Transplantation Fellowship

The Transplantation Pathology Fellowship is a one or two year fellowship program with a mission to train physicians to interpret and report native and allograft liver, kidney, heart, pancreas, intestinal and lung biopsies as well as resection specimens. The Transplant Center at the University of Colorado Hospital has been a leader in the field of transplantation since our team performed the first-ever liver transplant in 1963.  The Transplantation Pathology Fellow will be involved in the care of patients with pre and post-transplant illness. Through multidisciplinary conferences, directly interacting with surgeons, oncologists, interventional radiologists, hepatologists, nephrologists, cardiologists, and pulmonologists, the fellow will not only learn the surgical pathology aspects of caring for these patients, but also the clinical presentations and the impact of end organ failure on the patients and their families.

The Department of Pathology is a bridge department within the School of Medicine, with diverse faculty focused on basic to clinical research, patient care and education. The Division of Surgical Pathology is an evidence based sub-specialty practice providing excellence in diagnostic medicine across a wide range of scientific and anatomically based disease sub-specialties. During the Transplant Pathology rotation, fellows will review incoming patient samples for appropriate sample triage and handling. The fellow is responsible to access the electronic medical record for the clinical history, physical exam, test results and ancillary studies. The fellow will review the cases, preview the slides, and formulate a diagnosis prior to reviewing the cases with an attending daily during signout.  Fellows will also participate in weekly multidisciplinary conferences, research meetings and will have teaching responsibilities to the residents, clinical colleagues, and medical students. Over the course of their time in the fellowship program, the fellow will be responsible for at least submitting an abstract for national presentation.

The Transplantation Pathology fellow will learn how to perform and interpret intra-operative and pre-transplant donor evaluation using cryosection technique.  The fellow will become familiar with modern molecular biology techniques that are revolutionizing laboratory medicine.  The fellow will become familiar with data collection, statistical analysis, formal scientific presentation, and publication. Teaching is an important part of the fellowship program, and will be involved with teaching medical students and residents, and our clinical colleagues.  Fellows will be either American Board of Pathology (ABP) board-certified or board-eligible pathologists. Each year of the Transplantation Fellowship at the University of Colorado will be a collaborative fellowship with 10 months of training at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and 1 month of training at the Colorado Molecular Correlates Laboratory which is a full-service Molecular Genetic Pathology laboratory. 


Applicants must have graduated from an accredited school of medicine or osteopathy, be eligible for medical licensure in the State of Colorado and be board-eligible or board-certified in AP or AP/CP by the start of the fellowship term. An interview is required.


Commensurate with level of postgraduate training.


Application and further information about the program can be found on the CUSOM website.

Completed applications, along with a current CV, letter of interest, and 2-3 letters of reference, should be sent to the Transplantation Pathology Fellowship Director, by either email to or by mail to Dr. Erin Rubin, MD, Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion I, 12605 E. 16th Avenue – Room 3.003, Mailstop F768, Aurora, CO 80045. Phone 720.848.4421. Fax (720) 848-4454.