Abdominal Transplant Fellowship

The University of Washington Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship is a two-year fellowship accredited by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). We match one fellowship position per year, with certification in liver and kidney transplantation. Throughout the fellowship, fellows gain experience in:

  • Operative techniques of deceased donor liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation
  • Operative techniques of living donor liver and kidney transplantation
  • Deceased donor organ procurement (with a 20-30% rate of donation after circulatory death)
  • Living donor hepatectomy and nephrectomy
  • Running the inpatient transplant service
  • Management and evaluation of transplant patients in the outpatient setting, including recipient and donor evaluations, post-operative management of the transplant patient and immunosuppression 

Sites of Practice

The main site of practice is the University of Washington, but fellows are also involved with the care of patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Virginia Mason Medical Center.


In addition to clinical training, fellows have the opportunity to be involved with ongoing clinical research. Research is performed with the assistance of faculty mentorship and statistical support. Additionally, fellows may be provided financial support to travel to meetings. Examples of conferences fellows have presented at in the past include:

  • American Transplant Congress (ATC)
  • ASTS Winter Symposium
  • Controversies in Transplantation
  • International Liver Transplantation Society Annual Congress
  • International Pediatric Transplant Association Meeting

Operative Experience

Our program aims to develop transplant surgeons who graduate with proficiency in all aspects of liver and kidney transplantation including pre- and post-operative management of the transplant patient, and operative independence.

  2015 2016 2017 2018

University of Washington

Liver Transplants 90 80 86 90
Kidney Transplants 107 136 160 198
Pancreas Transplants 10 6 6 6
Living Donor Nephrectomy 25 34 38 38
Living Donor Hepatectomy 1 2 4 1

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Pediatric Liver Transplants 15 15 11 16
Pediatric Kidney Transplants 17 17 22 21

Virginia Mason Medical Center

VM Pancreas Transplants 8 5 3 7
VM Donor Nephrectomies 20 22 17 30

LifeCenter Northwest

Brain Dead Donors 150 53 72 73
DCD Donors 50 162 174 198
Total Donors 200 215 246 271

Current Fellows

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Peter Joseph Edpao, MD

Fellow 2018-2020
Residency: University of California, Riverside
Medical School: UCLA
Undergraduate: UCLA

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James Hendele, MD

Fellow 2019-2021
Residency: University of Illinois, Chicago
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of St. Andrews