Nature of Training
- The goal of the program is to train tomorrow’s leaders in academic Hepatology who will become faculty at medical schools throughout the country. The fellowship year is ACGME accredited and will qualify candidates for advanced UNOS certification in Liver Transplantation. It also offers thorough exposure to both outpatient and inpatient management of a wide variety of acute and chronic liver diseases. The Section maintains a busy inpatient and consultation service, and provides clinical support to one of the largest liver transplant programs in the United States. The University of Florida performed the first liver transplant in the State of Florida and currently performs between 60 and 80 transplants per year. The 8 faculty of the Section also have strong clinical and basic research interests, focusing primarily on the immunopathogenesis, treatment of chronic hepatitis B & C, NAFLD and PBC. Our faculty are fully trained Hepatologists as defined by the Task Force on Training in Hepatology (Berk PD, et al). There are currently more than 10 active clinical trials and several additional ancillary studies. The Liver Research Unit has an impressive record of academic achievement with more than $8 million in research funding and nearly 200 publications. In addition, the Liver unit is part of an active NIH funded training program and has a proud history of training both clinical and basic research hepatologists. In addition, all fellows are required to participate in a meaningful clinical or translational research project, with the goal of developing an independent research career in Hepatology and compete for extramural funding.
- The fellows and faculty in the program will share patient co-management responsibilities with transplant surgeons from the preoperative phase to the outpatient period.