Transplant Surgery Fellowship

Our Transplant Surgery Fellowship is approved by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons for two years of surgical training in kidney transplantation, liver transplantation, and hepatobiliary surgery. A fellowship is offered to one fully trained general surgeon each year.

Responsibilities

Clinical

Once a transplant fellow gains appropriate experience, he or she is responsible for organ donor management and procurement, which typically involves multi-organ donation. The Central and Eastern Virginia catchment area generates more than 90 donors per year, including 25 to 30 fly-outs.

Research

The transplant fellow also has the opportunity to participate in clinical and basic experimental transplantation and transplant immunology. Fellows have the option to elect a one-year research experience under the direction of one Ph.D. and/or four doctors in areas including histocompatibility, lymphocyte subsets, HLA matching, serologic reactions to transplantation, newer immunosuppressive drugs, solid organ transplantation, infections in transplantation, hepatocyte and islet cell transplantation, transplantation tumor biology, the field of antigens and antibodies, whole liver and small bowel transplant.

Research activities are supported by extensive modern laboratory facilities, technicians and local and federal grants.

While fellows are encouraged to spend a year supplementing their clinical experience with a strong research background, it is not mandatory. While on clinical rotation, fellows will be strongly encouraged to conduct inquiries into a clinical research field pertaining to transplantation that results in a presentation at a national meeting or publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Qualifications

Graduates of foreign medical schools must have passed their Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates requirements, including Step III of the USMLE, as well as the Visa Qualifying Examination or the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in the Medical Sciences.

Prospective fellowship applicants are encouraged to visit us in order to meet the surgical and immunological preceptors involved, talk to the current fellow and gain a true feeling for the quality of the program.

Decisions about each year’s transplant fellow are generally made in the fall of the preceding one to two years, so please arrange interviews as early as possible. We participate in the ASTS sponsored Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship Match. Annual fellowship salaries are commensurate with experience.

Program Leadership and application details

Program Director:

Amit Sharma, M.D., M.Phil.

Fellowship Coordinator:
Candy Ezell
Phone: (804) 828-9298
Fax: (804): 828-4858
Email: gdezell@vcu.edu

Delivery Address:
West Hospital
9th floor, South Wing
1200 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23298

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 980057
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0057