Meet our Transplant Physicians
Michael J. Goldstein, M.D., FACS
Dr. Goldstein joins Hackensack University Medical Center from the Miami Transplant Institute, where he served as chief of the Division of Transplantation, and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he served as associate professor of Clinical Surgery. His surgical, academic and executive experience also includes service as associate professor of Surgery and director of Renal and Pancreatic Transplantation at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and as medical director of the New York Organ Donor Network. Board-certified in general surgery, Dr. Goldstein is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society for Transplant Surgeons, American Society for Transplantation, and the Association of Academic Surgeons. His clinical expertise includes: kidney and pancreas transplantation surgery, donor management, renal machine perfusion, general surgery, laparoscopy, hepatobiliary surgery, acute care surgery and vascular access surgery. Dr. Goldstein served as a member of the Health Resources Services Administration transplant task force and helped develop national quality metrics for transplant programs. Dr. Goldstein is an author of many manuscripts and editorials focusing on clinical transplantation outcomes, organ donor management, organ ischemia/preservation, and the changing nature and modernization of surgical education. He led a team of researchers to improve organ donor management and enhance quality with particular expertise in the topic of renal machine perfusion. He is a founding member of a national strategy for donor research. Dr. Goldstein earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania and his Doctor of Medicine degree at Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center and a transplantation fellowship at the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center.
- Temple Medical School
- New York Presbyterian: Columbia University Medical Center
- Columbia University Medical Center
- American Board of Surgery
Larry Melton, M.D., Ph.D
Medical Director, Organ Transplantation
Dr. Melton is the Medical Director of Organ Transplant at Hackensack University Medical Center. He was previously the Medical Director of Kidney/Pancreas transplant at the Simmons Transplant Institute, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. His interests are kidney and pancreas transplantation, combined liver/kidney transplantation and kidney function in liver disease. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Critical Care Medicine. He attended Baylor University followed by graduate work at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas where he earned a PhD in physiology. He went to medical school at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio and did his internship and residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. He then moved to Boston, MA where he did his nephrology and transplant training at the Beth Israel Hospital and remained on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for a year after completion of his training. Following that, Dr. Melton took a position in Dallas where he worked with the transplant program at Baylor University Medical Center and was a senior member of Dallas Nephrology Associates. He was President of the Texas Transplantation Society and is active in the American Society of Transplantation. He has served on the Board of Directors for the AST, as Chair of the Transplant Accreditation Committee as well as several other committees and remains active on the Public Policy Committee. He has participated in multiple clinical research trials, has authored many papers and book chapters and served as the Co-Scientific Editor of Dialysis and Transplantation.
- University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, 1982
- Internal Medicine
- Internship, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, TX 1983
- Residency, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, TX 1985
- Nephrology and Transplantation
- Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA 1988
- Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
- Combined Liver/Kidney Transplantation
- Kidney disease in cirrhosis and Liver transplant
- Internal Medicine, 1985
- Nephrology, 1988
- Critical Care Medicine, 1991 – Recertification: 2002, 2012
- Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, 1977
- Jack R. Robison Memorial Prize in Urology, 1982
- Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 1985
- Sandoz ASTP Fellowship Award, 1986
- Best Doctors in America, 1996 – Present
- Consumers Research Council of America,
America’s Top Physicians, 2003 – present
- Texas Super Doctors, 2008 – present
Ravi Munver, M.D.
Ravi Munver, M.D. is a urologic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive techniques, using laparoscopic and robotic procedures to treat a wide range of conditions, including enlarged prostate (BPH), kidney stones, and cancers of the kidneys, bladder and prostate. Dr. Munver is part of the Transplant Program at Hackensack University Medical Center, performing donor nephrectomy surgery as part of the Living Donor Program.
- Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
- Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
- Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
- Endourology, Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery,
New York-Presbyterian Hospital,
Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
Ankita Patel, M.D.
Ankita Patel, M.D., joined the Hackensack University Medical Center Organ Transplantation team after serving in the U.S. Army as an active duty Army Major, transplant nephrologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and assistant professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences from 2015 to 2018. Prior to those positions, she was a nephrology consultant at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, New York from 2014 to 2015. Dr. Patel’s expertise includes kidney and pancreas transplantation and living donation.
- Nephrology – SUNY Downstate Medical Center
- Transplant Nephrology at Albert Einstein Medical Center
- Internal Medicine – Nassau University Medical Center
- Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad; India
- Nephrology and Internal Medicine – American Board of Internal Medicine
- Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation – American Society of Transplantation