Transplant Psychiatry Section

Psychiatry has been working closely with the Yale Transplantation Center (YTC) since 2006. Currently the section consists of two psychiatrists, a psychologist, advanced psychiatry residents, Psychosomatic Medicine fellows, Addiction Psychiatry fellows and psychology fellows. Over 400 patients, potential organ recipients and donors are evaluated every year, both inpatient and outpatient.

Our main goal is to identify and address mental health issues which may interfere with a successful outcome of organ transplantation and assist patients to overcome this major health challenge. Psychopharmacological treatment and/or psychotherapy is provided when appropriate, especially in the peri-operative period when transplant candidates prepare and recover from the transplant surgery.

Our section is fully integrated in the YTC recipient review committees and the living donor committees.

The director of the Transplant Psychiatry Section is Paula Zimbrean, MD who focuses on liver and kidney recipients and donors.

Dwain Fehon, Ph.D. the Director of Psychology at Yale Psychiatric Hospital, specializes in liver transplantation, donor evaluations and recipient psychotherapy pre- and post-transplant, mostly as outpatients.

Dr. Ben Lee, Director of the Psychological Medicine Service specializes in heart transplant and Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) inpatient evaluations, pre- and post-transplant.