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Program Coordinator, Transplant Anesthesia Fellowship Program
Maria-Cristina Wells-Albornoz, MHA, MPH
Phone: 305-585-1191, Option 2, 1
Email: mcwells@miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
Our program does not participate in a match program. The final fellowship selections are made among the interviewed candidates by the faculty and/or selection committee.

How to Apply:
To begin the application process, please email Maria-Cristina Wells-Albornoz at mcwells@med.miami.edu.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted beginning in September. While there is no deadline for applications, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Interviews are conducted from October to February.

Call Schedule

Call schedule includes weekdays and weekend beeper call, while preserving the weekly 80-hour limits.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency

1951 N.W. 7th Avenue Suite 220

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Step 2 Clinical Skills prior to the start of the program. For foreign applicants, an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates certificate is also required. Canadian physicians who are eligible for licensure may substitute documentation of successful completion of LMCC/MCCQU examinations in lieu of USMLE examinations.

Postgraduate Training:
There is no postgraduate training required.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Transplant Anesthesiology Fellowship

Mission & Vision:

Our mission at the Division of Solid Organ Transplant and Vascular Anesthesia is to serve our patient population to the best of our ability with integrity and empathy while training fellows to be great clinicians and future scientists.

We strive to deliver timely, safe and compassionate state-of-the-art care that embraces cultural values while respecting the needs of our diverse society. We provide excellence through the education and training of all learners.

Mission & Vision:

Our mission at the Division of Solid Organ Transplant and Vascular Anesthesia is to serve our patient population to the best of our ability with integrity and empathy while training fellows to be great clinicians and future scientists.

We strive to deliver timely, safe and compassionate state-of-the-art care that embraces cultural values while respecting the needs of our diverse society. We provide excellence through the education and training of all learners.

Program Director’s Welcome

We appreciate your interest in our program and look forward to showing you what makes us so proud of the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Transplant Anesthesiology Fellowship Program.

Each fellow administers more than 100 different transplant anesthetics per year under the direct supervision of full-time academic staff. Our graduates count themselves among the most well-trained transplant anesthesiologists in the country and all will agree they feel more than confident entering the workforce with the skills and expertise acquired over the course of our program.

Jackson Memorial Hospitalis a large, university-affiliated county hospital and is the perfect sponsor for your anesthesiology training. It is home to the Miami Transplant Institute, the largest transplant center in the U.S., performing some common (kidney, liver) and unique (intestinal, multivisceral and pancreatic) transplant procedures. Our transplant anesthesia division is very busy in clinical research and publications. Fellows get the chance to not only be a valued part of research projects, but to attend and present at a variety of anesthesia meetings.

The surroundings in which you train are an important aspect of selecting a fellowship program and Miami is a wonderful place to both live and work. Situated in one of the world’s premier destinations, we invite you to come see for yourself why patients, faculty and students from across the country and world are drawn to Miami and the UM/Jackson Health System.

-Division Chief Ramona Nicolau-Raducu, MD, PhD
-Director Fouad G. Souki, MD, MS

Program Director’s Welcome

We appreciate your interest in our program and look forward to showing you what makes us so proud of the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Transplant Anesthesiology Fellowship Program.

Each fellow administers more than 100 different transplant anesthetics per year under the direct supervision of full-time academic staff. Our graduates count themselves among the most well-trained transplant anesthesiologists in the country and all will agree they feel more than confident entering the workforce with the skills and expertise acquired over the course of our program.

Jackson Memorial Hospitalis a large, university-affiliated county hospital and is the perfect sponsor for your anesthesiology training. It is home to the Miami Transplant Institute, the largest transplant center in the U.S., performing some common (kidney, liver) and unique (intestinal, multivisceral and pancreatic) transplant procedures. Our transplant anesthesia division is very busy in clinical research and publications. Fellows get the chance to not only be a valued part of research projects, but to attend and present at a variety of anesthesia meetings.

The surroundings in which you train are an important aspect of selecting a fellowship program and Miami is a wonderful place to both live and work. Situated in one of the world’s premier destinations, we invite you to come see for yourself why patients, faculty and students from across the country and world are drawn to Miami and the UM/Jackson Health System.

