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Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program
Thank you for your interest in the Multi-Organ Transplant Fellowship Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Our fellowship offers talented residents from the U.S. and abroad the opportunity to train at a uniquely innovative program in one of the nation’s best hospitals. The Multi-Organ Transplant Fellowship is an ASTS-certified two-year program for liver and kidney transplant training. We are also ASTS approved to provide Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary certification. We have three fellows rotating through our program and we accept one to two transplant fellows each year.
All surgical procedures are performed by our transplant faculty and fellows. Our faculty is composed of highly experienced and academically successful leaders in transplantation. What sets us apart from other programs is the vast expanse of clinically diverse patients that is referred to the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center from around the world because of the reputation of our faculty and hospital.
We perform a broad and balanced portfolio of transplant, hepatobiliary and general surgeries, which includes both standard procedures and innovative cases. In 2019 we performed 223 adult and pediatric kidney transplants, 116 adult and pediatric liver transplants (including 17 from live donors), 63 laparoscopic live donor nephrectomies, nine simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplants and approximately 50 Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) procedures. An attending and a fellow perform the vast majority of cases, with the fellow on the primary surgeon’s side of the table. As training is one of our utmost priorities, this begins early in fellowship.
At the completion of fellowship, on average, our fellows log approximately the following as the operative surgeon: over 150 kidney transplants, over 80 liver transplants, five pancreas transplants, 25-30 donor nephrectomies and more than 50 HPB cases. Each fellow will rotate monthly on one of three core services: the liver service, the kidney/pancreas service or the donor/clinic/research service. During their training, fellows will have additional exposure to and formal education in tissue typing and pathology, transplant medicine, transplant pharmacology and transplant ethics.
Our fellows will have the opportunity to spend one month rotating on one of the Johns Hopkins HPB services, to improve exposure to complex liver and pancreas surgery and surgical oncology principles and techniques. Our fellows will also attend our multidisciplinary hepatobiliary conference and will gain exposure to all disciplines that participate in the management of HPB patients with complex surgical issues.
During the donor rotation, the fellows will have the opportunity to participate in mentor-guided research. Fellows will meet early on with the program director to discuss areas of research interest and determine an appropriate plan and possible collaborators. Our faculty are incredibly prolific and publish more than 100 peer-reviewed articles each year. There are ample opportunities to participate in established clinical research projects. We are devoted to not only the technical and medical training of our fellows, but also their career development.
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