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

Program Manager

  • Sandra Demasters-Reynolds, MSN, RN, CCTC

Pre-Transplant Assistants

  • Phyllis Mitchell
  • Maria Oxendine
  • Shanne'l Woods
  • Michaela Wiley

Living Donor Assistant

  • Vickie Connell

Post-Transplant Assistants

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

Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Coordinators


  • Mojdeh Bannister BSN, RN
  • Goldwyn Rahman BSN, RN, CCRN
  • Laura Schoonmaker MSN, RN, CCTC
  • Michelle Tharp, RN, BSN

Live Donor

  • Stephanie Sharpe, RN, BSN


  • Ke'van Brown, RN, BSN
  • Karen S. Miller, RN, BS
  • Kennisha Miranda, RN, BSN
  • Gena Johns, RN, BSN

Pediatric Kidney Coordinator

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

Pediatric Transplant Assistant

  • April Ellis

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)
  • Mackaully Parada, MSW

Living Donor

  • Angela Hoppe, LCSW