Our division has trained more than 300 fellows in kidney and liver transplant procedures since the program’s founding in 1969. The fellowship is approved by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons for surgical training in kidney transplantation, liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery. We are applying for additional approval as a pancreas surgery center.

The transplant fellowship is highly sought after because the training is a hands-on experience for the fellow. Our high volume of evaluation, workup, and postoperative care of transplant recipients and donors provide fellows and surgical residents a broad range of clinical experience in transplantation.

Hume-Lee Transplant Center

The clinical transplant program includes liver, kidney, and pancreatic transplantation, and is supervised by eight transplant surgeons, five adult and three pediatric transplant nephrologists, five transplant hepatologists, and many more transplant professionals. We offer training in live donor transplantation (kidney and liver) with particular emphasis on minimally invasive (all robotic) donor nephrectomy and implantation.

Hume-Lee Transplant Center


The Hume-Lee Transplant Center performs approximately 120 liver transplants, 300 living and deceased kidney transplants and six to 12 simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplants. An additional 400 major surgical cases including about 15 total pancreatectomy with auto islet transplantation are performed on dialysis and transplant patients per year.

Our patient and graft survival results in kidney and liver transplantation historically have been well above the national average — a reflection of the quality of our transplant program and our ongoing commitment to meticulous patient care. Our center has one of the longest continuous transplant records in the world, with some cases of kidney transplant patient survival exceeding 25 years.


The Hume Lee Transplant Center offers abundant clinical research in all aspects of kidney, liver, pancreas and autologous islet transplantation. We have tremendous exposure to hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma and other malignant and benign liver masses. We provide mentorship, research, publication and travel support.

There is substantive translational and basic science research opportunity in the pancreatic islet cell processing laboratory and in partnership with the divisions of trauma and acute care general surgery in organ resuscitation from shock/ischemia reperfusion.


  • American Transplant Congress
  • Transplant Fellows Meeting (ASTS & AST)
  • Transplantation Society Congress
  • Weekly Transplant Teaching Conference

Program Alumni

How to apply

Required documents include:

  • Current CV
  • Description of your activities with professional societies, publications and any other relevant information about your education or experience
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school, graduate school and/or dental school diploma (certified copy)
  • Dean’s letter
  • Medical school, graduate school and/or dental school official final transcripts
  • Certified or notarized English translations of documents originally written in a language other than English.
  • Official test transcripts for all applicable examinations (USMLE, LMCC, COMLEX, NBOME, FMGEMS, FLEX, or NBME)
  • Valid ECFMG certificate if you graduated from a medical school outside the U.S. or Canada

Helpful websites:

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduate
Federation of State Medical Boards
National Board of Medical Examiners
American Society of Transplant Surgeons
National Resident Matching Program

For more information, contact Tiana Jackson, program and fellowship coordinator, at tiana.brown@vcuhealth.org

From the Director

VCUSOM director

From the Director

"You will care for the most vulnerable of patients under the guidance of our expert faculty as you progress on your journey to becoming a transplant surgeon."

Adrian Cotterell, MD
Program Director

Division of Transplant Surgery

Contact Us

Adrian Cotterell, MD
Fellowship Program Director
Professor of Surgery

Tiana Jackson
Fellowship Program Coordinator

Office location:
West Hospital
15th Floor, North Wing
1200 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23298

Mailing address: 
Box 980057
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0057

Phone: 804-828-9298
Fax: 804-828-2462

Current Fellows:

Masaya Yokoyama, MD
Transplant Fellow 2022-2024

Yuzuru Sambommatsu, MD
Transplant Fellow 2020–2022

Mehdi Eslami, MD
Transplant Fellow 2021–2023