Transplant Fellowship

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Program Director: Lauren E. Malinzak, M.D.
Program Coordinator: Sue Haloostock

Leading-edge training at one of America’s most respected transplant centers 

The Henry Ford Transplant Fellowship Program is built around a complete curriculum, preparing participants for practice with hands-on training and state-of-the-art technology mentored by some of the nation’s most respected physicians and surgeons. Fellowship training at Henry Ford includes:

The program is led by Marwan Abouljoud, M.D., past president of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. Dr. Abouljoud is an extensively published thought-leader and innovator in the discipline of transplant surgery. He performed the first split liver transplant in Michigan in 1996, and in 2000 developed the first adult-to-adult living donor liver transplant program in Michigan. In 2005, Abouljoud developed the first active laparoscopic liver surgery program, and in 2008 was the first in Michigan to perform a laparoscopic live liver donor procedure for transplantation.

Collaborating with Dr. Abouljoud in leading the department is Kimberly Brown, M.D., Associate Director of Henry Ford. Dr. Brown is a very active clinical investigator in viral hepatitis, advanced liver disease and post liver transplant management. She also serves as Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. She is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association, the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD), the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Society of Transplantation and was past co-chair of the Michigan Chapter of the American Liver Foundation. Currently, Dr. Brown is the Secretary for the AASLD and serves on multiple committees in that capacity.

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Meet Joel Strake, Henry Ford Transplant Fellow

“The surgeons that I’ve worked with are beyond compare”

See why Dr. Strake is “happy to come to work” at Henry Ford.

Abbas Al-Kurd, Henry Ford Transplant Fellow

“The program is invested in fellow education”

Learn more about why Dr. Al-Kurd chose Henry Ford.

The transplant fellowship program at Henry Ford Hospital is structured to comply with the educational guidelines and objectives of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. The focus will be to provide a solid clinical training in the areas of liver and kidney transplantation, multiorgan procurement, and clinical research opportunities. The transplant fellowship is two years in duration, and we graduate one fellow every year.

Transplant fellowship collaboration

Transplant surgery is a component of the multidisciplinary transplant programs offered at Henry Ford Hospital. There are distinct transplant nephrology and transplant hepatology programs with appropriate staffing. Collaboration is continuous with:

  • Cardiology
  • Chemical dependency
  • General and interventional radiology
  • Histocompatibility and immunology
  • Nutritional support
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Pulmonary medicine
  • Transplant infectious disease

During your transplant fellowship you will have the opportunity to interact intimately with all these disciplines as you learn to manage patients before and after transplantation.

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What’s next?

Recent graduates of the Henry Ford Transplant Surgery Fellowship program hold leading roles worldwide.


Director, Kidney Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgery
Mercy Health St. Mary’s Hospital; Grand Rapids MI
West Michigan Surgical Specialists; Wyoming, MI


Founded new Liver Transplant Program
Medica Superspeciality Hospital; Kolkata, India


Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgeon
William Beaumont Hospital; Royal Oak, MI


Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic Surgery and Transplantation
University of Tsukuba; Ibaraki, Japan


Section Head, Hepatobiliary Surgery
King Fahad Specialist Hospital-Dammam; Dammam, Saudi Arabia


Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgeon
Abdulaziz Medical Center; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Surgical Director, Intestinal/Multivisceral Transplant and Intestinal Rehabilitation & Director of Research
Henry Ford Hospital; Detroit, MI


Division of Transplant & HB Surgery
Rutgers-NJMS; Newark, NJ


Multi Organ Transplant Surgeon (Liver, Kidney & Pancreas)
Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital; Pune. India


Director, Hepatobiliary Program
Orange County Saddleback Valley Surgery Division - Mission Hospital; Mission Viejo, CA

Information for Applicants
Interested in applying to one of our programs, call (800) 436-7936.

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