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Subspecialty Careers: Transplant Hepatology

The Discipline
The word hepatology is derived from the Greek word hepato, meaning "liver".

Training
Transplant Hepatology training involves one year of additional clinical training after completion of both residency in internal medicine and fellowship training in gastroenterology. Candidates must also complete the following procedural requirements: performance of at least 30 percutaneous liver biopsies, including allograft biopsies; interpretation of 200 native and allograft liver biopsies; and knowledge of indications, contraindications, and complications of allograft biopsies. For more on training requirements, visit the ABIMís Web site: www.abim.org/certification/policies/imss/thep.aspx.

Certification
The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) jointly developed the Transplant Hepatology Certification Program. Before becoming certified in Transplant Hepatology, physicians must be ABIM certified in internal medicine and maintain a current, underlying certificate in gastroenterology. For more on certification requirements, visit the ABIMís Web site: www.abim.org/certification/policies/imss/thep.aspx.

Training Positions

For the 2011-2012 academic year, there are 36 ACGME-accredited training programs in Transplant Hepatology with 26 trainees.

Major Professional Societies

  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)
    1001 North Fairfax, Suite 400
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Phone: (703) 299-9766
    Fax: (703) 299-9622
    E-mail: aasld@aasld.org
    Web site: http://www.aasld.org

  • International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS)
    15000 Commerce Parkway, Suite C
    Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
    Phone: (856) 439-0500
    Fax: (856) 439-0525
    Web site: http://www.ilts.org

Major Publications



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