed by a general surgery internship at Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. Due to strong interest in surgical research, Dr, Kendall pursued a general surgery research fellowship at Duke University. He completed a general surgery research fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in 2001, with a special emphasis on pancreatic islet transplantation, immunoisolation and xenotransplantation. After completing his research fellowship, he remained at Duke University for a few years to continue his surgical training. He transferred to the University of North Dakota, where he completed his general surgery residency training in 2007. He then completed an abdominal solid organ transplant fellowship in 2010.

Prior to joining UF, Dr. Kendall served as an assistant clinical professor in transplant/general surgery at Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgical Specialists at Largo, Florida. He is board certified in general surgery and a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

Sajid Latif, M.D.
Halifax Health - Center for Transplant Services, Medical Director 

Doctor Latif has been practicing Nephrology for over 11 years. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology and has been a longstanding member of the Volusia County Medical Society. Doctor Latif completed his Internal Medicine fellowship at Georgetown University, D.C. General Hospital in Washington, D.C. and his Nephrology fellowship at St. Johns Hospital in Detroit, MI.

As a Transplant Nephrologist, Doctor Latif has years of experience in the care and treatment of pre and post-transplant patients. He is currently serving as the Medical Director for Kidney Transplantation at the Halifax Health - Center for Transplant Services.

Elizabeth Thomas, DO
UF Health, Assistant Professor, Transplantation Surgery

Elizabeth M. Thomas, DO, is an assistant professor of surgery in the division of transplantation surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Thomas earned her osteopathic medical degree from the Midwestern University's College of Osteopathy in Glendale, Arizona in 2006. She then completed her surgical residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas where she also become Administrative Chief Resident of Surgery from 2010-2011. Prior to joining UF, she completed an abdominal transplant and hepatobiliary fellowship at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2013 where she was also a clinical instructor in surgery.

Dr. Thomas' clinical interests include areas of transplantation and liver surgery. She performs living donor nephrectomies, adult liver transplants, pediatric and adult kidney transplants, pancreas transplants as well as a wide range of liver resections and liver treatments for benign and malignant liver lesions.

Her research focuses on the use of transcriptomics in developing precision medicine in the field of transplantations, blood product transfusions based on TEG in liver failure and liver transplant patients, liver transplant outcomes in patients with MELD and gt;35, liver transplant outcome studies and living donor nephrectomy quality studies. She is involved in multiple quality projects through the transplant division at UF Health.

She is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the International Liver Transplantation Society, the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Surgeons.

Multidisciplinary Team

The Transplant Team is a multidisciplinary group dedicated to providing you with the best quality care. Members are listed below:

  • Transplant Surgeon - The transplant surgeon will perform your kidney transplant surgery, supervise your care immediately following your surgery, and adjust your immunosuppressant medications for a period of time. The transplant surgeon will also follow your progress immediately after discharge from the hospital.
  • Transplant Nephrologist - The Transplant Nephrologist will evaluate you for transplantation prior to being activated on the waitlist. The Transplant Nephrologist will also manage your medical care while you are in the hospital for your transplant. The Transplant Nephrologist will provide follow-up care in the transplant clinic, adjusting your medications and monitoring your progress.
  • Clinical Transplant Coordinators - A clinical transplant coordinator is a registered nurse who is specially trained to care for patients before and after kidney transplantation and to provide support to you and your family. Transplant coordinators work in different stages of the transplant process. One coordinator will be responsible for obtaining the results of your pre-transplant evaluation and monitoring your progress with the evaluation process. This coordinator, referred to as the pre-transplant coordinator will serve as your main contact for questions from the time of your evaluation until the time of your transplant. Additional coordinators, referred to as the post-transplant coordinators will follow your progress in the hospital and provide follow-up care at each clinic visit after you are discharged. They will teach you how to check your vital signs and identify any signs and symptoms of infection and rejection. They will help you learn how and when to take your new transplant medications.
  • Acute Care Inpatient Transplant Nurses - Acute care inpatient nurses are registered nurses who have been specially trained to care for patients who have received a kidney transplant. The acute care inpatient transplant nurses will care for and monitor patients during their stay in the hospital and during readmissions for transplant-related problems. Staff nurses play an important role in alerting the entire team to any potential problems you or your family may have.
  • Transplant Social Worker - A Transplant Social Worker is available for psychosocial evaluation and supportive counseling for you and your family throughout all phases of your transplant experience. The Transplant Social Worker is specialized in helping the patient understand the importance of compliance with medication after transplant. Also, the transplant social worker can assist you with information about local housing, fund-raising and transplant resources.
    • The social worker is available to help you understand the financial issues of your transplant. The social worker will discuss the financial impact that transplant will have in terms of insurance coverage and out-of-pocket costs from evaluation, inpatient stays, and life-time immunosuppressant medication costs. You can discuss your financial concerns with this coordinator during any stage of your transplant experience.
  • Clinical Dietician - A clinical dietician may see you before and after your transplant to evaluate your diet and to help you maintain a healthy weight. The dietician can provide you with recommendations regarding weight management and diet prior to transplantation. Due to medication side effects, after your transplant you may have difficulty maintaining your weight and controlling your cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The dietician will be available to discuss these issues with you before and after transplant.
  • Pharmacist - A pharmacist will begin working with you after your transplant. It is important for you to clearly understand your medications and how each affects your body. The transplant pharmacist, along with your clinical transplant coordinator and acute care inpatient nurses, will explain the actions, dosages and side effects of your medications. The pharmacist will be available to answer questions during your hospitalization and after transplant.
  • Chaplain - A chaplain is available to visit with you while you are an inpatient at Halifax Health Medical Center and will be on call 24 hours a day. The chaplain can help you and your family deal with the emotional and spiritual issues that can be associated with transplantation.

 


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