Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Comprehensive Transplant Center

Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program

The Comprehensive Transplant Center currently offers fellowships funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), a part of the National Institutes of Health via the T32 mechanism.

Program Overview

The NIH funded Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program (TSSTP) at the Northwestern University Comprehensive Transplant Center  is a two-year mentored research training program designed for academically-oriented postdoctoral MDs and PhDs interested in pursuing a career in transplantation and transplant surgery-related research. The T32 grant provides a stipend, tuition, fees for coursework, travel funds, and health insurance. 

The TSSTP is focused on exposing fellows to scholars and researchers from different disciplines and fields. We instituted an innovative research model, which we have termed the Modular Approach to Transplantation Research by Inter-disciplinary eXperts (MATRIX). This construct allows for focused inter- and trans-disciplinary collaborations that converge on transplant-related issues, providing a unique environment, rich in mentors of various levels. 

We have two tracks available to trainees:  1) the Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC 2) Northwestern University Collaborative for Transplant Research in Immunobiology and Biomedical Engineering (NUCTRIBE).  Both tracks provide intensive, rigorous training by multidisciplinary senior, mid-level and junior mentors as well as classroom education.   All trainees will also complete a Core Curriculum consisting of courses in the responsible conduct for research, ethical issues in clinical research, grantsmanship, and writing for publication.  Trainees will be able to take additional courses in their area of focus. Trainees in the NUTORC research track can choose between a Masters Degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research, Public Health, Clinical Investigation, Epidemiology and Biostatistics or Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety.  

Candidates must hold either an MD, DO, or PhD degree. MD/DO candidates must have completed at least two years of clinical training prior to enrolling in the program. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. 

Learn more about the TSSTP via the links below.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.  Qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact Us

Daniela Ladner, MD, MPH
Co-Director, Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program

Richard Green, MD
Co-Director, Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program

For more information on the fellowship, please contact the Comprehensive Transplant Center at 312-695-3555 or

Starzl Academy for Physician-Scientist Training

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Starzl Academy site to learn more.