Transplant Manitoba - Gift of Life's team of doctors, nurses and professional staff is dedicated to providing care to patients pre- and post-transplant in Manitoba.

Management and Administration

Dr. Peter NickersonFRCPC
Medical Director, Transplant Manitoba - Gift of Life Program

Kim WerestiukRN, BN
Manager, Transplant Manitoba

Nancy DoddP.Eng
Process Quality Engineer

Lorrie Musick
Program secretary

Roberta Koscielny
Communications Specialist, Transplant Manitoba - Gift of Life Program

Gift of Life Program

Transplant Manitoba - Gift of Life's team of doctors, nurses and professional staff is dedicated to providing care to organ donors and promoting organ donation awareness in Manitoba.

Dr. Adrian Robertson
Medical Director

Dr. Heather Smith, Dr. Owen Mooney, Dr. Marcus Blouw, Dr. Faisal SiddiquiFRCSC, Dr. Carmen Hrymak and Dr. Murdoch Leeies
Donor Physicians

Mark BarrettRN, BN, Clare RubinRN, BN and Tricia CartaRN, MN
Donor Coordinators

Jody SawatzkyRN, BN and Camille BoucherRN, BSc, MScN
Living Kidney Donor Coordinator, On-call Donor Coordinators

Jessica AmmeterRN, BN, Julie Gratton EdwardsRN, BN, Jacqueline ThieleRN, BN and Trisha PlettRN, BN
On-call Donor Coordinators

Adult Heart Transplant Program

Dr. Shelley ZierothFRCP(C)
Director of Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Clinics

Dr. Rohit K. SingalMSc, FRCSC
Head, Surgical Heart Failure Program

Dr. Francisco J. Cordova PerezFACC and Dr. Allan SchafferFRCP(C)
Transplant Physicians

Shari BarkerRN, BSN
Heart Transplant/VAD Coordinator

Louise Frechette
Clinical Assistant for Cardiac Surgery/VAD Coordinator

Louise DyckCCP, CPC and Derrick HibbertCCP, CPC
VAD Coordinators

Debbie DeBrouwereBSW, RSW
Social Worker

Adult Renal Transplant Program

Dr. David RushFRCPC
Medical Director

Dr. Chris Wiebe, Dr. Julie HoFRCPC, Dr. Martin KarpinskiFRCPC and Dr. Peter NickersonFRCPC
Transplant Physicians

Dr. Leroy StorsleyFRCPC
Director of Living Kidney Donation

Dr. Rahul BansalFRCSC
Director of Laparoscopic Organ Donation

Dr. Joshua KoulackFRCPC
Director of Renal Transplant Surgery

Dr. Gregory HardingFRCSC
Transplant Surgeon

Dr. Robert BardFRCSC, Dr. Darrel DrachenbergFRCSC, Dr. Ross MacMahonFRCSC, Dr. Jeff SaranchukFRCSC and Dr. Randy GuzmanFRCSC, FACSC, RVT
Donor Surgeons

May Villarba
Living Kidney Donor Program Unit Clerk

Geraldine Manness
Pre-Transplant Unit Clerk

Stephanie Yalung and Beverley Veldkamp
Unit Clerks

Kristin L’HeureuxBA, BSW, RSW
Social Worker

Siyao SunBSPharm and Kathryn PetersonBSPharm, ACPR

Renee SchettlerRD
Clinical Dietitian

Cheryl KaluparRN, Cathy PfeiferRN, Michele CoutureRN, BN, Angela RoyRN, BN and Christine DandanRN, BN
Clinic Nurses

Julie Gratton EdwardsRN, BN, Jessica AmmeterRN, BN and Jacqueline ThieleRN, BN
Renal Recipient Coordinators

Liver Transplant Program

Dr. David PeretzMsc, Bsc, FRCP(c), FACP
Medical Director, Manitoba Liver Transplant Program

Dr. Manna Zhang and Dr. Eleonora Bakalets
Clinical Assistants

Peggy Lovelace
Pre and Post-Transplant Clinic Unit Clerk

Alia Rarama
Pre-Transplant Clinic Unit Clerk

Vicki StrickRN and Nicole PavaoRN, BN
Pre and Post-Transplant Clinic Nurses

Trisha PlettRN, BN
Liver Recipient Coordinator

Lung Transplant Program

Dr. Nancy Porhownik
Medical Director, Manitoba Lung Transplant Program

Dr. Wayne KepronMD, FRCPC and Dr. Zoheir Bshouty
Transplant Respirologists

Dr. Helmut Unruh
Transplant Surgeon

Rhiza Lam

Patty Phrakonkham-Ali
Social Worker

Greg Hodges

Al Maronese

Alia Rarama
Pre-Transplant Clinic Unit Clerk

Dr. Shelley ZierothFRCP(C)

Trisha PlettRN, BN
Lung Recipient Coordinator

Pediatric Renal Transplant Program

We are a group of transplant professionals dedicated to leading, advancing, and advocating for patient care, research and education to improve kidney transplantation for children and youth.

Dr. Patricia BirkFRCP(C)
Medical Director and Transplant Physician

Dr. Aviva GoldbergFRCP(C) and Dr. Maury PinskFRCP (C)
Transplant Physicians

Dr. Joshua KoulackFRCP (C)
Transplant Surgeon

Dr. Allison DartFRCP(C) and Dr. Kristen PedersonFRCP(C)
Dialysis Physicians

Dr. Nafisa DharamsiFSCS(C) and Dr. Karen PsooyFRCS(C)

Julie StrongRN, BN
Pediatric Recipient Kidney Transplant Coordinator

Dot MolchanRN
Post-Transplant Nurse Clinician

Ashley GiesbrechtBSW, RSW and Kristin L'HeureuxBA, BSW, RSW
Social Workers

Dr. Polina Anang
Psychiatrist, Renal

Kathryn PetersonBSPharm, ACPR

Lisa Wilson

Julie PalanskyRN, BN
CKD/Dialysis Nurse Clinician

Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill
Unit Assistant

Pauline Mohamed
Administration and Support Staff Team Member

Vivian Grace Bautista

Nancy DoddPEng
Process Engineer, Transplant Manitoba