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Transplant Surgery Fellowship

Our two-year Transplant Surgery Fellowship provides a robust clinical experience with the opportunity to gain surgical expertise in many facets of transplantation along with the professionalism and practical experience to become an independent and highly qualified transplant surgeon.


This two-year fellowship is offered through the combined transplant programs of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Training includes operative experience in multi-organ procurement, living donor nephrectomy, adult and pediatric kidney transplantation, pancreas transplantation and adult and pediatric liver transplantation. There is exposure to vascular access surgery, as well as general surgical procedures in the dialysis patient population and in transplant patients. Involvement in hepatobiliary surgery in both adult and pediatric patients is also offered.

Our attending transplant surgeons rotate responsibilities for inpatient, outpatient and organ procurement services. There are three general surgery residents assigned to the service. The Transplant Service is supported by inpatient transplant nurse clinician specialists, kidney transplant coordinators and outpatient nurse clinician specialists.

The fellows are responsible to be on daily morning work rounds and afternoon teaching rounds. As the year progresses, they are increasingly responsible in decision-making, and by the end of the first year they are able to formulate and implement plans of care for each patient. They are also responsible for seeing the patients in our outpatient transplant clinic twice a week, as well as performing outpatient procedures when required. There is priority operating time seven days per week for conduct of kidney transplantation and three elective operating days per week set aside solely for vascular access procedures. The fellow is expected to perform the vast majority of all transplant operative procedures.

Why Northwestern?

Training through Northwestern provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. 

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