Message from the Fellowship Director
Thank you very much for your interest in the transplant program here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Over the past 25 years, our transplant program has developed into one of the largest and most successful units in the United States. More than 400 non-thoracic organ transplants are performed here on an annual basis, with results consistently ranked in the top three percentile nationwide.
In 1984 we initiated the fellowship program, and since that time have trained 36 fellows. Our aim is to train the “complete” transplant surgeon, who is familiar with the technical performance of kidney, pancreas, and liver transplants, as well as with pre- and postoperative management, including immunosuppressive therapy. Furthermore, we stress familiarity with organ procurement, and fellows have an opportunity to perform 40 to 60 multi-organ procurements during a two-year period. The transplant surgery fellowship at the University of Wisconsin is accredited by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) for training in kidney, liver and pancreas transplantation. Through the ASTS, we participate in the NRMP ranking program for abdominal organ transplantation.
In addition to our clinical activity, we have placed heavy emphasis on clinical and laboratory investigation. The University of Wisconsin transplant service is a primary site for clinical trials testing new immunosuppressants.
The research laboratory is another important aspect of our program. NIH-funded for more than 30 years, researchers are placing emphasis on organ preservation, immunobiology, and gene therapy. Our main focuses are improving liver preservation by utilizing continuous machine preservation, elucidating the mechanisms of chimerism-induced graft acceptance, testing of new immunosuppressants which might induce long-term tolerance in primates and man, and gene therapy to treat diabetes.
In summary, we are striving to offer one of the most comprehensive training programs available. The large clinical volume and exposure to operative as well as pre- and postoperative care will assure the fellow extensive training in transplantation surgery and medicine. Exposure to basic research aims to stimulate continued interest in the fascinating scientific problems associated with our field.