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


Greig_homepagePaul Greig, MD
Program Co-Director

Distinguishing Features of the Fellowship

Clinical Experience


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


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.


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

Upcoming Events

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News & Announcements

AHPBA Toronto Reception

Former, current and future Toronto Fellows and Faculty gathered at the Annual Meeting in Miami last weekend for the first  AHPBA Toronto Reception. Many thanks to longstanding HPB Fellowship Director, Dr. Paul Greig, for organizing the event and all those in attendance. Special thanks to the Recipient of the AHBPA’s Nonie Lowry Distinguished Service Award for 2018, Dr. Bernard Langer and his wife, Ryna Langer.... read more

Toronto Fellowship Directors Speak at AHPBA Annual Meeting Tomorrow

Dr. Carol-anne Moulton, Toronto HPB Fellowship Co-director, will be the key note speaker at the  “Intraop Approaches for Success” session tomorrow morning  at the AHPBA Annual Meeting in Miami.  The session  runs from 10:30 – 12:30  and the title of her talk is “Coacing in the OR – Wait a Minute, Slow Down”.  Longstandng Toronto Fellowship Director, Dr. Paul Greig, will also participate in the session with his talk on “Handing Over the Reigns” , as well as Toronto Fellowship Alumnus Dr. Elijah Dixon, who will speak on “Avoiding Blood Loss”. Further details are available at the following... read more