Saint Barnabas Medical Center
The administrative leadership of the Barnabas Health Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division includes Shamkant Mulgaonkar, M.D., Chief; Debbie Morgan, M.S.W. L.C.S.W., Vice President; Andrea Tietjen, M.B.A., C.P.A., Director of Data and Finance; Marie Morgievich, M.S, R.N., APN.C, CCTC; Director of The Living Donor Institute; and Stuart R. Geffner, M.D.. Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgery.
Debra L. Morgan, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Vice President, Barnabas Health Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division
Debra L. Morgan, MSW, LCSW, has been the Director of the Transplant Division since 1997. She has worked diligently to expand renal and pancreas transplant services to increasing numbers of New Jersey residents by bringing new technologies, research and programs to the Transplant Division including N.J.’s only Living Donor Institute. She oversees all aspects of patient care as well as operations of the two renal and pancreas transplant programs, located at separate campuses in Livingston and Newark.
Ms. Morgan served as a Clinical Social Worker of the Transplant Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center from 1994 to 1997, providing psychosocial services to transplant patients, living donors and families. She also developed and implemented a wide range of psychosocial programs and frequently speaks at national and local conferences on psychosocial and ethical issues in transplantation.
Ms. Morgan received a Bachelors of Science in Community Services from the University of Massachusetts and her Masters in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Morgan’s awards and honors in her profession include: Excellence in Caring Award from Saint Barnabas Medical Center; TRIO, NJ, Triangle Award Nominee; Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Distinguished Alumni Award; and the Kountz Heritage Award for Excellence from the NJ Organ and Tissue Sharing Network. Ms. Morgan is a member of numerous professional organizations in her field and has served as a board member of the Sharing Network, NJ’s organ procurement organization, since 2000. She has published and presented numerous abstracts, articles and research projects at professional conferences across the United States.
Andrea Tietjen, M.B.A., C.P.A.
Director of Data and Finance, Barnabas Health 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, M.S, R.N., APN.C, CCTC
Director, Clinical Services and The Living Donor Institute, Barnabas Health Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division
Joining Saint Barnabas in 2003, Ms. Morgievich currently oversees patient-care and clinical aspects as well as administrative responsibilities related to the Division's Living Donor institute which offers paired exchange, 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 presents at conferences nationally on topics related to living donation. Ms. Morgievich 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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