Oct 15, 2020 Renal and Pancreas Division at Saint Barnabas Medical Center Welcomes New Transplant Physician

The Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division at Saint Barnabas Medical Center is pleased to welcome Transplant Physician Purna (Bindu) Nandigam, MD.

Dr. Nandigam joins Saint Barnabas Medical Center from Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, where she completed a transplant nephrology fellowship. Prior to that, she spent several years in private practice as a general nephrologist. Dr. Nandigam completed her general nephrology fellowship at Hahnemann University Hospital/Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, and an internal medicine residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ. She is board certified in both internal medicine and nephrology. A published researcher, Dr. Nandigam’s clinical research interests include immunosuppressive drug minimization, tools to assess immunosuppressive efficacy, and antibody mediated rejection. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Telugu.

Dr. Nandigam joins Francis Weng, MD, MSCE, Chief of the Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division, and six additional board-certified nephrologists as part of Associates in Transplant Medicine – a hospital-based transplant physician practice established in 2007 at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Her partners include: Navdeep Dhillon, MD; Ryan J. Goldberg, MD; Praveen Kandula, MD, MPH; Medical Director of the Living Donor Institute; Fu L. Luan, MD; Anup M. Patel, MD, Director of Transplant Research; and Kim N. Tibaldi, MD.

The Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division, located at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ, is one of the leading kidney transplant centers in the country. In 2019, Saint Barnabas performed 350 kidney transplants, making the program the largest in the Northeast. Of these transplants, 159 were from living donors, making Saint Barnabas the nation’s third largest living donor kidney transplant program. The Transplant Division offers an array of innovative options that allow patients with chronic kidney disease to receive kidney transplants from living donors and deceased donors as soon as possible.

In addition to the eight transplant nephrologists, the Transplant Division includes three transplant surgeons, a transplant urologist, and a large and dedicated team of transplant coordinators, social workers, pharmacists, and dietitians. The program conducts extensive research and participates in trials of new medications, therapies, and diagnostic tools. As a result of this and other research, Saint Barnabas Medical Center has the best long-term patient outcomes of any kidney transplant center in New Jersey.

To reach Dr. Nandigam and Learn more about The Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division .