Nephrology Fellowship

About the Program

The Nephrology Fellowship Training Program began in 1965 and was first accredited by the ACGME in 1987. Since its establishment, the nephrology training program at the University of Iowa has had a long tradition of clinical and educational excellence. We invite you to explore our website for details about our training program and to consider all the advantages that our program offers. Our dedicated faculty provide an outstanding clinical experience and enthusiastic attention to your education. If you are looking for a program that will challenge you and provide you with the experience and guidance necessary to achieve the milestones in nephrology training, we encourage you to apply to our program. If you have any questions about any aspect of our program, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Program Overview

Welcome to the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, a 2-year accredited clinical program, accepting 3 fellows per year. Additional years of training after the second year are available through our T32 Training Grant for those fellows interested in pursuing an academic nephrology career (2 years clinical/1 year research or with approval 1 year clinical/2 years research).  We are also pleased to offer a 1-year accredited training program in transplant nephrology. The goal of our training program is to help fellows reach the milestones in clinical training and education that will allow them to be successful practicing nephrologists or academic clinicians.

The Nephrology Division has a substantial commitment to patient care, teaching, and research. Our fellows become acquainted with a wide variety of challenges encountered in the practice of clinical nephrology, dialysis, and transplantation. They develop a solid expertise in the care of the renal patient by getting firsthand experiences in the following:

  • critical care nephrology
  • ambulatory nephrology
  • routine pre- and complex post-transplant care
  • primary ESRD management
  • multidisciplinary care of patients with cardiovascular disease, renal disease in pregnancy, rheumatologic disorders, and surgical issues

In addition, the fellowship offers ample opportunity to develop proficiency in procedural skills including kidney biopsy and biopsy interpretation.

Fellows in the program actively participate in teaching medical students and residents on the consult service. For additional training as clinician educators, we encourage our fellows to apply to programs such as the FACE (Fellows As Clinician Educators) and the Masters in Medical Education.

The Renal Division is also very proud of its research tradition.  Our fellows have the opportunity to participate in the Rare Disease Clinic, nephrology-related health research through the VA’s CADRE program, as well as a host of clinical and bench research, guided by nephrology faculty mentorship.  

We hope your training will be an exciting and educational experience and look forward to participating in your professional development as a nephrologist!

Chou-Long Huang
Division Director

Lisa M. Antes
Fellowship Training Program Director

Missions and Aims

Mission statement of the University of Iowa Nephrology Training Program

The mission of the Nephrology Training Program at the University of Iowa is to prepare our Fellow trainees be qualified and competent patient care providers, and in addition, physician educators and/or physician scientists as each individual strives for his or her career goals.

Irrespective of career goal, each fellow will receive comprehensive clinical training focused on quality patient care in areas that include critical care nephrology, ambulatory nephrology, routine pre- and post-transplant care, primary ESRD management, glomerular disease, research methodology, quality improvement projects and multi-disciplinary care of patients with other major comorbidities. 

Program Aims:

  • Foster a learning environment that promotes fellow’s progressive responsibility and graduated autonomy in approaching complex as well as common renal related problems
  • Deliver a core curriculum of general nephrology clinical topics necessary for the practice of nephrology
  • Provide clinical experiences allowing fellows to learn and practice multi-disciplinary care and shared decision that reflects quality patient care and respect for patient values and preferences in both the inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Provide exposure to transplantation to gain knowledge beneficial for the general nephrologist •Provide opportunities for longitudinal continuity of care of patients with renal related problems
  • Provide mentorship to support fellow’s learning, scholarly activities, wellness and individualized career plans
  • Provide opportunities and mentorship in a variety of research tracks tailored to the renal fellows’ interest and talents including bench, outcomes, and clinical and translational research (expanded below)
  • Maintain a culture of wellness, camaraderie and mentorship
  • Provide an environment that fosters self-reflection, self-assessment and improvement and develop the skills for lifelong learning.
  • Promote acquisition of the necessary skills and knowledge for scholarly activity
  • Promote acquisition of the necessary skills and knowledge for teaching medical students and residents

Clinical Programs

The nephrology programs at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) are highly integrated, with clinical responsibilities at both medical centers shared by members of the division.  

Program Sites


The schedule below approximates the time (in months) the fellow spends on each of the inpatient services in the first and second years of training.


  UIHC Consults VA Consults TXP Inpatient TXP Outpatient Electives Research
Year 1 4-5 2-3 2-3 0 0.5 1-2
Year 2 3-4 1-2  0 1 5

 The major clinical programs include:

Clinical Services and Rotations

The major clinical programs include:

Consultation Service UI Hospitals & Clinics

Inpatient Nephrology Consult Service: UI Hospitals & Clinics

The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Nephrology Consult Services form the core of the fellow's clinical learning experience. Fellows will spend 8-10 months rotating through the 2 consult services in the course of the two-year program.   A couple of years ago our traditional one consult service was split into 2 as the volume of consultations increased.  The goal of creating an Acute service (acute floor or ICU consults) and Chronic service (all ESRD admissions) was to provide quality and safe patient care in a consultative role and to continue to maintain the education value of the renal consult service for our trainees.  The Acute service (Team A) is staffed by 1 renal fellow, 1 nephrology staff and incorporates all resident and student learners.  The Chronic service (Team B) is staffed by 1 renal fellow and 1 staff.

