Oregon Health & Science University was the first health facility in the Western United States to initiate a transplant program. Since the founding of the program in 1959 it has transplanted more than 5,000 organs, currently transplants over 150 organs each year, and has been training transplant medicine fellows for the past twenty-five years. The Transplant Medicine training program is accredited by the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Nephrology.
Our program is designed to provide all-inclusive training in renal transplant medicine. Our faculty is strongly committed to the training process and fosters collegial relationships among the physicians, surgeons, pathologists, infectious disease specialists, and pharmacologists who specialize in transplantation. The medical transplant team at OHSU has primary responsibility for prescribing and adjusting immunosuppression, providing medical support for inpatients, and managing patients in the outpatient clinics. This primary and direct responsibility for patient care is a strong advantage of the OHSU training experience.
Training is further enhanced by weekly transplant grand rounds, renal transplant biopsy conference, and a comprehensive didactic program that covers basic topics in transplantation.
During this one-year fellowship, the fellow will spend a minimum of six months on the kidney/pancreas transplant inpatient service and twelve months in the kidney/pancreas transplant outpatient clinics. The fellow will also spend time in the Immunogenetics Laboratory learning basic principles of tissue typing and learning deceased donor management with the organ transplant recovery team. There will also be protected time to conduct a clinical research project in transplantation.
At the completion of training, the fellow will meet all UNOS, AST, and ASN requirements to function as a UNOS-designated transplant physician and medical director of a kidney/pancreas transplant program.
OHSU is located in Portland, Oregon, one of the most livable cities in the United States. Portland is known for its beauty, bicycle-friendliness, comprehensive transit system, land use regulation, progressive societal and environmental thinking, and ready access to outdoor recreation activities on Oregon's mountains, rivers, and coastline.