Our Advisory Board
Our Advisory Board
DOVE is honored to have a dedicated, diverse and seasoned group of medical and transplant professionals to advise our team and help guide our initiatives.
Rafael Khaim, DNP
Rafael Khaim, DNP, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, is a Clinical Operations Manager for pediatric and adult Kidney and Pancreas Transplant. He is has been practicing at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City for the past 18 years.
Rafael graduated from Hunter College with both his Bachelor of Nursing and Masters of Science in Adult Nurse Practitioner. He then completed Post Masters in Science as a Family Practitioner at George Washington University, and went on to obtain his Doctoral Degree at the George Washington University School of Health Science and Medicine and holds dual certification (AANP & ANCC) in his profession.
His professional interests are healthcare quality, organizational change and education. His area of expertise is in transplant, management, and family practice. He is extremely active in the community for advocating health, prevention and living donation.
Rafael has been awarded a NYC leadership commendation from Comptroller of City of NY for distinguished leadership, dedicated service, and commitment to excellence and tremendous contributions to the City of New York. He was also presented with Excellence Team Spotlight Award by Mount Sinai's Presidential Office Committee; Leadership in Partners of Life Award by Renewal, and Leadership Award by Dennis Bligen Kidney Foundation.
In October 2020, Jonathan donated his kidney as part of a multi-center transplant chain led to a Veteran at Walter Reed getting a living kidney transplant several months later.
As a result Jon saved 2 lives with his donation. Jon continues to promote donation and amplify the needs of Veterans by volunteering his time, sharing his story, and mentoring other DOVE donors.
Charisse James, MSW
Charisse James, MSW received her social work degree from the Silberman School of Social Work. Charisse has been a Social Worker for the Department of Veteran Affairs, for over 7 years, serving as a HUD-VASH Social Worker, housing homeless Veterans and as a Kidney Transplant Social Worker.
Charisse joined transplant in 2017, as the only VA Kidney Transplant Social Worker in the Northeast, bringing her advocacy and outreach background to help prepare and strengthen Veterans' and their families, readiness for transplant. Her passion for organ donation and transplantation continues to grow and is evident in the relationships she forms with both recipients and donors.
Sendy Ornstein / Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz / Menachem Friedman
Renewal is an organization founded in 2006 and is dedicated to saving lives by helping facilitate kidney transplants for those suffering from chronic kidney disease.
Renewal provides guidance and support to help patients and their families navigate all the medical challenges of coping with kidney disease. Renewal facilitates individual and community-wide kidney donor outreach and educational events to help emotionally and logistically support each recipient in their search for a donor. Once a donor is identified, Renewal also provides and advocacy and support to the donor throughout their evaluation, surgical and recovery process. Renewal has developed a large databank of potential donors that can be called on when a match is needed.
Since its inception, Renewal has supported over 650 living donor kidney transplants. They have mentored other community-based non-profit donor organizations, such as DOVE, Corp., and have become an invaluable resource to transplant programs in improving donor care.
Anita Mehrotra, MD
Dr. Anita Mehrotra is a transplant nephrologist at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Center for Organ Transplantation in Camden, NJ. She moved to Virtua from the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in New York, where she served as the Medical Director of Kidney Transplantation. Prior to that, Dr. Mehrotra was an attending physician at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she was also the associate program director for the Nephrology fellowship program.
Dr. Mehrotra completed nephrology and transplant nephrology fellowships at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She performed her internal medicine residency and internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology, Dr. Mehrotra earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. She earned a master's degree in Clinical Research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and has extensively published her research in transplantation and immunology in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Mehrotra is an active member and fellow of the American Society of Nephrology (FASN) and American Society of Transplantation (FAST). She has also served as a member of the American Society of Nephrology's transplant advisory group (TAG) and has been a member of the editorial board of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. She serves as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous nephrology and transplant journals and is passionate about patient advocacy regarding access to transplantation.