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Fundamentals of Transplant Surgery

Updated: 12/12/22


1. Direct involvement and patient care opportunity under direct supervision of transplant attending surgeons.
2. Exposure to customized didactic sessions on transplant surgery and critical care
3. Participation in multiple organ donor procurements, both at UIC as well as outside (may involve chartered flights). These procedures are excellent opportunity to review and view surgical anatomy.
4. Participation in organ transplant procedures
5. Participation in transplant candidate evaluation


The transplantation section cares for patients involved in kidney, pancreas, and liver pre-transplant evaluation, transplantation, and post-transplant management. The working day is organized around morning work rounds, typically occurring at 7:30 am and briefer afternoon rounds at about 4:00 pm

Monday and Thursday are our scheduled operating days and typically will include living donor kidney transplants, vascular access surgery for hemodialysis patients and general surgery for transplant patients. Sometimes living donor liver or small bowel transplantation may take place as elective cases. Depending on elective surgery schedules, morning round may occur earlier than 6:30 am.

Necessarily, liver and pancreas transplants, as well as about half of the kidney transplants, occur on an urgent basis dictated by the availability of cadaver organ donors. This makes the schedule always contingent and subject to sudden revision.

There are no in-house calls for students. However, all surgery cases off hours are open for participation to interested students.

Newly-coming students shall contact Dr. Mario Spaggiari by email ( prior to the first day of rotation to set up an appointment for introductory learning session. The feedback for the rotation will be given at the end of rotation. Without these two sessions the rotation shall not be considered complete. In his absence, Dr. Ivo Tzvetanov ( will cover.

Students shall make their contact information available to the team of house staff and the attending on their first day of rotation.

Administrative Information Heading link

  • Program Number

    ELEC 677

  • Program Contacts

    Coordinator: Joanna Olazar

  • Program Information

    Location:  UI Health

    Students Accepted: Max. 4

    Scheduling Information:
    Please contact Tricia Harvat at to schedule an elective.