Ochsner is a tertiary care referral facility with over 1000 physicians, 8 hospitals, and the largest transplant center in the region. Ochsner performed 155 kidney and combined kidney pancreas transplants last year. We also have a very active Heart, Lung, Combined Liver/Kidney and Liver alone transplant program. Currently we have 3 full time Transplant Nephrologists, 8 Transplant Surgeons, over 15 Transplant Coordinators, a tissue typing laboratory, and a world class Renal Pathologist. We also have all the structure necessary to provide excellent care to our transplant patients and education to our trainees.
Ochsner kidney transplant program was ranked # 2 in the nation by Carechex in 2012, and our liver transplant program has been ranked #1 in the last three years. Two graduates from our newly ACGME approved Nephrology Fellowship program have joined 2 well recognized Transplant Nephrology Fellowship training programs, which speaks of our commitment to the education of our Nephrology Fellows. Our Transplant Nephrology Fellowship program will develop a dedicated, competent, academically oriented Transplant Nephrologist, who will deliver the highest standard of care to transplant allograft recipients with medical renal disease. In this era of lifelong learning, the core competency model and patient safety remain critical to the delivery of health care that is compassionate and driven by evidence based medicine.
The Transplant Nephrology Fellow will have a crucial role in the assessment and management of our allograft recipients during the evaluation process, transplant, and postop management phase. The Transplant Fellow (with supervision provided by the Staff Transplant Nephrologist) will be responsible for the evaluation of transplant recipients, discussion during transplant selection meeting, perioperative care, performance of allograft biopsies, and follow up in our outpatient clinic.
The fellow will provide comanagement responsibility with the Transplant Surgeon from the perioperative through the outpatient period for all kidney and pancreas transplant recipients. The fellow (as an integral part of the transplant team) will be responsible for the selection and administration of induction and maintenance immunosuppression according with accepted protocols in our institution. By the completion of training, the fellow with be well versed in all the indications, contraindications and the potential side effects of using various immune suppressing agents.