Meet The Transplant Team
With organ transplant, there is just no substitute for experience. The Kidney Transplant Team is one of the most experienced and highly skilled in the Delaware Valley, having cared for more than 1,000 transplant patients since 1995 with outstanding patient and graft survival rates at one year and beyond. As important, the team has earned a reputation for clinical and practice excellence and transparency.
The Kidney Transplant Team is comprised of over a dozen experienced physicians, surgeons, nurse managers, case workers, pharmacists and other transplant professionals.
Cosme Manzarbeitia, MD | Transplant Surgeon
Named a Philadelphia magazine “top doctor” five times, Dr. Manzarbeitia is an accomplished transplant surgeon, research pioneer and author. He has also developed and led significant organ transplant programs at several major hospitals in the U.S. The first Fellow in Multi-Organ Transplant at Mount Sinai Hospital (New York City), Dr. Manzarbeitia received his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. He completed a residency in General Surgery at North General Hospital in New York City and his fellowship in Multi-Organ Transplant at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Dr. Manzarbeitia is board certified in General Surgery.
Sunny Fink, MD | Transplant Surgeon
Sunny Fink, MD, specializes in multi-organ abdominal transplantation with an emphasis on kidney transplant, including laparoscopic donor nephrectomy and the care of living-donor kidney transplant patients. She lends a unique perspective to women's health issues. Dr. Fink earned her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean-Netherlands Antilles and completed her surgical residency at Maimonides Medical Center-Brooklyn. She completed fellowships in multiorgan abdominal transplant surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Medical Center. A board-certified surgeon, Dr. Fink is an associate fellow of the American College of Surgery and a candidate member of the American College of Transplant Surgeons.
Kevin Sperling, MD | Medical Director and Transplant Nephrologist
Dr. Sperling received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed a residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a fellowship in Nephrology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology.
Roy Marcus, MD | Transplant Nephrologist
Dr. Marcus received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed a residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center and a fellowship in Nephrology and Hypertension at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Dr. Marcus is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology.
George Dakwar, MD | Urologist
Dr. Dakwar received his medical degree from UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School. He completed a residency in urology at UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School and then a fellowship in urologic oncology at NYU Medical Center. Dr. Dakwar is board certified in Urology.
Additional Team Members
Supporting these key physicians is an experienced team of nurses, nurse managers, coordinators, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists and other transplant specialists — all of whom are available to support your needs and questions throughout the kidney transplant process.
Transplant Social Worker
Alison Harris, MSW, LSW
Sandra Kuserk, MS, RD, LDN
Lucinda Scheuren, PharmD
Jennifer Empfield, PharmD
Joan Gramlich, MBA