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

Caren Hiebert de Bergen
Program secretary

Loretta Cinq-Mars
Administrative Assistant

Kendra Hinther
Clerk II

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, Dr. Murdoch Leeies and Dr. Gloria Vasquez-Grande
Donor Physicians

Dr. Leroy StorsleyFRCPC
Director, Living Kidney Donation

Dr. Robert BardFRCSC, Dr. Jeff SaranchukFRCSC, Dr. Darrel DrachenbergFRCSC and Dr. Randy GuzmanFRSCS, FACSC, RVT
Donor surgeons

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

May Villarba
Living Kidney Donor Program Unit Clerk

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, Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Clinics

Dr. N. GhorpadeFRCSC and Dr. Mike YamashitaFRCSC
Surgical Heart Failure Program Heads

Dr. Rob SinghFRCP (C) and Dr. Allan SchafferFRCP(C)
Transplant Physicians

Shari BarkerRN, BSN
Heart Transplant/VAD Coordinator

Louise Frechette
Clinical Assistant, Cardiac Surgery/VAD Coordinator

Brigitte ChappellazCCP, CPC and Derrick HibbertCCP, CPC
Perfusion/VAD Coordinators

Tannis PodheiserMSW, RSW and Stephanie BaronBSW, RSW
Social Workers

Adult Renal Transplant Program

Dr. David RushFRCPC
Medical Director

Dr. Julie HoFRCPC
Director, Quality Initiatives & Transplant Nephrologist

Dr. Martin KarpinskiFRCPC, Dr. Peter NickersonFRCPC, Dr. Chris WiebeFRCPC and Dr. James ShawFRCPC
Transplant Nephrologists

Dr. Rahul BansalFRCSC
Director, Laparoscopic Organ Donation

Dr. Joshua KoulackFRCPC
Director, Renal Transplant Surgery

Dr. Gregory HardingFRCSC
Transplant Surgeon

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

Geraldine Manness
Pre-Transplant Unit Clerk

Cheryl KaluparRN, Brenda GawrylukRN, Michele CoutureRN, BN, Angela RoyRN, BN and Christine DandanRN, BN
Clinic Nurses

Kristin L’HeureuxBA, BSW, RSW
Social Worker

Siyao SunBSPharm and Kathryn PetersonBSPharm, ACPR

Renee SchettlerRD
Clinical Dietitian

Courtney Chartrand and Stephanie Yalung
Unit Clerks

Liver Transplant Program

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

Dr. Nabiha Faisal
Liver Transplant Hepatologist

Dr. Manna Zhang and Dr. Eleonora Bakalets
Clinical Assistants

Vicki StrickRN and Sandra RiveraRN
Pre and Post-Transplant Clinic Nurses

Trisha PlettRN, BN
Liver Recipient Coordinator

Alia Rarama
Pre-Transplant Clinic Unit Clerk

Lung Transplant Program

Dr. Nancy Porhownik
Medical Director, Manitoba Lung Transplant Program

Dr. Wayne KepronFRCPC , Dr. Zoheir Bshouty and Dr. Musawir Ahmed
Transplant Respirologists

Rhiza Lam

Patty Phrakonkham-Ali
Social Worker

Greg Hodges

Al Maronese

Trisha PlettRN, BN
Lung Recipient Coordinator

Alia Rarama
Pre-Transplant Clinic Unit Clerk

Dr. Shelley ZierothFRCP(C)

Pediatric Renal Transplant Program

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

Heather MurisonRN, cNeph (C)
Transplant Clinic Nurse

Dot MolchanRN
Post-Transplant Nurse Clinician

Julie PalanskyRN, BN
CKD/Dialysis Nurse Clinician

Dr. Polina Anang
Psychiatrist, Renal

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

Kathryn PetersonBSPharm, ACPR

Lisa Wilson

Pauline Mohamed
Administration and Support Staff Team Member

Mariel Potente
Nursing Assistant

Nancy DoddPEng
Process Engineer, Transplant Manitoba