Transplant Surgery Fellowships

Abdominal Transplantation 

The Division of Abdominal Transplant Surgery offers a two year abdominal transplantation fellowship accredited by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. The program has approval to train three fellows every two years. Interested candidates must have a medical degree or equivalent, ability to obtain medical license to practice in Indiana, and completed a general surgery residency. The emphasis of this program is clinical with an orientation toward academic practice. We are one of a small handful of programs that has the necessary volume to train fellows in all organ systems.


Training occurs at Indiana University Health, University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. We endeavor to prepare fellows to be competent, independent practitioners in transplantation with knowledge in all solid organs. We train each fellow to be able to assess patients for transplantation, manage them intra-operatively and be able to care for the immunosuppressed patient post-operatively.


The fellows alternate between the Kidney/Kidney-Pancreas Service and the Liver/Intestine/Multivisceral Service. In addition, the fellows participate in the following: Cadaveric donor procurement; Living Donor Nephrectomy; Kidney, Kidney/Pancreas, Liver, Small Bowel, and Multivisceral transplantation; and acute and chronic surgical problems (i.e., Transplant Nephrectomy, tracheostomy, fascial closure, and wound hernia repair). The fellows are responsible for mentoring the medical students and residents on their rotation, as well as attending Grand Rounds and other teaching sessions.


There are opportunities during training to conduct and write clinical research papers as well as participate in laboratory research.


To apply for a transplant fellowship position, please email an updated CV, 3 letters of recommendation an ECFMG certificate (if applicable) to: rgerding(at)


Shekhar Kubal, MD, PhD
Director, Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program


Rhonda Gerding
Coordinator, Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program

Department of Surgery | 545 Barnhill Drive, Emerson Hall 203, Indianapolis, In 46202 | Phone: (317) 274-5771