Our Team

Surgical Director

John Goss, MD, FACS, is professor of surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of the Division of Abdominal Transplantation. He specializes in adult and pediatric liver transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery, and surgical management of liver... Read more


Phone: 832-355-1400

Medical Director

Dr. Daniel H. Leung is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics within the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at Baylor College of Medicine where he serves as Director of Pediatric Hepatology and Liver Transplant Medicine and the Director of the Viral Hepatitis Program... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3131

Quality Director




Chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

Dr. Shneider's leadership goal is to leverage the wide-ranging clinical and research expertise of an exceptionally talented section to provide compassionate, state-of-the-art, discipline-leading and evidence-based care for children with all types of gastrointestinal, hepatic, pancreatic and... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3131

Hepatologists

Dr. Fishman is the Director of GI Endoscopy and Therapeutic Endoscopy and is active in the study of pancreaticobiliary disease in children. He is the medical director of the Pancreaticobilary Program (PBP) and... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3131
I am a pediatric gastroenterologist with special interests in neonatal cholestasis (abnormal jaundice in newborns and infants), genetic causes of liver disease such as progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis and Wilson disease, liver transplantation, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3131
Dr. Hertel's clinical and research expertise focus on pediatric liver disease.  In her clinic, she cares for infants and children of all ages with liver transplants and with liver diseases including biliary atresia, idiopathic neonatal hepatitis, progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3131



Dr. Mysore’s clinical and research interests are in pediatric liver diseases and transplantation. She actively collaborates with divisions of Immunology and Infectious disease at Texas Children’s Hospital to study Immune mechanisms in liver transplantation. Her laboratory research is in T cell... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3131
Dr. Pham cares for children with a range of gastroenterology and hepatology diseases in both the inpatient and outpatient settings at the Texas Children’s Hospital Medical Center and West Campus. She is a transplant hepatologist who is active within our Viral Hepatitis and Liver Transplant... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, Suite 1100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus 18200 Katy Freeway, Suite 250 Houston, TX 77094 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3250 (Main) | 832-227-1440 (West)
Clinical Interests: General Pediatric Gastroenterology Liver Disease   Research Interests: Dr. Tessier has an interest in enterohepatic circulation and the impact of the gut microbiome on hepatic health and vise-versa. She hopes to expand our knowledge of the gut microbiome and metabolome in... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3131

Hepatology Administrators

Daniel Gonzalez, PhD



Kara Lenahan, RN



Transplant Surgeons

John Goss, MD, FACS, is professor of surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of the Division of Abdominal Transplantation. He specializes in adult and pediatric liver transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery, and surgical management of liver... Read more


Phone: 832-355-1400
N. Thao N. Galván, M.D., specializes in adult and pediatric liver and kidney transplantations. After earning her B.S. from Emory University with highest honors, Dr. Galván completed her medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine. During that time, she obtained her Master in Public... Read more


Phone: 832-355-1400
Christine O'Mahony, MD, is assistant professor of Surgery in the Division of Abdominal Transplantation of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. She specializes in adult and pediatric liver transplantation, hepatobiliary, and the surgical management of liver... Read more

Address: 1709 Dryden Ste. 1500 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-1551



Phone: 832-822-1551

Transplant Administrators

Diesa Samp, MHA, BSN, RN, CCTC






Phone: 832-822-1535

Clinical Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistant

Marielle Faraone, PA-C



My clinical interests include biliary atresia, liver transplant and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  I am also a co-investigator in numerous research trials in the areas of biliary atresia, cholestatic liver disease, NAFLD/NASH and liver transplant.  

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, Suite 1100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus 18200 Katy Freeway, Suite 250 Houston, TX 77094 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Texas Children's Specialty Care Sugar Land 15400 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200 Sugar Land, TX 77478 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3131 (Main) | 832-227-1440 (West) | 832-828-1800 (Sugar Land)
Ms. Maupin sees patients with general gastrointestinal and nutritional problems, including obesity. She is especially interested in caring for children with developmental disabilities with associated gastrointestinal concerns such as functional constipation, abdominal pain, GERD and feeding... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, Suite 1100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus 18200 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77094 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Texas Children's Health Care Cy-Fair 11777 FM 1960 West Houston, TX 77065 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3131 (Main) | 832-227-1440 (West) | 281-469-4688 (Cy-Fair)
Nicole Triggs, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, CPN is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Pediatrics, Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Texas Children’s Hospital.  She cares for children with liver diseases in the outpatient setting at the Texas Children's Hospital... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, Suite 1100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3131 (Main)

Transplant Nurse Educator




Phone: 832-822-1577

Medical Nurse Educator

Monica Banes, MSN, RN



Coordinator Assistant

Pat McGinty, MA



Jessica Sigers



Quality and Compliance Specialist

Carrie Smith, RHIA, CPHQ



Clinical Research Coordinator

Julie M. Economides, BS, RN



Referral Specialist

Kathy Raford



Social Workers

Alyssa Gingrich, LMSW



Jose Ramirez, LCSW



Financial Coordinator

Bernardo Diaz



Transplant Nutrition

Stacy Beer, MPH, RD, LD



Heather Ling, RD, LD



Transplant Pharmacy

Dana Cerminara, PharmD, BCPPS



Transplant Infectious Disease




Transplant Immunology

My goal is to pursue a lifelong career in academic medicine. I have dedicated my career, thus far, to learning and researching the functions of the immune system and its implications on human disease. I spent a year working with Dr Joshua Farber investigating CXCR3 chemokines at the National... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street 9th Floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-1319

Extracorporeal Liver Support Director

Clinical Interests: • Intensive Care Nephrology • Acute kidney injury • Acute liver failure / MARS (Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System) Research Interests: • CRRT (continuous renal replacement therapy) • Nutrition on acute dialysis • Cardiorenal syndrome • Hepatorenal syndrome

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230

Director of Liver Transplant Anesthesia

The motivation and fulfillment of performing at the prime level generates an incredible effect of growth as a person. The reflection generated by evaluating your performance including errors and gains, with colleagues, fellow anesthesiologist and students help all the members of the team become... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Suite A3300 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-5800

Child Life Specialists

Anna Boucher, CCLS



Clinical Data Specialist

Kathleen Hosek, BS, MS



Neuropsychology



Address: 6701 Fannin Suite 1630 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3700

Liver Transplant Coordinators

Allison Arnold, BSN, RN



Ashton Bramlett, BSN, RN



Sarah Koohmaraie, BSN, RN



Krista M. Truver, RN



Liver IC Director

Dr. Desai is interested in the molecular mechanisms of cardiac dysfunction in cirrhotic liver diseases. Along with his mentor, Dr. Saul Karpen, he has shown a new form of cardiomyopathy in infants and children with end stage cirrhotic liver disease secondary to biliary atresia and have shown that... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230

Liver IC Intensivists

As an intensivist, I am focused on providing excellent care to all patients, and helping families cope with the stress of having an ill child. I treat all patients as how I would like my family members to be treated, with respect and patience. I welcome family members to our rounds in order to... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230
Dr. Nguyen's research interest is focused on coagulopathy in critically ill children. He is currently under the mentorship of Dr. Miguel Cruz in the Thrombosis Research Section at the Baylor College of Medicine. In the lab, Dr. Nguyen is investigating whether ADAMTS-13 and von Willebrand factors... Read more

Address: 6651 Main Street MC E1420 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-826-6230