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Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

General Overview:

The Transplant Hepatology Fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center is designed to provide advanced training in liver disease and liver transplantation for candidates intending to pursue a career in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology. Candidates are required to have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in internal medicine and they must be board eligible or board certified in internal medicine. The Transplant Hepatology Fellowship is intended to provide a comprehensive academic educational program with advanced clinical training, research, and local, regional, and national conferences.

The duration of the fellowship is one year. During the fellowship, the fellow will be provided with the opportunity to fulfill UNOS qualifications for a liver transplant physician. They will be given the opportunity to observe the liver transplant operation and to attend organ procurements. The fellow will follow post-liver transplant patients at least weekly in the outpatient clinic. Fellows will see patients with liver diseases of all types and severity including patients with mild liver fibrosis undergoing antiviral therapy for hepatitis C to patients with end stage liver disease undergoing liver transplantation. Clinic is held three times a week. Inpatient responsibilities include rounding on pre and post liver transplant patients and formulating a plan that will be presented to the liver attending.

Under the mentorship of one of the liver faculty, fellows are expected to conduct clinical research with the expectation they will present their research at one of the national liver meetings such as AASLD, ACG, or ATC.  They will be responsible for submitting the research proposal to the IRB and following through with the research plan, submission of an abstract and manuscript. Approximately 25 percent of the fellow’s time is devoted to research.

The educational component of the fellowship revolves around local conferences conducted at Carolinas Medical Center, which include medical grand rounds, liver pathology conference, weekly transplant selection conferences, liver-GI Journal Club, and monthly hepatobiliary conferences. Regional conferences include Carolinas Medical Center’s CME Liver Course.  Fellows attend at least one national conference.  Fellows will also work with other members of the liver faculty which include Philippe Zamor, MD, Paul Schmeltzer, MD, and Herbert Bonkovsky, MD.  Carolinas Medical Center has an ACGME-accredited Gastroenterology Fellowship Program.

If interested in the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship please contact Nancy Frazier at 704-355-7479 or nancy.frazier@carolinashealthcare.org.

Mark Russo, MD

Profile of the Program Director

Mark Russo, MD, MPH, FACG, AGAF, received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan and his Master's in Public Health from School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina. He completed his training in gastroenterology and transplant hepatology at The University of North Carolina.

He was faculty in the liver transplant programs at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan and The University of North Carolina where he earned the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine. He is currently the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at Carolinas Medical Center.

His research interests include viral hepatitis, liver transplant, hepatocellular carcinoma and drug-induced liver injury.

He has published over 70 peer-reviewed publications and five book chapters.

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