Nephrology Fellowship

First Year

The first year of the fellowship program is focused on clinical activities. Such activities occur under the direct supervision of the 15 faculty members of the division who serve as inpatient and outpatient attending physicians on a rotating basis. The first-year experience includes all aspects of consultative nephrology, including acute and chronic dialysis and renal transplantation. Patient-care experiences occur in the outpatient clinics, inpatient wards and the pediatric dialysis unit at Seattle Children’s. A didactic teaching program includes weekly conferences at Children’s and at the Northwest Kidney Center, the latter held in conjunction with the adult nephrology program. Outpatient care includes home or in-center chronic dialysis, renal transplant recipients, percutaneous renal biopsies, emergency room consultations and experience with telephone consultations.

Second and Third Year

The objective of the second through third or fourth year of the fellowship program is to provide the trainee with comprehensive bench research training in renal basic sciences or comprehensive training in epidemiology, statistics and experimental design. In the laboratory research track, 2-3 years are spent in one of ten specifically designated NIH-funded basic science research laboratories at the UWSOM. In this setting, fellows are introduced to the basic tools of modern molecular biology and undertake research projects under the dual supervision of the division and the UWSOM basic research faculty. It is fully expected that such a comprehensive program of basic research training will prepare trainees to initiate mentored research careers upon completion of their fellowship.

In the clinical investigation track, fellows are encouraged to enroll in graduate programs at the University of Washington at the masters level. This may include the School of Public Health. In addition to class work, fellows participate in the design and implementation of clinical research projects. Fellows gain experience in clinical study design, preparation of Institutional Review Board applications, , data collection, statistical analysis and presentation of their work at national meetings.

Research Projects of Current and Recent Fellows:

Jessica Stahl, MD (2017-2020)
Research Mentors: Dr. Sangeeta Hingorani, Dr. Ann Vander Stoep, Dr. Aaron Wightman

 Dr. Stahl is interested in the relationship of mental health to chronic illness.  She will complete an MS degree in Epidemiology; her proposed thesis project will utilize a database generated through the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) study to characterize the prevalence, predictors, and risk factors associated with mental health diagnoses in children with CKD

Russell Whelan, MD, PhD (2017-2020)
Research Mentors: Dr. Ying Zheng and Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb

Dr. Whelan has been studying on the role of vascular injury in engineered microvessels, with a particular focus on Shigatoxin-mediated vascular injury.  His work this year will focus on (1) optimizing and using engineered microvessels to recapitulate the endothelial injury and thrombotic microangiopathy seen with Shigatoxin-mediated illnesses, and (2) further elucidate the underlying pathologic mechanisms in Shigatoxin-mediated illnesses. 

Elizabeth Nguyen, MD, PhD (2018-2021)
Research Mentors: Dr. Mark Majesky, Dr. David Beier

Dr. Nguyen is interested in understanding the cellular response to acute and chronic renal injury. She will be working in the lab of Dr. Mark Majesky and investigating the mechanism of scar-free renal tissue repair in response to injury as demonstrated by the African spiny mouse.

Alexander Kula, MD (2018-2021)
Research Mentors: Dr. Nisha Bansal, Dr. Yuk Law, Dr. Sangeeta Hingorani

Dr. Kula is interested in the pathologic mechanisms connecting the kidney and heart in both primary renal and cardiac disease. He will be working to describe the epidemiology of heart disease in children and young adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and more specifically, he will focus on less described phenotypes of cardiac disease in pediatric CKD such as diastolic dysfunction and chronic, subclinical ischemia.

Elizabeth Yu, MD
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Board certification eligibility upon completion of program, and completion of previous certification eligibility requirements: Sub-board in Pediatric Nephrology
Length of fellowship: 3 years for ABP eligibility
Number of fellowships available: 2