Nikole Neidlinger, MD

Associate Professor

  • Division of Transplantation
  • Associate Medical Director of Organ and Tissue Donation (OTD)
(608) 263-9903

Clinical Science Center
600 Highland Avenue
Madison WI 53792


  • MD, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
  • Research Fellowship, Children's Oakland Hospital Research Institute, Oakland, CA
  • Residency, University of California, San Francisco, East Bay, Oakland, CA

Clinical Specialties

Kidney and pancreas transplantation
Living and deceased donor recovery

Research Interests

Dr. Neidlinger and Dr. Thiessen received a grant award from Donate Life Wisconsin to support a project evaluating the University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation program’s practice of having pre-procurement conversations. Read more here.

Recent Publications

  • US Liver Transplant Outcomes After Normothermic Regional Perfusion vs Standard Super Rapid Recovery.
    Brubaker AL, Sellers MT, Abt PL, Croome KP, Merani S, Wall A, Abreu P, Alebrahim M, Baskin R, Bohorquez H, Cannon RM, Cederquist K, Edwards J, Huerter BG, Hobeika MJ, Kautzman L, Langnas AN, Lee DD, Manzi J, Nassar A, Neidlinger N, Nydam TL, Schnickel GT, Siddiqui F, Suah A, Taj R, Taner CB, Testa G, Vianna R, Vyas F, Montenovo MI
    JAMA Surg 2024 Jun 01; 159(6): 677-685
    [PubMed ID: 38568597]

  • Donor Electrocardiogram Associations With Cardiac Dysfunction, Heart Transplant Use, and Survival: The Donor Heart Study.
    Tapaskar N, Wayda B, Malinoski D, Luikart H, Groat T, Nguyen J, Belcher J, Nieto J, Neidlinger N, Salehi A, Geraghty PJ, Nicely B, Jendrisak M, Pearson T, Wood RP, Zhang S, Weng Y, Zaroff J, Khush KK
    JACC Heart Fail 2024 Apr; 12(4): 722-736
    [PubMed ID: 38244008]

  • Left Ventricular Dysfunction Associated With Brain Death: Results From the Donor Heart Study.
    Khush KK, Malinoski D, Luikart H, Wayda B, Groat T, Nguyen J, Belcher J, Nieto J, Neidlinger N, Salehi A, Geraghty PJ, Nicely B, Jendrisak M, Pearson T, Patrick Wood R, Zhang S, Weng Y, Zaroff J
    Circulation 2023 Sep 05; 148(10): 822-833
    [PubMed ID: 37465972]

  • A Randomized Controlled Trial of Envarsus Versus Immediate Release Tacrolimus in Kidney Transplant Recipients With Delayed Graft Function.
    Parajuli S, Muth B, Bloom M, Ptak L, Aufhauser D, Thiessen C, Al-Adra D, Mezrich J, Neidlinger N, Odorico J, Wang JG, Foley D, Kaufman D, Mandelbrot DA
    Transplant Proc 2023 Sep; 55(7): 1568-1574
    [PubMed ID: 37394382]

  • The Impact of Organ Procurement Injury on Transplant Organ Availability.
    Taber-Hight E, Paramesh A, Neidlinger N, Lebovitz DJ, Souter M, Taber T
    Transplant Proc 2022 Oct; 54(8): 2075-2081
    [PubMed ID: 36357226]

All Publications on PubMed