Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship

Our fellows, Jenny Pan, MD and Peter Than, MD at work

The mission of the Stanford Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program is to train the future leaders in organ transplantation. This very competitive fellowship accepts one or two applicants each year through the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) fellowship match.

The two-year program provides advanced training in liver, kidney, pancreas and intestinal transplant and is accredited for liver and kidney transplantation by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (since 1995). In addition, fellows receive training in laparoscopic donor nephrectomies, living donor liver operations, deceased donor procedures, pre- and post-surgery transplant management, and hepatobiliary surgery. Fellows will also receive extensive training in pediatric transplantation from the busiest pediatric transplant program in the country.

Our large clinical volume coupled with the academic environment and strong basic science at Stanford University makes this fellowship a premier training program. We expect that trainees of our program will emerge as technically competent in clinical transplantation but also as scholars in the immunology and basic science underpinnings of transplantation.

Clinical Responsibilities

The clinical responsibilities of the Transplant Fellow include participating in the evaluation of all potential recipients and live donors. The Fellow will be called upon to meet with new patients to discuss the proposed surgery and long-term process of transplantation. The Fellows take an active role in assessing transplant candidates at the weekly transplant evaluation meetings. During these meetings the difficult decisions regarding candidacy and pre-operative work-up are discussed.

Fellows are expected to manage transplant recipient care with the help of a multidisciplinary team, which consists of transplant fellows, surgical residents, medical colleagues, transplant nurse coordinators, social workers and dieticians.  Orders and decisions about immunosuppression are made by surgeons in concert with medical colleagues.

After a period of training as first assistant in the operating room, the Fellow will act as the primary surgeon under the guidance of the attending surgeon. The Fellow will also perform general surgery procedures related to transplantation and associated diseases (e.g., biliary tract reconstructions).

Fellows will take part in the selection and procurement of deceased donor abdominal organs.  After achieving proficiency, they will become the lead procurement surgeon. The fellow will also learn the techniques for laparoscopic donor nephrectomies, living donor partial hepatectomies, split liver transplantation and procurement of organs from donors after cardiac death.

The Fellows attend the following conferences:  Grand Rounds, Patient Selection, Patient Management, Liver Pathology, Liver Transplant Radiology, Journal Club, Transplant Research and monthly Morbidity and Mortality.

In addition to their clinical responsibilities, the fellows are expected to publish one or two peer-reviewed journal articles per year and are given the opportunity to attend at least one transplant related meeting annually (such as the yearly meeting of the ASTS).

Fellowship Application Information

Application Website (Must use SF Match Central Application Service)

The Abdominal Transplant Surgery Match will be administered through the San Francisco Match and will feature a central application service. Applicants will be required to submit a distribution list and will pay according to the number of programs they apply to. To review the distribution fees and more information, visit the SF Match website. The application was developed by the ASTS Fellowship Training Committee.


Must have completed general surgery training by start date of our fellowship (August 1st of each year)

Must be eligible for obtaining a California State Medical License

Must NOT require a Visa (we cannot accept applicants requiring a visa at this time)

Important Dates

The application site will open mid-January

Applications are due by February 15th

Interviews will occur from March to May of each year

Current Fellows


Jenny Pan, MD

General Surgery Residency: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA


Aleah Brubaker, MD, PhD

General Surgery Residency: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Peter Than, MD

General Surgery Residency: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA


Fellowship Coordinator Gioia Zucchero, M.A.


Division of Abdominal Transplantation
Stanford University School of Medicine
750 Welch Road, Suite 319
Palo Alto, CA  94304

e: gioia@stanford.edu
p: (650) 498-5689