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

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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., 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.


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Daniel Maluf, MD

Transplant Surgeon

Dr. Daniel Maluf joined the Methodist University Hospital transplant team in 2018 as the Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation and Living Donor Liver Transplantation. He is the Endowed Chair in Liver Transplantation. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Maluf received his medical degree from Universidad Nacional de Cordoba in Argentina. He completed his general surgery internship and residency at Catholic University of Cordoba in Argentina and his Transplant Surgery Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, VA. He also completed his Transplant Research Fellowship in Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, VA.


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Corey Eymard, MD

Transplant Surgeon

Dr. Corey Eymard joined Methodist Transplant Institute as a Transplant Surgeon in 2018. He is board-certified, specializing in abdominal transplant surgery. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Eymard performed his abdominal transplant surgery fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. He is a graduate of the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine.

Methodist Transplant Institute Medical Staff

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Satheesh Nair, MD, FACP

Medical Director of Liver Transplant

Dr. Satheesh Nair serves as the Medical Director of Liver Transplant for the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute. He is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He is a graduate of the Medical College Trivandrum, University of Kerala in Trivandrum, India. He completed his internal medicine residency at New York Medical College. Dr. Nair completed his gastroenterology fellowship at New York Medical College and his hepatology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. He joined the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in 2006.


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Uchenna Agbim, MD

Transplant Hepatologist

Dr. Uchenna Agbim joined the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in 2016. She currently serves as a Transplant Hepatologist and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Agbim is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at UCSF Department of Medicine in San Francisco, CA and her gastroenterology and transplant hepatology fellowships at New York Presbyterian – Columbia University in New York, NY.


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Benedict Maliakkal, MD

Transplant Hepatologist

Dr. Maliakkal joined the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in 2016. He currently serves as a Transplant Hepatologist and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Maliakkal is a graduate of St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore, India. He completed his internal medicine residency at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, NY and gastroenterology fellowship at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.


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Manish Talwar, MD

Medical Director of Transplant Nephrology

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.


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Vasanthi Balaraman, MD

Medical Director of Live Donor Kidney Transplantation, Transplant Nephrologist

Dr. Vasanthi Balaraman joined Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in 2017.  She currently serves as Medical Director of Live Donor Kidney Transplantation and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Balaraman is a graduate of the Vinayaka Missions Medical College in Salem, India. She completed her internal medicine residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. She completed her nephrology fellowship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey and her fellowship in transplant nephrology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.


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Miklos Molnar, MD, PhD

Nephrologist

Dr. Miklos Z. Molnar joined Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in 2017.  He serves as Transplant Nephrologist and Associate Professor of Surgery and Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Molnar is a graduate of Semmelweis University, School of Medicine, in Budapest, Hungary. He completed his first internal medicine residency and his first nephrology fellowship at Semmelweis University where he also received his PhD in Clinical Medicine. He also completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN and his nephrology fellowship at University of Toronto, ON, Canada. He completed his fellowship in transplant nephrology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. 

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