Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to the Cleveland Clinic ASTS accredited Liver/Kidney Transplant and Hepatobiliary Fellowship.

Why should you choose Cleveland Clinic as your training institution? The answer is simple: what you learn early on in your career will shape forever your future career!

We strongly believe that the ideal training program should provide the right mix of education, clinical volume, academic complexity and innovation.

Our fellowship is an integrated program of liver/ kidney transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery. Our high volume liver and kidney transplant programs continue to grow every year. Our large hepatobiliary practice is the perfect environment to provide excellent oncologic and liver resection teaching. We believe that liver transplantation and oncological liver surgery are one inseparable entity.

Every day we strive to innovate and increase access to transplantation by expanding the donor pool. This is why we created and clinically tested the first non-commercial ex-vivo liver preservation device in the world. Our living donor program is one of the largest in the country. We recognize that this is not enough and we implemented strategies to increase the much safer transplant of left lobe living donor grafts with outstanding outcomes. We are one of few programs around the world to offer laparoscopic living donor hepatectomies. Our liver transplant oncology program is paving the way in this exciting field.

The natural collaborations with our world-renown cardiothoracic and lung transplant teams led to one of the most active program of simultaneous open heart surgeries and liver transplantation, combined heart- and lung-liver transplants.

At the Cleveland Clinic, we educate our fellows to become leaders in the field of transplantation by never accepting the status quo and by embracing relentless innovation. Our goal is to attract the finest candidates.

I look forward to receiving your application,

Teresa Diago Uso, MD

Teresa Diago Uso, MD | Liver Kidney Fellowship Program Director | Cleveland Clinic

Program Director
ASTS Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship

Program Description

Program Description

This fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic is an American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) accredited 2-year program offering comprehensive training in liver and kidney transplantation, and advanced hepatobiliary surgery. We appoint 2 fellows annually through the SF Match scheme. Our program boasts a substantial volume of transplantation activity, having averaged 160 liver and 200 kidney transplants annually over the past two years.

Deceased donor organ transplantation

There is a significant amount of deceased donor activity in our region with ample opportunities in brain-dead, including split liver and DCD organ procurements. We provide a wealth of experience in the use of marginal/extended criteria organs including those obtained following donation after circulatory death (DCD). The program also provides pediatric liver transplantation services.

Living donor organ transplantation

The fellowship provides ample exposure to living donation for kidney and liver transplantation. The liver department has maintained an active living donation program since 2012, and performed 26 living donor liver transplants in 2019. We are one of a handful of centers in North America to offer purely laparoscopic living liver donation. The donor nephrectomy program has also remained very active over the years, averaging well over 60 cases annually.

Clinical innovation

The department consistently endeavors to be at the forefront of innovations in the field of transplantation. A substantial number of simultaneous organ transplants, including liver-kidney, liver-lung and liver-heart are performed, not to mention an appreciable volume of combined coronary revascularization - liver transplantation procedures. The program also provides liver transplantation as treatment for hilar cholangiocarcinoma and colorectal liver metastases, within the realm of specialized institutional protocols, which fellows get valuable exposure to.

Under the umbrella of approved research protocols, we also maintain an active ex-vivo machine-perfusion program for expanding the use of deceased donor livers.

Lastly, we are the only center in the country to offer deceased donor uterine transplantation to women with absolute uterine factor infertility.

Hepatobiliary Surgery

The hepatobiliary surgery program averages approximately 150 cases annually with approximately 60% cases being performed laparoscopically, and the provision of appropriate, focused training. An increasing number of major hepatectomies are currently performed using a purely laparoscopic approach.

In-patient team structure

The liver in-patient service is heavily supported by a team a dedicated Critical Care Team and 6 physician assistants committed to pre- transplant care, ICU and post-operative care. Fellows gain intensive training in the peri-operative management of transplant recipients, and patients recuperating following liver resections. The kidney service is led by the Department of Urology and Transplant Nephrology, and fellows rotate here for a total duration of 6 months in their 2 years of training, sharing responsibilities with a dedicated ASTS kidney transplant fellow (appointed every 2 years). There is flexibility built into this schedule to accommodate the needs of fellows who wish to have added kidney experience.

