Administrative Leadership

Saint Barnabas Medical Center – The Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division – Administrative Leadership

The administrative leadership of The Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division includes Debbie Morgan, MHA, MSW, LCSW, Vice President; Andrea L. Tietjen, CPA, MBA, Director, Transplant Finance, Quality and Data; Marie Morgievich, MS, RN, APN-C, CCTC, Director of Clinical Services and Living Donor Institute; and Stuart R. Geffner, MD, Director, Renal and Pancreas Transplant Surgery, and Francis Weng, MD, MSCE, Chief, Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division.

Francis Weng, MD, MSCE Francis Weng, MD, MSCE
Chief, Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division
Stuart R. Geffner, MD Stuart R. Geffner, MD
Director of Renal and Pancreas Transplant Surgery; Chairman & Surgeon-in-Chief, Department of Surgery, Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Anup M. Patel, MD Anup M. Patel, MD
Director of Transplant Research

Debbie Morgan, M.S.W.

Debra L. Morgan, MHA, MSW, LCSW

Vice President, Transplant Division
RWJBarnabas Health, Livingston, NJ

Currently, Debbie is the Vice President of the Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division, located at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ with satellite offices around the state. The Division is one of the largest and busiest programs in the tri-state area, performing more than 340 kidney transplants in 2017 making it the 3rd largest kidney transplant program in the country. Established more than 40 years ago, the Division performs adult and pediatric kidney transplants, pancreas transplants and established a first of its kind Living Donor Institute in 2005. In 2017, 162 living donor transplants took place through innovations such as kidney paired donation, ranking it the number one transplant program in the United States for living donation.

Debbie began her career at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in 1994 as a clinical social worker for individuals undergoing kidney transplantation, and went on to become the Director of Saint Barnabas’ Renal Transplant Program in 1997 and then the Vice President of the Division in 2012. Since joining Saint Barnabas, she has worked diligently to expand transplant services to more individuals in New Jersey than ever before.

She received her undergraduate degree in community services from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters degree in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and most recently, a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University in December, 2017. Her primary interests include the art of transplant administration as well as the psychosocial aspects of transplantation and living donation. She has published and presented numerous abstracts, articles and research projects at professional conferences across the country.

Andrea Tietjen, M.B.A., C.P.A.

Director of Data and Finance, Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division

Andrea L. Tietjen, M.B.A., C.P.A., joined the transplant team in 1999 and has served as Manager of Transplant Data and Finance of Barnabas Health since 2003. She is responsible for integration and oversight of all data, quality and financial operations for both sites and manages research funding including oversight of a nearly $1 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration, among many other activities.

Ms. Tietjen’s previous positions include Controller at Felician College, Lodi, NJ; at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ; and at Upsala College. She is a member of various organizations in her field and serves on committees including the National Kidney Registry Board Finance and Administrative Sub-Committee; BMS IV Access Model Advisory Board; Olson Group Advisory Panel; UNOS Financial Committee and Kidney Paired Donation Financial Subcommittee, and HKS Advisory Panel. Among the many awards and honors received by Ms. Tietjen are Top Abstract at two separate UNOS Management Forums; two-time honor of “Best White Paper” at HKS, Omaha, NE; “Excellence in Caring” from Saint Barnabas Medical Center; and “Top Hospital Abstract” at NATCO, Washington, D.C.

Marie Morgievich

Marie Morgievich, MS, RN, APN.C, CCTC

Director, Clinical Services and The Living Donor Institute, RWJBarnabas Health Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division

Joining Saint Barnabas in 2003, Ms. Morgievich oversees patient-care and clinical aspects as well as administrative responsibilities related to the Division's Pre and Post- Transplant Departments, Research, Transplant Short Stay Unit and Living Donor Institute. The Living Donor Institute offers paired exchange, compatible share, altruistic donation and a program for incompatible transplant. Ms. Morgievich serves on the medical board of the National Kidney Registry, as well as other national committees pertaining to living donation. She also publishes and presents nationally on topics related to living donation. Ms. Morgievich, a Transplant Nurse Practitioner, completed her master of science in nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, and her bachelor of science in nursing at Seton Hall University, New Jersey. She also holds a business degree from Montclair State University.

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