Renal Transplantation Fellowship
Renal Transplantation Fellowship
Renal Transplantation Fellowship
Renal Transplantation Fellowship

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Transplant Program

 

Welcome to Our Family!

The Vanderbilt Transplant Center is a leading provider of organ transplantation in the Southeast, giving hundreds of people new hope and longer life each year. In 2021, we celebrated our 32 years of providing lifesaving transplants to people from all over the world.

The Transplant Fellowship at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been designed to provide a comprehensive experience in the pre-and post-operative care of the transplant patient. This is a 1-year program accredited by the American Society of Transplanation. Upon completion of the training, the individual will be a UNOS-certifies Transplant Nephrologist.

The Vanderbilt University Division of Nephrology is pleased to offer training toward certification in Transplantation Medicine. This one-year training experience begins at the time a candidate is Board eligible or certified for the subspecialty of Nephrology. This experience fulfills the extant requirements established by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) for individuals to stand as the approved transplant internist for any program.The training program, by offering a training experience formally certified by the ASN/AST Credentialing program, includes a six-month clinical experience in which the trainee will manage at least 30, renal transplant recipients, as the primary caregiver in both in- and outpatient settings, donor evaluation, pretransplant and recipient evaluation, and all prominent features of the clinical experience. The trainee is expected to manage immunosuppression, fluid-electrolyte balance, acid-base balance, blood pressure and glucose control, and anti-infective prophylaxis for all newly engrafted recipients.

There is also an additional six months of elective time including rotations through transplant pathology, tissue typing, organ bank activities, transplant of other organs, pediatric renal transplantation, and research. Each trainee is expected to be a participant in a clinical and/or basic transplant research project during the year with the expectation that publishable data will be obtained by the trainee.

In addition to these clinical and research activities, the training program includes a Journal Club, weekly Transplant Research Conference, weekly Transplant Patient Conference, monthly Renal Transplant Biopsy Conference, as well as other didactic activities in the Division of Nephrology.

 

We are now accepting applications for our Transplant Fellowship for 2022-2023 

Application Instructions:

Download Application Form

Please provide the completed application, your CV, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation via email to lindsey.schindler@vumc.org or mail to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Renal Transplant Fellowship, Att: Lindsey Schindler, 1161 21st Ave. S., MCN S-3307, Nashville, TN 37232.

 

Meet our Team:

Saed Shawa, MBBS

Saed H. Shawar, MBBS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Program Director,
Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Program
saed.h.shawar@vumc.org 

Kelly A. Birdwell, MD, MSCI
Assistant Professor of Medicine
kelly.birdwell@vumc.org

Beatrice P. Concepcion, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Medical Director,
Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Program
beatrice.p.concepcion@vumc.org

Dr. Helderman

J. Harlod Helderman, MD, FASN, FAST
Professor of Medicine
hal.helderman@vumc.org

Dr. Ikizler

Talat Alp Ikizler, MD
Professor of Medicine
alp.ikizler@vumc.org

Dr. Langone

Anthony J. Langone, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
anthony.langone@vumc.org

Dr. Schaefer

Heidi M. Schaefer, MD
Professor of Medicine
heidi.schaefer@vumc.org

 

 

Current Fellows:

Laura Binari, MD

Laura Binari, MD
Clinical Fellow Instructor
laura.a.binari@vumc.org

Kazem Fallahzadeh, MD

Kazem Fallahzadeh, MD
Clinical Fellow Instructor
kazem.fallahzadeh@vumc.org