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Hepatology Fellowship

The training program in Advanced Hepatology and Liver Transplant at Western University is 1 – 2 years in duration. It is offered at the Multi-Organ Transplant Unit, University Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre. The program provides the trainee with opportunities to develop all of the skills requisite to the practice of Advanced Hepatology and Liver Transplant. The cornerstone of the hepatology fellowship is involvement with the Western University Liver Transplantation Program. Since inception in 1983, the London program remains one of the largest programs in Canada and typically performs 50 - 70 transplants per year. The program is active in living donor liver transplantation (LDLT), deceased cardiac donation (DCD) and neurological determination of death (NDD). The referral base is from across Canada hence we care for a wide variety of liver and metabolic diseases. The Liver Fellow will be involved in pre and post operative management of transplant recipients. Fellows will also participate in general and theme oriented hepatology clinics with the staff of 5 Hepatologists. Endoscopy training will include gastroscopy, variceal band ligation, Variceal glue injection, Colonoscopy, Liver biopsy, and paracentesis. There are opportunities for research projects involving viral hepatitis, hemochromatosis, fatty liver and transplantation. There are strong linkages between the Hepatology service and Gastroenterology, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Pathology and Interventional Radiology. Weekly activities encompass Hepatobiliary/Liver Transplant grand rounds, Histopathology rounds, and the Liver Transplant selection board meeting. Add a monthly Journal Club where cutting-edge hepatology and liver transplantation topics are discussed. We also share nationally with the Hamilton Hepatology team’s Journal Club following significant meetings such as AASLD and EASL. Liver fellows typically share a call schedule with senior surgical trainees in the liver transplantation surgical fellowship program (1 in 4). Renumeration is equivalent for a PGY-6 salary. Applicants typically have successfully completed a certified fellowship in Gastroenterology but there is flexibility in the entry requirements. Hepatology is not a certified subspecialty by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Our liver transplant program is accredited by the American College of Transplantation and liver fellows may be eligible to write the new American examinations in Liver Transplantation.

Liver fellows typically share a call schedule with senior surgical trainees in the liver transplantation surgical fellowship program (1 in 4). Renumeration is equivalent fo a PGY-6 salary. Applicants typically have successfully completed a certified fellowship in Gastroenterology but there is flexibility in the entry requirements. Hepatology is not a certified subspecialty by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Our liver transplant program is accredited by the American College of Transplantation and liver fellows may be eligible to write the new American examinations in Liver Transplantation.

For further information on how to apply:

If you would like to apply for the Liver Fellowship you should contact Karim Qumosani, Program Director.