Program Goals


The goal of the transplant surgery training program at Columbia University Medical Center is to train individuals as surgeons and as leaders in the field of abdominal organ transplantation.

  • To provide trainees with actual knowledge and technical proficiency in the preoperative evaluation, operative management, and postoperative care of patients with end stage organ failure.
  • To provide trainees with technical proficiency in liver transplantation, renal transplantation, laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, and hepatobiliary surgery including laparoscopic liver surgery.
  • To provide trainees with understanding and experience in immunosuppression management.
  • To provide trainees with understanding methods to expanding access to transplantation for end-stage organ failure including the use of ECD organs, ABO incompatible transplants, living donor liver and renal transplantation.
  • To provide trainees the ability to evaluate donor organs and perform multi-organ procurements.
  • To provide experience in the management of patients in an intensive care setting.
  • To provide an environment in which clinical and basic science literature can be evaluated and assessed critically, leading to sound conclusions.
  • To provide the ability and desire to ask important questions and initiate investigative studies to further the science of transplantation.
  • To foster attitudes and interpersonal skills that will allow a trainee to communicate well with peers and patients, and to carry him or herself with dignity.