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 and 200 kidney transplants and over 100 major hepatobiliary cases.  We also staff the transplant programs at the Nashville Veterans Administration Hospital.  The fellow will participate in growing pediatric liver and kidney transplant programs as well.  In addition to a robust operative experience, fellows will receive training in all aspects of transplant care including donor management and procurements, live-kidney donation, vascular access, 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 tap into the vast resources the medical center has to offer in order to create research projects under the mentorship of faculty and staff during four months of dedicated research and elective time.  Fellows will be encouraged to publish their work and present it nationally.

We hope you will consider our fellowship for your formative training in transplant and hepatobiliary surgery.  You can email to begin the application process.  As important is our desire to support fellows as they develop into resilient leaders in transplant surgery.  Although I have left only one sentence to state this, it is intentionally my “bottom line.”  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if I can be of assistance.  With very best wishes,


Sunil K. Geevarghese, MD, MSCI, FACS
Program Director, Vanderbilt ASTS Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery Fellowship
Associate Professor of Surgery, Radiology and Radiological Sciences


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