Liver Transplant Anesthesia Fellowship

Overview

The liver transplant anesthesia fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA is designed to help train the future leaders in liver transplant anesthesiology. This one-year non-ACGME accredited fellowship meets the UNOS qualifications making candidates eligible to become Director of Liver Transplant Anesthesia at major U.S. medical centers.

Curriculum

This fellowship provides a well-rounded training through clinical experience, didactic education, scholarly endeavors and professional development.  Each fellow will have the opportunity supervise residents and transplant division CRNAs in a variety of specialty specific cases with the priority focus on liver transplant cases.  Other cases may include, but are not limited to, major hepatobiliary surgery, pancreatectomy with islet cell auto transplant, kidney transplant, simultaneous solid organ transplant, and hepatic resections.  Our anesthesia team is consistently involved in pre-transplant candidate assessments for the multi-disciplinary liver transplant selection committee.  Fellows will work closely with transplant hepatology, transfusion medicine and transplant critical care medicine during their fellowship. In addition, fellows will spend an average of two days per week as an attending anesthesiologist supervising a mix of general operating room cases, allowing the fellow to maintain their skills in clinical anesthesiology and earn supplemental income.  Each fellow receives a stipend in professional funds for conferences, books or other approved academic resources.  The fellows have dedicated time to work on academic projects and have resources provided to help obtain basic certification in perioperative transesophageal echocardiography. 

The VCU transplant surgeons and our transplant anesthesia division are committed to working together to advance peri-operative care for our patients and our practice. 

Faculty

Spencer Liebman, MD ………….. Assistant Professor, Division Chief & Fellowship Director

Vivian Bui-Huynh, MD .……… … Assistant Professor

John Burgner, MD …………………. Assistant Professor

Brian Cocchiola, MD …………….  Assistant Professor

Geoffrey Fisher, MD …………….   Assistant Professor

Bryant Tran, MD ………………….   Associate Professor

Michael Trostler, MD ……………..  Assistant Professor

Spencer Liebman, M.D. [View Image]

Spencer Liebman, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Spencer Liebman, M.D. [View Image]

Spencer Liebman, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S.-Biology (Trinity College, Hartford CT)
Graduate: M.D. (State University of New York Downstate, College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY)
Residencies: Internal Medicine (Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, J Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program); Anesthesiology (Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA)
Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Anesthesia (VCU School of Medicine)
Interests: Cardiothoracic Anesthesia

Email: spencer.liebman@vcuhealth.org

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John Burgner, M.D. [View Image]

John Burgner, M.D.

Assistant Professor

John Burgner, M.D. [View Image]

John Burgner, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Director of PACU; Assistant Professor; Advisor to Anesthesiology Student Interest Group
Undergraduate: B.S., Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Graduate: M.D., Indiana University
Residency: Anesthesiology, Indiana University
Interests: Acute Pain Management, Liver Transplant

Email: john.burgner@vcuhealth.org

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Brian J. Cocchiola, M.D. [View Image]

Brian J. Cocchiola, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Brian J. Cocchiola, M.D. [View Image]

Brian J. Cocchiola, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S., Biomedical Science, Lynchburg College
Graduate: M.D., St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies
Residency: Anesthesiology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Interests: General Anesthesia, Transplant Anesthesia, Trauma

Email: brian.cocchiola@vcuhealth.org

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Geoffrey Fisher, M.D. [View Image]

Geoffrey Fisher, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Geoffrey Fisher, M.D. [View Image]

Geoffrey Fisher, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: B.S. Mechanical Engineering (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas)
Graduate: M.S., Mechanical Engineering (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas); M.D. (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas)
Residency: Anesthesiology (VCU Medical Center)
Interests: Transplant Anesthesia, TEE for non-cardiac Surgery

Email: geoffrey.fisher@vcuhealth.org

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Bryant Tran, M.D. [View Image]

Bryant Tran, M.D.

Associate Professor

Bryant Tran, M.D. [View Image]

Bryant Tran, M.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Associate Professor; Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Director
Undergraduate: B.S., Wake Forest University
Graduate: M.D., Wake Forest University
Internship: Internal Medicine, Wake Forest University
Residency: Anesthesiology, University of Virginia
Fellowship: Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine, Stanford University
Interests: Regional Anesthesia, Transplant Anesthesia, Acute Pain Management

Email: bryant.tran@vcuhealth.org

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Admission

How to Apply:

Documents needed-

  • Complete fellowship Application - LTA application form
  • CV with Photo
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 total, 1 MUST be from residency program director)
  • Copy of ECFMG certificate (only for those that attended medical school outside of the US)

Contact -

Send application materials or questions to:

Spencer Liebman, MD, fellowship program director

Email: spencer.liebman@vcuhealth.org

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