Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship

"Our kidney transplant program is committed to making transplantation a reality to as many patients as possible.  It is our goal to train fellows who will be prepared to handle the most challenging medical, surgical and immunological barriers in order to achieve a successful outcome for our patients."

Sophoclis Alexopoulos, M.D. Sophoclis Alexopoulos, M.D.
Chief, Division of Transplantation
Medical Director, UC Davis Transplant Center
Professor, Department of Surgery
Lea K. Matsuoka, M.D. Lea K. Matsuoka, M.D.
Section Chief, Liver Transplantation and
Hepatobiliary Surgery, UC Davis Transplant Center
Professor, Department of Surgery

About The Program

Total Kidney Transplants Graph year-over-yearThe Abdominal Organ Transplant Surgery Fellowship at the University of California Davis Medical Center offers fellow physicians a two-year experience that includes all aspects of adult and pediatric kidney transplantation, laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy, and multiorgan recovery.  The fellowship accepts one applicant every other year through the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) fellowship match.

The training program provides personalized advanced training in high volume adult and pediatric kidney transplantation, both living and deceased donor organs, laparoscopic living donor nephrectomies, vascular and peritoneal dialysis access, cystoscopies with stent removals, as well as multiorgan procurement, organ bench preparation, and organ preservation.  We are also one of the few programs in the country to perform pediatric en-bloc kidney transplantation and have the world’s largest experience in the field as an added unique component of our training program.  The program is accredited for kidney transplantation by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. 

Living Donor Kidney Transplants year-over-yearThrough a comprehensive didactic curriculum, weekly small group teaching sessions with program faculty, and transplant conferences, fellows develop a deep understanding of the pre-transplant evaluation and post-transplant management, including immunosuppression as well as complex vascular access evaluation and treatment.

Consistently ranked as one of the busiest kidney transplant programs in the country with over 300 kidney transplants performed annually, the addition of a strong academic institution with abundant research opportunities makes UC Davis a leading training program.