For each of these services, the fellow assumes significant responsibility for running the Nephrology Consult Service. Under the supervision of the attending nephrologist, the fellow will oversee the daily management and diagnostic evaluation of all patients on whom the service consults and learn how to manage acid base and electrolyte disorders, acute and chronic kidney disease, hypertension, intoxications, and other renal-related diseases. The fellow’s responsibilities will include decisions regarding initiation of dialysis, selection of modality and writing and/or supervising dialysis prescription for patients with acute kidney injury. The fellow will become familiar with all the modalities of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), the role of hemoperfusion in the management of drug intoxication and the use of ultrafiltration techniques. In addition, the fellow will also become adept at percutaneous renal biopsies. The fellow will also be intimately involved in teaching medical students and residents on the nephrology consult A team and will function as a liaison between the consultation service at UI Hospitals & Clinics and the referring physicians/teams.

Consultation Service VAMC

Inpatient Nephrology Consult service: VAMC

The Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center is conveniently located adjacent to the University of Iowa Hospitals. The nephrology fellow oversees three basic services at the Iowa City VA Health Care System: inpatient consults, outpatients in the renal clinic, and organizing and performing procedures. This interaction with the VA is designed to provide maximum exposure to the unique aspects of nephrologic care in this patient population.

Transplantation Service

Inpatient Transplant Service

Kidney and kidney pancreas transplant services are provided at the University of Iowa Organ Transplant Center and at the affiliated VA Transplant Center. The University of Iowa transplant program is the only multi-organ transplant program (Kidney, Liver, Pancreas, Heart, Lung) in the State of Iowa. The VA transplant center is one of a handful of VA programs that perform kidney transplants and the only center that performs kidney pancreas transplants.

Stable transplant inpatients are cared for on a multidisciplinary transplant unit where Transplant Nephrology has admitting privileges and primary responsibility for patients admitted to the Transplant Nephrology Service. Transplant Nephrology also provides consultative services to Transplant Surgery and Transplant Hepatology as well as patients with kidney and liver transplants who are admitted to all other services including critical care units. The renal divisio has an AST accredited transplant nephrology fellowship program where 1 fellow is admitted per year.

Each general nephrology fellow will be assigned for 3 to 4 months on this transplant service, working with one of the Transplant Nephrology staff on the inpatient service and with several staff in the Transplant outpatient clinics, sometimes alongside the Transplant Nephrology fellow. During the course of the rotation the fellow will learn the indications and complications of transplantation, the psychological impact of transplantation, and the principles of histocompatibility testing in the selection of donor kidneys. The fellow will also be exposed to the process of assessing suitability for living-related donor transplantation and will acquire an understanding of the modes of action, pharmacology, and complications of immunosuppressive drug regimens.

By being involved in the workup and management of graft dysfunction, the fellow will learn to recognize the clinical pathology of acute and chronic rejection, drug toxicity, and recurrent primary disease and will gain experience in the needle biopsy of the transplanted kidney. In addition to the day-to-day management of the organ transplant service inpatients, the fellow will participate in the Outpatient Transplant Clinic and the Transplant Conferences.

Renal Ambulatory Clinics

During the course of the year, the nephrology fellow will rotate through several outpatient nephrology clinics. The individual clinics emphasize different areas of nephrology, allowing the fellow to participate in all aspects of outpatient care.

The Continuity of Care (COC) clinic meets weekly for a half day and actively involves the fellow in the long-term management of renal-related problems. In this clinic, individual patients will be followed by a specific fellow for the course of his or her fellowship training. Each patient will also be staffed by an attending nephrologist; however, the fellow is responsible for making diagnostic and therapeutic decisions, contacting the patient with test results, and functioning as the primary nephrologist for the care of the renal problems. Increased responsibility will be given as the fellow advances through the training program.

The Renal Stone Clinic is a clinic that guides the metabolic evaluation of the patient with nephrolithiasis and provides management strategies for prevention (pharmacologic, dietary and lifestyle modifications) and definitive treatment (urology referral) of stone disease.

The Veterans Administration Clinic is a general nephrology clinic that exposes the fellow to the unique aspects of care in this patient population, with a predominance of renovascular hypertension, diabetes, and geriatric renal disease, in a predominantly male population.

The Transplantation clinics at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and VAMC provide the opportunity for the fellow to participate in the outpatient evaluation of the pre-transplant patient and potential donors, as well as the immediate and long-term management of the immunosuppressive therapies and complications of the post-transplant patient.