-Division Chief Ramona Nicolau-Raducu, MD, PhD
-Director Fouad G. Souki, MD, MS

Fast Facts

Accreditation

None

Number of Fellows per Year?

4

Duration of Fellowship?

1 year

Program Highlights

1 of the largest transplant anesthesiology fellowship programs in the U.S.

1 of only 18 centers in the U.S. performing multivisceral transplants

100+ transplant anesthetics administered annually by fellows

Clinical Experience

Year 1

Fellows’ education is a priority of our program. Fellowship curriculum comprises three major areas: education, clinical experience and research experience.

Education

Fellows will be provided several lecture series, weekly anesthesia morbidity and mortality conferences, journal club and case presentations. The goal is for fellows to acquire comprehensive knowledge about the pathophysiology of donor and recipient disease in order to provide appropriate and effective care. In addition, a basic transesophageal echocardiogram course with simulation is designed to enhance knowledge and skills.

Fellows will be enrolled in the International Liver Transplantation Society to be able to access up-to-date information via ILTS.org.

Fellows are also provided time to attend the Perioperative Care in Liver Transplantation meeting that is held annually in October at the American Society of Anesthesiology.

Clinical Experience

The clinical program emphasizes extensive perioperative management. Fellows will participate in the preoperative evaluation of transplant candidates. They will also learn to perform comprehensive preoperative examinations for the purposes of transplant candidate selection, optimize perioperative patient care and will be able to discuss risks and benefits.

In addition, fellows will participate in the weekly multidisciplinary selection committee to discuss the candidate suitability for liver transplantation. Fellows should develop an understanding of what resources are required by the larger multidisciplinary team for efficient decision-making.

During the one-month intensive care unit rotation, fellows will follow and manage patients who underwent abdominal organ transplantation. Furthermore, up to a one-month rotation with Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency will broaden the fellows’ training relative to the organ procurement process.

Throughout the one-year fellowship, fellows are expected to cover at least 50 major, non-transplant cases: biliary reconstructions; esophagectomies; liver resections; living donor nephrectomies; major vascular surgeries; pancreatectomies; radical nephrectomies; surgeries in patients who have undergone previous transplantation; transplant patient’s bring-backs or Whipple procedures.

Additionally, the fellow will participate in at least 50 cases of liver transplantation including combined liver-kidney and multivisceral transplant. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in cadaveric kidney and pancreatic transplantation, intestinal transplantation, living-related kidney transplantation and pediatric liver transplantation.

At the end of the one-year fellowship, fellows will be able to manage the perioperative course of the critically-ill transplant patient, resulting in the following proficiencies: basic transesophageal echocardiography, managing large-volume resuscitations using the Belmont Rapid Infuser, managing the coagulopathy by using Thromboelastogram, placing invasive monitoring and running intraoperative dialysis.

Research Experience

Our program encourages liver transplant anesthesia fellows to participate in ongoing research projects or to initiate at least one new investigation project.

Fellows will learn to use statistical computer software (JMP Software from SAS) and create/maintain database systems. Fellows are expected to complete submission of a manuscript for peer-review and eventual publication. Research work will be presented at the Department of Anesthesia grand rounds.

Your Faculty

Behrouz Ashrafi, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Anesthesiology

Michael P. Demos, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Anesthesiology

Tosanath Leepuengtham, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Anesthesiology

Joshua Livingstone, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Anesthesiology

Vinaya Manmohansingh, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Anesthesiology

Ramona Nicolau-Raducu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Clinical Anesthesiology
Chief, Division of Solid Organ Transplant and Vascular Anesthesia

Yehuda Raveh, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Anesthesiology

Vadim Shatz, MDAssistant Professor, Clinical Anesthesiology

Fouad G. Souki, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Clinical Anesthesiology
Director, Transplant Anesthesia Fellowship Program

Alumni Placements Include:

Jackson Memorial Hospital
University of Alberta
University of Washington
Washington University in St. Louis
Yale University

Alumni Placements Include:

Jackson Memorial Hospital
University of Alberta
University of Washington
Washington University in St. Louis
Yale University