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Our Kidney Transplant Team

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Kidney Transplants: Main

Why a Transplant?

Who Can Have a Transplant?

Transplant Surgery 


Coping with a Transplant

Our Team

Our History

Patient Stories

FAQ: Organ Donation

Our transplant team consists of nephrologists, transplant surgeons, urology surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, anesthesiologists, transplant coordinators, registered nurses, social workers, dietitians, physician assistants and other specially trained support staff.

After you have expressed an interest in transplantation, and have discussed it with your nephrologist, arrangements can be made for you to be evaluated at Mercy Health Saint Mary's. Each patient, along with family or friends, is given the opportunity to discuss transplantation in detail. Specific questions and concerns can be addressed with a transplant nephrologist and transplant coordinator. If the decision is made to continue with the evaluation, you will meet with other transplant team members.

Our Team Members


Mark Boelkins, MD, Medical Director


Daniel Borreson, MD, Surgical Director


Simi Bredeweg-DeJager, BSN, MSN, MBA - Kidney Living Donor Coordinator


Mary Thomas, RN, BSN, CCTC


Justine Braford, LLMSW


Kathy VandenBosh, BSN, RN

Our Honors/Awards:

The Mercy Health Kidney Transplant Center has received much recognition for its work, including:

• The 2013 Gift of Life Award from the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan for Dr. Mark Boelkins, our program’s medical director. Two of our living donors received the same award in 2011 and 2012.

• In 2012, our program was one of the hosts of the Transplant Games of America in Grand Rapids.

• In 2011, our program received the Patient Provider of the Year Award from the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

• In 2010, Dr. Jack Pierce, a founder of our transplant program, received the Galaxy Award for Healthcare from the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

• In 2009, Dr. Daniel Borreson, our program’s surgical director, received the Galaxy Award for Healthcare.

• In 2008, Dr. James Watkins, a founder of our transplant program, received the Galaxy Award for Healthcare.

• In 2007, Dr. Stanley Sherman, a member of our transplant team, received the Galaxy Award for Healthcare.

• In 2006, Dr. Robert Levine, a founder of our transplant program, received the Galaxy Award for Healthcare