About Our Amyloidosis Program

Our Amyloidosis Program offers fast and comprehensive evaluation for patients with amyloidosis. The center brings together a team of experts from different specialties including hematology, cardiology, nephrology, and neurology to focus their attention on the diagnosis and treatment of amyloidosis.


Our staff works together with each patient individually to create a treatment that best suits your needs—from medications, lifestyle modification, chemotherapy, or, if necessary, transplantation.

Services

  • Comprehensive evaluation
  • Counseling
  • Skin, heart, kidney, and bone marrow biopsies
  • Advanced imaging with cardiac MRI and strain echocardiography
  • Advanced tissue staining and analysis
  • Genetic testing

Innovative Treatment Options

  • Targeted pharmacotherapy including chemotherapy
  • Transplantation of peripheral stems cells, heart, kidney, or liver
  • Participation in research clinical trials (including transthyretin familial and senile amyloidosis)

Contact Us

For more information, call or email us:
Email: amyloidosis@hci.utah.edu
Phone: 801-213-5723

Physicians

Josephine D. Abraham, M.D., M.P.H., FASN

Patient Rating:

4.9

4.9 out of 5

Josephine Abraham MD, MPH is a nephrologist at the University of Utah School of Medicine. In 1981, she began her undergraduate and medical training at the University of Madras, India which she completed in 1987. After training briefly in the United Kingdom and completing a Masters in Public Health at the University of Utah, she went on to finish h... Read More

Specialties:

Nephrology & Hypertension, Amyloidosis, Dialysis, Glomerulonephritis, Hypertension, Therapeutic Apheresis, Vasculitis

Locations:

Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Clinic 1, Onco-nephrology
(801) 213-4266
University Hospital
Hypertension Clinic, Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Kidney and Liver Clinic
(801) 585-6320

Tibor Kovacsovics, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Dr. Kovacsovics brings to the University of Utah extensive expertise in the clinical management of patients with hematologic malignancies, particularly acute leukemias. In his role at the University of Utah, Dr. Kovacsovics will serve as the Medical Director for the Inpatient Service of the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies. In hi... Read More

Specialties:

Hematology/BMT

Locations:

Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Clinic 2C/BMT, Blood and Marrow Transplant
(801) 585-2626
Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Hematology Clinic
(801) 585-2626

Jose Nativi-Nicolau, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.6

4.6 out of 5

Dr. Nativi-Nicolau is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah and is the Cardiovascular Director of the Amyloidosis Program at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute. He received his medical degree from University of Panama. Dr. Nativi-Nicolau completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Drexel University Colleg... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Cardiac Mechanical Support, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

Billings Clinic (800) 332-7156
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (208) 367-4278
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
(801) 587-2199
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
(801) 585-3693
Veterans Administration Medical Center (801) 584-1235

A. Gordon Smith, M.D., FAAN

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

A. Gordon Smith, MD, FAAN, is Professor of Neurology and Vice Chair for Research at the University of Utah, where he also serves as Chief of the Division of Neuromuscular Medicine and director of the Jack H. Petajan EMG Laboratory and the Cutaneous Nerve Laboratory. Smith is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Mayo Medical School. He c... Read More

Marci Berry, RN

Marci Berry, RN

As the Patient Care Coordinator for the Heart Failure and Cardiac Amyloidosis clinics, with extensive experience in physical therapy, orthopedics, nephrology, and dialysis, Marci Berry looks forward to learning about the progression and treatment of amyloidosis, and enjoys following the research being done to help patients suffering from its effects.

Specialties:

Cardiac Amyloidosis Patient Care Coordinator

Lynette Evans, APRN, B.S.N.

Lynette Evans, APRN, FNP-BC is an ANCC board certified family nurse practitioner working primarily with heart failure and transplant patients at the University of Utah Medical Center. In addition to managing complications related to heart failure, she is involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of other cardiac pathologies. Lynette is ... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

University Hospital
Interventional Cardiology
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
(801) 585-5122
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
(801) 585-3693

Jacob Fetzer, PA-C

Jake Fetzer PA-C, MPAS is a board certified Physician Assistant working primarily with heart failure and transplant patients at the University of Utah Medical Center. In addition to managing complications related to heart failure, he is involved in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of other cardiac pathologies. He has enjoyed living in Utah the... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Physician Assistant, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

University Hospital
Interventional Cardiology
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
(801) 585-5122
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
(801) 585-3693

Jill Stratford Waldron, M.S., APRN

Jill Stratford Waldron, graduated from the University of Utah, with her Masters of Science in Nursing, and a Masters Certificate in gerontology. She is a board certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) and gerontologist, with over 15 years of experience in cardiology and 5+ years in teaching undergraduate nursing students. She previously... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Geriatrics, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Practitioner, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
(801) 585-5122
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
(801) 585-3693

Locations

University Campus
Cardiovascular Center
50 N Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
801-585-7676
Huntsman Cancer Hospital
2000 Circle of Hope Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Map
801-587-7000
or
800-824-2073

Patient Experience

Merrill Oaks/Amyloidosis

Merrill Oaks/Amyloidosis

Retired ophthalmologist Merrill Oaks was enjoying an active life and spending time with his family when he started to experience symptoms of kidney failure at 77....

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Dona Osterhout/Amyloidosis

Dona Osterhout/Amyloidosis

Dona Osterhout was only 48 years old when she noticed that she was having a hard time keeping up when she went hiking and biking with her family....

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Sondra Kunes/Amyloidosis

Sondra Kunes/Amyloidosis

In February 2014 Sondra Kunes was feeling a little more fatigued than usual, but wrote it off as being 54 and raising five children ranging from their early teens to early 20s.  Several years earlier she had undergone bariatric surgery for weight loss, and had read that some gastric bypass patients suffered from anemia...

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