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Letter From Our Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the Johns Hopkins Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program.

Our fellowship offers talented residents from the U.S. and abroad the opportunity to train in an innovative program at one of the nation’s best hospitals. The Abdominal Transplant Fellowship is an ASTS-certified two-year program in liver and kidney transplant. We are also approved to certify fellows in hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgery. We have three fellows rotating through our program and we accept one to two transplant fellows each year. For the 2023 academic year, we have two fellowship positions open. 

At Johns Hopkins, we are committed to training the next generation of transplant surgeons. Our faculty is composed of highly experienced and academically successful leaders in the field with experience in living and deceased donor transplant, minimally invasive transplant techniques, and pediatric transplant. Our transplant center serves a diverse clinical population. We are committed to providing the highest quality of care to patients from the surrounding neighborhood as well as those referred from across the nation and globe. 

Each year we perform a broad and balanced portfolio of transplant, HPB, and general surgery operations. We have an excellent case mix that includes traditional and clinically innovative approaches. In 2021, we performed 249 adult and pediatric kidney transplants, 134 adult and pediatric liver transplants (including 16 from live donors). Each year we perform 40 to 60 laparoscopic/ robotic-assisted live donor nephrectomies, five to 10 simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplants, and at least 50 HPB operations. An attending and a fellow perform the vast majority of cases together with the fellow rapidly progressing from first assistant to primary surgeon. From an early stage, our fellows perform portions of various operations independently with the assistance of another trainee. 

Our fellows perform approximately 150 kidney transplants, 80 liver transplants, five pancreas transplants, 25-30 donor nephrectomies, and more than 50 HPB and general surgery cases. Each fellow rotates monthly on one of three core services: liver, kidney/pancreas, or donor. Our fellows spend one month rotating on the surgical oncology service at Hopkins, during which they gain broader exposure to complex liver and pancreas surgery and to the principles of surgical oncology. Fellows participate in a formal educational curriculum that complements the ASTS curriculum including didactic lectures, journal clubs, simulation-based learning, and “Master Classes” from our most experienced faculty. 

Our fellows also participate in mentor-guided research. With the assistance of the fellowship director, each fellow identifies an area of interest and develops a project feasible for the two-year timeframe. Our faculty and fellows are part of a rich clinical research environment that publishes more than 100 peer-reviewed articles each year. 

Our program and faculty are fully committed to the training and career development of each fellow. We look forward to your application. 

Sincerely,

 

Application Process

Learn more information about how you can apply to the Johns Hopkins Abdominal Transplant Fellowship and application dates.

 

Contact Us

Contact our fellowship program administrator, Katy Bender, at kbuckle9@jhmi.edu to learn more about our fellowship program.

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