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Christie W. Gooden, M.D., M.P.H. is an abdominal transplant surgeon who joined the transplant team at Saint Luke’s Hospital in 2011.  She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1998 and went on to receive a dual MD and MPH in Health Systems Management from Tulane University in 2002.

Dr. Gooden completed her residency in general surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center in 2009. During her residency she was a National Institutes Of Health scholar from 2005-2007, working in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Cardiovascular Transplant Laboratory.

Currently, Dr. Gooden is the surgical director of the St. Luke’s Kidney Transplant Program. She is the founder and director of the St. Luke’s Hospital Dialysis Access Center and an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

Outside of academics, Dr. Gooden serves as the transplant surgery representative for the Heartland Kidney Network, which oversees all of the end stage renal disease programs in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa.

She also served as the Region 8 representative for the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) Minority Affairs Committee. She is the director of quality for all of the transplant programs at St. Luke’s and serves as the Chair of the Quality and Patient Safety Committee for St. Luke’s Physician Specialists.

When she is not at work, Dr. Gooden spends as much time as she can with her husband and her 8-year-old son and daughter.

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