Transplant hepatology is a subspecialty of gastroenterology, which is a subspecialty of Internal Medicine. After a doctor completes medical school and is licensed to practice medicine, the physician may pursue a rigorous, three-year training program in Internal Medicine. After passing an examination and completing the requirements, the doctor is Board Certified in Internal Medicine—also called an Internist. This is different from an intern, who is a doctor who has completed medical school and is in the first year of residency training.
To become certified in the subspecialty of Gastroenterology, Board Certified Internists must complete an additional three years of fellowship training in gastroenterology. Gastroenterologists specialize in treating diseases of the digestive system. Management of liver diseases and transplantation is complex. To advance excellence in patient care, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) began offering further certification in Transplant Hepatology for candidates specially trained in liver diseases and transplantation in 2006. Transplant Hepatologists provide care to: