The Division of Nephrology offers several training pathways designed to prepare postdoctoral fellows for careers in clinical or academic nephrology:
- Clinical Training Pathway: 2 years of training at the UVA Medical Center. This pathway is intended for those seeking an intensive clinical experience in preparation for a career practicing clinical nephrology. Our clinical training is designed to produce highly accomplished clinical leaders in nephrology.
- Clinical/Research Training Pathway: 3 or more years of training, including one year full-time clinical training and two or more years clinical or laboratory research supported by an NIH T32 training grant.
- Research Training Pathway: Designed for individuals with advanced degrees (MD, PhD, MD/PhD) who are interested in pursuing only research training.
Our Clinical Faculty
- Are recognized as national leaders in the field of nephrology
- Maintain positions on editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals and on clinical practice guidelines committees for the NKF/KDOQI and the Renal Physicians Association
- Are leaders in education and serve important national positions that determine education policy for nephrology education
- Author chapters in the most authoritative textbooks and educational materials available
- Have received distinguished awards at the University of Virginia including the Robley Dunglison Award, Department of Medicine Teaching Award, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, University Teaching Award, and are members of the UVA Academy of Distinguished Educators
Emaad Abdel-Rahman, MBBS has clinical interests in geriatric nephrology, hemodialysis and home dialysis. For the past two decades, he has been a favorite teacher for the fellows and also a great resource for junior faculty members.
Rasheed Balogun, MBBS is known internationally for his expertise in the area of therapeutic apheresis. He is the organizer for the annual international Therapeutic Apheresis Academy.
Brendan Bowman, MD completed his residency and fellowship training here at UVA. He is heavily involved in fellows’ education and is ranked among our top educators in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. He is currently the regional director of UVA dialysis operations. His interest and experience in the care of ESRD patients, quality improvement and the business operations of dialysis have made him a unique internal resource for our fellows.
Charles Brooks, MD has many years of experience with the care of CKD and ESRD patients. His main area of focus is clinical decision making and quality improvement.
Tushar Chopra, MD joined our faculty after completing fellowship training at Vanderbilt University. His main area of clinical interest is acute peritoneal dialysis. Within his short time at UVA he has quickly become one of our fellows’ favorite educators.
Alden Doyle, MD joined the UVA faculty from Drexel University in 2016. He was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for nearly a decade. He is currently the Medical Director of Kidney & Pancreas Transplantation at UVA. He has twenty years of experience in immunology, international medicine and patient focused transplant care. He is considered one of the top educators by his trainees here at UVA and throughout his career elsewhere. He is the recipient of multiple awards for education excellence. His areas of clinical interest include combined and sequential transplants, transplantation in HIV patients and kidney disease following organ transplantation.
Uta Erdbruegger, MD joined the faculty after completion of her fellowship training at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her clinical interest is in rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis. Her research involves the functional role of platelet and endothelial microvesicles in health and disease.
Kambiz Kalantari, MD is our fellowship director. He has been awarded multiple awards for excellence in education. He has been teaching nephrology to UVA medical students for the past 10 years and has been implementing concepts in adult learning with a focus on active learning into fellows’ education. He is a member of the ASN Career Advancement and the In-Training Exam Item Writing committees. His areas of clinical interest include ICU nephrology, electrolyte disorders and renal physiology.
Sana Khan, MD completed her nephrology fellowship at UVA (residency at University of Cincinnati). Her area of clinical interest is peritoneal dialysis.
Peter Lobo, MD one of our transplant nephrologists, is one of our immunology experts. He is in charge of the HLA tissue typing laboratory at UVA. Fellows have enjoyed his outstanding teaching style and how he stimulates their critical thinking by asking probing questions.
Angie Nishio-Lucar, MD completed nephrology and transplant nephrology fellowships at UVA (residency at Henry Ford Hospital). Her clinical interest areas include non-infectious complications of renal transplantation, barriers to transplantation, obesity and transplantation, and living donation.
Mark Okusa, MD, our Division Chief, will be the ASN president in 2018. He is known internationally for his work in AKI. Despite his busy schedule, Dr. Okusa has made fellow education a priority. He continues to attend the inpatient ICU and floor consult services and supervises fellows in their continuity clinic. Fellows have consistently ranked Dr. Okusa as one of their top educators.
Mitchell Rosner, MD is the Chair of the UVA Department of Medicine. His main areas of interest include ADPKD, peritoneal dialysis, electrolyte disorders and onconephrology. He has been awarded numerous teaching awards, including the All-University Teaching Award. Dr. Rosner has been in charge of the ASN board review course for the past few years. He attends the inpatient service, supervises fellows in their continuity, as well as home dialysis, clinics.
Sundararaman Swaminathan, MBBS completed his nephrology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. He is a transplant nephrologist who has many interests in clinical nephrology as well. He has been a great resource for fellow trainees since he came to UVA from the University of Arkansas.
