Transplant Scientist Training Program

The Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program funded by the National Institute for Health/National Institute for Digestive Diseases and Kidney Diseases (NIH/NIDDK) is an exciting funding opportunity for bright, enthusiastic, research-oriented surgical or medical residents pursuing an academic career. Our goal is to educate future academic leaders in transplant surgery, transplant nephrology, hepatology, infectious diseases and general surgery in health services and outcomes research focusing on the topic of transplantation. We provide outstanding, multi-layered mentorship and a supportive research environment for individuals seeking to be highly competitive in obtaining subsequent, independent research support as a young faculty. Dr. Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA Chief of the Division of Organ Transplant and Founding Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center is the Principal Investigator. Trainees complete a rigorous base of classroom study resulting in a Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI). These programs in conjunction with the collaboration of the integrated postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Healthcare Studies, expose the postdoctoral fellows to the disciplines required to successfully conduct transplant-related health services and outcomes research. The postdoctoral training will teach the postdoctoral fellows the application of health services and outcomes research in the setting of organ transplantation. In addition to being paired closely with a junior and mid-level faculty mentor, postdoctoral fellows will receive mentorship by senior investigators Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA, Jane Holl, MD, MPH, and David Cella, PhD. The postdoctoral fellowship covers tuition to enroll and successfully complete the masters degree programs. The novel and distinctive aspects of the training program are 1) the didactic classroom experiences, which are designed to give trainees formal education in health services and outcomes research which provide the foundation for the research of their choice within one of the NUTORC focus groups, 2) the close interaction with postdoctoral fellows in other disciplines through the integrated fellowship, 3) the dedicated individual mentorship plan, which includes daily mentoring through junior and mid-level faculty, in addition to weekly meetings with senior mentors, and 4) the intimate integration into the NUTORC collaborative providing weekly exposure and feedback from senior researchers of diverse backgrounds. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about the Transplant Surgery Scientist Training T-32 postdoctoral fellowship with the Division of Organ Transplantation at Northwestern University, please contact Daniela Ladner, MD MPH at   Fellowship applicants must submit official graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and a detailed personal statement describing their career objectives and how their background experience and training, in conjunction with the fellowship training, will lead to professional contributions health services research.  All applicants must have completed a doctoral degree prior to the awarding of the fellowship. Interviews are required for all applicants. Selection criteria include prior academic training and professional experience, the extent to which the applicant’s research interests relate to the strengths of the fellowship, the strength and commitment of the applicant to a health services research career, and the applicant’s potential to contribute significantly to the field of health services research.


Cover Page including:

  • Trainee’s name
  • Advisor’s name
  • Trainee’s graduate program and/or department
  • Project title

Research Plan:

  • 1 page description of the trainee’s research project as it relates to transplantation.

Career Goals Summary:

  • 1 page (maximum) on how the research project relates to the candidate’s career goals and to advancing the field of Transplant Surgery.


  • Applicant and research advisors, including publications.

Two Letters of Recommendation:

  • One should be from the PhD thesis advisor and one from another faculty member who is very well acquainted with the trainee’s research program.

Download a PDF of the Application Requirements here


Kofi Atiemo, MD
  • Transplant Surgery Scientist Training Program – T32 Fellowship
  • Northwestern University

University of Massachusetts

General Surgery


Lisa McElroy, MD
  • General Surgery Residency – Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Transplantation
  • Northwestern University
Neehar Parikh, MD
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Internal Medicine McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
  • Gastroenterology/Hepatology Northwestern University
Marina Serper, MD
  • Thomas Jefferson University Medical College
  • Internal Medicine Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Gastroenterology Northwestern University
Collen Jay, MD
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • General Surgery McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
  • Transplantation Northwestern University