The VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center offers the following fellowship programs:
- Transplant Nephrology Fellowship approved by the American Society of Transplantation
- Transplant Hepatology Fellowship accredited by the ACGME
- Two-year Transplant Surgery Fellowship approved by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Fellowship training in transplantation began at VCU in 1969, with more than 300 fellows receiving their training here in kidney and liver transplantation. The nephrology transplant fellowship has been accredited continuously by ASTS since 1981 and the liver transplant fellowship since 1996.
Hume-Lee Transplant Program details
The clinical transplant program includes liver, kidney and pancreatic transplantation, and is supervised by four transplant surgeons, three transplant nephrologists, three transplant hepatologists, pediatric transplant physicians and a Ph.D. immunologist.
Specialized care of kidney, liver and pancreatic transplant recipients takes place in an intermediate care transplant unit, while a multidisciplinary transplant clinic run by nephrologists, hepatologists and surgeons hosts all preoperative evaluations as well as long-term postoperative follow-ups. The program also includes nurse practitioners, physician assistants, a transplant pharmacist, a transplant infectious disease physician, transplant coordinators, nurses and an administrator.
Each year, our center performs 50 to 60 liver transplants, approximately 130 living and deceased kidney transplants and six to 12 simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplants. An additional 400 or so major surgical cases are performed on dialysis and transplant patients per year.
Our patient and graft survival results in kidney and liver transplantation historically have been well above the national average — a reflection of the quality of our transplant program and our ongoing commitment to meticulous patient care. Our center has one of the longest continuous transplant records in the world, with some cases of kidney transplant patient survival exceeding 25 years.
Transplant fellowship training at the VCU Medical Center always has been highly sought after because the training is, and always has been, a hands-on experience for the fellow. Our high volume of evaluation, work-up and postoperative care of transplant recipients provides fellows and surgical residents a broad range of clinical experience in transplantation.