The goal of the transplant surgery training program at Columbia University Medical Center is to train individuals as surgeons and as leaders in the field of abdominal organ transplantation.
- To provide trainees with actual knowledge and technical proficiency in the preoperative evaluation, operative management, and postoperative care of patients with end stage organ failure.
- To provide trainees with technical proficiency in liver transplantation, renal transplantation, laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, and hepatobiliary surgery including laparoscopic liver surgery.
- To provide trainees with understanding and experience in immunosuppression management.
- To provide trainees with understanding methods to expanding access to transplantation for end-stage organ failure including the use of ECD organs, ABO incompatible transplants, living donor liver and renal transplantation.
- To provide trainees the ability to evaluate donor organs and perform multi-organ procurements.
- To provide experience in the management of patients in an intensive care setting.
- To provide an environment in which clinical and basic science literature can be evaluated and assessed critically, leading to sound conclusions.
- To provide the ability and desire to ask important questions and initiate investigative studies to further the science of transplantation.
- To foster attitudes and interpersonal skills that will allow a trainee to communicate well with peers and patients, and to carry him or herself with dignity.