Transplant Hepatology Fellowship at the University of Toronto
and Toronto General Hospital

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the University of Toronto Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program.

Our liver transplant program was established in 1983 and it has grown to one of the largest in North America with over 200 adult liver transplants performed annually at our center. Our fellows benefit from the largest living donor liver transplant program in North America, innovative research and clinical protocols, and a strong teaching curriculum. It is our vision to train the future leaders in transplant hepatology with an outstanding clinical exposure and cutting edge research education.

We take great pride in educating the future leaders in the field of transplant hepatology.




Dr. Les LillyLes Lilly, MD
Program Director

Dr. Zita GalvinZita Galvin, MD
Program Co-Director

Distinguishing Features of the Fellowship

Clinical Experience

Institutional volume: 200+ liver transplantations annually 
 Largest liver transplant program in North America (over 220 in 2016) 
Largest living donor liver transplantation program in North America (60+ per year) 
  • Donation after Neurologic Determined Death (NDD) and Circulatory Determined Death (DCD)
  • Liver transplantation with normothermic ex vivo preserved liver grafts
  • Elective and emergency endoscopy of transplant patients
  • Multidisciplinary transplant team
  • Rotations in transplant related areas such as infectious disease, radiology possible 


Fellows will experience the advantages of a “large” Fellowship program with 4 transplant hepatology fellows:

  • Focus on the transplant specific disease process
  • On-call scheduling and cross-coverage
  • Facilitates time off without compromising clinical experience
  • Camaraderie


The Fellowship program offers multiple opportunities for additional learning through:

  • Transplant Seminar Series
  • Pathology and GI Interdisciplinary conferences
  • Tumor boards
  • Transplant Conferences: Live Donor, Listing, and Quality
  • Multi-Organ Transplant Rounds & Invited Professors
  • Journal Clubs
  • Quality control rounds

Research Opportunities

For Clinical and Outcomes Research, Fellows can expect one project in the first year, and multiple projects in their second year of their fellowship. Our transplant program maintains an extensive transplant database including large amount of door and recipient data. The database is overseen by a research analyst, who assists with data extraction ad analysis. In addition, our program includes a biostatistician to assist with the data evaluation. There are also Basic Science opportunities for laboratory-based research on the topics of:

  • Ischemia/reperfusion
  • Genomics/proteomics
  • Dendritic cells
  • Tolerance
  • Stem cell biology

Upcoming Events

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News & Announcements

Dr. Nazia Selzner Receives CST Astellas Clinical Research Grant 2017

The Astellas CST Clinical Research Grant Program supports peer-reviewed research that addresses barriers in the field of transplantation, with the ultimate goal of advancing long-term health outcomes and quality of life for Canadian transplant patients. The primary focus of the Program is to support a clinical research project related to solid organ transplantation. Dr. Nazia Selzner won for her research titled: Defatting Steatotic Human Liver Grafts During Normothermic Ex Vivo Liver Perfusion – A Novel Approach to Improve the Outcome of Liver Transplantation with Fatty Livers Co-Investigators:          Dr Markus Selzner MD, Multi-organ Transplant Program, University Health Network, University of Toronto         Dr Lakshmi Kotra PhD, Toronto General Research Institute, University Health Network, University of Toronto         Dr Oyedele Adeyi MD, Department of Pathology, University Health Network, University of... read more