Transplant Nephrology Fellowship

The UVA Transplant Nephrology fellowship aims to educate the next generation of leaders in the field of transplant nephrology. We have a comprehensive, multi-organ transplant center averaging 270-350 organ transplants per year. In 2019, our transplant center performed over 190 kidney transplants. Trainees will gain expertise in the management of kidney and pancreas transplant recipients, as well as nephrology care for non-kidney solid organ transplant recipients.

The fellowship curriculum provides in-depth education and experience in the management of immunosuppressive therapy, medical and surgical complications after transplantation, and long-term care of transplant recipients. Throughout the year, we hold a series of didactic sessions in donor and recipient evaluation, renal biopsy technique, renal pathology, surgical care, and non-kidney solid organ transplantation. In addition, we have a weekly Transplant Grand Rounds held in combination with transplant surgery and other solid organ transplants programs. Our center is active in pair-kidney-donation for incompatible living donor pairs and non-directed donors but we do offer desensitization prior to living donor kidney transplant for selected incompatible pairs. The HLA laboratory and tissue typing training is a strength of our program. We are part of NIH HOPE study, participant of the COIIN UNOS project, and have broad experience in the utilization of high KDPI organs and pediatric/infant donor kidneys.  Fellows devote 6 months of their time to inpatient clinical training and 6 months to outpatient training, research and scholarly activities.

The transplant nephrology faculty is composed of 5 clinicians, 1 clinical educator, and 2 clinical research faculty members. All transplant nephrology faculty members have specific clinical or educational niches and participate in a variety of clinical and basic science research activities. Transplant fellows are expected to develop small clinical projects during their training and work towards the identification of a niche. NIH funding via a T32 grant is available to fund fellows interested in gaining further research experience and requires extending the training beyond 1 yr.

To participate in our transplant fellowship, applicants should be ABIM board-eligible or board-certified nephrologists.  In addition, the following documents will be required:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE STEP scores (STEP 1, 2CK, 2CS, 3)
  • A personal statement explaining your interest in Transplant Nephrology and professional goals
  • 3 letters of recommendation including one from the applicant’s Nephrology fellowship program director
  • 2 professional references

Please email all application materials to Angie G. Nishio Lucar, MD.

Contact Information

Angie G. Nishio-Lucar, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Program Director, Transplant Nephrology Fellowship

University of Virginia Health System
Transplant | Nephrology
PO Box 800133
Charlottesville, VA 22908

Monica Olsen
Nephrology Fellowship Coordinator