UNC offers a one year, ACGME-accredited Transplant Hepatology fellowship. This fellowship is primarily clinical and provides training which meets ABIM requirements for board eligibility for certification in Transplant Hepatology. Completion of a Gastroenterology fellowship with board eligibility is required for acceptance into this program. Consideration for combined 3 year training in GI and Transplant Hepatology as part of the ABIM pilot program is also an option. There is currently only one slot per year. UNC Hospitals is a busy, tertiary referral center for diverse liver diseases. We have over 1800 referrals per year including decompensated cirrhotics for transplant. The fellowship includes 6 months on the inpatient hepatology consult service, which sees a variety of pre- and post-liver transplant patients. The inpatient responsibilities include patient care as well as performing procedures such as liver biopsy. The Transplant Hepatology fellow has 3 outpatient clinics per week, including Liver Transplant Clinic, General Hepatology Clinic, and Viral Hepatitis clinic.
UNC has six full-time hepatologists with diverse research interests including viral hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, fatty liver disease, and transplant outcomes. All are committed to the clinical and didactic responsibilities of training a Transplant Hepatology fellow. In addition, there is a history of excellence in research training at UNC within the GI Division. The Transplant Hepatology fellow will be expected to participate in ongoing or new research projects related to liver disease or transplant.
A list of 56 U.S. and Canadian Transplant Hepatology programs can be found on the ACG website: http://gi.org/fellows-in-training/gi-fellowship-programs/.
For further information regarding the application process and eligibility, please contact Jama M. Darling, MD, Transplant Hepatology Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Steve Kennedy, PhD, Program Coordinator.