Center for Transplantation
John M. Ham, MD, FACS
Medical Director, UMC Center for Transplantation
Dr. John Ham trained in general and vascular surgery at Loma Linda University before completing an abdominal organ transplant surgical fellowship in 1990 at the University of Michigan. Since then, he has developed a successful kidney/pancreas and a living donor liver transplant program in Virginia at the Medical College of Virginia, then directed the liver and kidney/pancreas transplant programs at Oregon Health and Sciences University and the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center, before coming to University Medical Center. Dr. Ham is a Professor of Surgery with the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas. He is chair of the Ethics Committee for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and an active member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American Society of Transplantation, in addition to other relevant societies promoting the field of transplantation. Dr. Ham is actively developing liver and pancreas transplantation at the UMC Center for Transplantation. Dr. Ham is also the Medical Director of the Nevada Donor Network.
Vipul Shah, MD
UMC Transplant Nephrologist
Dr. Shah completed a Fellowship in Transplant Nephrology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Afterward, he served as a staff physician and assistant professor in nephrology and internal medicine at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center in Virginia. Dr. Shah is on the Advisory Board for the Nevada Donor Network. Dr Shah conducts lectures on transplant for the University of Nevada at Las Vegas residents and mentors them during clinical rotations. His interests include infectious complications of transplantation and management of late rejections. He is a member of the Renal Physicians Association and American Society of Transplantation. Dr Shah’s goal is to improve access and outcomes of kidney and pancreas transplantation to all Nevadans.
Bejon T. Maneckshana, MD
UMC Transplant Surgeon
Dr. Bejon T. Maneckshana graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2003. He completed his general surgery residency training at the North Shore - Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 2008. His abdominal organ transplant surgery fellowship took place at the University of Chicago. He completed an additional year of transplant surgery training with an emphasis on liver transplant and hepatobiliary surgery at Northwestern University. Dr. Maneckshana is a fully trained, ABS board-certified general surgeon, licensed in the state of Nevada and Illinois. He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery with the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He holds memberships with the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Society of Transplantation and the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. His training enables him to skillfully perform kidney transplants, pancreas transplants, laparoscopic donor nephrectomies, and liver transplants. He has a special interest in complex, laparoscopic hepatobiliary operations.
Jordana Gaumond, MD
UMC Transplant Surgeon
After completing her training in General Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Jordana Gaumond completed an Abdominal Organ Transplant Surgical Fellowship at Ohio State University in 2008. She then returned to Oregon to join the transplant team performing liver, kidney, and pancreas transplants, as well as helping to advance the living kidney donor program at Oregon Health and Sciences University and the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center. She has co me to University Medical Center to join Dr. Ham in the Kidney Transplant Program in the Center for Transplantation and continues to promote living kidney donor activity in this center. She is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and an active member on the Living Donor Committee for that society. She has also served on the United Network for Organ Sharing Living Donor Committee and is an advocate for living donors everywhere.
Syed I. Shah, MD, FACP, FASN
UMC Transplant Nephrologist
Dr. Syed Shah completed his internal medicine residency training at State University of New York (SUNY) Brooklyn, New York in 2005. He then completed a general nephrology fellowship followed by transplant nephrology fellowship at the same institution. Dr. Shah is board-certified in both internal medicine and nephrology. He has attained fellowship in the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Nephrology. He is also an active member of the American Society of Transplantation, American Medical Association, Renal Physician Association and the National Kidney Foundation. Dr. Shah works toward promoting better kidney health in general and long-term renal transplant outcomes in kidney transplant patients. Dr. Shah worked as an assistant professor of research in internal medicine at SUNY Downstate in NY before moving to Las Vegas to join the UMC Center for Transplantation. Dr Shah was selected by Castle Connolly as a Top Doctor in the field of nephrology in Las Vegas for 2010 and 2011.
Ayoola Adekile, MD
UMC Transplant Nephrologist
Dr. Adekile completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center in 2006. He then pursued a general nephrology fellowship and transplant nephrology fellowship also at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He is a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is a partner at Kidney Specialists of Southern Nevada. Dr. Adekile works closely with the rest of the transplant team in providing state-of-the-art pre-operative and post-operative care to kidney transplant patients. He participates in the teaching and mentoring of internal medicine residents at UMC.
Kathleen Peters, LCSW, CCTSW
UMC Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Certified Clinical Transplant Social Worker
Kathy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Gerontology and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She worked at the South Bay Hospital in Redondo Beach, California before joining the staff at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. While working at CSMS, she was promoted to Social Work Coordinator and developed the social work component for their new Transplant Programs – including kidney, liver, heart and lung. She received further training in Toronto, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Diego and Los Angeles. After several years, she moved to Las Vegas and joined the staff at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. She has been part of the Transplant Program since 1992. Kathy achieved her Certification for Clinical Transplant Social Work from the Society of Transplant Social Workers in 2012. She is responsible for the psychosocial components of the pre-transplant, inpatient, and post-transplant recipients and their families. She is currently licensed in California and Nevada.
