Meet the Staff

At the George Washington University Hospital, the kidney transplant team is with you every step of the way. The team includes:

  • Transplant nephrologist (kidney specialist)
  • Transplant surgeon
  • Clinical transplant coordinator
  • Clinical transplant donor coordinator
  • Staff nurse
  • Social worker
  • Post-transplant coordinator
  • Financial coordinator
  • Transplant pharmacist
  • Registered dietitian

Joseph Keith Melancon, MD

Joseph Keith Melancon, MD

Joseph Keith Melancon, MD, is Chief of the GW Transplant Institute and professor of surgery at The George Washington University Hospital.

Dr. Melancon is originally from Louisiana and received his medical education and surgical training from Tulane University. He completed a multi-organ transplantation fellowship at the University of Minnesota. The Minnesota transplant program is internationally acclaimed for its work in pancreas and islet cell transplantation. Dr. Melancon was recently the director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Medstar Washington Hospital Center. He also previously served as the director of pediatric kidney transplantation at Children’s National Medical Center.

Dr. Melancon’s specialties include kidney, liver and pancreas transplantation, pancreas islet and stem cell transplantation, and laparoscopic kidney donation. Among his research interests are minimizing immunosuppression, transplant organ tolerance, racial differences in outcomes of organ transplantation, stem cell transplantation and islet transplantation.

Dr. Melancon has presented numerous papers, presentations and participated in several research activities and book chapters. He also participated in the largest ever paired kidney exchange in November 2010.

Listen to Dr. Melancon discuss the use of new technologies to increase kidney transplantation in minority patients >


Muralidharan Jagadeesan, MD, FACP, FASN

Jagadeesan Muralidharan

Muralidharan Jagadeesan, MD, FACP, FASN is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He is an Associate Professor of medicine in the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is the Chairman of Transplant Medicine and the Medical Director of Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Program.

Dr. Jagadeesan received his medical degree from the Madras Medical College in India, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at State University of New York and Fellowship in Clinical Nephrology as well as Transplant Medicine and research at the University of Toronto. He joined the Medical College of Georgia as a Transplant Nephrologist, and directed the Transplant Fellowship Program. He actively participated in a number of landmark clinical trials aimed at improving outcomes for kidney transplant patients.

He specializes in Pre-Transplant work-up for Kidney and Pancreas transplantation, immediate post-transplant care, post-transplant medical management, novel immunosuppressive therapies, chronic rejection, transplantation across immunological barriers and paired donor exchange. He is an active member of many societies including American Society of Transplantation, and the American Society of Nephrology.


Sherri Newman

Sherri Newman

Sherri Newman is the director of transplant and cardiac operations at The George Washington University Hospital.

Sherri received her undergraduate degree in Social Science at Bowie State University and her Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration at the University of Maryland University College.

Sherri is an accomplished management professional with over 20 years of human resource management, operations and administrative experience with a specialization in effective coaching, counseling and mentoring.

In addition to her role as the director of transplant and cardiac operations, she is also responsible for overall human resource management and operational programmatic development for cardiac surgery, transplant services and dialysis.

Prior to joining The George Washington University Hospital, Sherri was the director of transplant surgery and gastroenterology, and the transplant administrator at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She was also previously the director of physiology services at MedStar Mount St. Mary’s Hospital.


Thomas W. Jarrett, MD

Thomas Jarrett

Thomas W. Jarrett, MD, is the Chairman of the Urology department at The George Washington University Hospital. He is board certified in urology and specializes in minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic, robotic, ureteroscopic, percutaneous and image-guided therapies.