Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship at the University of Toronto and Toronto General Hospital

The Toronto Transplant & HPB Fellows 2016-2017

Back: Dr. Carlo Pulitano, Dr. Juan Echeverri, Dr. David Al-Adra, and Dr. Nathan Zilbert

Front: Dr. Nicolas Goldaracena, Dr. Joshua Shaw, and Dr. Benjamin Loveday

Welcome to the University of Toronto Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship.

Since 1983 we have been training future leaders in the field of abdominal transplantation and we have graduated more than 70 fellows to date. We are ASTS accredited for liver, pancreas, and kidney transplantation and we perform more than 200 liver and 40 pancreas transplants per year. Our transplant fellows receive unique opportunities during their training and benefit from the largest living donor liver transplant program in North America, extensive exposure to pediatric liver transplantation, a high volume pancreas transplant program, and extensive training in HPB surgery. The outstanding surgical experience is embedded in training of pre- and postoperative management of transplant patients, and an in depth academic curriculum of teaching seminars.

In addition to the clinical training we provide great opportunities for research and our clinical and basic science research groups are world leaders in their field. We are proud to train the future generation of academic transplant surgeons, who will advance the borders of our field.

Markus Selzner, MD
Program Director

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Greig_homepagePaul Greig, MD
Program Co-Director

Distinguishing Features of the Fellowship

Clinical Experience

Transplant

During the first year, the Transplant and HPB Fellowships are integrated. The ASTS required case volume are exceeded through:

Institutional volume: 200+ liver, 40-50 pancreas, 150+ kidney per year
Largest liver transplant program in North America (220 in 2014)
Largest living donor liver program in North America (60+ per year)
  • Pediatric, small intestinal and multivisceral transplant
  • Laparoscopic Living Donor Nephrectomy (40+ per year)
  • Pre-op planning & Volumetric measurements using Myrian workstations
  • Donation after Neurologic & Cardiocirculatory Death
  • Vascular access
  • Transplant Clinics

The second year focuses on complex transplant procedures: re-transplants, Living Donors & Transplants, split-liver, multiviscerals, and pediatric transplants.

Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery

During the first year, the ASTS & AHPBA required case volumes are exceeded through:

  • 6-8 elective HPB ORs per week (with 10 Transplant & HPB Surgeons)
  • 150+ liver resections, 100+ pancreaticoduodenectomies, 80% oncology
  • Laparoscopic HPB Surgery
  • 3-month assignments with HBP & Transplant surgeons and Surgical Oncology Clinics

Education

The Fellowship program offers multiple opportunities for additional learning through:

  • Fellowship Exchange Program (for Fellows in their second year)
  • Transplant and HPB Seminar Series
  • Transplant Conferences: Live Donor, Listing, and Quality
  • Multi-Organ Transplant Rounds & Invited Professors
  • Journal Clubs (offered for both HPB and Transplant)
  • HBP Conference, Hepatoma Review Board, Surgical Oncology Tumor Board

Research Opportunities

For Clinical and Outcomes Research, Fellows can expect one project in the first year, and multiple projects in their second year of study.

There will be Basic Science opportunities for laboratory-based research on the topics of:

  • Ischemia/reperfusion
  • Genomics/proteomics
  • Dendritic cells
  • Tolerance
  • Stem cell biology

Research in education is also offered.

Lifestyle

Fellows will experience the advantages of a “large” Fellowship program with 7 to 8 Transplant and HPB Fellows:

  • On-call scheduling and cross-coverage
  • Facilitates time off without compromising clinical experience
  • Camaraderie

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News & Announcements

Toronto PD, Markus Selzner, to Speak at CST CTRMS Joint Meeting

Toronto Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship Director, Dr. Markus Selzner, will participate in several events at the upcoming 2017 Canadian Society of Transplantation and Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Society Joint Scientific Meeting. This year’s conference takes place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 26 – 29, but Dr. Selzner will give his first talk Wednesday morning at the Transplant Fellows Symposium:  Monday, September 25 – CST- CLTN Transplant Fellows Symposium 9:15AM-10:00AM Title: Expanding the Donor Pool: The Evolving Field of Organ Preservation and Resuscitation Wednesday, September 27 – CNTRP Session (1:00PM-3:30PM) 1:50PM Joint Presentation: How does the CNTRP translate knowledge into action: Predicting organ function before transplantation – Mélanie Dieudé, Eric Boilard and Markus Selzner 5:30-6:00PM Title: Normothermic Ex Vivo Liver Perfusion for the Storage, Assessment and Repair of Marginal Liver Grafts – Markus Selzner 6:00-6:30PM Title: Normothermic Ex Vivo Kidney Perfusion for the Storage, Assesment and Repair of Marginal Kidney Grafts – Markus Selzner Conference details are available at the following link: http://www.cst-transplant.ca/2017_CST-CTRMS.html... read more

Toronto Welcomes 2017-19 Transplantation and HPB Surgery Fellows

The Toronto Abdominal Organ Transplant and HPB Surgical Oncology Fellowship Programs wish to extend a warm welcome to Drs. Lawrence Lau, Blayne Sayed and Robin Visser as they begin their Fellowships with the University of Toronto. They join second year Fellows Drs. Juan Echeverri, Carlo Pulitano, Joshua Shaw and Nathan Zilbert to form the 2017-18 Toronto team at UHN. Many thanks to graduating Fellows Drs. David Al-Adra and Nicolas Goldaracena for their tireless work with patients and their many contributions to our academic... read more