Transplant Surgery Fellowship
This Transplant Surgery Fellowship training program is certified by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.
The Fellowship Program in the Abdominal Organ Transplantation Program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC) has been in place since 2007. The program is a two year fellowship and as of July 2012 expanded to accepting one fellow per year.
In 2010, a total of 210 patients received transplants, which is the first time that the program has surpassed 200 total patients transplanted in a 12 month period. 2010 was our 6th consecutive year in excess of 150 total transplants and ranks us among the top 20 most active kidney and pancreas transplant centers in the country. The Abdominal Organ Transplantation Program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center celebrated several milestones in 2010. October 23, 2010 marked the 40th anniversary of the kidney transplant program. In 2010, kidney transplant #2000 was performed. As of January 1, 2011, 2,168 total kidney transplants have been performed at WFBMC. A total of 998 kidney transplants have been performed during the past 7 years, including over 100 kidney transplants annually (average 143 kidney transplants per year) since 2004. In October, 2010, we performed the 160th pancreas transplant (including 125 simultaneous kidney-pancreas and 35 solitary pancreas transplants) since the inception of this program in 1992. As of January 2011, the kidney and pancreas waiting list included 799 candidates of which 52% were active.
The program is designed as a combined academic, clinical, educational, and research experience of 2 years in duration in kidney and pancreas transplantation. In the first year, the fellow will be exposed to the educational and teaching components listed below and will function with close supervision in the clinical components listed below. In the second year, the fellow will participate in the Academic/Research components listed below and function semi-independently from a clinical perspective. The fellow's education and responsibilities evolve with experience and clinical exposure during the training period.
There are two locations utilized for pre-transplant and post-transplant outpatient activities, and a third location for inpatient activities. The main Transplant Clinic and most of the transplant team personnel are located off-campus at a free standing outpatient facility, whereas all remaining services are located at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.