Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary (HPB)

The OHSU hepato-pancreatico-biliary (HPB) fellowship program is designed to draw from the multidisciplinary strengths of faculty members in abdominal organ transplant/hepato-pancreatico-biliary surgery, surgical oncology, and general surgery. The fellowship is aimed to complete the specialty training of well-trained general surgeons. The program is two years in duration with the first year focused on clinical, basic and translational research, organ procurement and liver transplantation and the second year focused on hepato-pancreatico-biliary surgery. Graduates complete the program with substantial technical expertise in liver resection, complex biliary reconstruction, pancreas resection, liver transplantation, organ procurement, and minimally invasive liver and pancreatic surgery and techniques of liver tumor ablation.

Ultimately the HPB fellowship program is designed to produce superb technical surgeons with a thorough understanding of the clinical and translational aspects of HPB disease and who will be poised to provide leadership and mentoring in the advancement of HPB surgery in coming years in and outside the United States. For more information, visit our listing on the website of the Fellowship Council.

Fellowship Information

Program Director

Susan Orloff, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Program Co-Director

Kevin Billingsley, M.D.

Coordinator

Katherine Rose Franklin

Contact

Address
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Mailcode: 590
Portland, OR 97239

Phone
 503 494-2744

Fax
503 494-5292

Email

Number of Fellows (per year; July 1 to June 30)

2

Application process

Apply for our fellowship through the Fellowship Council.

Number of Faculty

3

Salary/Year

Dependent upon PGY level; 2011-2012 range: $62,200 to $68,200.

Case mix/number of cases

See Fellowship Council.

Strengths of program

HPB fellows are thoroughly trained in the evaluation and clinical decision making for patients with benign liver masses, primary liver, bile duct and gall bladder cancer, management of metastatic cancer to the liver, complex biliary diseases that need reconstruction such as bile duct injuries sustained during gall bladder surgery and biliary strictures after liver transplantation, straight forward liver transplantation, abdominal organ procurement, and neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases of the pancreas and duodenum. In addition, experience in portal HTN surgery with portasystemic shunts are a part of the fellowship curriculum. While the program is not aimed to train liver transplant surgeons, the fellows benefit from broad exposure to organ retrieval, recipient hepatectomy and liver transplantation. Fellows are expected to develop independent clinical and translational research skills.

Clinic or office experience

HPB fellows are required to attend clinic according to faculty schedules and assume primary responsibility for diagnostic work-up and treatment plans.

Interaction with general surgery residents

The HPB fellows are a part of the surgical team and thus will interact with general surgery residents and medical students. The fellows are expected to participate in teaching opportunities surrounding the daily care of surgical patients.

Conferences

Conferences include the biweekly periampullary and pancreatic oncology conference, weekly multi-disciplinary HCC tumor conference, GI/Oncology Conference, weekly surgical grand rounds, and weekly Morbidity & Mortality conference.

Outside rotations

N/A

Research year

Yes, combined with procurement and transplant coverage.

Requirement for paper

Fellows will be expected to develop independent clinical and translational research skills. Under faculty guidance fellows are expected to design and complete a research project, with presentation at local, national and international HPB conferences, and publication of their work.