At our three affiliated hospitals, the Division of Abdominal Transplantation faculty performed nearly 500 operative procedures in 2019. From an operative perspective, our fellows receive extensive exposure to a wide variety of transplant procedures, including multivisceral organ recovery, in-situ and ex-vivo technical variant liver allograft preparation, single-incision laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy, intra- and extra peritoneal kidney transplantation, as well as orthotopic liver transplantation. Additionally, our fellows perform basic and complex hepatobiliary procedures for benign and malignant disease.
Fellows train in three distinct environments. These include Baylor St. Luke’s, a high-volume, large academic medical center with multiple organ transplant groups, Texas Children’s Hospital, a major children’s hospital whose liver and kidney transplant programs are among the highest volume in the world, and the Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center, one of the few completely VA-based transplant centers in the country. Fellows in our program further participate in all aspects of pre-operative donor and recipient selection, perioperative care, postoperative outpatient follow-up, and immunosuppression management. In addition, our fellows receive a broad scope of adult and pediatric didactic preparation through educational conferences at all of our affiliated hospitals. Finally, our fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in clinical and, if interested, basic science research with division faculty and collaborators.