Hepatology Fellowship Objectives

Introduction To The Hepatology/Liver Transplant Fellowship At The University Of Alberta (UAH)

Program Director: Dr. Aldo Montano-Loza

The Liver Unit, Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, invites applications from individuals interested in pursuing training in viral hepatitis and general hepatology, including liver transplantation.

The proposed training is for a period of one to two years, commencing each July. Applicants with two years of gastroenterology subspecialty training are preferred for this Fellowship.
Fellowship training will be provided at the University of Alberta Hospital, which is a major tertiary care facility with a well-established Liver Transplant Program since 1989. We perform approximately 90 transplants per year, including live donor liver transplants. Over 1200 liver transplants have been performed at our center. Training will include inpatient and outpatient exposure to cirrhosis complications, viral hepatitis, hepatobiliary oncology, autoimmune and metabolic liver diseases, and critical care in liver patients.

The Faculty consists of nine full-time hepatologists, three hepatobiliary/transplant surgeons, and three pediatric gastroenterologists/hepatologists. The Liver Program is supported by a variety of specialists dedicated to hepatology and liver transplantation in the fields of pathology, radiology, and infectious diseases.

The trainee will participate in the academic activities of the Liver Unit. The Liver Unit is recognized internationally for viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver disease, liver transplantation and cirrhosis complications related research and the trainee is expected to take primary responsibility of at least one research project during their training.
Edmonton, as the capital of Alberta, is a vibrant, cosmopolitan community with a metro population of about one million. It has a verdant river valley and is famous for its vibrant cultural festivals. A 3 ½ hour drive takes one to the wonderful Rocky Mountain resorts of Jasper and Banff.

The overall goal of the Hepatology fellowship program is to train highly qualified physicians in Hepatology, in order to give them the tools to become clinical and research leaders with nationally and internationally recognition.

Selection Criteria

Candidates are selected based on the following:

  • Performance and fit for program during Hepatology observership (2 to 4 weeks)
  • Knowledge in Hepatology
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Research interest and experience
  • Communication skills (written and oral)

Overall Objectives

The overall objective of the hepatology/liver transplant fellowship is to gain experience in the diagnosis and management of chronic liver disease including viral hepatitis, alcoholic cirrhosis, autoimmune and metabolic liver disease.

  • Understand the pathophysiology and management of complications of chronic liver disease.
  • Efficiently use imaging studies in the management of hepatobiliary diseases.
  • Have a comprehensive approach to patients with liver masses.


  • Be able to select appropriate patients for liver transplantation.
  • Interact effectively within a multidisciplinary liver transplant team.
  • Manage the perioperative course of liver transplant patients including the diagnosis and treatment of allograft dysfunction
  • Be able to supervise the long-term management of liver transplant recipients
  • Manage acute liver failure including the selection of patients for transplantation.
  • Be comfortable with the use and monitoring of available immunosuppressive agents.


Appreciate the role of research in hepatobiliary diseases by initiating and completing a research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Rotation Schedule

  • 12 weeks liver service
  • 12 weeks liver clinic
  • 4 weeks endoscopy
  • 4 weeks radiology
  • 4 weeks research
  • 4 weeks vacation
  • 4 weeks pathology
  • 4 weeks transplant ID
  • 2 weeks ICU