Nikole Neidlinger, MD

  • Transplant Surgery
Nikole Neidlinger, MD


Nikole Neidlinger, MD, is a UW Health transplant surgeon who treats patients of all ages with organ failure. She specializes in kidney and pancreas transplants and performs organ procurement surgery, harvesting organs from living and deceased donors. Dr. Neidlinger is a assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Neidlinger sees patients  for evaluation for an organ transplant and those who are scheduled for organ transplant surgery. She understands the feelings of anxiety and fear surrounding this procedure. Dr. Neidlinger treats her patients like family members and reassures them that they are in good care.

When working with patients and their families, Dr. Neidlinger believes strongly in transparent communication. She educates her patients on their transplant options and makes sure she understands their goals and expectations for the procedure.

In addition to her surgical responsibilities, Dr. Neidlinger is passionate about improving organ donation rates across Wisconsin and beyond.

In her free time, Dr. Neidlinger enjoys playing ice hockey, watching Notre Dame football and enjoying outdoor sports with her family.

As a transplant surgeon, it is not lost on me that our entire specialty relies on people’s generosity in donating their organs. To those families, I would say thank you.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Surgery
Medical School
  • Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
  • University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI
  • University of California, San Francisco, East Bay Surgery Program, Oakland, CA

Areas of expertise