The Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship is an American Society of Transplant Surgery-accredited, two-year fellowship seeking applicants with mature clinical judgment, demonstrated operative independence and a desire to advance the field of transplant surgery. Under the direction of James Markmann, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Transplantation at Mass General and the Claude E. Welch Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, the fellowship offers extensive clinical and research experience tailored to each fellow’s individual goals.

Our graduates are leaders in academic transplant surgery:

NameDates of TrainingCurrent Position
John D. Whelchel 1/1/73-6/30/74 Chief, Transplant Unit, Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia
Francis L. Delmonico 7/1/74-6/30/76 Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
James F. Burdick 1/1/76-6/30/77 Director, Transplantation, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
Charles F. Shield 7/1/77-6/30/79 Chief, Transplant Unit, St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita, KS
Boyd N. Winslow 7/1/79-12/31/79 Private Practice, Children’s Urology of Virginia, Richmond, VA
Gregory E. Scott 1/1/80-6/30/80 Deceased
Michael P. LaQuaglia 7/1/80-6/30/81 Chief, Pediatric Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Robert C. Burton 9/1/80-8/31/81 Dept. of Epidemiology & Preventative Medicine, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
Gregory J. Jaffers 7/1/81-6/30/83 Chief, Transplant Unit, Scott & White Hospital, Temple, TX
Paul W. Nelson 7/1/82-6/30/84 Professor of Surgery, St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
J. Richard Thistlethwaite 7/1/83-6/30/84 Transplant Unit, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Hugh Auchincloss, Jr. 7/1/84-12/31/84 Principal Deputy Director, Immune Tolerance Network, NIAID, Washington, DC
John D. Hughes 7/1/85-6/30/87 Department of Vascular Surgery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Harry C. Yang 7/1/86-6/30/87 Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation, Pinnacle Health System, Harrisburg, PA
David J. Conti 7/1/87-6/30/89 Chief, Transplant Unit, Albany Medical Hospital, Albany, NY
Jon C. White 7/1/88-6/30/89 Department of Surgery, Veterans Affairs Hospital, Washington, DC
J. Kelly Wright 7/1/89-6/30/90 Chief of Hepatobiliary Surgery/Liver Transplant, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Craig E. Haug 7/1/90-6/30/92 Department of Surgery, Shattuck Hospital, Boston, MA
John A. Powelson 7/1/91-6/30/93 Transplant Unit, Indiana University Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
James Eason 7/1/92-6/30/94 Director, Transplant Institute, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN
Mark W. Johnson 7/1/93-6/30/95 Transplant Unit, Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia
Amelia Bartholomew 7/1/94-6/30/96 Transplant Unit, University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Dicken Ko 7/1/95-6/30/97 Surgical Director, Renal Transplant,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Gregory Abrahamian 7/1/97-6/30/99 Transplant Unit, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
William Goggins 7/1/99-6/30/01 Transplant Unit, Indiana University Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
Tatsuo Kawai 7/1/99-6/30/01 Surgical Director, Vascular Access,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Matthew Nuhn 7/1/01-6/30/04 Chief, Transplant Unit, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
Nahel Elias 7/1/02-6/30/04 Transplant Center,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Jonathan Mercer 1/1/04–6/30/05 Private Practice, Flathead Urology, LLC, Kalispell, MT
George Tsoulfas 7/1/04-6/30/06 Department of Surgery, Thessaloniki University, Greece
Peter Kennealey 7/1/07-6/30/09 Director of Vascular Access Surgery, University of Colorado
Reza Saidi 7/1/06-6/30/10 Transplant Unit, UMass Medical Center, Worcester, MA
Manish Varma 7/1/09-6/30/11 Chief of Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary- Pancreatic Unit, Apollo Health City, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, A.P., India
Paulo Martins 7/1/10-6/30/12 Clinical & Research Fellow,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
James McDaid 7/1/11-6/30/13 Clinical & Research Fellow,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Yohei Yamada 7/1/12-6/30/14 Clinical & Research Fellow,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA


Fellows will be selected through the Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship Match operated by the National Resident Matching Program. All applicants must have:

  • Completed a general surgery residency or urology residency program by the fellowship start date
  • Passed the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) for Steps One, Two and Three
  • A Massachusetts Medical License (or be eligible for one)

Interested applicants are welcome to visit our program on an informal basis at their convenience throughout the year. Formal interviews for fellowship positions are held in March or April in the year prior to the anticipated start date.


The American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) Academic Universe provides an educational guide for trainees as they progress through their fellowship. All fellows are expected to complete the required curriculum modules to complement their clinical activities. In addition to the ASTS curriculum, the fellowship program will emphasize the following clinical aspects of organ transplantation:

Organ Procurement:

  • Donation after brain death
  • Donation after cardiac death
  • Laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy
  • Laparoscopic-assisted living donor hepatectomy
  • Back table organ preparation with or without complex reconstruction
  • Donor/recipient matching

Organ Transplantation (Adult and Pediatric Recipients):

  • Kidney transplant (deceased and living donor)
  • Liver transplant (deceased and living donor)
  • Pancreas/Islet transplant

Non-Transplant Operations:

  • Vascular dialysis access (fistula and grafts)
  • Peritoneal dialysis access (open and laparoscopic)
  • Complex hepatobiliary surgery (pre- and post- transplant patients)
  • General surgery (pre- and post-transplant patients)

Post-Operative Management:

  • Immunosuppression (for induction, maintenance or rejection)
  • Infectious disease prophylaxis and complications
  • Post-transplant medical and surgical complications

Fellows will obtain additional proficiency in the areas of outpatient clinic management, selection conference, histocompatibility and crossmatching, and transplant pathology.

Clinical Experience

The transplant surgical fellow is responsible for leading the clinical team under the direct guidance of the surgical and medical transplant attending staff. The fellow also supervises the Mass General house staff and Harvard Medical School  students, provides daily teaching, and coordinates patient care with nursing staff and consultant services.
The Mass General fellowship is unique in its ability to be tailored to the fellow’s goals.

Fellows with interest in kidney transplantation and research can expect to complete approximately 100 kidney transplants, 40 laparoscopic donor nephrectomies, as well as deceased donor procurements, general surgery for transplant patients, and dialysis access procedures. Fellows will also have dedicated time to pursue basic science research, clinical research or intensive training in clinical islet transplantation.

Fellows interested in liver and kidney transplantation, as well as hepatobiliary surgery, can expect to complete approximately 100 liver transplants, 60 kidney transplants, 40 laparoscopic donors, as well as deceased donor procurements, general surgery for transplant patients, dialysis access procedures and 30 complex hepatobiliary cases.

Fellows are appointed as clinical fellows in surgery at Harvard Medical School. Salary is commensurate with level of training and benefits include malpractice, health, and disability insurance, as well as a computer, cell phone, office and attendance at an annual conference.

Research Experience

Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the greater Boston area provide a rich environment to pursue basic science or clinical transplant research or additional intensive training in clinical islet transplantation. The Division of Transplant Surgery provides resources to assist with grant writing and manuscript preparation.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted throughout the year leading up to the match process. To apply, please send the following documents to jmarkmann@partners.org:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Personal statement (one-page maximum)
  3. Three letters of recommendation


Contact Us

James F. Markmann, MD, PhD, Chief, Division of Transplantation

Massachusetts General Hospital

WHT 517A55 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114-2696
  • Near Public Transit
  • Phone: 617-643-4533
  • Fax: 617-643-4579
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