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Training & Curriculum

Fellows will learn how to manage acute and chronic liver diseases, complications of end-stage liver disease such as hepatocellular carcinoma, critical care of patients with decompensated cirrhosis and acute liver failure, and pre-liver transplant and post-liver transplant care. They will also perform endoscopy and perform and interpret liver biopsies.


Inpatient/Liver Transplant

Fellows will spend a total of six months on the inpatient liver consult service. During this rotation, fellows will be responsible for managing pre-liver transplant and post-liver transplant patients as well as general hepatology consultations. This is a consultation-only service. Fellows will be supported by an attending hepatologist and two full-time inpatient hepatology nurse practitioners. In addition, gastroenterology fellows, medicine residents and medical students frequently rotate on this service. Teaching rounds with the attending hepatologist occur daily. There will be no overnight in-hospital responsibilities, and fellows will receive an average of one day off every seven days.

Outpatient Clinic

Fellows will have a total of six months of outpatient activities. These include the following weekly half-day activities: hepatology continuity clinic, pretransplant clinic, posttransplant clinic, faculty hepatology clinic and endoscopy/liver biopsy clinic. Fellows will continue their continuity clinic during inpatient rotation months. All outpatient clinical activities will be supervised by an attending hepatologist.


Fellows will be allocated research time during their outpatient rotations. Direct supervision will be provided by a research mentor who has a vested interest in the fellows' academic development and can guide, direct and support the fellows' research efforts. Fellows will have protected time and the necessary resources for developing expertise in a specific area of clinical or basic science research, and they will gain the organizational skills to balance their clinical and academic responsibilities. Fellows' research is expected to culminate in accepted abstracts at national and/or international meetings, as well as submission of manuscripts for publication.

Conferences and Didactics

Various conference and didactic lectures complement the fellows' education in patient care while integrating core topics in the principles of transplant hepatology.

  • Biweekly transplant hepatology didactic lectures
  • Biweekly hepatology case conferences
  • Weekly liver pathology conferences
  • Weekly liver imaging conferences
  • Weekly Liver Transplant Selection Committee meetings
  • Weekly gastroenterology grand rounds
  • Biweekly Gastroenterology Journal Club meetings

Have Questions or Need Help?

Contact us if you have questions or would like to learn more about the Transplant Hepatology Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai.

8900 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Polly Chang, Program Coordinator