Welcome to the Abdominal Transplant Fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This program is designed to provide comprehensive training in multi-organ 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 more than 250 kidney transplants, more than 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 more than 100 laparoscopic donor nephrectomies, 100 hepatobiliary procedures and more than 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 multi-organ abdominal transplant surgery. The transplant surgery fellowship is accredited by the ASTS, and accepts one fellow per year. Each fellow will spend 12 months on the kidney/pancreas/dialysis access service and 12 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 three years of residency training in the United States. UAB participates in the San Francisco Matching Program’s Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship Match. Applications should be submitted through the San Francisco Match. The application cycle for fellowships beginning in August 2020 opens on Jan. 16, 2019. There is no deadline to apply; however, it is recommended that applications be completed by Feb. 13, 2019, in order to have ample time to schedule interviews.

Please direct inquiries to:


Program Director
Douglas J. Anderson, M.D., M.S.





Office Associate
Jeffery Steele




Mailing Address
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Fellowship Director, Abdominal Transplant Surgery
Lyons-Harrison Research Building, Room 728
701 19th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294