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.
Dilip Samarapungavan, M.D.
Medical Director, Multi-Organ Transplantation
Dr. Samarapungavan (“Samar”) is the medical director of multi-organ transplantation at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. He has also served as our primary kidney transplant physician since 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:
- Damanpreet S. Bedi, M.D.
I am committed to delivering exceptional care to those suffering from liver, pancreas, and kidney disease in a thoughtful and compassionate manner. Our talented and dedicated multidisciplinary team ensures that our patients are cared for, each step of the way.
- Steven Cohn, M.D.
Steven Cohn M.D. is a transplant surgeon who has been on staff at Beaumont, Royal Oak for 16 years. Dr. Cohn earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed a fellowship in transplantation surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery. Says Dr. Cohn, "My mission is to provide exceptional and individualized care for the patient with kidney, liver and pancreatic disease needing surgery or transplant." He has specific expertise in minimally invasive liver and kidney surgery.
- Krishna Putchakayala, M.D.
- M. Rasm Al Sibae, M.D.
Dr. Al Sibae, Hepatology, Beaumont, Royal Oak completed his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Damascus in Syria. His residency was done in Internal Medicine at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital/Wayne State University and he completed fellowships in Transplant Hepatology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham and Clinical Hepatology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Dr. Al Sibae was also an academic hospitalist for Henry Ford Health System, responsible for teaching general internal medicine.
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.