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Transplant, Medical Kidney and Liver Pathology Fellowship

The Transplant, Medical Kidney and Liver Pathology Fellowship offers a unique and the first of its kind opportunity that combines training in medical kidney, medical liver, as well as, transplant pathology of kidney, liver, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract, all of which are emerging and challenging subspecialties in the field of pathology. The MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute (MGTI) is one of the leading transplant programs in the United States by outcomes and volumes with over 5,000 liver, kidney, small bowel, colon, stomach and multiorgan transplants to date. Additionally, our transplant institute is embarking on a first in the world “heel transplant”, which requires expert pathology support. This fellowship aims to produce trained future transplant pathologists who are equipped with highly sought-after skills in the field of pathology.

The Transplant, Medical Kidney and Liver Pathology Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that provides training in the subspecialties of transplant pathology (kidney, liver, pancreas, and small bowel/other gastrointestinal tracts) and native kidney and liver pathology. Clinical material includes a diverse variety and high volume of common and uncommon transplant pathology, medical kidney and liver materials. The pathology volume of native and allograft kidneys, native and allograft livers and intestinal transplant small bowel is approximately 2,500 specimens per year. Additionally, our Pathology Department in the subspecialty of medical renal pathology and electron microscopy is a main referral center to the other MedStar hospitals in the Maryland and Washington DC areas in the above specialties and is the only facility for Electron Microscopy. The fellow will be trained to interpret light microscopy, immunofluorescence, electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry and molecular diagnostics pertaining to transplant and native cases in the above fields. The fellow will become familiarized with the HLA typing/matching through the MedStar Georgetown histocompatibility laboratory. Through our official partnership with the pediatric nephrology department at the Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, D.C., the fellow will also gain a special perspective and unique competency in the diagnosis and management of pediatric transplant, kidney and liver diseases.

The fellow will also have multiple opportunities to participate and lead translational research projects locally and across

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and the fellow will take full advantage of the departmental clinical and research activities. In addition, the Center for Translational Transplant Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM) is fully available for the fellow to engage in ongoing research activities. The addition of the transplant, medical kidney and liver pathology fellowship will further help increase the support of the MGTI research program.

The educational mission of the fellowship program is to provide a comprehensive clinical diagnostic and translational research training in medical kidney, medical liver and transplant pathology with the emphasis on producing a competent academic diagnostician, a consultant, and an educator. The program aims to prepare a fellow to transition into an independent practice for both academic and private settings.

Drs. Furlong and Sidawy (middle) along with the resident class of 2019
Dr. Azumi, Pathology Chair at the 2019 resident graduation ceremony
Drs. Kwon (left) and Kallakury (right) at the USCAP 2020 meeting in Los Angeles