Transplant Surgery Fellowship

Our highly competitive 2-year Michigan transplant surgery fellowship program offers:

  • Comprehensive clinical experience: Transplant surgery fellows gain expertise in performing liver, kidney, and pancreas transplants in adults and children, and by the end of their fellowship are coaching junior colleagues through procedures. Fellows also gain experience in hepatobiliary surgery, a specialty found at few academic medical centers. But it’s not just about logging numbers of cases — as a transplant surgery fellow at Michigan, fellows learn to manage all aspects of patient care, including preoperative evaluation and testing, and long-term post-transplant care and immunosuppression.
  • Rich research opportunities: Fellows have their pick of opportunities among the section’s balanced portfolio of basic science research, translational research, and quality improvement and health outcomes research. With our partnerships across disciplinary lines — including nephrology, hepatology, infectious disease, bioengineering, and public health — fellows also develop advanced experience in team-based investigation. With our strong track record of industry and federally sponsored clinical trials, fellows also get exposure to the use of new medicines and the nuances of trial management.
  • Faculty who are national leaders: All our faculty are nationally recognized leaders in transplant surgery, with representation across national and international organizations, including the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Transplant Congress, and the Association of Academic Surgery. Faculty engagement in these prominent roles allows them to bring back the latest knowledge in the field to share with fellows. Fellows also get exposure to the work of these national societies and the part they play in setting the direction for education, policy development, and advances in our specialty.

Clinical Experience

Fellows gain well-rounded experience in liver, kidney, and pancreas transplants in adults and children, including complex cases and procurements from living and multi-organ deceased donors. By the end of the fellowship, fellows will have participated in:

  • 70 to 90 liver transplants
  • 50 to 70 kidney transplants
  • 10 to 15 pancreas transplants
  • 60 to 80 living donor procurements
  • 70 to 75 multi-organ deceased donor procurements
  • 100 vascular cases
  • 30 to 40 hepatobiliary cases

Our fellows are considered junior faculty members, and are an integral part of our team.

Core program faculty:

Research & Academic Opportunities

Fellows partner with section faculty on a range of research projects, from basic science to translational research, quality improvement initiatives, program management, and clinical trials. The University of Michigan frequently has the largest trainee representation at the American Society of Transplant Surgeons meeting and at the American Transplant Congress. One recent fellow research project on the National Living Donor Assistance Center examined how to make living organ donation less of a financial burden.

Learn more about transplant researchers’ areas of interest →

Current Fellows & Alumni

Our fellows go on to become the leaders and the best in the field after training with us at Michigan Medicine. They use the expertise they gain to provide advanced care to patients and to develop new innovations in research and education at top institutions throughout the country.

Get to know our current fellows →

Meet our alumni →

How to Apply

We participate in the sfmatch match, and all spots are available through the match. There will be one ASTS certified fellowship position through the sfmatch. All applicants for the ASTS/sfmatch slot must register through the sfmatch site.   Candidates should be eligible for Michigan State license.

To apply to the fellowship, please send:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in transplantation
  • 3 letters of recommendation and
  • Current curriculum vitae

to the attention of Crystal Kirklin at the section of Transplant Surgery's academic office .

Contact Us

Crystal Kirklin


Michigan Medicine

1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
UH-South F6689