General surgery residents study with division faculty during transplant service rotations in the first and third years of training. At all levels, residents can participate in both the kidney and liver transplant components of the program in addition to organ retrieval surgery.
Residents rotating on the renal transplant service learn the complex management of organ recipients, including immunosuppressive protocols and the diagnosis and treatment of allograft rejection and opportunistic infections; conduct and complete history and physical examinations; present inpatient cases on multidisciplinary staff rounds; and can participate as the first assistant on some transplant operations, multi-organ donor procurement surgery, and dialysis access procedures.
Emory general surgery residents often do their research sabbaticals in the Transplant Immunology Laboratory by applying for research fellowship positions. Various former fellows have received awards, published in prestigious journals, and advanced to other fellowships and faculty positions.
The Division of Transplantation offers a two-year, clinical fellowship accredited by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons in adult and pediatric liver and kidney transplantation as well as adult pancreas transplantation. Fellows will be trained in the operative techniques of transplantation of abdominal solid organs, laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy, the procurement of abdominal organs for transplantation from deceased organ donors, and dialysis access procedures.
Fellows will also be mentored in the preoperative evaluation of potential organ transplant recipients and the full spectrum of post-transplant management issues. Clinical research during the fellowship period is encouraged. Opportunities to pursue additional basic or pre-clinical research in the laboratory of one of the surgical faculty, either prior to or after completion of the clinical fellowship, are readily available.
Inquiries should be addressed to:
Dr. Kenneth Newell
1639 Pierce Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322