The MedStar Health—Georgetown University Hospital Fellowship Program in Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery

Under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Fishbein, the MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute (MGTI) offers one of the best abdominal transplant fellowships in the country. MGTI annually performs more that 110 liver transplants, 200 kidney transplants, 20-25 intestinal/multivisceral transplants, 20 pancreas transplants, and over 150 major hepatobiliary cases. As one of only centers in the United States for intestinal/multivisceral transplants, MGTI has distinguished itself as a leader in the field, and is a referral center nationally and internationally.

The fellowship provides an extensive clinical experience in:

  • Liver transplantation – both adult and pediatric
  • Live donor liver transplantation
  • Kidney transplant
  • Kidney swaps and exchanges
  • Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy
  • Pancreas transplant
  • Intestinal and multivisceral transplantation – both adult and pediatric
  • Hepatobiliary surgery
  • Donor procurements

The MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute takes either one or two fellows every other year. We are searching for highly motivated individuals who are ready to commit to training and one of the premier facilities in the country. The fellowship program in ASTS certified, and uses the NRMP match system.

View the Application Information page for details on how to apply.

Why train here

Fellows will reap the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to care through collaboration with:

  • Hepatobiliary and transplant surgeons

  • Anesthesiologists

  • Gastroenterologists and advanced endoscopists

  • Diagnostic and interventional radiologists

  • Hepatic pathologists

  • Nurse practitioners and physician assistants

  • Transplant coordinators

  • Social workers

  • Professionals from other disciplines

They will be exposed to deceased donor, living donor, domino, pediatric, and multi-organ transplants during their training.

Additional training benefits:

  • Exposure to pre-liver transplant patients with a broad array of acute and chronic liver diseases

  • Gaining expertise in the management of patients with benign and malignant hepatobiliary tumors

  • Experience performing procedures such as upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, and liver biopsy

  • Six-month outpatient rotations where fellows will perform endoscopic procedures and biopsies

  • Learning the multidisciplinary approach to patient management before and after liver transplantation

Fellows are expected to attend and be active participants in a variety of conferences on transplantation, gastroenterology, hepatology, pathology, and other subjects.

A complete didactic curriculum and commitment to training are embedded in our program. We are searching for highly motivated individuals who want to commit to training at one of the premier transplant centers in the U.S.


This one-year fellowship is based primarily at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Fellows will complete 10 months of in-house training at MedStar Georgetown, as well as one elective month and one month of research. Fellows will spend approximately six months on the inpatient hepatology service and about the same amount of time in the outpatient clinics.

The first six months of the program are designed to see that fellows progress from advanced beginner to competent practitioner. During the second six months, fellows’ skills progress from competent to proficient to ready and commence independent practice.

As skill levels develop and certain milestones are met, portions of patient care may be delegated by the supervising attending. Each fellow is expected to serve in a supervisory role to the residents, medical students, and gastroenterology fellows rotating on the service.

Over the course of the 12-month curriculum, transplant hepatology fellows will understand the indications, contraindications, and side effects of immunosuppressive medications and other agents applicable to the post-transplant setting.

Application information

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