We offer an American Society of Transplantation (AST) accredited training program in transplant nephrology. Completion of this fellowship will provide the individual with the qualifications to be a United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)-approved medical director of a kidney transplant program.

One transplant fellow is accepted per year and the fellowship duration is one year.

Goals

The goal of our transplant nephrology program is to provide in-depth experience in transplant patient care, education and patient-centered research.

Inpatient and outpatient care includes post operative management of kidney and pancreas transplant recipients, consultation in liver, lung and heart transplant candidates and recipients and outpatient evaluation of post transplant recipients, living donors and recipient candidates.

Lectures are provided by basic and clinical scientists and expert clinicians on immunology, pharmacology, obstetrics, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic bone disease and infectious disease topics along with sessions on post operative and maintenance transplant care.

Transplant Data

  • Kidney transplants: 136
  • Kidney-Pancreas transplants: 6
  • Liver transplants: 80
  • To learn transplant recipient evaluation and management

  • To become well versed in the short and long term complications and management of the transplant recipient

  • To become experienced in outpatient management of kidney and pancreas transplant recipients.

  • Perform kidney and pancreas transplant candidate evaluations

  • Perform kidney transplant donor evaluations

  • Perform kidney transplant biopsies

  • Interpret kidney transplant biopsy histology

  • Interpret transplant ultrasound studies

  • Gain expertise in the renal evaluation and care of non-renal transplant recipients with kidney disease

  • Develop and pursue mentored investigation in a transplant-related field

Clinical Program

Didactics

Formal Lectures

The topics will include: basic immunology, infectious diseases, medical issues as they relate to transplant care, cardiovascular disease, metabolic bone disease, pharmacology, pathology, obstetrics and surgery.

Lectures are provided by basic and clinical scientists on immunology, pharmacology, obstetrics, diabetes, metabolic bone disease and infectious disease topics along with sessions on post-operative and long-term transplant care.

Conferences

  • Transplant Grand Rounds (weekly)
  • Renal Grand Rounds (weekly)
  • Journal Club (monthly)
  • Case Review at UWMC Professor Rounds (weekly)
  • GN Conference (weekly)
  • M&M Conference (weekly)
  • Collaborative Renal HLA Pathology Conference (monthly): these multidisciplinary meetings provide a monthly forum to discuss common clinical and scientific interests, including but not limited to AMR, non-HLA- and other immunologic-related kidney disease. We review relevant clinical cases and literature and nurture opportunities for collaboration.

Research

All fellows are expected to complete a mentored, patient-centered research project resulting in at least one manuscript submission. Research can be performed with nephrologists, hepatologists, surgeons, pathologists, pediatric nephrologists, the HLA laboratory or with other collaborative practitioners or scientists.