It is my pleasure to introduce to you the Vanderbilt ASTS Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery Fellowship.  This two-year fellowship is accredited by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons to offer training in liver and kidney transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery. The programs perform about 140 liver, 300 kidney, and over 100 major hepatobiliary cases each year. We serve patients from both Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Nashville Veterans Administration Hospital on Vanderbilt's main campus. The fellow will participate in the pediatric liver and kidney transplant programs at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and our live donor liver and kidney transplant programs, including laparoscopic and robotic donor nephrectomies. In addition to a robust operative experience, fellows will receive training in all aspects of transplant care including donor management and procurements, dialysis access, hepatobiliary, pre-transplant evaluations, and both inpatient and outpatient management.

The fellowship is also designed to foster the development of surgeons as researchers.  As a top 10 NIH-funded institution, Vanderbilt offers an ideal fusion between patient care, research and research support.  Fellows will be encouraged to create research projects under the mentorship of faculty and staff. We hope you will consider our fellowship for your training in abdominal transplant and hepatobiliary surgery.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can be of assistance. 



Rachel Forbes, MD, MBA, FACS
Program Director, Vanderbilt ASTS Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery Fellowship 
Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of Kidney & Pancreas Transplantation
Surgical Director of Living Donor Kidney Transplantation

Laura Hickman

Laura Hickman, MD, MS
Associate Program Director, Vanderbilt ASTS Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Surgery