Joanna M. Schaenman, MD, PhD

Joanna M. Schaenman, MD, PhD

Infectious Diseases
Primary Location
Westwood Specialty Care
200 Medical Plaza
Suite 365
Los Angeles, California 90095


Dr. Schaenman's research is focused on the older transplant recipient and the immune response to viral infection in immunocompromised hosts. As an MD/PhD with a laboratory background in microbiology, she completed Infectious Diseases fellowship training at Stanford University and earned a Master's Degree in Epidemiology. At UCLA, she serves as a consultant on the inpatient Transplant Infectious Diseases service and also has a weekly outpatient clinic. Her research interests are in immune senescence in the older transplant recipient and analysis of the cellular immune response to viral infections with a focus on the kidney transplantation.

Patient Stories

Dr Y. Michael Shino, my bilateral lung transplant pulmonologist





Stanford University School of Medicine, 2011


Stanford University School of Medicine, 2005
Stanford University School of Medicine, 2004


University of Virginia School of Medicine, MD, 2001
University of Virginia School of Medicine, PhD, 1999


  • American Society for Transplantation/Transplantation and Immunology Research Network Research Grant
  • ASP-IDSA Young Investigator Award in Geriatrics

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center



Link to my PubMed publications >

  1. Saullo JL, Schaenman JM. Interpreting positive cultures in asymptomatic lung transplant recipients. Clin Transplant. 2016 Aug;30(8):855-6. doi: 10.1111/ctr.12774. Epub 2016 Jul 8. PubMed PMID: 27393371.
  2. Schaenman JM, Korin Y, Sidwell T, Kandarian F, Harre N, Gjertson D, Lum EL, Reddy U, Huang E, Pham PT, et al. Increased Frequency of BK Virus-Specific Polyfunctional CD8+ T Cells Predict Successful Control of BK Viremia After Kidney Transplantation. Transplantation. 2016 Jul 7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27391197.
  3. Kwon MH, Zhang JQ, Schaenman JM, Cadeiras M, Gjertson DW, Krystal CA, Laks H, Ardehali A, Deng MC, Shemin RJ, et al. Characterization of ventricular assist device-mediated sensitization in the bridge-to-heart-transplantation patient. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Apr;149(4):1161-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2015.01.003. Epub 2015 Jan 8. PubMed PMID: 25702320.
  4. Bui KT, Mehta S, Khuu TH, Ross D, Carlson M, Leibowitz MR, Schaenman JM, Saggar R, Lynch JP 3rd, Ardehali A, Kubak BM. Extended spectrum β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae infection in heart and lung transplant recipients and in mechanical circulatory support recipients. Transplantation. 2014 Mar 15;97(5):590-4. doi: 10.1097/01.TP.0000436928.15650.59. PubMed PMID: 24162251.
  5. Schaenman JM. Is universal antifungal prophylaxis mandatory in lung transplant patients? Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2013 Aug;26(4):317-25. doi: 10.1097/QCO.0b013e3283630e67. Review. PubMed PMID: 23743815.
  6. Schaenman J, Rossetti, M, Korin Y, Sidwell T, Groysberg, V, Liang E, Vangala S, Wisniewski N, Chang E, Bakir M, Bondar G, Cadeiras M, Reed EF, Deng M. T Cell Dysfunction and Patient Age Are Associated with Poor Outcomes after Mechanical Circulatory Support Device Implantation. Human Immunology, 2018 Jan 31. pii: S0198-8859(18)30022-3. doi: 10.1016/PMID: 29409843.
  7. Liang E, Rossetti M, Sidwell T, Groysberg V, Sunga G, Korin Y, Vangala S, Abdalla B, Lum E, Bunnapradist S, Pham T, Danovitch G, Reed EF, Schaenman J. Increase in Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines and Monocyte Subtypes in the Older Kidney Transplant Recipient. Transplantation Direct, March 2018 - Volume 4 - Issue 3 - p e348 doi: 10.1097/TXD.0000000000000762
  8. Bondar G, Togashi R, Cadeiras M, Schaenman J, Cheng RK, Masukawa L, Hai J, Bao TM, Chu D, Chang E, Bakir M, Kupiec-Weglinski S, Groysberg V, Grogan T, Meltzer J, Kwon M, Rossetti M, Elashoff D, Reed E, Ping PP, Deng M. Association between preoperative peripheral blood mononuclear cell gene expression profiles, early postoperative organ function recovery potential and long-term survival in advanced heart failure patients undergoing mechanical circulatory support.
  9. Schaenman, J, Kumar D, Kotton C, Danziger-Isakov L, Morris M. Transplant Center Support for Infectious Diseases. Transplant Infectious Diseases, Jul 12, 2017. doi: 10.1111/tid.12746.


  • American Society for Transplantation/Transplantation and Immunology Research Network Research Grant
  • ASP-IDSA Young Investigator Award in Geriatrics