Over the past few years there has been a movement in developing Transplant Infectious Diseases (TID) focused fellowship programs.  University of Minnesota (UMN) has been an academic leader in transplantation and is one of the largest programs in the country allowing for adequate exposure and an exemplary experience for a TID fellowship. Our institution performs a large variety of transplants including lung transplants which is pivotal for TID training.  As TID interests grow there are increasing jobs available in the US, both in academia and in the community settings. TID fellows who complete this program will be prepared to enter a variety of clinical settings. Program leadership works closely with trainees to develop a structured program that aims to meet their clinical and research desires. 

Photo of Sashi Niranjan Nair, MBBS

A Fellow’s Perspective

The training program offers flexible, fellow interest driven training with opportunities for mentorship in all aspects of transplant ID and immunology. As home to one of the oldest solid organ and marrow transplantation programs in the country you will have access to both robust clinical and research expertise as well as outcomes databases. The inpatient and outpatient clinical experience is enhanced by a tradition of graded autonomy carried on from the general ID fellowship and robust ancillary support which will ready you for independent practice with highly complex and challenging cases of all types. Minneapolis's diversity and refugee population will also give you a strong perspective on tropical and global infections in immunocompromised patients.

-TID Fellow, Sashi Niranjan Nair, MBBS


This program will provide additional clinical training in Transplant ID as well as the opportunity to participate in research pertaining to the immunocompromised host. The combination of clinical and research time is approximately 6 months and 6 months. Clinical time includes rotations on the solid organ transplant (SOT) and hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) ID service lines and involvement in a weekly outpatient continuity clinic.

  • Program leadership works closely with the trainee to individualize clinical and research experiences that are reflective of the trainee’s interests.
  • Training occurs in a collaborative and supportive environment with mentorship from the program director and the other transplant ID faculty. 
  • The UMN SOT program performs heart, lung, liver, kidney, and kidney-pancreas transplants. There is also exposure HSCT and patients with hematologic malignancies.
  • Interested fellows can also participate in our ventricular assist device (VAD) clinic.
  • There is an option for up to 4 weeks of elective rotations with other transplant service lines (e.g. transplant pulmonology, bone marrow transplant).
Eligibility / Application

An eligible candidate will have completed at least two years of an ACGME accredited Adult ID fellowship, be board- eligible or certified in infectious diseases and must obtain a Minnesota medical license by the start of training. H1B visas are considered.

We are currently accepting applications for the July 2024-June 2025 academic year. Applicants will need to submit their CV, a one page personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Application materials /further inquiries are to be emailed to

Lauren M. Fontana, D.O. 
Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases
Transplant ID Program Director

Teaching Faculty