Transplant & Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery Fellowship

Training in Transplant & HPB Surgery

Thank you for your interest in our 2-year ASTS-accredited Transplant and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Surgery Fellowship Training Program. The surgical responsibilities of the Transplant-HPB Surgery Fellow are all encompassing in our efforts to train and mentor a safe, thoughtful, and technically proficient Transplant and HPB Surgeon. Surgical responsibilities are structured to provide graded responsibilities based upon the fellow’s clinical and operative progression. We accept 1 surgical fellow each year via the SF Match.

Department Chair: Mohamed E. Akoad, MD FACS
Fellowship Program Director: Sarah Meade, DO
Fellowship Program Coordinator: Nancy Crowley

Meet the Staff

Fellowship Information

About the Program

The Transplant-HPB Surgery Fellowship at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center consists of 24 months of continuous clinical training in all aspects of liver & kidney transplantation and hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) surgery.

Transplant-HPB Surgery Fellows participate and are integrated in all aspects of care involved with the liver transplant recipient, kidney transplant recipient, living donor (liver or kidney), or the HPB surgical patient.

This includes the comprehensive evaluation (both inpatient and outpatient) of all necessary and required diagnostic testing in the preoperative setting, the appropriateness of the abdominal transplantation or HPB surgical operation for the individualized patient, all technical aspects of these transplant operations (donor and recipient) and HPB surgical operations performed, as well as the care of these patients in the postoperative setting.

The operations a surgical fellow can expect exposure to over the course of his/her fellowship training include multi-organ abdominal procurement, deceased donor liver transplant, living donor liver transplant, deceased donor kidney transplant, living donor kidney transplant, simple and complex HPB operations including, but not limited to, major hepatectomy, segmental hepatectomy, pancreaticoduodenectomy, distal pancreatectomy, resection of the extrahepatic biliary tree and/or other complex biliary operations including hilar cholangiocarcinoma resection.  Surgical responsibilities and expectations progress in a graded fashion dependent on the level of training of the incoming fellow and increases as the fellow gains technical proficiency over the course of their 2-year fellowship.

Surgical fellows have access to our advanced HPB and Transplant Robotics Program, including the robotics simulation curriculum, as well as graded independence in the performance of simple and complex HPB operations using the robotics platform.

Surgical fellows are expected to attend a number of weekly multidisciplinary meetings (e.g. organ-specific transplantation meetings, mortality & morbidity meetings, HPB tumor board conferences, transplant pathology conferences).

There is also a fellow-run weekly conference which includes the discussion and review of current/seminal transplant and HPB literature, as well the completion of the assigned ASTS fellowship training curriculum.

There are other Transplant-related fellowship training programs, namely the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program and the Transplant Anesthesia Fellowship Program available within the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.

Program History
  • July 14, 1983, a team led by Dr. Roger Jenkins performed the first successful liver transplant in New England
  • Our transplant team performed the first successful living donor liver transplant in New England (and 10th in the United States) in 1998
  • Our team has completed the greatest number of liver transplants in New England over the last three decades
  • We have one of the largest live donor liver transplant programs in the United States
  • Renowned transplant pioneer Roger L. Jenkins, MD, has trained many of our surgeons
Current Fellows
  • Bobby Yu (2024 – Current)
  • Keith Bernis (2023 – Current)
Past Fellows

Graduates of our fellowship have gone on to be leaders in transplantation around the country. Learn about our alumni below.

Year of Training Name Current Position 
2022-2024 Andrew Kamrouz  
2021-2023 Despoina Daskalaki
Transplant & HPB Surgeon 
Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA
2020-2022 Miguel Tobon Lascano Transplant & HPB Surgeon
Wayne State-Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI
2019-2021 Suman Koganti HPB Surgeon 
Riverside Surgical Associates, Lowell, MA
Sarah Meade Transplant & HPB Surgeon 
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, MA
2018-2020 Jaekeun Kim Transplant and General Surgeon 
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
2016-2018  Andrew Gagnon Transplant Surgeon
Intermountain Healthcare 
2015-2017 Michail Papamichial  
2015-2016 Tanmay Lal
General Surgeon
Lehigh Valley Health, Easton, PA
2013-2017 Tahehiko Dohi Department of Surgery
Penn State College of Medicine  
2011-2013 Caroline Simon Transplant & HPB Surgeon
Houston Methodist, Houston, TX
2010-2012 Movahedi Babak Chief, Solid Organ Transplantation
UMass Medical Center, Worcester, MA
Jennifer Verbesey Director, Living Donor and Pediatric Kidney Transplantation 
Georgetown University, Washington DC
2008-2010 Cheah Yeelee Director of Robotic Living Donor Liver Transplantation 
Houston Methodist, Houston,TX 
Vakili Khashayar Scientific Researcher
Children’s Hospital, Boston
Kenneth McPartland Kidney Transplant Surgeon
Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA
2005-2007 Marco DaCosta   
2004-2006 David Elwood General/GI Surgeon
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
2003-2005 Eddie Island Abdominal Organ Recovery Surgeon 
TransMedic, Inc.
2002-2004 Mohamed Akoad  Chair, Division of Transplantation 
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, MA
2001-2003 Edward Kreske General Surgeon
Trinity Health, Michigan
Andrea Sorcini Staff Surgeon
Lahey Hospital& Medical Center
1999-2001 Anne Lally General Surgeon 
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Doug Hale Transplant Surgeon 
Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN
1997-1999 Doug Pomposelli Surgical Director, Transplantation
UC Health Transplant, Aurora, CO
1996-1998 Elizabeth Pomfret Executive Director
Co Center for Transplant Care, Research and Education
1995-1997 Paul Morrissey Chief, Transplantation
Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
Angel Alsina Surgical Director Liver Transplant
Director Liver Cancer Program 
Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL
1993-1995 Ken Washburn  Executive Director Transplant Center
Ohio State,Columbus, OH
Lynt Johnson Executive Director Liver Pancreas Institute for Quality (LPIQ)
GWU School of Medicine, Washington DC
Tom Diflo Chief, Abdominal Transplant 
Westchester Medical Center, New York 
1991-1993 Paul Kuo HBS Surgery
University of South Florida, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa
Rich Freeman VIce Dean, Tufts University School of Medicine 
Boston, MA
Ralph Fairchild Vascular Surgeon
Aspirus Wausau Hospital
1988-1989 Maureen Martin Chief Department of Surgery 
Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, CA
CW Pinson Deputy CEO, Chief Health System Officer
Vanderbilt University Medical Center 
Senior Assoc Dean for Medical Affairs VUSM
Vice Chancellor 
Nashville, TN
Heung Bae Kim Chief, Transplantation 
Children's Hospital, Boston