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Division of Transplant Surgery

Thank you for your interest in the University of Colorado Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program. Congratulations on taking the next step to becoming a Transplant Surgeon!

The University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Division of Transplant Surgery are proud to provide a two-year Transplant Fellowship Program accredited by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). Our program is currently set up to train one fellow for two years.

The purpose of the fellowship is to expose and educate a qualified surgeon to the surgical techniques of solid-organ transplantation encompassing procurement and pre/post transplants.

Our program involves a multidisciplinary team approach dedicated to high-quality, patient-focused transplantation. Members of our team include transplant surgeons, hepatologists, nephrologists, anesthesiologists, pathologists, transplant nurses and coordinators, financial coordinators, transplant administrators, social workers, and other professionals who specialize in transplantation. This integrated approach ensures the highest level of care and has given us a competitive advantage improving our clinical outcomes.

Additionally, the Division of Transplant Surgery supports an academic research component. We continue our ongoing development and assessment in techniques with live-donor liver transplant. Since 1994, this program has successfully calibrated many surgeons in completing the two-year fellowship program.

In order to qualify for the University of Colorado Transplant Surgery Fellowship position, please take time to carefully read what is required.

The Fellow must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow the Fellow to legally train at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
  • Have an M.D. degree from an LCME-accredited medical school within the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada; a D.O. degree from an AOA-accredited school of osteopathy; or a valid ECFMG certificate. Graduates of Canadian medical schools must hold an LMCC Certificate.
  • Have passed the USMLE/COMLEX examinations. USMLE/COMLEX Step 3 is required prior to entering the fellowship.
  • Consent to, and pass, a background check.

Application Process

Apply by clicking on the "Apply Now" button below. You will be asked to upload your CV, personal statement, and 3 letters of recommendation. If the recommendations are coming directly from your referee(s) then please indicate that in the "Other Comments" section at the end of the form. Those letters can be e-mailed directly to Kathleen O'Keefe, Director of Education ( Please note that you must have taken and passed USMLE Step 3 to be eligible to apply.

Applications are due no later than March 31st.

Candidates must become a "candidate member" of the ASTS by completing the online application through the ASTS website. A link to the application can be found on the Information for Fellows in Training page. The ASTS uses the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) to conduct matches each year by mid-June.

The selection committee will meet in early April and we will communicate with all candidates whether they have been selected for an interview.

If you have additional questions regarding the application process, then please e-mail or call 303-724-2684.

Please refer to the Graduate Medical Education website at the University of Colorado School of Medicine to review the requirements for fellowship.

Thank you,
Trevor L. Nydam, MD
Associate Professor of Transplant Surgery Program
Director of the Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program

Muhammad Arsalan Khan, MD

Muhammad Arsalan Khan, MD

Medical School: University of Karachi, Pakistan

Residency: Liaquat National Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

Dr. Khan graduated from Baqai Medical College of the University of Karachi in Karachi, Pakistan. He then proceeded with an internship at Aga Khan Medical College in Karachi and later completed his residency in General Surgery at Liaquat National Hospital in Karachi. He then became Senior Registrar/Instructor in General Surgery at the same institution. Later he joined Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation as Assistant Professor and played a pivotal role in establishing Department of Hepatobiliary and GI Surgery in the institution. This department is distinctive for offering specialist HPB surgical services in this city of 20 million people.

With the aim of establishing organ transplantation at his institution, he joined the kidney and pancreas transplant fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in North Carolina in 2014. He intends to complete his liver-transplant fellowship at the University of Colorado.

He has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications and presented at numerous regional and national conferences, including the American Transplant Congress and the IHPBA meeting in Seoul, Korea. He has co-authored a book chapter on Operative Technique of Pancreas Transplantation Surgery.

Following the completion of his fellowship, Dr. Khan intends to return to his home country and establish a liver transplantation program while pursuing academic engagement in improving safety of living donor liver surgery, deceased donor liver regeneration/repair, and tolerance induction among transplant recipients.

Amir Dagan, MD

Amir Dagan, MD

Medical school: The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel

Residency: General surgery, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel; General surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY

Fellowship: Hepato-pancreato-biliary, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel

Dr. Dagan attended the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, Israel, and graduated in 2006. He went on to complete a general surgery residency in Jerusalem and in Mount Sinai, NY.

Dr. Dagan is an Israeli board certified surgeon since 2013. After graduation he went on to pursue further training in surgery of the pancreas and the liver, and is practicing in these fields.

In chronological order...

  • Tom Bak, MD (1998-2000)
  • Kellee Slater, MD (2002-2004)
  • Richard Hendrickson, MD (2003-2004)
  • William Bennet, MD (2005-2007)
  • Paul Jeffery Campsen, MD (2008-2010)
  • Trevor Nydam, MD (2010-2012)
  • Jonathan Roach, MD (2011-2013)
  • Esam Aboutaleb, MD (2012-2014)
  • Thomas Chirichella, MD (2013-2015)
  • Kendra D. Conzen, MD (2014-2015)
  • Thomas Pshak, MD (2015-2017)
  • Megan Adams, MD (2015-2017)

Dr. Kendra Conzen is the head of the clinical rotation (SURG 8030) in Transplant Surgery, where she teaches a 2-4 week course of multidisciplinary exposure to all aspects of transplant surgery and medicine. We welcome both medical students from the University of Colorado and all external medical students who have the desire to learn the dynamics of transplant surgery.

How to apply for the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) application:
  • Student Users: Your medical school must issue you authorizations before you may log in to VSAS. You will be notified of these authorizations by email. If you have not received this email, please contact your medical school with this authorization request.
  • Institution Users: Your institution must create a user account for you before you can log in to VSAS. If you have not received an email with login instructions, please contact your institution's primary contact with your request.

To log in with an access code, go to and apply.

Please visit the VSAS website for additional application requirements and information.


Contact Karina Garlington:
Office Phone: 303-724-6405
Fax: 303-724-6409