There is a strong emphasis on academic activity with plenty of opportunities and guidance for the conduct of clinical projects towards presentations at national/international fora and publications. Fellows also lead bi-monthly in-house academics which include morbidity/mortality conferences, readmission meetings and journal club sessions.

In summary, we provide a fertile environment that enables the provision of high quality surgical training and the development of our fellows into competent multi-organ transplant surgeons.

Faculty

Faculty

Leadership

Teresa Diago Uso, MD | Liver Kidney Fellowship Program Director | Cleveland Clinic

Teresa Diago Uso, MD, Fellowship Program Director

Venkatesh Krishnamurthi, MD | Liver Kidney Associate Fellowship Program Director | Cleveland Clinic

Venkatesh Krishnamurthi, MD, Associate Fellowship Program Director

Transplant Surgeons

Mohamed Eltemamy, MD
Mohamed Eltemamy, MD
Associate Staff
Koji Hashimoto, MD, PhD
Koji Hashimoto, MD, PhD
Director of Living Donor and Pediatric Liver Transplantation
Charles Miller, MD
Charles Miller, MD
Enterprise Director for Transplantation
Cristiano Quintini, MD
Cristiano Quintini, MD
Director, Liver Transplantation
Alvin Wee, MD
Alvin Wee, MD
Surgical Director, Renal Transplantation Program

Giuseppe D’Amico, MD | Liver Kidney Fellowship Program Faculty | Cleveland Clinic
Giuseppe D’Amico, MD
Staff

Kazunari Sasaki, MD | Liver Kidney Fellowship Program Faculty | Cleveland Clinic
Kazunari Sasaki, MD
Staff

Fellows and Alumni

Fellows and Alumni

Current Fellows

Second Year:

laia coromina
Laia Coromina Hernandez, MD

tarokh morteza
Morteza Tarokh, MD

First Year:

junshi joi
Junshi Doi, MD

yasser fouda
Yasser Fouda, MD

Alumni

Giuseppe D’Amico, MD
2017-2019
Clinical Associate
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA

Amit Nair, MD
2017-2019
Clinical Scholar
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA

Maheshwaran Pitchiamuthu, MD
2016-2018
Staff
Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Kazunari Sasaki, MD
2016-2018
Clinical Associate
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA

Kareem Eid, MD
2015-2017
Staff
Presbyterian Medical Group, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Giuseppe Iuppa, MD
2015-2017
Staff
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Emmanouil Palaios, MD
2014-2016
Staff
Broward Health, Broward, FL, USA

Lisa Louwers, MD
2014-2016
Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, USA

Galal El-Gazzaz, MD
2013-2015
Staff
Broward Health, Broward, FL, USA

Mario Spaggiari, MD
2013-2015
Director, Abdominal Transplant Fellowship
University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA

Mustafa Nazzal, MD
2012-2014
Staff
Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO, USA

Norio Kawamura, MD
2012-2014
Staff
Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

Melissa Gibbs, MD
2011-2013
Staff
Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, GA, USA

Peter Hodgkinson, MD
2010-2012
Staff
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Queensland, Australia

Teresa Diago Uso, MD
2009-2012
Director, Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA

Masato Fujiki, MD, PhD
2009-2012
Staff
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA

Ganesh Gunasekaran, MD
2008-2010
Staff
The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, USA

Kenzo Hirose, MD
2006-2007
Staff
University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA

Cristiano Quintini, MD
2006-2007
Director, Liver Transplantation
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA

Koji Hashimoto, MD, PhD
2006-2008
Director, Living Donor and Pediatric Liver Transplantation
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA

Federico Aucejo, MD
2004-2006
Director, Liver Cancer Program
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA

Naveed Ahmed, MD
2004-2006
Staff
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Curriculum

Curriculum

Training and proficiency in deceased-donor organ procurement and back-table allograft preparation is emphasized during the first year of fellowship. Fellows spend nine months in the liver transplantation service during which time they also participate in the recipient hepatectomies and organ implantation, and patient management on liver transplant service and transplant ICU (with the support of a total of 6 physician assistants and 2 general surgery residents). Intensive training is also provided in the management of patients with end-stage organ liver failure. Hepatobiliary lists run concurrently and are accordingly managed. The remaining three months of the first year are spent in the kidney transplantation service where fellows are taught donor procurement and kidney transplantation. The transplant fellow provides medical care for the inpatient kidney transplant service with the support of Urology residents and one ASTS kidney transplant fellow. Emphasis is placed on surgical procedures related to kidney transplantation, including deceased donor organ recovery and laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy.

