Meet the Team
Meet the Northwestern Medicine Hispanic Transplant Program Team
Northwestern Medicine recognizes the importance of cultural competence when it comes to patient care, which is why we offer the Northwestern Medicine Hispanic Transplant Program for patients who prefer to communicate in Spanish. The program includes a bilingual transplant team of more than 40 specially trained professionals.
Juan C. Caicedo Ramirez, MD
Dr. Caicedo is an Adult and Pediatric transplant surgeon trained in kidney, pancreas, liver transplantation, living donor liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery. He is the director of the Hispanic Transplant Program as well as the Surgical Director of the Liver transplant program, and Director of Living donor liver transplantation and Hepatobiliary program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Having grown up in Colombia (South America) and later seeing a need for culturally competent care in the United States, Dr. Caicedo’s primary goal is to increase living kidney and liver donations and transplantations among patients who prefer to communicate in Spanish.
Daniel Borja-Cacho, MD
Dr. Borja-Cacho is a transplant surgeon with the Hispanic Transplant Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He received his medical degree at Universidad de la Salle in Mexico before completing his general surgery residency at National Institute for Nutrition and Medical Sciences Salvador Zubiran in Mexico City, Mexico. Dr. Borja-Cacho is fellowship-trained in liver and pancreas transplant surgery.
Maria Luisa Safar Boueri, MD
Dr. Safar Boueri is a transplant nephrologist at Northwestern Medicine. She began her training in Mexico with an internal medicine residency at the National Institute of Health Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubirán in Mexico. She then completed a fellowship at Boston University for nephrology and a fellowship at Northwestern University for transplant nephrology.
Dr. Safar-Boueri’s primary goal is to address language barriers affecting people who prefer to communicate in Spanish and improve patients’ outcomes following kidney and/or pancreas transplantation.
Daniel R. Ganger, MD
Dr. Ganger received his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and completed his internal medicine training at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He is board-certified in gastroenterology and in transplant hepatology. Currently, Dr. Ganger is a member of the Liver Community of Practice of American Society of Transplantation.
In the past, Dr. Ganger has held many leadership positions internationally, regionally and locally, including have been president of the Argentinean Medical Association of the Midwest.
Andres Duarte, MD
Dr. Duarte (Duarte-Rojo) is a board-certified transplant hepatologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Originally from Mexico, Dr. Duarte attended medical school at Tec de Monterrey and then continued with residency (internal medicine) and fellowship (gastroenterology) at the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition “Salvador Zubiran” in Mexico. He completed his transplant hepatology training at the University of Toronto and the Mayo Clinic (Rochester), and pursued postgraduate training from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His main clinical interests are expanding access to transplantation and improving clinical care for liver transplant patients. As a native Spanish speaker, he can easily relate to Hispanic patients and facilitate care delivery and care transitions. Dr. Duarte’s main academic interest is clinical in nature, by promoting physical fitness and mobility / independence in patients with advanced chronic liver disease and transplant patients.