Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

Program leadership

Program Director

Portrait of John LakeJohn Lake, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Minnesota and is also the Executive Medical Director of Solid Organ Transplantation at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. He is a past president of UNOS and AST and currently serves as senior staff for liver transplantation at the SRTR. A native of central Minnesota, Dr Lake returned to the Twin Cities after helping to establish the liver transplant program at the University of California, San Francisco. He has sat on committees for AASLD, ILTS and ABIM. Dr Lake's research interests include immunosuppression and predictors of outcomes following liver transplantation.

Associate Program Director

Portrait of Nicholas Lim

Nicholas Lim, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  He completed his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Vermont before completing a transplant hepatology fellowship at Columbia University.  Dr Lim’s clinical interests include portal hypertension, delivery of care to hospitalized patients with cirrhosis and liver transplantation.  His non-clinical interests include medical student, resident and fellow education.

The Transplant Hepatology Fellowship at the University of Minnesota is a one-year, ACGME-accredited training program.  The fellowship training provides advanced education in all aspects of hepatology.  The curriculum has been carefully designed to provide a balance of transplant and non-transplant clinical hepatology and research experience in preparation for a career in academic hepatology.

The Transplant Hepatology Fellowship program is an approved site for the ABIM-approved AASLD GI/Transplant Hepatology Pilot.  The GI/transplant hepatology pilot allows eligible GI fellows to spend their third year of training in transplant hepatology.  Participating fellows are then able to take both the gastroenterology and transplant hepatology ABIM certification examinations if they can achieve all competencies in both disciplines by the end of the year.

The liver transplant program at the University of Minnesota performs approximately 80 liver transplants each year and includes an active living donor liver transplant program.  The Transplant Hepatology Fellowship provides exposure to a variety of internationally-renowned experts in transplant surgery, advanced endoscopy and interventional radiology.

This training program fulfills all requirements for training as stated by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Eligibility: Any interested applicant must be in a current gastroenterology training program with intent to graduate.  Applications are welcomed 12-18 months before beginning of training.