About the Program

The Abdominal Organ Transplant Surgery Fellowship at the University of Iowa offers fellow physicians a two-year experience, including all aspects of adult and pediatric kidney transplantation, laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy, and multiorgan recovery.

The program is accredited by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons for one fellow each year.

Through a comprehensive didactic curriculum, weekly small group teaching sessions with program faculty, and transplant conferences, fellows develop a deep understanding of the pre-transplant evaluation and post-transplant management.  

Quick facts

  • University of Iowa has been performing transplants for more than 40 years and was a pioneer in pancreas transplant.
  • Fellows have opportunities to actively participate in pediatric and adult transplant.
  • Fellows work with international experts in hepatobiliary surgery and liver transplantation. 
  • University of Iowa has a long-standing commitment to training of fellows interested in academic transplant. 

Surgeries and procedures

The Organ Transplant Center performs over 100 kidney transplants annually at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and the nearby VA medical center.

Fellows also participate in the following types of surgeries and procedures.

  • Pancreas transplant
  • Liver transplant
  • Vascular access procedures
  • Hepatobiliary surgery

The fellowship includes an extensive operative experience in the management of primary and metastatic hepatic and biliary malignancies, bile duct injury, and general surgery in patients after transplant.

Teaching sites and partners

Our transplant surgery fellows participate in transplant procedures at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City Veterans Administration Hospital, and University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

In addition, fellows participate in multiorgan recovery procedures throughout the Midwest.