UCLA Renal Transplantation Fellowship


An American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) approved fellowship position is available yearly. This post-graduate training program includes two years of experience with clinical renal transplantation, and both clinical and transitional basic science research. The trainee will be closely involved with the pre-operative surgical evaluation, living donor and cadaveric renal transplantation, open and laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, management of immunosuppression, management of surgical complications and urologic surgery in patients with end-stage renal disease. A minimum of six months must be devoted to research. The program currently performs approximately 300 renal transplants, about 40 of these in children, and 30 combined kidney/pancreas transplants.

Applicant Qualifications

Acceptable candidates must meet all of the requirements for obtaining a medical license in California. Graduates of ACGME approved residency programs are preferred, but highly qualified foreign medical graduates with approved visas, ECFMG certification, fluent English language skills, and equivalent surgical residency training will be considered. 

Application Procedure

Application submissions should include a letter stating the candidate's goals during and after the fellowship, anticipated dates of training, curriculum vitae, and at least one letter of recommendation to:

Albin Gritsch, M.D. 
Surgical Director, Renal Transplantation 
Box 951738 
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1738 
Fax: 310-794-1666 
or email to: [email protected]


Valeria Montoya Ramirez
[email protected]

Our Current Fellows

Michael Chen

Michael Chen, MD