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Darlene Long( N.P., M.S., A.N.P.-B.C., C.C.T.C. )

( Hepatobiliary )


My BioGraphy


Darlene grew up in Durham, North Carolina and recieved her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1982. She began her nursing career at Duke University, where she worked in cadio-thoracic surgery for 5 years. Darlene then spent 2 years doing traveling nursing in various places around the U.S., finally settling in Denver in 1988. She worked at Porter Hospital ICU for 3 years, then joined the transplant team there as a Transplant Coordinator in 1991. Darlene completed a Master Degree in Science as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in 2005. She continued to work in transplant as a nurse practitioner until joining Dr. Kortz in January 2009.

Professional interests include kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation, general surgery, and diabetes management. Darlene is active in several professional organizations. She served on the board of directors for the International Transplant Nurses Society from 2005-2007, planning and speaking at many national and international conferences. She is involved in the Colorado chapter of ITNS. Darlene is a Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator.

Darlene is married and has 3 children. She enjoys music, theater, baseball, skiing, and singing in church choir. She also enjoys any activities with her family.


  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, BSN in Nursing, 1982
  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center College of Nursing, MS, Adult Nurse Practitioner, 2005

Board Certification

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Adult Nurse Practitioner, since 2005
  • American Board for Transplant Certification (ABTC), Certified Clinical Nurse Coordinator, since 1995


  • Member, American Nurses Association
  • Member, Colorado Nurses Association, District #30
  • Member, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Charter Member, former Board Member, International Transplant Nurses Society
  • Chairperson, ITNS Advanced Practice Nurses Special Interest Group