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Transplant Services 

The Transplant Team at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital enables a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to diagnose and treat children with kidney, liver, heart and bone blood and marrow disorders.

Our world-class SLUCare physicians bring an immense amount of expertise in the areas of pediatric surgery, pediatric nephrology, pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology, pediatric cardiology, pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and pediatric bone marrow transplant. Each one is a necessary component for a successful transplant program.

Since the beginning of our program, we have performed more than 140 kidney transplants (cadaveric and living), 90+ liver transplants, 3 liver/kidney transplants, over 60 heart transplants and 305 blood or marrow hematopoietic stem cell transplants for children in the St. Louis area and across the country.

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon is a member of:

Solid Organ Transplant

  • Pediatric Heart Transplant Study
  • SPLIT: Studies of Pediatric Liver Transplantation
  • North American Pediatric Renal Transplant Case Study
  • Improving Renal Outcomes Collaborative

Blood and Marrow Transplant

  • Children’s Oncology Group
  • Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium
  • Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research
  • A founding member of the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium

Program Highlights:

  • Our transplant program is CMS certified and is a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
  • Cardiac patient survival rates consistently at or above 97%
  • Met or exceeded liver transplant benchmarks for more than 20 years
  • Blood and Marrow survival rates consistently over 90%
  • Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) Accredited, valid until June 17, 2018.
  • Leaders in the use of umbilical cord blood stem cell transplants for cancer, as well as, blood and immune disorders
  • Designated: National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Transplant Center

For more information or to make a referral for Solid Organ Transplant, call 314-577-5351

For more information or to make a referral for Blood and Marrow Transplant, call 314-268-4000.

Meet the Transplant Team

Pediatric Transplant Surgeons

Henry Randall, MD, FACS
Chief, Transplant Surgery

Kambiz Etesami, MD

Mustafa Nazzal, MD

Chintalapati Varma, MD


Bone Marrow Transplant

William S. Ferguson, MD
Director, Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Deepika Bhatla, MD

Shermini Saini, MD


Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery

Kenneth Schowengerdt, MD, FAAP, FACC
Director, Division of Pediatric Cardiology

Andrew Fiore, MD
Director, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Charles Huddleston, MD


Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Jeff Teckman, MD
Director, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Ajay Jain, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Transplant Program



Craig Belsha, MD
Director, Division of Pediatric Nephrology

Anne Beck, MD

Richard Feldenberg, MD, FAAP

Ellen Wood, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Renal Transplant Program



Landon Ware, MBA
Transplant Administrator, Solid Organ Transplant - Pediatrics

Michelle Romano, RN, MSN
Director, Medical, Surgical, Oncology and Transplant Services

Erin Foristal, RN, BSN, CCTC
Transplant Coordinator, Solid Organ

Wendy Gould, RN
Transplant Coordinator, Solid Organ

Laurin Cummins, RN, BSN
Transplant Coordinator, Blood and Marrow

Katherine Gruenkemeyer, CCTC
Transplant Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Jennifer Pugliese, RN-BC, MSN
Pediatric Quality Specialist

Kathleen Halbauer
Transplant Financial Coordinator


Solid Organ Transplant

The center includes a pediatric intensive care unit, a transitional care unit and general medical surgical floors. We also have a state-of-the-art operating room.

Blood and Marrow Transplant

The center includes a 16-bed inpatient unit, day hospital and stem cell transplant unit.


Additional Resources

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Pediatric Nephrology

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Pediatric Gastroenterology/Hepatology

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Pediatric Cardiology

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon St. Louis Fetal Care Institute

United Network for Organ Sharing

Transplant Living

Donate Life - Missouri

Donate Life – Illinois

Be the Match 

St. Louis Cord Blood Bank

"Going through the process of a transplant is scary and life altering, not just for you, but for the entire family. The doctors and nurses on the Transplant Team at Cardinal Glennon were there for our family through the entire experience; the before, the during and the after. Any questions or concerns, no matter how big or small, the team was there to help. They are truly the definition of teamwork and they have become part of our family."

- Ami P., mom of kidney transplant patient

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