Our Organ Transplant Experts

Published On 01/23/2013

When patients come to the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute, they often do so with little hope for the future. It takes a committed and loving staff to meet the physical, emotional and mental needs of our patients. Our team of skilled and caring individuals is dedicated to making the organ transplant experience as comfortable and easy as possible.

Training and research are essential parts of all our programs. From the beginning, we conduct an intensive seven-day course to introduce each team member to the field of transplantation. In addition, we provide an in-depth orientation tailored to each individual's role on the team. We’ve performed thousands of transplants, and you can find security in the fact that we are knowledgeable in all aspects of organ transplantation.

Methodist Transplant Institute Surgical Staff

Dr. James Eason

James D. Eason, MD, FACS

Program Director
Dr. Eason joined the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute as Program Director in 2006. In addition to serving as Program Director, Dr. Eason is on the faculty at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Medicine. In 2009 Dr. Eason was selected by The Commercial Appeal as one of "10 people over the decade whose contributions impacted Memphis."

Dr. Eason is known not only for his distinguished career in transplant surgery, but also for his extensive research in liver transplantation.
Dr. Nosratollah Nezakatgoo

Nosratollah Nezakatgoo, MD

Transplant Surgeon
Dr. Nosratollah Nezakatgoo joined The UT Bowld/Methodist University Transplant Institute in 2000 as a transplant fellow in liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation. He was awarded a Letter of Appreciation in 1998 from the Minister of Health and Medical Education for Advancement in the History of the Iranian Medical Society for the first successful living donor liver transplant.
Dr. Jason Vanatta

Jason Vanatta, MD, FACS

Transplant Surgeon
Dr. Jason Vanatta serves as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He performed his multi-organ abdominal transplantation surgery fellowship at Stanford University. He is also a member of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Luis Campos

Luis Campos, MD, FACS

Transplant Surgeon
Dr. Luis Campos is board-certified in general surgery and serves as an Associate Professor of Transplant Surgery at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Campos performed his surgery residency and multi-organ fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Vichin Puri

Vichin Puri, MD

Transplant Surgeon
Dr. Puri joined the Methodist University Hospital transplant team in 2013 with a focus on abdominal transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery. He serves as Assistant Professor of Surgery for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Dr. Ryan Helmick

Ryan Alexander Helmick, MD

Transplant Surgeon
Dr. Ryan Helmick is board-certified in surgical critical care and general surgery. Dr. Helmick joined the Methodist University Hospital transplant team in 2015 with a focus on abdominal transplant surgery. Dr. Helmick performed his surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,MN.

Peter-J-Horton-MD

Peter J. Horton, MD

Transplant Surgeon
Peter J. Horton, M.D., M.B., B.Chir., M.A., F.R.C.S., F.R.C.S. joined Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in 2016 with a focus on abdominal transplantation .  Dr. Horton is certified by the American Board of Surgery and performed his general surgical residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.

Methodist Transplant Institute Medical Staff

Satheesh Nair M.D.

Satheesh Nair, MD, FACP

Director of Transplant Hepatology
Dr. Satheesh Nair is Medical Director of Liver Transplantation for Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute, and Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Vinaya Rao

Vinaya Rao, MD

Medical Director of Transplant Nephrology
Dr. Vinaya Rao serves as Medical Director of Transplant Nephrology for Methodist Transplant Institute, and is actively involved in teaching Transplant Nephrology Fellows, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants on the transplant nephrology rotation.
Sanjaya Satapathy

Sanjaya Satapathy, MD

Hepatologist
Dr. Satapathy serves as Assistant Professor in Transplant Hepatology at Methodist University Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Dr. Jin-Yon Kim

Jin-Yon Kim, MD

Nephrologist
Dr. Kim joined the Methodist University Hospital transplant team in 2013 and serves as Assistant Professor of Transplant Nephrology for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Dr. Manish Talwar

Manish Talwar, MD

Nephrologist
Dr. Talwar joined the Methodist University Hospital transplant team in 2013 and serves as Assistant Professor of Transplant Nephrology for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. 
Dr. Humberto Gonzalez

Humberto Gonzalez, MD

Hepatologist
Dr. Humberto Gonzalez focuses on Transplant Hepatology for both pre- and post- liver transplant patients, as well as gastroenterology. 

Contact Us

901.516.9183 or 866.805.7710

Find a Doctor

To find a Methodist affiliated transplant surgeon call 888.777.5959.