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Fellowship Program

The Nephrology Fellowship program provides comprehensive training in clinical nephrology and in research in areas related to normal physiology and disease of the kidney. Our mission is to train outstanding clinical nephrologists and renal physician-scientists who will become the next generation of leaders in the field of nephrology.

Our training program has a rich tradition of academic excellence and national leadership:

• Our first-time board pass rate is 90 percent.
125 clinical and research fellows have matriculated through the Nephrology training program since 1970
40 fellows have been appointed to academic faculty positions

The Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the University of Kansas Medical Center has a proud tradition of achievement in clinical care, education and research. Our faculty physicians are nationally and internationally renowned experts in treating kidney diseases and in the clinical translational and basic science leading to therapeutic breakthroughs.

Top-Notch Research Facilities: Our Kidney Institute includes 42 research faculty, 23,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory space, and more than $7 million per year in NIH research funding.

Outstanding Patient Care: With 16 KU faculty physicians, our nephrology program is ranked among the top 50 nationally by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals 2019.

Strong Kidney, Liver, Pancreas Transplantation Programs: In our transplantation programs, doctors have performed over 1,800 kidney transplants since 1969 and has one of the lowest waiting list times in the nation (19 months).

PKD Expertise: Internationally recognized for clinical care and research in polycystic kidney disease (PKD), particularly through the work of Dr. Jared Grantham, American Society of Nephrology Homer Smith awardee and co-founder of the PKD Research Foundation. KUMC is one of four PKD Centers in the United States. The concept for the use of Tolvaptan as a possible treatment for ADPKD was derived from research done at KUMC.

Recognized Publication Leader: The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), the highest ranked journal in nephrology, was founded at KU in 1990 by Dr. Grantham. Dr. Alan Yu is an editor for Brenner and Rector's The Kidney.

Received NCQA Recognition as a Patient-Centered Specialty Practice for responsiveness to patients and medical colleagues, cooperation and integration with other health care groups, and dedication to continuous improvement.

Training Sites

University of Kansas Hospital

The University of Kansas Hospital is the major educational institution for the University of Kansas School of Medicine and is a 623-bed tertiary care medical center including 8 ICU units, with a full complement of supporting clinical departments and ancillary services. It is a Level I Trauma Center, NCI-designated Cancer Center, PCMH-designated Ambulatory Practice, and is home to the only regional burn center. It is also the primary subspecialty hospital for a large area of the central US, covering all of Kansas, western Missouri, and parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Iowa.

Dialysis units

Our department staffs three different outpatient dialysis unit throughout Kansas City metro area with Fresenius:

•  Rainbow Dialysis Unit - Westwood, KS
•  Parallel Dialysis Unit - Kansas City, KS
•  Lenexa Dialysis Unit - Lenexa, KS

Training Tracks

The majority of fellows in our ACGME accredited program pursue a two-year clinical track. Selected fellows with outstanding research potential may be invited to join the research track, which consists of one year of clinical training and at least two years of laboratory or clinical research training.

Two-year Clinical Fellowship Track:
The fellowship training curriculum consists of clinical rotations in the inpatient and outpatient settings, including renal dialysis, transplantation and research. The first year is almost entirely clinical in orientation, during which time the Nephrology trainee learns about salt and water balance, acid-base metabolism, dialysis methodology, renal biopsy and histology interpretation, renal consultation and general nephrology. Fellows are provided protected time to attend national meetings. They are also encouraged and afforded divisional resources to present their scholarly work at various local and national conferences.

Three-year Research Track:
The research training track is designed for fellows interested in pursuing academic careers that combine skills in kidney related research and teaching in clinical or basic science. Trainees in this program receive one year of clinical training, either at the beginning or at the end of their two-year research training in order to fulfill ABIM Subspecialty Board in Nephrology requirements. Two years are dedicated to research training. Both bench and patient-orientated/translational research training opportunities are available in the laboratories of one or more of the training faculty members. The goal of the research training track is to prepare trainees to become faculty and successfully compete for extramural funding.

Combined Critical Care and Nephrology Track:
This track is a combination of 1 year of critical care and 2 years of clinical nephrology training. At the end of this fellowship trainees will be dually eligible to take both critical care and nephrology boards. KUMC is a tertiary care center that has 8 ICU units that provides diverse training experience. This includes 2 medical ICU, 1 Transplant ICU, 1 Burn ICU, 1 Surgical ICU, 1 Cardiothoracic Surgical ICU, 1 Cardiac ICU, and 1 Neurological/neurosurgical ICU.

Transplant Nephrology Training Program:
This is a separate one-year fellowship for board-eligible nephrologists interested in pursuing a career in kidney transplantation. The program is accredited by the American Society of Transplantation and accommodates up to one trainee per year. Fellows are exposed to a large number of routine kidney and pancreas transplants, as well as to highly complex cases requiring specialized expertise. Daily teaching rounds, inpatient and outpatient service, and weekly conferences are an integral part of training offered.


The Division of Nephrology and Hypertension is known for its excellent clinical program and world-class basic and translational activities. Here, physician-scientists, basic scientists and clinicians have distinguished themselves for work in polycystic kidney disease, bone and mineral metabolism, kidney development, transplantation and health outcomes research. Our clinical program is equally strong, with master clinicians and young clinical nephrologists who are deeply committed to patient care.

KU faculty have included:

• 2 Homer Smith awardees
• 1 American Society of Nephrology president
• 2 National Institutes of Health MERIT awardees (verify)
• 5 elected members of the ASCI
• An editor of Brenner and Rector's The Kidney

Last modified: Nov 19, 2020