The Liver Transplant Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine is an advanced surgical fellowship designed to train competent liver transplant surgeons during a two-year fellowship. There are 6,341 patients in the United States and 488 patients in Texas that underwent liver transplantation last year. There is an ongoing need for surgeons trained in this specialty to maintain an adequate workforce throughout Texas and the United States.
Over 100 liver transplants a year are performed by the Baylor College of Medicine Liver transplant service at three hospitals. Adult transplants are performed at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center. Pediatric transplants are performed at Texas Children’s Hospital. Fellows in the liver transplant program spend three months at a time on two separate rotations. On one rotation, the fellow participates in all the recipient liver transplant operations as well as the inpatient care of the pre- and post-transplant patients. The other rotation consists of performing the deceased donor procurements, elective hepatobiliary cases and outpatient clinics. Fellows are also required to attend weekly patient selection committee meetings.