Overview

The liver transplant anesthesia fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA is designed to help train future leaders in liver transplant anesthesiology. This one-year non-ACGME accredited fellowship meets UNOS qualifications, allowing program graduates eligibility to apply for Director of Liver Transplant Anesthesiology positions 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

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

Spencer Liebman, M.D.

Spencer Liebman, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Spencer Liebman, M.D.

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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Vivien Bui-Huynh, M.D

Vivien Bui-Huynh, M.D

Vivien Bui-Huynh, M.D

Vivien Bui-Huynh, M.D

Department of Anesthesiology

Department of Anesthesiology
Undergraduate: B.S Chemistry, University of Virginia
Graduate: M.D. University of Virginia school of medicine
Residency: Michigan medicine
Fellowship: Critical care Anesthesiology, Michigan Medicine

Email: vivien.buihuynh@vcuhealth.org

John Burgner, M.D.

John Burgner, M.D.

Assistant Professor

John Burgner, M.D.

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.

Brian J. Cocchiola, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Brian J. Cocchiola, M.D.

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.

Geoffrey Fisher, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Geoffrey Fisher, M.D.

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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Michael Trostler M.D

Michael Trostler M.D

Assistant Professor

Michael Trostler M.D

Michael Trostler M.D

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Department of Anesthesiology
Undergraduate: Biochemistry, University of Colorado
Graduate M.D: David Geffen School of Medicine ( University of California)
Residency: Anesthesiology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Fellowship: Abdominal Transplant Fellowship- Non-ACGME Accredited- UPMC Pittsburgh

Email: michael.s.trostler@vcuhealth.org

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