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 managing kidney and pancreas transplant recipients and nephrology care for non-kidney solid organ transplant recipients.

The fellowship curriculum provides in-depth education and experience in managing immunosuppressive therapy, medical and surgical complications after transplantation, and long-term care of transplant recipients. 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 throughout the year. In addition, we have a weekly Transplant Grand Rounds in combination with transplant surgery and other solid organ transplant programs. Our center is active in pair kidney donation for incompatible living donor pairs and non-directed donors. Still, we do offer desensitization before 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, participants in the COIIN UNOS project, and have broad experience in using high KDPI organs and pediatric/infant donor kidneys.  Fellows devote six months to inpatient clinical training and six months to outpatient training, research, and scholarly activities.

The transplant nephrology faculty comprises five clinicians, one clinical educator, and two clinical research faculty members. All transplant nephrology faculty members have specific clinical or educational niches and participate in various clinical and basic science research activities. Transplant fellows are expected to develop small clinical projects during their training and work towards identifying 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 one yr.

Applicants should be ABIM board-eligible or board-certified nephrologists to participate in our transplant fellowship.  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
  • Three 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.

Applications will be reviewed starting in September through March each year.

Contact Information

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

Fawad Sohail
Nephrology Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 434-297-7199

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