KIDNEY
Meet The Team


The Texas Transplant Institute's multi-disciplinary team approach to patient care includes highly skilled physicians, advanced practice nurses, transplant coordinators, dietitians, social workers, pharmacists, and other caregivers dedicated to the care of transplant candidates, recipients, and donors. The patient and their referring physician is an integral part of the transplant team as well.

Our physicians are affiliated with the Texas Transplant Physician Group serving patients at Texas Transplant Institute, a Department of Methodist Hospital. For additional information regarding their medical education & training, affiliations, and their specialties in procedures & conditions, please click here to visit the Methodist Physicians Practices website.



Francis H. Wright, Jr., MD
Director, Solid Organ Transplant Program
Director, Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program
Liver, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgeon

Dr. Wright received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. After work at the University of Iowa with Dr. Robb Corry he directed the transplant program at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He joined Dr. Lynn Banowsky in San Antonio in 1994 and later helped found the Texas Transplant Institute as Director of Organ Transplantation for the Institute. Dr. Wright is certified by the American Board of Surgery, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has personally performed over 2000 transplant procedures in his nearly twenty years of transplant surgery experience. He is active with the United Network for Organ Sharing working to develop national transplant policy. Dr. Wright is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the International Transplantation Society and other major professional organizations. He has served as president of the Southeastern Organ Procurement Foundation and the American Foundation for Donation and Transplantation. He has research interests in immunosuppression, pancreas transplantation and organ preservation, and has multiple publications regarding organ transplant topics.


Adam W. Bingaman, MD, PhD
Director, Live Donor Kidney Transplant Program
Director, Renal Transplant Research Program
Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgeon

Dr. Bingaman graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry, received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his general surgery residency training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. During his residency he earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in immunology from Emory University Graduate School of Biological Sciences, where his research focused on how the immune system rejects transplanted tissues. He then went on to complete his fellowship training in kidney and pancreas transplantation surgery at the University of Maryland. Prior to joining Texas Transplant Institute, Dr. Bingaman was Assistant Professor of Surgery at Medical College of Georgia, and University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, is a member of the American College of Surgeons, and has published extensively in the field of transplantation immunology.


Luke Y. Shen, MD
Liver, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgeon

Dr. Shen graduated second in his class from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita, Kansas, where he later completed his residency in general surgery. Dr. Shen completed his fellowship in abdominal transplant surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. New to the transplant team at Texas Transplant Physicians Group, Dr. Shen looks forward to developing his expertise in kidney, liver and pancreas transplantation. Dr. Shen is board certified in general surgery. He is also a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

Juan Palma-Vargas, MD
Director, Liver Tumor Board
Minimally-Invasive Hepatobiliary Surgeon
Liver, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgeon
Dr. Palma-Vargas graduated from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and obtained his medical degree at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. Dr. Palma trained in general surgery at the Maine Medical Center, and completed a research fellowship in kidney transplantation at the Michigan Transplant Institute at Michigan State University, and a fellowship in abdominal organ transplantation at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Palma is trained in liver, kidney and pancreas transplantations and performs live donor nephrectomies as well as complex hepatobiliary surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery, is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the Mexican Society of General Surgery.

Matthias H. Kapturczak, M.D., PhD
Medical Director, Kidney Transplant Program
Texas Transplant Institute
Dr. Kapturczak is an independent practitioner with the San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physician Group in San Antonio and has been a member of the kidney transplant team at Texas Transplant Institute since 2007. Dr. Kapturczak obtained his medical degree at the Free University of Berlin Medical School in Berlin, Germany. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the C.G. Carus Technical University of Dresden in Germany in 1994, and also at the University of Florida Gainesville in 1999. Dr. Kapturczak completed a fellowship in hypertension and transplantation in the division of nephrology at the University of Florida Gainesville in 1997, and a nephrology fellowship at the University of Florida Gainesville in 2003. Prior to relocating to San Antonio in 2007, Dr. Kapturczak served as an assistant professor of medicine and surgery in the division of nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Kapturczak is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, and is a member of the International Society of Nephrology, the American Society of Transplantation, and the American Society of Nephrology.

Steven G. Rosenblatt, MD, FACP, FASN
Transplant Nephrologist, Kidney Transplant Program
Texas Transplant Institute
Dr. Rosenblatt is an independent practitioner with the San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physician Group in San Antonio and has been a member of the kidney transplant team at Texas Transplant Institute since its inception in 1994. Dr. Rosenblatt received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University, and a medical degree from Cornell Medical College. He served his internship and residency at UCLA Hospital in Los Angeles and the Bexar County Hospital District in San Antonio. He then spent two years in the United States Air Force as a Flight Surgeon, and went on to complete a fellowship in nephrology with the Bexar County Hospital District, and is a current Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Rosenblatt is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, and is a fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and the American College of Physicians.



             Kidney Clinic Staff

  Transplant Nurse Coordinators
Pre-Transplant, In-patient, and Post-Transplant Coordinators are registered nurses specially trained to care and provide support for patients and their families before and after transplantation. These coordinators serve as the patient's main contact for questions from the time of their evaluation throughout the entire transplant process.

Social Worker
Available for evaluation and supportive counseling for patients and their families throughout the phases of transplant. If information is needed regarding local housing, fundraising and other transplant resources, the transplant social worker is the key contact. Social Workers also assist with psychosocial evaluations, initial insurance evaluations, and assistance with medications.

Dietitian
Evaluates patients nutritional status before transplant, and provides education and assistance with nutritional needs before and after the transplant.

Financial Coordinator
Helps patients understand the cost of transplantation, their individual transplant benefits and the overall transplant financial process that is required for all patients. The financial coordinator is available to answer questions about insurance coverage and to assist patients in identifying financial resources.

Living Donor Advocate
The advocate assists living donors in making informed decisions, while balancing external pressures involved in the donation process. The advocate is a representative of the transplant program but is not a part of the kidney recipient evaluation team, and will work only with the donor to keep their welfare as their primary concern.

Administrative and Support Staff
Schedules evaluation, follow-up appointments, surgeries, and ensures all appropriate forms needed before and after transplantation are successfully completed.