Letter from Director - Transplant Surgery Fellowship
The University of Maryland has served as a leading transplant institution for more than three decades. Members of our team have gone on to prolific leadership positions across the United States, and in the last ten years we have been among the highest volume transplant centers in the Nation. On average, we perform more than 400 abdominal transplants annually.
It is my belief that a proper transplant fellowship will ultimately produce surgeons who are equally comfortable managing immunosuppression on outpatients as they are performing a liver transplant on a fulminant hepatic failure patient on pressors, MARS, CVVH, and ventilator. It is also my expectation that any graduate of our program be fully prepared for a faculty position as an all-organ transplant surgeon at any academic program in the United States.
Our fellows are immersed in pre-, intra-, and post-operative care of all abdominal transplant patients. Most fellows complete the ASTS volume requirements for kidney, pancreas, liver, and procurements all within their first year. Fellows should expect rigorous surgical and medical exposure to all aspects of kidney, liver, and pancreas transplantation as well as deceased organ procurement (donation after brain and cardiac death) and living donor nephrectomies/hepatectomies.
A true fellowship demands exposure to research and transplant fellows are expected to present clinical research nationally. The Department of Surgery will support travel to any meeting at which fellows are orally presenting. Each year fellows are to attend one national transplant meeting in addition to the ASTS Fellows Symposium.
Fellowship faculty are selected for their dedication to the fellows. Transplantation is complex, and two years is an exceptionally short time to master anything of consequence therefore fellows’ education and well-being are taken very seriously throughout the two years they are with the program. Our goal is to train competent fellows who will be good partners and safe surgeons, fellows who recognize that surgery is hard and that learning is continual throughout an extended successful career.
John LaMattina, MD
Director of Living Donor Transplant Program
Associate Professor of Transplant Surgery