Abdominal Transplant Fellowship

Abdominal Transplant Fellowship

We are no longer accepting applications for August 1, 2017. On January 1, 2017, we will being accepting applications for the fellowship position beginning August 1, 2018.

Approved by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) The University of Washington’s Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program is an ASTS-approved program for multi-organ abdominal transplantation. The objective of this program is to produce future leaders in the field of transplantation. Two-year clinical fellowships are available, with the possibility of an additional one to two years’ research time, depending upon the level of research experience and extramural funding. UW transplant research presently excels in tolerance induction, ischemic reperfusion injury, and hepatitis C.

Abdominal Transplant Fellows

Past Fellows
  • 2001-2003 Kevin P. Charpentier, MD, Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island.
    Kevin is Director of the Upper GI Multidisciplinary Clinic. His expertise is as a liver, biliary, and pancreatic surgeon. Kevin holds the title of an Associate Professor of Surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
  • 2003-2005 Mary Eng, MD, University of Louisville, KY.
    Mary is Assistant Professor; Surgical Director, Kidney Transplantation; Department of Surgery at University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital, Norton Hospital, and Kosair Children’s Hospital.
  • 2005-2007 Edie Y. Chan, MD, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.
    Edie is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Program Director of Transplantation.
  • 2006-2009 Andre Dick, MD, MPH Seattle Children’s Hospital.
    Andre is Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation and Surgical Director of Renal Transplantation at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is currently applying for Primary Kidney Surgeon at SCH.
  • 2007-2009 Austin Spitzer, MD, Oakland Medical Center, CA.
    Austin’s expertise is in the open or laparoscopic management of gastrointestinal tract malignancies.
  • 2008-2010 Jason Cundiff, MD, Toppenish Community Hospital and Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center, General Surgery.
  • 2009-2011 Alex W. Cantafio, MD, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Assistant Professor, Vascular and Transplant Surgery.
  • 2010-2012 George Rofaiel, MB CHB, Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, TX. Transplant Surgery.
  • 2011-2013 Jared Brandenberger, MD. Virginia Mason, Seattle. General Surgery, Pancreas and Liver Transplantation, Liver Surgery.
  • 2012-2014 Martin Montenovo, MD University of Washington Medical Center. Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery.
  • 2013-2015 Imran Javed, MD, Shifa International, Islamabad Pakistan.
  • 2014-2016  Terra Pearson, MD, Terra recently joined the faculty at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Current Fellows

Amir Rahnemai Azar, MD
From Bronx Lebanon Hospital,
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Catherine Kling, MD, MPH
From Vanderbilt University Medical Center


To be considered for a fellowship position, applicants must:

  • By June 30, 2017, have completed an ACGME-accredited American or Canadian General Surgery Residency Program, or an equivalent program approved by the Director of the Fellowship Training Program
  • Register for the NRMP match
  • Complete and submit an Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program Application (linked below in the Application Form toggle) and supporting documents.

Graduates of foreign (non-U.S./Canadian) medical schools must, in addition:

  • Have successfully completed USMLE Steps 1, 2 (CK & CS), and 3
  • Submit ECFMG certification.
  • Have two years’ clinical practice post completion of residency

The processes for graduates of foreign medical schools to obtain the necessary visa and the necessary certification from the Washington State Department of Health Medical Quality Assurance Commission can be lengthy and unpredictable. Our Fellowship Program Manager can provide more specific information regarding visa and licensing issues.

Application Instructions

Electronic submission of materials is preferred. Please complete the Fellowship Application and send it to the Fellowship Program Manager at txpfel@uw.edu.

CV – A Personal Statement (maximum of two pages) that:

  • Describes your professional objectives and interest in transplantation, including relevant experiences during training that impacted your decision to go into transplantation, and
  • Includes the following attestation:

“I certify that the information contained in my application to the University of Washington Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program is correct to the best of my knowledge. I authorize investigation of all matters contained in my application and agree that any misleading or false statements would be cause for rejection of this application or would be sufficient cause for dismissal after my appointment. I hereby authorize my present and past employers and programs to furnish UWMC with their records of my service.” Graduates of foreign (non-U.S./Canadian) medical schools must, in addition, provide proof of:

  • ECFMG certification
  • Successful completion of USMLE Steps 1, 2 (CK & CS), and 3
  • Two years’ clinical practice post completion of residency

All applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the Director of the Fellowship Training Program, including one from the Chair or Director of your residency program and two others from faculty or professional staff of your program or hospitals in which you have worked. Please have these letters mailed to:

Jorge Reyes, M.D. Chief, Division of Transplant Surgery
Director, Fellowship Training Program
Box 356410
1959 NE Pacific St
Seattle, WA 98195

These letters may also be sent as attachments to emails from the recommender or his/her assistant directly to the Fellowship Program Manager.

For more information, please contact the Fellowship Program Manager.

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