Physician Transplant Team

Our Team

Ronald P. Pelletier, MDRonald P. Pelletier, MD
Director of Transplantation
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick

Ronald P. Pelletier, MD became the Director of Transplantation at Robert Wood
Johnson Barnabas Health in New Brunswick in April 2018. Dr. Pelletier is a graduate of University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, OH. He went on to complete his general surgical residency, transplant research fellowship and clinical transplant surgery fellowship at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.
Prior to becoming the Director of Transplantation, Dr. Pelletier was Surgical Director of Kidney Transplantation and Medical Director of the Tissue Typing Laboratory at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, OH. He served on the Medical Board at Lifeline of Ohio, an organ procurement agency based in Columbus.
Dr. Pelletier’s clinical and research interests include post-transplant allorecognition and immune tolerance, and donor-specific alloantibody production after transplantation. He also has published extensively on post-transplant outcomes.

Richard A. Mann, MD, MSRichard A. Mann, MD, MS
Medical Director, Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick
Chief, Division of Nephrology
Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Richard A. Mann, MD, MS has served as Medical Director of the RWJUH Transplant Team since the program’s inception in 1999. Dr. Mann is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He received his residency training at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA prior to spending four years as a renal fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Mann joined the faculty at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, where he received the Outstanding Attending Award in the Department of Medicine six years in a row before being awarded the Academic Excellence and Outstanding Teaching Award by the graduating medical school class.

For more than 25 years, Dr. Mann has served as a scientific advisor to the Food and Drug Administration where he was actively involved in the review and approval of the majority of immunosuppressive drugs used in transplantation today. He was the director of an immunology research laboratory for 12 years, the co-principal or principal investigator on numerous grants and clinical trials, and has published extensively.

Dr. Mann has been the recipient of many awards, honors and accolades throughout his career. He is an avid cyclist and has mentored/trained more than 60 nephrologists, the majority of whom practice in the tristate area.

Our Doctors

Adult Nephrology

Advaith Bongu, MDAdvaith Bongu, MD
Surgeon, Kidney/Pancreas Transplantation
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick

Advaith Bongu, MD joined the RWJUH Transplant Team in September 2018. Dr. Bongu is a graduate of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where he also received his residency training. Dr. Bongu obtained his specialized transplant training at Columbia University in New York, NY. He has a passion for international medicine and his research interests include donor management and organ bioengineering.

Sonalis Bunin, MDSonalis Bunin, MD
Nephrologist
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick
Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology
Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Sonalis Bunin, MD joined the RWJUH Transplant Team in July 2013. Dr. Bunin is a graduate of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY. She received her residency training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, completing residency rotations at University Hospital of Brooklyn, Kings County Hospital Center and VA Medical Center.

In 2012, Dr. Bunin became a Transplant Nephrology Fellow at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY after completing a two-year Nephrology Fellowship at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Bunin remains active in various community and teaching activities. Dr. Bunin’s research interests include cardiovascular risks, obstructive sleep apnea, and anatomic asymmetry and post-transplant renal function. She is also a trained ballet dancer and is fluent in Spanish.

Zahidul H. Mondal, MDZahidul H. Mondal, MD
Nephrologist
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick
Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology
Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Zahidul H. Mondal, MD joined the RWJUH Transplant Team in July 2013. Dr. Mondal is a graduate of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY. He received his residency training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, where he also completed two- and one-year fellowships in Nephrology and Transplant Nephrology respectively.

In 2013, Dr. Mondal joined the faculty at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. He currently is Assistant Professor of Medicine and serves as Associate Program Director of the Nephrology Fellowship program. Dr. Mondal’s research interests include immunosuppressive therapy, gene expression, chronic antibody mediated rejection and cardiovascular risks in transplant candidates. He has published and presented on a variety of topics.

Sonika Puri, MDSonika Puri, MD
Nephrologist
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick
Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology
Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Sonika Puri, MD joined the RWJUH Transplant Team in 2018. Dr. Puri is a graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College at Delhi University in New Delhi, India. She received her residency training at University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, CT. She was a Nephrology Fellow at NYU Langone Medical Center and NYU School of Medicine in New York, NY; and a Transplant Nephrology Fellow at University of California in San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Puri is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, and was Assistant Professor at M.S. Ramaiah Medical College in Bangalore, India. She is a member of the American Society of Nephrology; Lipid Association of India; Association of Vascular Access and Interventional Renal Physicians; and Fellow of American Society of Nephrology. She has published extensively on postpartum acute kidney injury, central venous stenosis, and antibody mediated rejection. She has also co-authored guidelines on management of Dyslipidemia in Indian patients with chronic kidney disease. She is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi.

Pediatric Nephrology

Joann Spinale Carlson, MDJoann Spinale Carlson, MD
Associate Director of Pediatric Residency Program
Interim Division Chief, Division of Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension

Bristol-Myers Squib Children’s Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Joann Spinale Carlson, MD joined the Division of Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in July 2014. Dr. Carlson is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She completed her pediatric residency and pediatric nephrology fellowship training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA.

After fellowship, she joined the faculty at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. She is currently Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Interim Division Chief of Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension, and Pediatric Medical Director at Davita Dialysis in New Brunswick. Additionally, she is Associate Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Nationally, she serves as chair of the Member Education Committee for the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology. Dr. Carlson’s research interests are in medical education, quality of life and chronic kidney disease. She has published her work in a variety of journals and presented at many national meetings.

Valeriya Feygina, MDValeriya Feygina, MD
Pediatric Nephrologist
Bristol-Myers Squib Children’s Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Valeriya Feygina, MD joined the RWJUH Transplant Team in 2017. Dr. Feygina came from Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA where she worked with the renal transplant team as a pediatric nephrologist. She received her three-year pediatric nephrology, including pediatric nephrology transplant, fellowship training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.

In 2017, Dr. Feygina joined the faculty at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. She currently is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Feygina’s professional interests include chronic kidney disease in children, renal replacement therapy, renal transplantation in children, immunosuppressive and supportive therapy after kidney transplant. She has published and presented on several topics in pediatric nephrology.