Pediatric Transplant Hepatology Fellowship

Now offering a 4th Year Advanced ACGME-accredited fellowship.

The mission of the Fellowship Program in Pediatric Transplant Hepatology is to provide trainees with an academic learning environment that promotes wellness and inclusivity and fosters continual learning centered around the practice of extraordinary patient care and innovative research in pediatric transplant hepatology.

The program aims to:

  1. Graduate transplant hepatologists whose mission is to improve the health and lives of children with liver disease
  2. Provide excellent comprehensive clinical care training equipping graduates with the skills required to improve outcomes for children with liver disease
  3. Train hepatologists who will make meaningful scientific contributions and serve as leaders in the field of transplant hepatology
  4. Provide the skills needed for graduates to serve as educators for the next generation of transplant hepatologists and pediatric gastroenterologists

Program Leadership Team

Program Director
Program Coordinator

Diversity in Medicine

We stand with the Office of Diversity in Medical Education in being "‘committed to cultivating and sustaining an environment that fosters the development of diverse physician leaders who are committed to eliminating the nation’s health inequities through patient care, education, research, and advocacy." 

We recognize that a diverse medical workforce is needed to serve our diverse patient populations in our hospital, clinics, and in the communities where they live and work. Our GI Advocacy Group works on multiple fronts to serve the many needs of our patients through research, education, philanthropy, and civic engagement.

Pediatric Liver Transplant at Stanford

The liver transplant program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital was created in 1995 by transplant surgeon, Dr. Carlos Esquivel, who trained with Dr. Thomas Starzl in Pittsburgh in the 1980s. In the past 25 years, Stanford has performed over 800 liver transplants, and we currently care for 450 post-transplant patients. Our Liver Transplant program has performed 37 liver transplants annually on average over the past 3 years including technical variants and living donor liver transplants. We have done 7 heart-liver transplants, 6 kidney-liver transplants and 2 multivisceral transplants in the last 3 years. Our team includes a hepatology section with 6 faculty including 4 transplant hepatologists, 3 pioneer pediatric liver transplant surgeons who have contributed enormously in hepatobiliary surgery and transplantation, 15 advanced practice providers, 2 transplant social workers and 1 transplant pharmacist all specialized in the care of liver transplant patients. Our transplant outreach program additionally includes 10 sites in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, New Mexico and Hawaii.

By the Numbers

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries for fellows for academic year 2023-2024 are as follows:

  Annual Monthly
PGY VII $108,784.00


Additional benefits (subject to appropriate taxes) include:

  • Moving allowance (new hires only): $3,000
  • Annual eduational allowance: $2,000
  • Cell phone allowance: $1,000*
  • Housing stipend: $7,200 per year (paid as $600 monthly)
  • Cost of initial CA MD license and renewals*
  • Cost of initial DEA and renewals*
  • Medical, dental, vision, and long term disability insurance provided.


* Please see House Staff Policies and Procedures for full details.

Recent Graduates

For current fellow information, check out our People Page.


Ke-you Zhang, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford Univeristy

Pediatric Transplant Hepatologist



Yonathan Fuchs, MD

Assistant Professor, Yale Univeristy

Pediatric Transplant Hepatologist

Read about Dr.  Fuch's experience at Stanford here.

Eligibility and Application Process

Applicants must have a green card, be a U.S. citizen, or be on a J1 visa and must have completed an ACGME-accredited pediatrics residency and pediatric gastroenterology fellowship. We do not accept H1B visas. In addition, all applicants must be eligible for a California Medical License. Prior to submitting an application, potential fellows should verify that their medical school is on the list of those recognized by the Medical Board of California. Applicants meeting these requirements are considered based upon their motivation to pursue advanced training in transplant hepatology, strength of their academic achievements, and letters of recommendation.

We participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Applications are accepted starting in July the year prior to anticipated program start. Interested applicants should submit the following application materials through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS):

  1. Completed Application 
  2. Three letters of reference, including one from your Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program Director or current Division Chief
  3. Medical school transcript including Dean's letter
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Personal statement to detail your motivation to pursue advanced training in transplant hepatology, and both short and long-term career goals

Applications will be reviewed only when they are complete. Please contact us directly if your application will be delayed for any reason. We do not typically accept applications submitted after August 30th, and our recommendation is for candidates to submit their applications early as interviews will be offered on a rolling basis.

Contact Us

If you have additional questions regarding the program or the status of your application, please contact:

Alma Gama

Fellowship Coordinator 

(650) 725-9813