Our Experts

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. 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.


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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.


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. 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.


Uchenna-Agbim

Uchenna Agbim, MD, MPH

Hepatologist

Dr. Uchenna Agbim, MD, MPH focuses on Transplant Hepatology for both pre- and post- liver transplant patients, as well as gastroenterology.


Benedict-Maliakkal

Benedict Maliakkal, MD

Hepatologist

Dr. Benedict Maliakkal currently serves as a Transplant Hepatologist and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Contact Us

901-516-9183 or 866-805-7710

Transplant Locations

Methodist University Hospital
Methodist University Hospital

1265 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

901-516-7000

UT Methodist Physicians Transplant
UT Methodist Physicians Transplant

1265 Union Avenue, Sherard Wing, 1st Floor
Memphis, TN 38104

901-516-9183