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Program Manager, Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program
Maria Esther Fonseca
Phone: (305) 355-1035
Email: mef179@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
All positions are filled through the SF Match Program. We do not offer out-of-match positions.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the SF Match Program’s Central Application System.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted from January to April. Interviews are held from February to May.

Call Schedule

Yes (no in-house rotations).

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Miami Transplant Institute

1801 NW 9th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination prior to acceptance into the program.

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of successful graduation from a residency program in general surgery (American board certified or eligible/or foreign equivalent) or board-certified urologist.

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 Surgery Fellowship

Mission & Vision

The objective of our University of Miami/Jackson Health System Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program is to develop proficiency in the surgical and medical management of patients with end-stage organ diseases amenable to transplantation. This objective should be achieved through a 24-month structured supplemental program for the study and treatment of these diseases in an accredited and properly supervised transplant surgery fellowship.

Mission & Vision

The objective of our University of Miami/Jackson Health System Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program is to develop proficiency in the surgical and medical management of patients with end-stage organ diseases amenable to transplantation. This objective should be achieved through a 24-month structured supplemental program for the study and treatment of these diseases in an accredited and properly supervised transplant surgery fellowship.

Program Director’s Welcome

The Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program has been a part of Jackson Memorial Hospital for more than 30 years. Jackson Memorial Hospital is a large, university-affiliated county hospital and is a unique setting for your certified surgical transplant experience, providing training in basic certification in liver and kidney transplantation, and also special certification in intestine and pancreas transplantation.

Program Director’s Welcome

The Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program has been a part of Jackson Memorial Hospital for more than 30 years. Jackson Memorial Hospital is a large, university-affiliated county hospital and is a unique setting for your certified surgical transplant experience, providing training in basic certification in liver and kidney transplantation, and also special certification in intestine and pancreas transplantation.

Our faculty has academic appointments in the Department of Surgery at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. A joint program between the UM Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital, theMiami Transplant Institute is one of the largest transplant programs in the country. This designation places the MTI in the unique position to provide a significant surgical experience for fellows in intestine, kidney, liver and pancreas transplants, as well as multi-organ deceased donor procurement. The living donor kidney program performs between 60 and 100 kidney transplants annually. Our fellows are able to learn laparoscopic live donor kidney procurement and have the unique opportunity to learn how to manage kidneys on the preservation machine. In addition, our fellows become facile in transplant immunology and participate in novel immune-suppression protocols.

Our graduates count themselves among the most well-trained transplant surgeons in the country, and are confident in their surgical skill set and management of transplant patients. Fellows participate in all aspects of transplant medicine, including selection of both deceased donors and living donors, as well as recipients.

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 the University of Miami/Jackson Health System.

-Linda Chen, MD, FACS

Description

Our graduates count themselves among the most well-trained transplant surgeons in the country, and are confident in their surgical skill set and management of transplant patients. Fellows participate in all aspects of transplant medicine, including selection of both deceased donors and living donors, as well as recipients.

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 the University of Miami/Jackson Health System.

-Linda Chen, MD, FACS

Fast Facts

Accreditation

ASTS

Number of Fellows per Year?

4

Duration of Fellowship?

2 years

Program Highlights

#1 ranking in volume of pediatric intestine & pancreas transplants

2nd largest transplant center in the U.S.

60-100 kidney transplants performed annually

Clinical Experience

Overview

Fellows are involved with journal club; morbidity and mortality meetings; pathology conferences; selection committees; quality assurance and performance improvement projects/initiatives; tumor board and a variety of core conference didactic teaching sessions, as well as multidisciplinary conferences that are held on a weekly basis. Complicated cases of transplant candidates are also presented at pre-transplant committee meetings for multidisciplinary discussion. Lectures on clinical and experimental transplant and transplant immunology are provided by faculty members and invited speakers approximately once a month. Specialists give lectures and rounds on a regular basis for topics on interpretation of biopsies; critical care; histopathology; infectious diseases, post-transplant management; radiological interpretation; tissue typing and transplant anesthesia. In-depth discussions, which are not only encouraged but essential to the program and fellow training, will also be carried out on many of these topics.

Fellows will be required to partake in scholarly activities such as participation in abstracts, research projects or other published work with individual mentoring from faculty members.

Fellows receive a printed curriculum outlining key topics for mastery and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons Academic Universe will be required on a monthly basis.

Year 1 (PGY-6)

First-year, PGY-6, fellows will become practiced in deceased donor multi-organ procurement organ recovery; kidney/pancreas transplant and living donor nephrectomies over the course of six months. The remaining six months will be spent on deceased donor multi-organ procurement organ recovery and liver/intestine/multivisceral transplant.

Year 2 (PGY-7)

Second-year, PGY-7 fellows will expand their practice of deceased donor multi-organ procurement organ recovery; kidney/pancreas transplant and living donor nephrectomies over the course of six months. Over the next six months, fellows will continue enhancement of their deceased donor multi-organ procurement organ recovery and liver/intestine/multivisceral transplant practice, while adding the transplant surgical intensive care unit into the mix.

The second year rotation schedule is potentially flexible and may be adjusted depending on the fellow’s personal primary interest and future job opportunity. (this is dependent on several factors, including, but not limited to, fellows meeting the volume requirements for the liver-kidney certificate and fellow interest in specialist certificates, e.g., intestine or pancreas.)

Your Faculty

George W. Burke, III, MD, FACS
Professor, Clinical Surgery, Kidney Pancreas Transplantation

Linda J. Chen, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor, Clinical Surgery, Kidney Pancreas Transplantation
Director, Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program
Surgical Director, Live Kidney Donor Program

Gaetano Ciancio, MD, MBA, FACS
Professor, Surgery and Urology
Associate Director, Kidney and Kidney/Pancreas Transplantation
Director, Transplant Education and Research of Minority Groups

Jose M. Figueiro, MD
Associate Professor, Clinical Surgery, Kidney Pancreas Transplantation

Mahmoud Morsi, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Surgery, Kidney Pancreas Transplantation

Rafael Miyashiro Nunes dos Santos, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Surgery, Liver/GI Miami Transplant Institute

Gennaro Selvaggi, MD
Associate Professor, Clinical Surgery, Liver/GI Miami Transplant Institute

Akin Tekin, MD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Surgery, Liver/GI Miami Transplant Institute

Rodrigo Vianna, MD, PhD
Chief, Liver/GI Services, Department of Surgery,
Director, Transplant Services
Professor, Clinical Surgery

Alumni Placements Include:

Cleveland Clinic
Mercy Health – Toledo
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Valley View Medical Center
Various private practices

Alumni Placements Include:

Cleveland Clinic
Mercy Health – Toledo
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Valley View Medical Center
Various private practices