Support every step of the way
Every patient and referring physician is assigned a transplant nurse coordinator who will help see you through the transplant process.
This coordinator will help you before, during and after the actual transplant procedure. Along the way, you'll work with whole teams of specialists: physicians, nurses, coordinators, technicians, and more.
Our care for you doesn’t stop when you leave the hospital. Some of our liver transplant patients had their surgeries 20 years ago. We still follow their labs and keep in touch with them. They are, and always will be, our patients.
A team devoted to you
Our patients depend on carefully coordinated care delivered by a team of professionals. At University of Colorado Hospital, experts from many specialties come together to collaborate on your care and support your overall well-being.
Your core team consists of:
- Transplant Surgeon – The doctor who performs your transplant. The surgeon will discuss with you and your family the risks and benefits of transplant surgery. Your surgeon continues to work alongside other specialists after your transplant.
- Transplant Nurse Coordinator – The nurse coordinator provides you with information about each stage of the transplant experience. One of the nurse coordinators will notify you when you are placed on the list and when a donor organ becomes available for you. They also will arrange your follow-up care after you are discharged from the hospital. A transplant nurse coordinator is on call and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Transplant Nurses – Registered nurses who are specially trained to care for transplant patients. Our transplant nurses teach you everything you need to know to care for yourself once you return home.
Depending on the type of transplant and your individual needs, one or more of the following specialists also may contribute to your care.
- Anesthesiologist – A doctor trained to administer medication to patients undergoing surgery.
- Cardiologist – A heart disease doctor specifically trained in the treatment of chronic heart failure (CHF) and heart transplant. The cardiologist will implement treatments best designed to improve your heart’s medical function before referring you for a transplant.
- Cardiac Pathologist – A physician who identifies diseases by studying cells and tissues under a microscope. All heart biopsies will be read by a cardiac pathologist.
- Hepatologist – A licensed liver disease specialist who monitors your liver function throughout the entire transplantation experience.
- Infectious Disease Specialist – A physician who specializes in treating diseases caused by microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses or fungi.
- Immunologist – A doctor who treats disorders of the immune system.
- Nephrologist – A kidney disease specialist who monitors your kidney function throughout the entire transplantation experience.
- Psychiatrist – A doctor who helps people overcome emotional and psychological reactions to an injury or disease. The psychiatrist will meet with you and your family during the evaluation. Depending on your individual needs, you may or may not have additional consultations with the psychiatrist before or after your transplant.
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist – A specialist who will work with you to develop an exercise program designed especially for you. You will begin a rehabilitation program as soon as you are listed for transplant.
- Pulmonologist – A doctor specifically trained in the diagnosis and treatment of lung disease. The pulmonologist will care for your lung related medical problems before and after transplant.
Other staff members are important to your experience as a patient.
- Financial Coordinator – This individual discusses options for payment with you and your family, communicates with your insurance company prior to your transplant (if necessary), and answers billing questions after your transplant.
- Nutritionist or Registered Dietitian – A professional trained to prevent and treat disease through the use of individual nutrients found in food and supplements. Your nutritional needs may change immediately after your transplant and again after your recovery. The transplant nutritionist meets with you during your hospitalization and in the clinic.
- Social Worker – This team member provides you with emotional support, assistance with housing and discharge planning and a variety of other services as needed. The transplant social worker meets you during your evaluation and is available to you and your family at any time throughout the transplant experience.