​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our compassionate team of experts are world leaders in innovation, research, and most importantly, patient care. We work hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for each patient, offering lung transplantation for patients with end-stage lung disease.​

Director: Dr. Shaf Keshavjee
Medical Director: Dr. Cecilia Chaparro


"My role is to diagnosis and treat lung disease. Before you go on a transplant list or have a living donor transplant, I will review your assessment with you and answer any questions or concerns you may have about your transplant. Together, with your family doctor and referring respirologist, I will be part of your care and will continue to see you for follow-up appointments after you go home."

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  • Dr. Kathryn Tinckam

Thoracic Surgeons

"My role is to determine whether a lung transplant can be safely and successfully carried out, and to plan how the surgery will be performed. I perform the transplant surgery and remain involved in managing your surgical care during recovery."

Nurse Practitioners​​

“I am registered nurse with a Master’s degree in Nursing. I work with the entire transplant team and have specialized knowledge and skills that allow me to assess, diagnose and manage your care. I care for you while you’re in the hospital and will continue to see you for follow-up appointments after you go home.”

  • Susan Chernenko, RN(EC), MN, Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Practice Leader/ Program Development
  • Nikki Marks, MN, RN(EC), Nurse Practitioner
  • Ambily Ulahannan, Nurse Practitioner

Pre-Transplant Assessment Coordinator

"I manage the care of all pre-transplant patients. My role is to review your health history with the team, to determine if there are any underlying health concerns before proceeding with any transplant options. I then coordinate your evaluation, review and educate you and your family about your results and the different types of tests you will undergo. I also help manage your health while you are on the waiting list. I am here to answer any questions or concerns about your upcoming transplant."

  • Tzvia Petliar
  • Charolette Picart​
  • Melanie Vicente​
  • Louise Won

Pre-Transplant Administrative Assistants

"I schedule your appointments and tests. I am also a source of information during your evaluation and while waiting on the transplant list. While I cannot offer you medical advice, I work closely with your coordinators during the assessment and after your transplant, and pass along any of your concerns to the transplant team."

  • Michelle Bushie, Pre-Transplant Administrative Assistant
  • ​​Natalie Da Costa, Pre-Transplant Administrative Assistant
  • Sue Doiron-Roblin, Pre-Transplant Administrative Assistant
  • Sherry Young, Pre-Transplant Administrative Assistant

Post-Transplant Coordinators

"As a registered nurse, I work with your health care providers and administrative assistant to manage your care after your transplant. I provide education, manage your transplant medications, review your blood tests, and communicate with your family doctor or nurse practitioners. Transplant coordinators can be reached through the Easy Call system to help you stay in touch with the transplant team. I am available to answer questions related to your transplant health concerns."

  • Ivy Carabuena, RN, BScN
  • Paulette Dalton, RN, BScN
  • Meny Davies, RN, BScN
  • Josie Dorosz, RN, BScN
  • Pauline Harney, RN, BscN

Post-Transplant Administrative Assistants​​

"As an administrative assistant, I schedule your appointments and tests. I am also a source of information about your follow up care. While I cannot offer you medical advice, I work closely with your coordinators after your transplant, and pass along any of your concerns to the transplant team."

  • Randhy Chandrasekaran, Post-Transplant Administrative Assistant
  • Maria Jacob, Post-Transplant Administrative Assistant
  • Mina Markopoulos, Post-Transplant Administrative Assistant
  • Risha Seline Nulud, Post-Transplant Administrative Assistant
  • Eliana Vargas-Yauri, Post-Transplant Administrative Assistant

Transplant Social Worker

“I meet with all living organ donors, transplant recipients and their families/support person(s) to review each patient’s unique situation. I provide the support, resources and information you need to make an informed decision. I also offer education, supportive- and resource counseling, and will help you plan for your surgery and recovery.”

  • Kate Tippett - Transplant Social Worker

Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

"As a psychiatric professional, I may be asked to see you during your transplant evaluation, or help you cope with mental health issues that may arise while you wait for the transplant and during the recovery period, afterwards."

  • Maya Guha, RN, MSc Clinical Coordinator - Transplant Psychiatry


“I am involved in the recipient evaluation and selection. I will optimize the safety of putting you to sleep for your operation, and monitor you continuously in the operating room. Anesthesiologists are also the pain management physicians who will assist you during your recovery.”


"I will work with you before and after your transplant to help you regain strength and mobility. I can assist you with specific exercises, help you with walking, provide walking aids to use with or without assistance, and determine if you are ready to return home or require further rehabilitation."

  • Denise Helm, BSc PT, COPD Educator, Physiotherapist
  • Chaya Gottesman, BSc PT, Physiotherapist


"I provide nutritional information and counselling before your transplant. After your transplant, I will work with you to develop a nutrition plan based on your medical history, weight, blood test results, and medications. I will recommend a balanced dietary program that meets your personal needs. Once you leave the hospital I can help you with common nutrition issues after transplant, such as high blood sugar, weight gain, or medication side effects. If you have any questions about your dietary plan, just ask your transplant team to refer you to me."

  • Sarah Ferguson, RD, Dietitian
  • Brooke Stewart, RD, Dietitian

Research Coordinator & Manager

"I may approach you or your family before or after your lung transplant operation, to give you information about a specific research study. Or, I will update you on current and future research activities in the Lung Transplant Program. You can also contact me at any time if you are interested in participating in one of our clinical research studies.

  • Sassan Azad, MSc, MLT, CCRP, Research Coordinator/Manager


"I work closely with your transplant team to make sure you receive the most appropriate medication during your hospital stay. I will answer questions about your medications and teach you about your new transplant medications, through our self-medication class. You will attend this class after your transplant, while you're still in the hospital. You will learn about how and when to take these medications, possible side effects, and how to manage them. You will then practice taking your own transplant medications in the hospital, so that you are comfortable doing this by the time you go home.

Right before you go home, I will also review all of your medications with you again, and answer questions you may have. I will provide you with a medication schedule to help you keep track of your medications and take them correctly at home. If you choose to have your prescriptions filled at the Transplant Outpatient Pharmacy after you go home, I am available to meet with you in the transplant clinic, to do another review of your medications and answer any questions you may have, or help you find ways to stay on track with taking your medications."​