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

Why should you choose Cleveland Clinic Florida 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 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.Our newly established living donor program, is a collaboration with our expert clinicians from Cleveland, which is one of the largest living donor programs 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.

Our large volume kidney transplant program allows training in living donor open and laparoscopic nephrectomies and kidney transplantation, along with skill development in histocompatobility and immunosuppression management.

In addition, we actively participate in paired exchange programs, which further increased our Living Donor Kidney Transplant volumes.

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.

Antonio Pinna, MD

Antonio Pinna, MD
Program Director



The Abdominal Transplant Fellowship requires completion of a general surgery residency. The program is 12 months of clinical and research activity designed for trainees who are seeking training in organ transplantation. During this period, trainees will 1) be well exposed and gain valuable insights into the detailed work-up and perioperative management of organ transplantation receipts and 2) gain intensive advanced training in abdominal surgery.

The fellowship has been designed to provide comprehensive training in patient care, surgical techniques, and clinical research. The medical management before transplantation focuses on organ failure patients and candidate selection. Teaching the cutting edge surgical techniques of donor and recipient operations including living donor allograft implantation aims to polish the surgical skills of the transplant fellow, increase the creativity and broaden the surgical ability to safely handle this unique subset of patients. The fellow will master the post-operative care of the most complex and highly immunogenic allograft: recipients including monitoring of immunosuppression and critical care management with prompt response to the post-operative medical and surgical complications. The abdominal transplant fellow is intended to develop a cumulative experience in the medical and surgical treatment of patients with organ failure.



We require the following supporting documents to be submitted before your application will be considered:

  • Fellowship application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement, specifically addressing your academic goals and research interests in Abdominal Transplant Surgery
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Cleveland Clinic Florida sponsors J-1 and H1-B visas

Inquiries regarding the program can be directed to:

Diana Niño
Manager, Graduate Medical Education

Current Fellow

Current Fellow

Class of 2021

Renana Yemini, MD
Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University
Tel-Aviv, Israel



Please refer to the table below for new salary rates, effective July 1, 2020:

Grad Level Current Pay Rate
1 $54,335
2 $56,411
3 $58,098
4 $60,734
5 $62,983
6 $65,817
7 $69,696
8 $73,694

Paid Time Away: Vacation, Maternity, & Paternity

  • Vacation – 3 weeks (15 working days) provided at the beginning of each academic year
  • Maternity – 6 weeks paid leave for natural childbirth or adoption; 8 weeks for cesarean section.  Additional time off unpaid up to a maximum of 12 weeks under the Family Medical Leave Act.
  • Paternity – 2 week paid leave. Additional time off unpaid up to a maximum of 12 weeks under the Family Medical Leave Act. 


  • Healthcare – Cleveland Clinic Florida covers 50% of annual Healthcare Plans for Clinical Trainees and their families. Effective on the first day of training with no waiting period.
  • Dental and Vision Care – Cleveland Clinic Florida covers 100% of annual Dental and Vision Care Plans for Clinical Trainees.
  • Maternity Care – 100% coverage is provided through the health care plan that you select within the plans guidelines.
  • Pharmaceuticals – As outlined by the Cleveland Clinic Florida Health Plan.
  • Malpractice – Paid by the Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation/Cleveland Clinic Florida. Limited to activities within the training program.
  • Life Insurance – $25,000 term group policy.

Travel Privileges and Other Education Activities

PGY 2s and 3s that meet eligibly criteria as outlined in the Graduate Physicians Manual may be approved to attend academic meetings for the purpose of presenting or engaging in leadership roles within national societies will be eligible up to 5 days per academic year with a maximum reimbursement of $1,200 per academic year.