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Kidney Care & Transplant Services of New England

Transplant Services

Transplant Services Team

Kidney Care and Transplant Services of New England is proud to offer comprehensive care for kidney failure patients before, during and after kidney transplantation.

Kidney Care has a dedicated team of physicians and surgeons who specialize in the field of kidney transplantation and bring years of experience with them. Our transplant physicians provide medical expertise throughout the transplant process and bring a personal focus to pre- and post-transplant care.

The five surgeons of Kidney Care are the only transplant surgeons in Western Massachusetts and perform all of the kidney transplants at the only Transplant Center in Western Massachusetts, Baystate Medical Center.

Dr. George Lipkowitz is the senior surgeon at Kidney Care and started the Transplant Program at Baystate Medical Center nearly 30 years ago. Since that time over 1000 living and deceased donor kidney transplants have been performed by the Baystate Transplant Program.

Diana Smedberg RN, BSN
Post-Transplant Care Coordinator

Diana Smedberg, RN, BSN
Diana Smedberg, RN, BSN

Diana Graduated from Baystate Medical Center School of Nursing in 1981. She worked for Baystate Medical Center as a Medical-Surgical Nurse throughout several units in the hospital. In 1995, she became part of the team of nurses that participated in the Wesson 3 Renal Pilot Program. She took on a leadership role working as an inpatient renal nurse in an acute setting which included the care of hemo dialysis, peritoneal dialysis and transplant patients. During this time she also attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and graduated with Honors in 1999 with a BSN in Nursing. She was inducted into The Sigma-Theta Tau International Honor Society. Upon graduation, she left the inpatient acute setting and joined the Baystate Outpatient Transplant Clinic working as a Transplant Coordinator. In 2007, she left Baystate Medical Transplant Program and took the position of Post-Transplant Care Coordinator. She continues to deliver devoted care to post-transplant kidney patients at Kidney Care.

Diana lives in Western, MA with her husband Stephen. Together they have raised 6 children and have 7 beautiful grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, travelling and most of all time with family.

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