Transplant Fellowship

The two-year Transplant Surgery Fellowship at The University of Nebraska Medical Center is divided into two services. Transplant fellows will spend the majority of their first year on the kidney/pancreas service. While on the kidney/pancreas service, fellows are responsible for the clinical organization of the transplant service. Other residents rotating on kidney and liver services include mid-level general surgical and urology residents from UNMC, Creighton, Michigan State University or Mercy One (Des Moines, IA). During the kidney/pancreas service year fellows are involved with multi-organ donor operations. While on the Kidney/Pancreas service they will be trained in Donor Nephrectomies (Laparoscopic, Hand assisted & Robotic) as well as Dialysis access procedures.   Early in the fellowship, the fellows are provided training in the performance of multi-organ procurement that includes liver, kidneys, pancreas and small bowel. They are also trained on utilizing the TransMedics perfusion pump.  The second year on our transplant fellowship is primarily spent on the liver/small bowel transplant/Hepatobiliary/Intestinal Rehab service. The transplant fellows will be trained to perform Liver, intestinal, multi-organ transplants, liver resections, pancreatic surgeries and complex intestinal surgeries.  The program also affords fellows experience in robotic liver and pancreas surgery.

ASTS Fellowship Information

For information about this fellowship, please contact Fellowship Coordinator, Becky Palensky

Luciano M Vargas, MD
Professor,  Division of Transplant Surgery
Director, Transplant Surgery Fellowship

Former Fellows