Welcome to the Abdominal Transplant Fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This program is designed to provide comprehensive training in multiorgan transplantation at one of the nation's busiest transplant centers. The program is accredited by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and offers fellows the opportunity to become proficient in kidney, liver and pancreas transplantation.

The strength of the UAB transplant program lies in its sheer surgical volume. UAB consistently ranks among the highest volume transplant programs in the United States, annually performing over 250 kidney transplants, over 100 liver transplants, and 10-20 pancreas transplants. Fellows also participate in approximately 125 annual deceased donor organ recoveries with the Alabama Organ Center, a single-center OPO. In addition to organ transplant procedures, transplant surgery fellows will receive exposure to over 100 laparoscopic donor nephrectomies, 100 hepatobiliary procedures, and over 800 dialysis access procedures performed each year to supplement their experience. Trainees will also receive broad training in immunosuppressive management, preoperative evaluation, post-transplant care and long-term follow-up. Fellows are offered the opportunity to participate in clinical research, and attendance at national meetings is encouraged and supported.

Program Description

The UAB Abdominal Transplant Fellowship is a two-year fellowship for individuals who have completed a general surgery residency and wish to specialize in multiorgan abdominal transplant surgery. The transplant surgery fellowship is accredited by the ASTS, and accepts one fellow per year. Each fellow will spend twelve months on the kidney/pancreas/dialysis accessservice and twelve months on the liver/hepatobiliary service. Both fellows perform deceased donor organ recovery with faculty members and evenly share call responsibilities. The transplant services are supplemented by UAB's general surgery residency, as well as nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Case Volume


Primary Surgeon

First Assistant

Kidney transplant



Liver transplant



Pancreas transplant



Deceased donor organ recovery



Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy



Application Guidelines

The program welcomes applications from general surgery residents who will have completed their residency training by the time the fellowship begins. All applicants must be eligible to obtain a medical license in the state of Alabama. In order to obtain an unrestricted medical license in Alabama, graduates of medical schools outside of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico must have completed at least 3 years of residency training in the United States. UAB participates in the National Resident Matching Program Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship Match. The program requires applicants to apply directly to UAB and then register and submit a match list through NRMP.

Interested applicants should submit:

  1. Current copy of curriculum vitae
  2. Personal statement
  3. Three letters of recommendation, including one letter from the residency program director or department chairman

Please forward information either electronically or via hard-copy to:

Program Director
Stephen Gray, M.D.




Office Associate
Karen Yekel


Mailing Address
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Fellowship Director, Abdominal Transplant Surgery
LHRB 728
701 19th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294