Hand Transplant Program | Meet our Team

The Hand Transplant Program consists of a multidisciplinary team that combines the expertise and experience of the hospital's Pediatric Transplant Center, the Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery Program and a care team that ensures your child's needs and those of your family are being met before, during and after surgery and throughout the rehabilitation process.

Directors and Surgeons

Amir Taghinia, MD

Amir H. Taghinia, MD

Attending Physician, Department of Plastic & Oral Surgery Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Brian I. Labow, MD

Brian I. Labow, MD

Director, Adolescent Breast Clinic; Attending Physician, Department of Plastic & Oral Surgery Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Peter Waters, MD

Peter M. Waters, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon-in-Chief, Orthopedic Center; Director, Brachial Plexus Program; Director, Hand & Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program; Director, Clinical Effectiveness Research Center John E. Hall Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Donald Bae

Donald S. Bae, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon, Orthopedic Center Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Heung Bae Kim, MD

Heung Bae Kim, MD

Director, Pediatric Transplant Center; Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant Program; Surgical Director, Liver, Intestine and Multivisceral Transplant Programs Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Specialists

Sandra Burchett

Sandra Burchett, MD, MSc

Senior Associate Physician in Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; Director, Children's Hospital AIDS Program (CHAP); Co-Director, Immunocompromised Host Service Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Julia R. Koehler, MD

Julia R. Koehler, MD

Associate Physician in Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Catherine Lachenauer

Catherine Lachenauer, MD

Associate Physician in Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; Director, Infectious Diseases Outpatient Practice Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Ofer Levy

Ofer Levy, MD, PhD

Director, Precision Vaccines Program; Senior Physician in Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Tanvi Sharma

Tanvi S. Sharma, MD, MPH

Clinical Director/Associate Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases; Associate Physician in Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program; Co-Director of Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Transplant Center; Co-Director, Immunocompromised Host Service Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Birgitta A. R. Schmidt. MD

Birgitta A.R. Schmidt, MD

Director of Dermatopathology, Department of Pathology; Staff Dermatopathologist, Department of Pathology Assistant Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

Psychologists

Patricia Ibeziako, MD

Patricia Ibeziako, MD

Associate Chief for Clinical Services, Department of Psychiatry; Director, Psychiatry Consultation Service Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Kristine McKenna, PhD

Kristine McKenna, PhD

Attending Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry; Associate in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
 Katharine Thomson, PhD

Katharine Thomson, PhD

Attending Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Dietitian

Austin Michalski

Austin Michalski, RD, LDN

Clinical Nutritionist Specialist, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Occupational Therapist

Annette Correia, OT

Annette Correia, OT, BCP

Occupational Therapist, Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy

Nurse Practitioners

 Lynne M. Lewis, RN, MS, CPNP

Lynne M. Lewis, RN, MS, CPNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Infectious Diseases
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Maureen Pimentel, RN, MSN, CPNP

Transplant Coordinator, Department of Surgery

Child Life Specialists

 LaKeisha Garcia, MS, CCLS

LaKeisha Garcia, MS, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist, Department of Surgery

Social Worker

Roberta Hoffman, MSW, LICSW

Roberta Hoffman, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker, Division of Nephrology

Pharmacist

 Jennifer Gilarde, PharmD

Jennifer Gilarde, PharmD

Transplant Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pediatric Transplant Center

Administrative

Angela Perry

Angela Perry

Financial Coordinator, Pediatric Transplant Center

Caregiver roles

Our transplant candidates and recipients benefit from the many specialties and services Boston Children's has to offer, such as:

Child Life Services

Child life specialists enhance our transplant patients’ emotional, social and cognitive growth during their hospital stay, giving special consideration to each child’s family, culture and stage of development. Our professionals are trained to work in the areas of child development, special education or recreation therapy.

Infectious diseases

Boston Children’s has an Immunocompromised Host Service (within the Division of Infectious Diseases) that focuses on infectious disease issues affecting transplant recipients. The infectious disease nurse practitioner or physician meets with each transplant candidate.

Perioperative transplant team

This group of professionals is dedicated to the care of patients having a transplant. Transplant physicians, hand surgeons, operating room nursing staff, and anesthesiologists work together to provide individualized care to each patient. We are with your child from the time you arrive in the pre-operative waiting area until your child is safely in the intensive care unit.

Pharmacy

Our pharmacists and technicians are well trained in the unique needs of young transplant patients, and they work closely with surgeons, physicians and the rest of the multidisciplinary team to develop a medication plan specific to each child.

Because medication is such an important part of life after transplant, a transplant pharmacist personally meets with each transplant candidate.

Psychiatry and psychology

Due to the drastic life changes that are part of the transplant process, many patients who have received transplants benefit from the care of a mental health professional. Long-term continuity of mental health care is critical.

Psychiatrists and psychologists at Boston Children’s work with our families right at the outset of the process and as the patient grows toward adulthood, these professionals can assist in the transition of your child’s mental health to an adult care provider.

Social work

Each transplant program has a social worker who provides a wide range of services to support the care of patients and families before, during and after the transplant.

Nutrition

The Clinical Nutrition Service at Boston Children’s provides comprehensive nutrition consultation for patients of all ages. Using innovative diagnostic and evaluation techniques, our staff develops appropriate nutrition plans for many of our patients, including transplant specific education.