Leslie Centeno, RN
UMC Transplant Coordinator
Leslie has been a nurse for 33 years, specializing in dialysis and transplant. As UMC’s Transplant Coordinator, Leslie helps patients through the pre-transplant evaluation and education process. He also serves on the Transplant Selection Committee.
Christine Josim, RN, BSN
UMC Transplant Coordinator
Christine has 22 years of professional nursing experience with an extensive clinical background in emergency room nursing, medical/surgical care, home health nursing and acute/chronic dialysis. She is actively involved in committees to improve the growth and development of our transplant center and is a speaker in our outreach program to educate our community. Christine is always seeking creative ways to stimulate a dynamic learning environment and to promote high quality patient care and continuous improvement.
Mario Paquette-Delcollo
Management Analyst
Mario Paquette, LPN joined the UMC Center for Transplantation in May of 2007 as a Data Coordinator. He brings over twenty years of nursing experience to the position and works closely with the Director to oversee the Quality and Performance Improvement Plan. He uses his clinical expertise to ensure the accurate reporting of data to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Mario provides nursing support in the clinical arena as well. Mario attended the UNOS Primer Understanding UNOS Data Reporting and regularly participates in the Region 5 Transplant Collaboratives and Business Meetings. He is Transplant Chairperson of the Safety Committee and is actively engaged in program development.
Shelley Anaenugwu, RN
UMC Transplant Coordinator
Shelley works as a transplant coordinator for UMC's Kidney Transplant program. She has over 11 years of working in Nephrology with patients on various treatments such as hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, and from all different age groups. Shelley has been a charge nurse and manager overseeing hospital services for dialysis patients for the last four years. Management gave her the opportunity to advocate for the patient through various performance improvement projects, that resulted in better patient outcomes. Shelley has a passion for teaching and admits that is one of her favorite duties as a transplant coordinator. Shelley says, "When a patient takes the information you give them and uses it to become a confident and active participant in their own healthcare, there is no greater feeling as a nurse." Shelley looks forward to the increasing census at the transplant center as a chance to improve the quality of life for more of the patients that are nearest and dearest to her heart.
Samir Mokaddem, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Transplant Medicine and Pain Management
Dr. Mokaddem received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in 1989 and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Midwestern University in 2001. Dr Mokaddem is a board certified pharmacology specialist. After joining UMC in 1990, Dr. Mokaddem has worked in various positions, such as the ICU Pharmacy Service Coordinator and the Medical-Surgical Pharmacy Service Coordinator. After working many years as a clinical consultant pharmacist in Rehabilitation Medicine and Transplant Medicine, he accepted the position of Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Transplant Medicine and Pain Management in 2008. Dr. Mokaddem currently sees patients in the preoperative and postoperative transplant clinics. Since 2002, he has been precepting pharmacy students from Idaho State University, Ohio Northern University, and the University of Southern Nevada. Dr Mokaddem recently became a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP).
Michael Jaleco, RN, BSN
UMC Transplant Coordinator
Michael has been a Registered Nurse since 1991. He initially started nursing in the Philippines. He moved to the United States in 1994 and since, has worked in long-term care, acute care, med/surg and intensive care. Most recently, he has worked as a transplant case manager for one of the nation’s largest managed care organizations. His prior experience as a transplant case manager enabled him to witness this unprecedented change in healthcare delivery, and permitted him to work with the members to navigate through the various transplant processes. He joined the UMC Transplant Team on February 2014, which has allowed him to work even more closely with the kidney transplant population. As a post-transplant coordinator, Michael helps patients achieve a successful kidney transplant.
Arabel Dextre, RN, BSN
UMC Living Donor Program Coordinator
Arabel began her career at the University Medical Center in 2005, after graduating from UNLV with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Her initial experience was with critical care patients on a Cardiac Intermediate Care floor. She then began working with surgical patients in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. She helped recover post-kidney transplant patients. While living in Sacramento and working at the UC Davis Medical Center, Arabel had the opportunity to further advance her surgical experience. Now back in Las Vegas, Arabel is excited to work at UMC with transplant patients. As the Living Donor Program Coordinator, Arabel is actively involved in the redevelopment of the Living Organ Donor Program, and is engaged in various community activities to improve the education and growth of living donation in the Las Vegas/Southern Nevada area. She finds this to be one of the most rewarding positions of her career.
Denise Pannkuk, RN, BSN
UMC Transplant Coordinator
Denise has been a Registered Nurse for 23 years with experience in critical care, emergency room, case management and quality and patient safety. She joined the UMC Transplant Team on July 2013 as a pre-transplant coordinator. Assisting patients through the pre-transplant process is her primary focus, with the ultimate goal of getting the patients added to the kidney transplant waiting list where they await the gift of quality of life. “The biggest reward for me is to see the pre-transplant patients change to post-transplant patients, which means they have been given that second chance at leading a normal, quality life! Working with renal transplant patients & with my incredible co-workers is such a breath of fresh air! I am honored to be a part of that each and every day.”