Transplant Specialty Residency

Program Summary

Pharmacy Transplant Residency (pdf)

The PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Residency program provides the resident with a broad educational experience in solid organ transplantation according to ASHP PGY2 residency training standards. The primary focus of the residency is abdominal transplant (kidney, liver, pancreas) of adult patients. Cardiothoracic (heart and lung) transplant experience is also included.


Comprehensive clinical knowledge and medication use management skills in the care of transplant recipients will be gained via practice as a member of the inpatient surgical and medical transplant teams, participating in multidisciplinary rounds, providing patient education and longitudinal practice in the ambulatory transplant clinics. Teaching activities include a didactic lecture at the UW School of Pharmacy and clerkship preceptorship of pharmacy students and PGY1 residents. The resident will complete a research project suitable for publication. Elective rotations are tailored to meet the needs and interest of the resident.


Residents who successfully complete the Transplant Specialty Residency program will be able to provide integrated pharmaceutical care at a patient-specific level as well as a patient-population level for those who have or are expected to undergo solid organ transplantation.


Completion of the residency program will provide a foundation to pursue multiple career paths including:

  • Providing clinical pharmaceutical care to the acute and ambulatory solid organ transplant patient population
  • Teaching and precepting in a non-tenure clinical or adjunct faculty position
  • Providing clinical, practice management and professional leadership
Kimberly Holdener and resident Cassandra Votruba

UW Health Information


UW Health encompasses an academic medical center, multiple specialty and primary care clinics, 15 ambulatory pharmacies and a wide array of innovative pharmacy services.


We are a pharmacy department nationally recognized in the areas of clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacy leadership and residency training. UW Health performs nearly 500 solid organ transplants per year and is consistently ranked among the top 10 most-active transplant centers in the country.


Program Contact


Kimberly E. Holdener, PharmD, BCPS

UW Hospitals and Clinics Department of Pharmacy

600 Highland Avenue

F6/133 CSC Mail Stop 1530

Madison, WI 53792

Phone: (608) 263-1290

Fax: (608) 263-9424
Current resident: Cassandra Votruba