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Message from the Fellowship Director

Dear Applicant:

Thank you very much for your interest in the University of Wisconsin Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship. Over the past 50 years, the University of Wisconsin Transplant Program have developed into one of the largest and most successful transplant programs in the United States. We perform an average of over 400 abdominal organ transplants per year with results that are consistently at or above expected outcomes based on national outcome assessments. In 2016, we were ranked as the 4th busiest transplant program in the United States performing a total of 512 transplants and 485 of those were abdominal organ transplants.

Our transplant fellowship which is accredited by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, has also evolved since its inception in 1984. Over the last 32 years we have trained 51 transplant surgical fellows, many of whom have moved on to serve as program directors, as well as national and international leaders in transplant surgery. The mission of our fellowship is to provide a broad-based, transplant training program that results in the training of the “complete” transplant surgeon. During the rigorous two-year fellowship, fellows are taught the surgical techniques of liver, kidney, pancreas transplantation, laparoscopic donor nephrectomies, hepatobiliary surgery, and vascular access surgery. In addition, they gain significant experience in both donation after brain death and donation after circulatory death (DCD) donor organ recoveries.

In addition to the high-volume clinical training, fellows have opportunities to initiate and participate in both clinical and translational research projects. Our clinical fellows have access to a robust, prospectively maintained, transplant database that was developed in 1988. Research projects can be pursued using the database with the assistance of both database coordinators and a statistician. Utilization of this database throughout the years has led to hundreds of abstract presentations and publications for fellows during and after their training. Currently, our fellows attend one transplant CME meeting per year (ATC, ASTS Winter Meeting) in addition to the ASTS sponsored Fellows Symposium during the second year. In addition, we will financially support the travel to any other meeting at which a fellow has an oral abstract research presentation.

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. Most importantly, each of our faculty are truly committed to the mission of fellowship training. By balancing both oversight and autonomy for each individual fellow, our faculty allows the fellows to mature and grow as competent transplant surgeons.


Portrait of David P Foley, MD David P Foley, MD
Associate Professor
Phone: (608) 263-2527
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