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Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

The Transplant Hepatology Fellowship (two fellows per year) will provide the opportunity to develop and achieve the clinical knowledge, procedural skills and professionalism required to become a highly qualified transplant hepatologist. Fellows, in collaboration with numerous specialties, will care for patients with a diverse array of illnesses in both acute and chronic settings and of varying severities. By the end of this one-year fellowship, fellows will be eligible for board certification in Transplant Hepatology. 

Faculty members in the Divisions of Transplantation and Hepatology serve as mentors and role models to the fellow in clinical care, research, education and overall professionalism. Fellows will be consistently evaluated in these capacities throughout the academic year.

Fellows are encouraged to participate in professional organization meetings and institutional committee activities.

The day-to-day work of a transplant hepatology fellow involves a number of diverse activities, generally defined by one-month block scheduling as either “in-patient” or “out-patient.” Some of these activities may run through block sessions to ensure continuity of care and educational growth of the fellow.

Learn more via the information below.

 Clinical Experience

Primary Hepatology service: this comprises daily teaching rounds with the Housestaff and GI fellows wherein care is provided to patients with advanced liver disease in need of transplantation. This service also cares for patients who are long-term post transplant with complications. The transplant Fellow will also consult on shared patients with the transplant surgeons in the intensive care unit. The transplant Fellow will daily present all hepatology in-patients, prior to Hepatology rounds, to the multi-disciplinary team (transplant surgeons, transplant nephrologists, transplant infectious disease, transplant nursing and social services).   

Hepatology consultative service: this service comprises daily consultation on non-transplant hepatology patients. These patients are evaluated primarily by the GI fellow and Hepatology service resident; the transplant hepatology fellow is encouraged to attend and participate in patient discussions.

Outpatient clinics: these clinics are sub-divided into general Hepatology, pre-transplant (evaluation and long-term) and post-transplant (immediate and long-term) Hepatology patients. One of the post-transplant clinics will also serve as a continuity clinic for the fellow. These clinics, staffed by Hepatologists and Surgeons, provide for in-depth management of a variety of disease states at varying stages of illness. The pre- and post-transplant clinics are also supported by transplant dieticians, physical therapists, dieticians and psychiatrists to ensure a comprehensive care plan.

Procedural clinics: under the guidance of a Hepatologist, the fellow becomes comfortable with understanding the principles and practice liver biopsy; endoscopy units are also provided to improve and maintain diagnostic and interventional skills.

Organ Procurement: Fellows will attend (and can participate in) at least 3 deceased donor procurements and 1 recipient surgery with the surgical transplant team.

 Education

Sub-specialty electives: this will include two 2 week blocks of transplant infectious disease service and pediatric transplant. Electives in other specialties, e.g. transplant nephrology, HLA laboratory, interventional radiology, etc. can also be considered on an individual basis.

Conferences: these comprise a number of inter-disciplinary sessions throughout the week occurring the whole academic year, including the fellow lecture series, hepatology grand rounds, pathology (with transplant pathologists), tumor board (with surgeons, oncologists and interventional radiologists), and multi-disciplinary transplant evaluation (with surgeons, social workers, psychiatrists, anesthesiologists and pertinent invited ad hoc specialists).

 Research

One month of research, typically divided into two week blocks, is provided in the schedule. The expectation is to perform an investigative research project and/or significant review article by the end of the year, under faculty mentorship.

 Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Medicine at Northwestern University seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated residents and fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. The greatest challenges facing the medical field are complex, and addressing them will require a diverse body of physicians and researchers who can work collaboratively. Northwestern offers unparalleled training and research opportunities and encourages fellowship applications from those who seek to become future leaders in the subspecialties of medicine.  We are committed to and inspired by a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity please see the following resources:

 Requirements and Eligibility

Fellowships in Transplant Hepatology are offered to MDs who have completed at least three years of post-graduate training in gastroenterology in an ACGME-accredited program. All applicants are expected to be board eligible in gastroenterology when beginning the fellowship.  

Applicants must be eligible for an unrestricted Illinois Medical License. International graduates must possess a valid ECFMG certificate and valid visa or permanent resident status.?

 Application Process

Applicants must submit a CV and Personal Statement focused on short term (fellowship) and long term professional goals. Two letters of recommendation are also required, including a letter from the Program Director of your fellowship. 

Contact: Hannah Kelemen
Education Coordinator
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
676 N. St. Clair, Suite 1400
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312.695.4065 office
312.695.3999 fax
hannah.mimms@nm.org
northwesternmedicine.org

 

More Information

 Further program details, including our Housestaff Manual and a sample training contract, are available on our McGaw Medical Center Graduate Education site. Likewise, we recommend reading through our FREIDA listings: Program Number 158-16-14-015.

Contact Us

Josh Levitsky, MD

Program Director - Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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Christopher Moore, MD

Program Director - Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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Hannah Keleman

Fellowship Coordinator

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

hannah.mimms( at )northwestern.edu
312-695-4065

Graduate Research Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

Visit the Housestaff Research Portal
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