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Division of Transplant Surgery

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.


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!


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 Fellow, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow the Fellow to legally train at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


·     Maintain or possess 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 an ECFMG certificate which will be valid on the day training begins. Graduates of Canadian schools must hold an LMCC Certificate.


·     Successfully have passed the USMLE/COMLEX examinations as evidenced by obtaining a passing score. USMLE/COMLEX Step 3 is required prior to entering the fellowship.


·     Consent to and pass a background investigation.


Applicants will not be considered if the above requirements are not fulfilled.




All potential applicants must do the following:

·     First, submit your curriculum vitae, a personal statement, three letters of recommendation and all successfully passed USLME/COMLEX steps 1-3 to the Transplant Surgery Program Coordinator, Bretlyn Davis (, by March 31st.


·     Next, you will need to 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.


·     Finally, once the candidate has been selected for an interview, the Transplant Program Coordinator will communicate by email to arrange an interview with the Division of Transplant Surgery.

If you have additional questions regarding the application process, then please email or call 720-848-0833.

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

Assistant Professor of Transplant Surgery

Program Directory of the Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program

Thomas Pshak, MD

Thomas Pshak, MD

Medical School: University of Colorado

Residency: University of Colorado

Dr. Pshak obtained his Bachelor of Science degrees from Illinois State University in both Mathematics and Economics. He worked as a business consultant in the years prior to attending medical school at the University of Colorado.

He completed his two years of general surgery and four years of urologic training at the University of Colorado. During that time he co-authored seven peer-reviewed publications, presented at numerous regional and national conferences, and was an invited guest speaker at the Perspectives in Urology National meeting in 2012. He was also the winner of the National Chief Resident debate at the American Urological Association national meeting in 2015, as well as Surgical Intern of the year, ARCS scholar, and Gold Humanism award recipient.

Following the two-year solid organ transplant fellowship the University of Colorado, he plans to pursue a career in academics focusing on complex renal surgery, ischemia research, solid organ transplantation, and urologic issues following renal transplantation.

Megan Adams, MD

Megan Adams, MD

Medical School: Wayne State University, Detroit

Residency: General Surgery, University of Colorado

Fellowship: Abdominal Transplant, University of Colorado

Megan Adams completed a Bachelor of Arts at University of Michigan in 2006 with a degree in Biology. She then went on to medical school at Wayne State University, graduating in 2010 with her doctorate of medicine degree. She subsequently came to the University of Colorado to pursue training in general surgery.

Dr. Adams graduated from residency in 2015.  She is currently an abdominal transplant fellow at the University of Colorado.

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)*

* current Fellow; see "Current Fellows" tab for more information

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