Karen Warburton, MD joined UVA faculty from University of Pennsylvania in 2016. She is a transplant nephrologist. Dr. Warburton has great deal of experience in medical education and is currently the director of Graduate Medical Education Professional Development in the Department of Medicine. She is a member of the ASN Workforce and Training Committee and one of the founders of the ASN Kidney STARs (students and residents at Kidney Week) program. Her areas of clinical interest include immunosuppressive medication, hypertension and chronic kidney disease following solid organ transplantation.
The UVA Division of Nephrology holds conferences throughout the week. Fellows Conference runs year-round; the remainder normally run from September through May. Most conferences are held in the Kidney Center Conference Room on the 5th Floor, Multistory West Complex, Room 5101. Periodically, one of the other conferences described below will be rotated into a slot for a regularly scheduled meeting in order to ensure that faculty and fellows have an opportunity to review and discuss cases and direct patient care in the conference setting.
Kidney Center Conference Room
Kidney Center Conference Room
Journal Club/Case Conference
Kidney Center Conference Room
Kidney Center Conference Room
Strickler Transplant Conference Room
Education Resource Center Auditorium
Summer Core Curriculum
A core nephrology curriculum is provided at the beginning of each academic year. This 2-month curriculum is intended to provide fundamental practical concepts on various topics in nephrology early in the training program. This permits the accelerated acquisition of core information used in management of outpatients and inpatients. Topics may vary from year to year but include: evaluation of renal function, hemodialysis (including continuous hemodialysis), peritoneal dialysis, evaluation and management of patients with acute and chronic renal failure, evaluation and management of acid-base and electrolyte disorders, evaluation and management of renal transplant patients, and others.
CIIR Seminar Series
Research from faculty-sponsored research projects are presented by faculty, postdoctoral fellows, or graduate students. Outside faculty are also invited to present research. Research in Progress presentations are made during this conference by UVA faculty, fellows, and trainees.
Renal Grand Rounds
Distinguished national and international experts, from UVA and other institutions, present topics on different aspects of nephrology (clinical and basic science).
Medical Grand Rounds
Faculty from UVA and other institutions are invited to discuss clinical topics in medicine. Several times each year, nephrology faculty present. Internationally recognized nephrology faculty are invited as visiting professors.
The purpose of journal club is to mentor/develop the ability to critically analyze data reported in the recent or landmark clinical and basic science literature. In general, papers are presented and discussed from high quality clinical journals (NEJM, Kidney Int, Ann Int Med, Lancet, Transplantation) and basic science journals (Nature, J Biol Chem, Cell, Science, Proc Natl Acad Sci, J Clin Invest, Am J Physiol).
These conferences are dedicated to the discussion of interesting cases based a review of important topics in nephrology. Fellows present cases and relevant information from the literature on diagnosis and management to the group for discussion. Topics are selected to cover the required material for board preparation and practice of general nephrology.
Members attend this conference from multiple subspecialties including Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Surgery and Nephrology. Topics in organ transplantation are presented and discussed by faculty and fellows.
Morbidity and Mortality (M & M)
These conferences are held at least quarterly and are used to review near misses in daily work or patient care. They follow a scripted agenda and are aimed to improve quality of care and operations with focus on medical knowledge, patient care, delivery of care, and communications.
These conferences are held monthly. Histiopathic findings of kidney biopsies are presented by our dedicated renal pathologist for clinical discussion.
Hemodialysis Vascular Access
This is a multidisciplinary meeting of nephrology faculty and fellows, dialysis nurses, vascular surgeons and residents, interventional radiology faculty and staff in which care as presented, angiogram films reviewed and literature is reviewed. Participants work on improving the processes of patient care and communications by developing and revising protocols.
Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Overview
The UVA Division of Nephrology has an ASN/AST-accredited fellowship in Transplant Nephrology available for each academic year starting in July. This training includes exposure to clinical transplantation in both the outpatient and inpatient setting and covers management of renal and pancreas transplant recipients, as well as nephrology care for non-renal solid organ transplant recipients.
Training covers the management of immunosuppressive therapy, medical and surgical complications after transplantation, and long-term care of transplant recipients. Our program includes experience with, formal exposure and didactics in donor and recipient evaluation, renal biopsy technique, renal pathology, surgical care, and non-renal solid organ transplantation. UVA is active in desensitization prior to living donor transplant for sensitized donors, ABO incompatible donor-recipient pairs, and paired donor exchange. Our HLA laboratory and tissue typing training is a strength of our program. Fellows devote 6 months of their time to clinical training and 6 months to research and scholarly activities.
Our transplant faculty members participate in a variety of clinical and basic science research activities and transplant fellows will develop their own research projects. NIH funding via a T32 grant is available to fund fellows interested in gaining further research experience.
In order to participate in our transplant fellowship the applicant must be a board eligible or board certified nephrologist. In addition, the following 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
Please email all application materials to Angie G. Nishio Lucar, MD.
