Meet Your Beaumont Transplantation Team
Compassionate. Skilled. Experienced. Supportive. At Beaumont, you'll find all of these traits in all of your transplant team members. Each professional has been specially trained to ensure that your transplant surgery will be a positive experience for you and your family.
Your transplant team is made up of several members, including the transplant coordinator, transplant social worker, independent donor advocate, transplant pharmacist, transplant dietitian, financial representative, hepatologists, nephrologists and, of course, your transplant surgeon. The entire Beaumont team is led by world-renowned transplant specialist Alan J. Koffron, M.D.
Alan J. Koffron, M.D.
Director, Multi-Organ Transplantation
Dr. Koffron is the director of multi-organ transplantation at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. One of the world's leading innovators in laparoscopic and live donor liver transplantation, Dr. Koffron brings to Beaumont an international clinical and academic reputation - and his extensive training and experience benefit all Beaumont transplant patients.
Before joining Beaumont, Dr. Koffron served as the medical director of the Living Donor Liver Transplant Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and as associate professor of transplantation surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University Medical School.
He attended the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed residencies in general, thoracic and trauma surgeries at the University Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School. In addition, Dr. Koffron completed dual fellowships in multi-organ and pediatric liver transplantation at Northwestern University and Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
"Our goal is to provide Michigan patients with the entire spectrum of care, from medical care to organ replacement," says Koffron. "I feel privileged to be part of such a quality medical center."
With Dr. Koffron on board, Beaumont, a leader in kidney transplants, is offering both liver and multi-organ transplants for the first time.
Dilip Samarapungavan, M.D.
Medical Director, Multi-Organ Transplantation
Dr. Samarapungavan (“Samar”) assumed the role of Medical Director of Multi-Organ Transplantation at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, in July 2008, having served as our primary kidney transplant physician since joining Beaumont in 2002.
Before coming to Beaumont, Dr. Samar was the medical director of nephrology inpatient services at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan. He has brought an expansive depth of knowledge and experience in the field of immunosuppression in transplantation to our program. He has also practiced medicine extensively in the United Kingdom and India.
Dr. Samar received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Madras in India. He underwent extensive training in transplant, renal, pulmonary and gastrointestinal medicine in the United Kingdom, and was awarded the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom. He also completed a fellowship in nephrology and hypertension at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.
His clinical interests include: combined liver-kidney transplantation; treatment of kidney disease in liver failure and liver transplant; and kidney and pancreas transplantation. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine-Nephrology and the American Board of Internal Medicine.
"We are committed to the exceptional care of individuals, with end stage renal disease and kidney transplants, with emphasis on a compassionate and personal approach,” says Dr. Samarapungavan.
Our staff also includes:
Transplant Coordinator provides continuity of care while you are being evaluated for your transplant. The transplant coordinator will work closely with you to make sure tests are scheduled and completed, results are being sent to the transplant office for review, communication lines remain open, and your questions are being answered.
Transplant Social Worker makes sure you have adequate emotional support and resources to help in your adjustment to a transplant. The social worker finds healthy ways to manage any stress you may have entering your pre-transplant work-up, your wait for an organ and after your receive your transplant. At your evaluation, the social worker will meet privately with you, then with your support person, about how you have coped and how you think you will deal with the transplant surgery and post-transplant experience.
Nephrologist will also do a physical exam. The nephrologist is the doctor who will call you to the hospital for a deceased-donor kidney transplant when one becomes available.
Financial Representative discusses your financial situation and counsels you about resources to help you pay for your transplant, follow-up and care, and your medicines. You can also call the financial representative with questions.