Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship
The Division of Transplantation sponsors the Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program. This fellowship program spans all major aspects of transplantation with specific emphasis in the areas of kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation and hepatobiliary abdominal laparoscopic surgery. We are particularly proud of our pioneering efforts in laparoscopic "living" donor nephrectomy procedures and laparoscopic surgery. Our clinical efforts are conducted at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Christ Hospital.
The clinical responsibilities of the abdominal transplant surgery fellow include the preoperative evaluation and management of all potential cadaveric liver transplant recipients, cadaveric renal and pancreas transplant recipients and live donor renal transplant pairs. Fellows are assigned to transplant clinic for 2-1/2 days per week, where they see new patients with an attending transplant surgeon to discuss and assess end organ failure, suitability for transplantation and listing, proposed perioperative surgical course and long-term risks and benefits.
Transplant fellows are required to participate in weekly multidisciplinary transplant evaluation and selection meetings for kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation. The fellow is responsible for presenting inpatients, operations and complications on the kidney, pancreas and liver transplant services to the committee. These meetings are attended by transplant surgeons, transplant hepatologists and transplant nephrologists, nurse practitioners, social workers, pharmacists, ethicists, dieticians, coordinators and anesthesiologists. Fellows also participate in weekly patient selection meetings where candidacy and pre-operative evaluations are discussed for all patients.
The abdominal transplant surgery fellow leads the inpatient care of all transplant patients at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Christ Hospital. All transplant recipients are cared for by the Transplant Surgery service, which consists primarily of transplant surgery attendings, transplant surgery fellows, surgical residents and medical students. Structured multidisciplinary rounds are made by the Transplant Surgery service daily and are lead by the attending surgeons, physicians and transplant surgery fellow. All patient immunosuppressive clinical decisions are made by the entire team, with the attending surgeons, physicians and transplant fellow assuming ultimate authority. Fellows are responsible for the coordination of the transplant surgery team and daily management of the inpatients on the transplant service. As their experience and ability increase, fellows are granted increasing autonomy.
The Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Training Program is approved through the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. The program employs two fellows for two years. Upon completion of our program, a number of fellows have gone on to successful careers in academic medicine and specialized private practice.
Tayyab S. Diwan, MD, Program Director
How to Apply
You can apply online here.
For questions, contact:
Kayla Evans, Administrative Assistant
Department of Surgery
Division of Transplantation
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
231 Albert Sabin Way (ML0519)
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0519