Angie G. Nishio Lucar, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Program Director, Transplant Nephrology Fellowship
University of Virginia Health System
Transplant | Nephrology
PO Box 800133
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Program Coordinator: Monica Olsen
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The UVA Nephrology experience more than adequately prepared me for post-fellowship life and nephrology in the real world. After fellowship, I joined a 10 physician nephrology-only practice in Greenville, SC. Since then, the group has grown to 13 docs with 3 nurse practitioners. We cover almost 20 dialysis units, 7+ hospitals, and have recently expanded into a nearby city. There is no shortage of work. Though most of the patients I see are typical CKD patients, I do see some GN and also take care of acutely ill AKI patients in the hospital. We have a vascular access center with three interventional nephrologists who rotate through and are involved in three joint venture home dialysis programs. We have expanded our home program to 20% of our total population. I was lucky to find an egalitarian group and one that shares call and income fairly through the group. When I started, I was an employee for two years and then graded into full partnership over the following three years. Most days, I work 8-4:30 and I take night call 3-4 times/month and work 1-2 weekends/month. The call nights have become more tolerable since the hospitalists have begun admitting all of our patients, but it can still be busy. I have a great mix of hospital rounding, in-center hemodialysis rounding, home dialysis rounding, and clinic, so I don’t get bored working in the same place with the same patients each day. Also, to keep my days varied, I have developed a cooking show just for people with kidney disease: carolinanephrology.com/cooking and have also become involved in the business aspects of my practice.
— Blake Shusterman, MD, class of 2009
During my training at the University of Virginia, I received a well-rounded training in all the aspects of nephrology, from inpatient consults to outpatient clinic to home dialysis to in-center hemodialysis. With any training, it can be tiring, but when I graduated, I felt well versed to handle any situation and, equally important, pass my nephrology boards. The faculty at UVA was an integral part in my training and subsequent career. The collegiality among the fellows and the division was always evident, from the most senior faculty down to the fellows. They pushed me to be a better nephrologist by questioning the normal and reviewing new discoveries in nephrology. With the help of faculty, I was able to find different jobs within the field of nephrology. In the end, I decided to join Johns Hopkins University as an Assistant Professor. I continually use my experience during fellowship at UVA to illustrate and teach my fellows different ways of managing patients with kidney disease.
— Daphne Harrington Knicely, MD, class of 2014
My UVA Nephrology fellowship was one of the best times in my training period. The faculty is very diverse and also very approachable and treated the fellows as colleagues and friends. Each faculty had specific area of expertise ranging from AKI, sodium and water balance, plasmapheresis, renal imaging, geriatric nephrology, and also GN. Thus, as fellows, we had the opportunity to meet and discuss cases and increase our fund of knowledge from the best in the field at UVA. I don’t think any other nephrology program would have such a rich and diverse nationally recognized faculty in one teaching program. There was no paucity for complicated and challenging cases, and working under the care and guidance of the faculty helped me to gain the required knowledge and confidence to be competent nephrologist. I would rate the UVA Nephrology program in the top one percentile in terms of world class training provided to fellows.
I am currently working as a consultant nephrologist in Martinsville, VA. Life as a practicing nephrologist is busy and hectic. I am fortunate to be part of a bigger group (who treat me very well), but I have to cover the hospital, clinic and HD unit in any given day. Long hours and being on call is the norm. The science of nephrology fascinates me more than ever, and the people with kidney disease need my help. That should be the guiding principle for any future IM residents interested in the field of nephrology.
— Sajid George, MD, class of 2011
I thoroughly appreciated my UVA Nephrology experience. From day one, the faculty took a real interest in our career development and goals. It was a privilege to learn from excellent clinicians and scientists and I felt well prepared to start my Nephrology career at a busy private practice in the Southeast. The group I joined is a hybrid model where a private group also provides the Nephrology rounding and teaching for the residency program, and I have continued to lecture and teach on rounds with both residents and medical students. UVA prepared me to place lines urgently, a necessity at times; to prepare in-depth lectures; to continue a teaching career; and to move efficiently to see a large number of patients both in hospital and clinic settings. I additionally formed meaningful friendships and continue to appreciate the input of my co-fellows on difficult cases.
–Hans Yehnert, class of 2014
Nephrology Training Program applicants should apply through ERAS. The UVA Nephrology Fellowship program participates in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).
Applicants for the T32 research training program should apply by email to Nephrology_T32@virginia.edu and indicate their interest in the Nephrology training grant. Applicants to the T32 training program must meet the citizenship/residency requirements at the time of award.
ERAS application requires the following:
- Completed ERAS data form
- Updated curriculum vitae
- Three (3) letters of reference, including a letter from the applicant’s residency program director
- Personal statement
- USMLE board scores
- Medical school transcript
Graduates from foreign medical schools are encouraged to apply and all visa subtypes are considered.
Following receipt of the completed application and letters of reference, interviews are arranged. Interviews are conducted in the summer and early fall.
For information on housestaff benefits, credentialing requirements, and other important information, please visit the UVA Graduate Medical Education web site.
Fellowship Education Contact Information
If you have an interest in our program, please contact us to discuss opportunities:
- Kambiz Kalantari, MD, MS
Harrison Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Nephrology Fellowship Training Program
Medical Director of the Inpatient Dialysis (Renal) Unit
- Mark D. Okusa, MD, FASN
John C. Buchanan Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Division Chief, Nephrology,
Center for Immunity, Inflammation and Regenerative Medicine
- Monica Olsen