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Surgery Creates Division of Transplant Surgery

The Department of Surgery at the UT Graduate School of Medicine has added a Division of Transplant Surgery to its residency program. While General Surgery residents in their second and third years have had exposure to transplantation before, the dedicated rotation allows residents unique exposure and in-depth educational experience in a subset of patients with high complexity as well as exposure to the immunologic and infectious disease aspects of the care of a transplant patient.

Oscar Grandas, MD, Chief and Associate Professor, Surgery’s Division of Transplant Surgery, said, “Not all residency programs have transplant rotations. The medical and surgical complexity of the transplant recipients makes the rotation an excellent educational opportunity for residents because they can learn medical management of complex patients and public policy associated with organ allocation in addition to surgical techniques.

“The clinical training program in general surgery is dedicated to providing a comprehensive training program, and offering transplantation adds to the overall learning of the residents.”

The Division of Transplant Surgery provides opportunities for resident participation in the diagnosis, evaluation, and surgical management of patients with end stage renal disease in need for kidney transplantation. The division consists of three full-time transplant surgeons. In addition, there are three minimally invasive surgeons from the divisions of General Surgery and Urology that also participate in the living donor procedures.

The Transplant Center at the medical center performs approximately fifty kidney transplants a year and actively participates with the United Network for Organ Sharing in the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

Residents participate in all surgical aspects associated with organ donation and transplantation. The residents’ primary responsibility is the care of the kidney transplant recipients, to lead the multidisciplinary transplant rounds and to participate in deceased donor, live donor and transplant recipient surgeries. Residents also perform vascular access procedures while on the rotation.

Learn more about the Transplant Surgery rotation.

Posted April 6, 2015

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