Our Team of Transplant Specialists

Anthony Sebastian, MD

Dr. Sebastian is the founding director and chief of the Oklahoma Transplant Center at OU Medical Center. His transplant surgical training was completed at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York City, as part of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons accredited fellowship. He is a transplant and general/hepatobiliary surgeon specializing in liver, kidney and pancreas transplant surgery in adults and children. Dr. Sebastian is the most experienced liver surgeon in the state of Oklahoma, having performed hundreds of liver transplants and liver surgeries. Dr. Sebastian performed the first successful pancreas transplant in Oklahoma in 1995.

Harlan Wright, MD

Dr. Wright is the medical director of the liver transplant program at the Oklahoma Transplant Center.  Dr. Wright received his medical degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela, completing his post-graduate gastroenterology training at the University Hospital of Caracas. He spent many years at the University of Pittsburgh Transplant Center and is published in many scientific journals. Dr. Wright treats patients with liver disease and patients who have undergone liver transplants.


Puneet Sindhwani, MD

Dr. Sindhwani is the surgical director of the renal transplant program at the Oklahoma Transplant Center.  He graduated from the Government Medical College in Patiala, India with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery, and a Master of Surgery. He then earned his Master of Science and Biomedical Science degree from the Medical College of Ohio, as well as completing his residency in urology with one year of residency in transplant. He came to the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, La. where he was an assistant professor and director of andrology infertility.  Dr Sindhwani is an adult and pediatric kidney transplant surgeon. 

Kenneth Bodziak, MD

Dr. Bodziak is a member of both the Kidney Transplant Program and Pancreas Transplant Program physician team at OU Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio. Following an internal medicine residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, he completed a nephrology fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver and a medical transplantation fellowship at Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland. He joined the Section of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine as an associate professor in January 2012, where his specialty is transplant medicine.

Ben Cowley, MD

Dr. Cowley is the medical director for the adult kidney and pancreas transplant programs at the Oklahoma Transplant Center. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, followed by further training in nephrology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Following research training at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., Dr. Cowley returned to Kansas University Medical Center as part of the kidney transplant program. He serves as the chief of nephrology and hypertension and the John Gammill Professor in Polycystic Kidney Disease at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Cowley treats patients with kidney disease and those patients with kidney transplants.

Martin Turman, MD, PhD

Dr. Turman is the medical director of the pediatric kidney transplant program at the Oklahoma Transplant Center. He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colo. Following his pediatric internship and residency in Colorado, he completed a pediatric nephrology fellowship at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Turman was a faculty member at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio for seven years and joined the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2001, serving as the chief of pediatric Nephrology. Dually board certified in pediatrics and pediatric nephrology, he is a professor of pediatrics and an associate adjunct professor of cell biology. Dr. Turman treats pediatric patients with kidney disease and pediatric patients with kidney transplants.

Shi-Feng Li, MD

Dr. Li earned his medical degree and surgery residency from West China University of Medical Sciences. He also completed a transplant surgical fellowship at Integris. Dr. Li is a member of the American Society of Transplantation and the International Liver Transplantation Society. He has authored numerous peer review articles, as well as medical textbooks. Dr. Li joined the Oklahoma Transplant Center in the spring of 2010. Dr. Li serves as a procurement surgeon for the Oklahoma Transplant Center.

Kashif Tufail

Kashif Tufail, MD, FACP

Dr. Tufail received his medical degree from Allama Iqbal Medical College in Pakistan. He completed an internal medicine residency at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in New Jersey and a hepatology fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Tufail is board certified in internal medicine.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), and a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) and the American College of Gastoenterology (ACG). His special interests include management of Hepatitis B and C, hepatocellular carcinoma and liver transplant patients.

Alan Hawxby, MD

Dr. Hawxby received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Okla., followed by a transplant surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md. Dr. Hawxby served as an assistant professor of transplant surgery at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Ala., and as an Assistant Professor of Transplant Surgery at the University of Mississippi, Jackson, Miss. Dr. Hawxby joined the Oklahoma Transplant Center in January 2011. Dr. Hawxby is a liver, kidney and pancreas transplant surgeon. His practice also includes dialysis access surgery.

Judith O'Connor, MD

Dr. O'Connor received her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md., and completed a pediatric and pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Oklahoma Transplant Center, she served as the medical director of pediatric hepatology and liver transplant at the Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, Ark. Dr. O'Connor is the director of pediatric hepatology and liver transplant and an associate professor of pediatrics at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Dr. O'Connor treats pediatric liver disease patients and patients with liver transplants.

Robin Elwood, MD

Dr. Elwood is the section chief for Transplantation Anesthesia Services, professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He received his medical degree from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, and trained in anesthesia in Belfast at the Queen’s University and Royal Victoria Group Hospitals. He specialized in cardio-thoracic anesthesia, and served as a consultant anaesthetist at the Northwestern Regional Cardiac Center, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, England. In 1987 he was appointed as an associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Oklahoma, where he has served in a number of capacities.

As the medical director for liver transplant anesthesia, he leads a team of anesthesiologists, from both the adult and pediatric divisions, who have all received extra training in anesthesia for liver transplantation


 

Bradley P. Kropp, MD

Bradley P. Kropp, MD, is a pediatric renal transplant specialist and Chief of the Pediatric Urology Service at the Children's Hospital of Oklahoma. He obtained his MD from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo; served his urology residency at the Indiana University Department of Urology; and was accepted for the Pediatric Urology Fellowship at James Whitcomb Riley Children's Hospital at Indiana University. He completed this fellowship training in June, 1996. He is certified by the Board of Urology and has a CAQ in Pediatric Urology.

 

Blake Palmer, MD

Blake Palmer, MD, is a pediatric renal transplant specialist and assistant professor of pediatric urology. Dr. Palmer received his MD from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City after obtaining Bachelor's degrees in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.  He went on to join the Department of Urology's Residency Program at the OUHSC.  After completing the 5-year residency program, he furthered his specialized training in the 2-year Pediatric Urology Fellowship at the OUHSC, where he was further mentored by Dr. Brad Kropp and Dr. Dominic Frimberger in both the basic science lab and the clinical field of Pediatric Urology.

 

Sara Hartnett, PA-C

Sara Hartnett is a Physician Assistant at the Oklahoma Transplant Center at OU Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at Missouri State University, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma Physician Assistant program with a Master in Health Sciences degree.  Ms. Hartnett works closely with both the transplant surgeons and liver medicine physicians at the Oklahoma Transplant Center. Her primary focus is the medical as well as surgical management of liver medicine patients and transplant candidates and recipients. 

Terry Green, NP

Ms. Green is an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP), receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and a master's in nursing degree from University of Texas. Terry's specialty is managing patients with chronic liver disease working closely with Drs. Wright and Kanagala. Terry was a member of the liver disease management team at Integris, prior to joining the Oklahoma Transplant Center in the spring of 2010 as the clinical director of the liver disease management program.

Mani Vijayan, CNS

Ms. Vijayan earned her master's degree in advanced practice nursing from the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing. As a clinical nurse specialist, she has served the end stage renal disease community in both kidney transplant and urology. Ms. Vijayan was a member of the Transplant Services at St. Anthony Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital, Oklahoma City, prior to joining the Oklahoma Transplant Center in 2010 as the clinical director of the kidney and pancreas transplant programs.

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