Division of Nephrology; Center for Immunity, Inflammation & Regenerative Medicine

UVA Division of Nephrology and the Center for Immunity, Inflammation and Regenerative Medicine (CIIR), part of the Department of Medicine, is dedicated to the study and treatment of kidney disorders and diseases. The Division of Nephrology/CIIR consists of 34 full-time faculty members with primary appointments in the Division and one professor emeritus: 24 MD/DO, 2 MD/PhD, and 8 PhD. With award-winning educators, NIH-funded investigators,  and an NIH T32 training grant entitled “Kidney Disease and Inflammation,” we offer trainees a rich clinical and research experience aimed at producing the next-generation nephrologists and kidney research scientists.  Postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, medical students, undergraduate students, and visiting scientists in our laboratories are actively engaged in research (see our Research and Education pages for opportunities).

We are working collaboratively to improve patient care and outcomes, achieve excellence in our scholarly and research endeavors, and nurture innovation in our labs and classrooms. Many of our faculty members are leaders in national and international professional societies, members of NIH Study Section, serve on editorial boards of reputable journals, are among America’s Top Doctors, and have been recognized for outstanding achievements in their respective fields.

As a division, we are committed to building bridges with our local community of Charlottesville and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.


News, Awards, Honors and Achievements

Daphne Knicely, MD, faculty, Division of Nephrology, speaks to NBC29 Community Conversation about Kidney Diseases.

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Meet Dr. Julia Scialla, UVA Nephrologist Treating Patients with Kidney Disease with a Focus on Physiologic Complications

Julia Scialla, MD, is a nephrologist who treats kidney disease with a focus on physiologic complications, nutrition, and prevention. Learn about the symptoms of kidney disease and how Dr. Scialla works with her patients to help develop treatment plans.

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Meet Dr. Brendan Bowman, UVA Nephrologist Treating Patients with Kidney Disease

Brendan Bowman, MD, is a nephrologist treating patients with kidney disease. Bowman is intrigued by the functions and mechanics of the kidney. His expertise and knowledge allow him to help his patients throughout all stages of kidney disease.

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Unexpected Link Found Between Immune Cells, Weight Control, Disease Resistance

New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine has shown how our DNA determines our ability to fight viruses, revealing that many genes work together to control immune cells, tissue inflammation, and even our body weight after infection. The research could one day allow doctors to tweak immune cells to enhance their ability to destroy viruses. It may also assist in developing new vaccines, among other benefits.

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Fellowship Training

Dr. Anubhav Kumar, instructing fellow on the use of point of care ultrasound.

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Research Training

NIH/NIDDK-funded Research Training Pathways is designed for 1) undergraduate students (VA K-TUTOR) and 2) pre-and postdoctoral trainees (IGNITE KUH).

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The Center for Immunity, Inflammation & Regenerative Medicine (CIIR)

CIIR was inaugurated in 2007 to advance research initiatives, education, and clinical applications in new and important directions.

Current Information


Kidneys From Donors With Acute Kidney Injury, Less-Than-Perfect Kidneys? Strong work by ⁦@UVANeph⁩ fellow, Dr. Sudipa Chowdhury under the mentorship of Dr. Kamal ⁦@jeanne_kamal⁩ 🎉👏⁦@cavanaugh_do⁩ ⁦@MarkOkusa⁩ ⁦@AJKDonline⁩ https://ajkdblog.org/2023/05/10/kidneys-from-donors-with-acute-kidney-injury-less-than-perfect-kidneys/

@MedicineUVA @uvahealthnews I am truly honored and humbled by this appointment. Look forward to working alongside with and learning from my colleagues at @uvahealthnews. I am grateful for my wonderful colleagues and my chair @MicheleLabUM @UMPhysiology, and most importantly, my past and present trainees.

Ling Qi, PhD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics effective Sept. 1. He is an expert in protein folding and degradation and a visionary leader in research and education. @lingqiannarbor @uvahealthnews

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Cardiovascular Medicine Research and Educational Update – June 2023

Message from Christopher Kramer MD, Cardiovascular Medicine, Division Chief The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2023. It will celebrate its reputation for excellence in patient care,…

Message from the Chair – June 2023

Welcome to June and a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Division of Cardiology. The Division of Cardiology has a rich history of excellence in all areas, with world-class…

Message from the Chair – May 2023

This month we bring in two new Department of Medicine traditions. First, the Department hosted the first retreat focused on mid-to-later-career faculty, where we discussed key issues such as wellness,…

Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology Research and Education Update – May 2023

Message from Michael Nelson, MD PhD, Asthma, Allergy & Immunology, Division Chief [caption id="attachment_23336" align="alignleft" width="300"] Michael Nelson, MD, PhD[/caption] This year, I want to highlight just how much the…