The second year of fellowship is similarly divided between both services, with the final 6 months being spent on the liver service. Fellows gain further independence and versatility with abdominal organ transplantation, and increased exposure to living donor hepatectomy, split-liver procurement, and advanced hepatobiliary surgery including major resections for cancer and laparoscopic hepatectomies. In addition, training for ancillary procedures such as ablative liver interventions is provided. Similarly, fellows improve on their skillset within the realm of kidney/pancreas transplantation upon rotating through this service in their second year, and become competent in deceased donor kidney transplantation whilst accumulating significant skills in laparoscopic kidney donation.

Training Modules

Each fellow will be required to complete ASTS educational on-line modules in liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation during the 24 month fellowship period. This will be monitored by the Program Director and Coordinator.

Research

Scholarly activities in the form of clinical research are emphasized throughout the entire fellowship period. Fellows are encouraged to study a clinical question, present at scientific meetings and compose related manuscripts. The Cleveland Clinic provides numerous resources to assist Fellows in these pursuits, including access to a transplant specific database and biostatistical help.

Computer facilities include the EPIC Integrated Health Care System and the Electronic Database Interface for Transplantation (EDIT), which allows electronic access to medical records, laboratory data and outpatient records, with HIPAA compliance. Research inquiries are performed under IRB regulated. Fellows are assigned to a variety of clinical research and review projects during their fellowship, including the recent usage of machine perfusion technology for liver transplantation.

Clinical Conferences 

Each month the fellows present cases for Morbidity and Mortality, and Readmissions Conferences to the whole department. The conference faculty moderator selects cases for presentation based on their teaching merit, and moderates the discussion. Fellows delve into the pertinent literature while focusing on clinical decision making, analyze reasons for any complications and discuss alternative management options. The main focus of the conference is towards improving clinical decision making and enhancing patient care.

Weekly selection committee meetings are held separately for liver and kidney transplant candidacy and fellows are expected to attend.

In addition, each subspecialty holds its own conferences (IBD, Liver Transplant, HPB, Intestinal Transplant, Pathology, Clinical Nutrition, etc.) These conferences are made available to all fellows that wish to attend them.

Seminars by Cleveland Clinic and visiting faculty are also delivered during Grand Rounds on a periodic basis. Presentations are on a broad range of topics, including clinical topic updates, world health, surgical history, etc. 

Application Process

Application Process

The program accepts two fellows per year. We participate in the SF Match. All applicants must apply through the SF Match Website. All applicants must have completed a medical school degree. Additional information on Transplant Surgery Fellowships can be located on the ASTS Website.

Living in Cleveland

Living in Cleveland

Cleveland is a Midwestern city with an upbeat atmosphere at low cost living. Cleveland is also home to the second largest theater district in the U.S. just below NYC, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Christmas Story House from the 1983 film as well as beautiful Lake Erie Beaches.

Lakefront and Sports. Our harbor area features the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Great Lakes Science Center and Cleveland Clinic OMNIMAX Theater, and the Cleveland Browns football stadium. Cleveland also is home to Indians baseball and Cavaliers basketball.

Culture. Cleveland Clinic is located near University Circle, the center of the city's cultural and educational offerings. Around the Circle are Case Western Reserve University, Severance Hall (home of the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra), the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Botanical Garden, to name but a few.

Shopping. Just outside of Downtown Cleveland are shopping havens featuring a number of high-end retailers. Beachwood Place, La Place, Eton and Legacy Village are located on Cleveland's East Side; Crocker Park is located on Cleveland's West Side.

Parks and Recreation. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Cedar Point amusement park offer fun for the entire family. The Metroparks that surround the city are perfect for golfing, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and ice skating.

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Contact Us

Contact Us

Liver/Kidney Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Fellowship

Teresa Diago Uso, MD
Program Director, Transplant Surgery Fellowship
216.442.5355
diagot@ccf.org

Brandon New
Transplant Surgery Fellowship Coordinator
216.445.3388
newb@ccf.org

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