The Rare Renal Disease and the Renal Genetics Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinics are staffed by specialists in adult nephrology, pediatric nephrology, genetic counseling, renal nutrition and social and financial support personnel.  The clinics have a national and international reputation in treating complement-medicated renal diseases, atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome and C3 glomerulopathies.  In addition, the clinics have a longstanding collaboration with the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics and Molecular Otolaryngology and Renal Research Laboratory (under the scientific direction of Dr. Richard Smith), which provides onsite comprehensive state of the art genetic testing, functional complement assays and molecular diagnostic tools to facilitate evaluation of genetic and acquired abnormalities that form the bases of rare kidney disease.

Dialysis Program

Our dialysis program, under the leadership of Dr. Mony Fraer, gives our fellows an in-depth exposure to the main modes of outpatient dialysis therapies, center and home (hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis), enabling them to formulate realistic strategies to select the option most suited to their ESRD patients. Care for the ESRD patient involves a multidisciplinary team approach that includes the fellow, staff nephrologist, social worker, dietician, and nurses.

Center Dialysis
The fellow will be assigned to a dialysis shift  (at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics ) as the primary provider, along with one staff. This is a 6 month rotation during each training year. This continuity of care allows the fellow to experience the day-to-day management of the ESRD patients on maintenance dialysis. The fellow will round once weekly with the staff on these and will gradually assume independent responsibility in decision-making for these patients. All facets of patient care will be covered, including monthly lab review, dietary recommendations, adjustments in dialysis prescriptions, evaluation of access problems, and social issues. In the second year of training, the fellow will switch to work with another staff and group of patients on a new hemodialysis shift.

Home Dialysis Program
We currently have about 30 patients on home therapies (hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis) in our program (one of the longest-running in the country). Each patient is seen monthly in the clinic by the assigned staff and fellow. For those patients beginning training for home therapies, the fellow rounds once weekly with the staff and makes any necessary changes in the treatment plan.

Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies
Over the course of your training, the fellow will become familiar with all the modalities of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), the role of hemoperfusion in the management of drug intoxications, and, with the use of ultrafiltration techniques for  patients requiring this modality.

Conferences and Education

Monthly/weekly calendar of conferences

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
12-1 HTN JC

(1st Mon/month
Division biospy conference)
12-1 KydSap

(1st Tue/month
Fellows biopsy conference)


  12-1 IM Grand Rounds 12-1 Fellows curriculum conference
      1-2 FACE program (1x/month)

1-2 CRRT curriculum (1-2x/month)

1-2 In the Loop Physiology session (2x/month

Divisional/Departmental Conferences

The Division Hypertension and Journal Club conference meets the second and fourth Mondays of every month to discuss and critically appraise two articles prepared by two staff/fellows. During these sessions, state of the art talks are also given.

The first Monday of each month is our Division Pathology Biopsy Conference, in which our renal pathologists share results of recent biopsies for discussion and review.

In Renal Grand Rounds, held every Wednesday evening, a wide array of cases are discussed, including discussions centered on current issues in the transplant and consult services, as well as relevant clinical topics. In addition, multidisciplinary conferences are held with vascular surgeons to address issues in vascular access, renal artery stenosis, and other pertinent issues. The fellows also present their systems-based and quality-improvement projects during this time.

On Thursdays, Internal Medicine Grand Rounds is the weekly departmental conference, which includes discussions on innovative developments, comprehensive updates on key topics in internal medicine, as well as systems-based, clinical pathologic conferences.

Transplant Conferences

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
8-9 Transplant Listing Conference 8-9 Issues in Transplant CME      
  3-4 Biweekly Combined Transplant Patient Conference / Rounds     3-4 Biweekly Combined Transplant Patient Conference / Rounds

The Transplant multi-disciplinary listing conference is a 90-minute long conference held weekly where newly evaluated transplant candidates and living donors are presented for discussion and approval for transplantation. The Transplant Nephrology fellow will be responsible for presenting the new patients that he/she has evaluated with guidance from Transplant Nephrology Faculty. 

Issues in Transplantation CME conference is a weekly conference devoted solely to issues in solid organ transplantation. Presentations are given by Visiting Professors, by Transplant Center faculty and at least twice a year by the Transplant Nephrology fellow and cover a wide range of issues in the field. These Tuesday sessions are also used for Morbidity and Mortality conferences and for transplant related QAPI meetings. Attendees include faculty and trainees from Transplant Surgery, Transplant Nephrology, Transplant Hepatology, Transplant Infectious Diseases, Transplant Cardiology and Transplant Pulmonology.

Biweekly combined transplant patient conference/rounds is an hour-long conference attended by transplant surgery, transplant nephrology, infectious diseases and hepatology to review and discuss patients admitted to the multidisciplinary transplant floor. The Transplant Nephrology or General Nephrology Fellow presents the patients seen on the Transplant Nephrology Consult Service providing a brief discussion on at least one clinical problem relevant to the patients being managed.

Fellows Conferences

Kyd-Sap Sessions are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Fellows meet with a faculty facilitator to participate in 10 board review type questions. The sessions are designed to reinforce knowledge and clinical reasoning, key points, and test-taking skills.

The Fellows Pathology Conference is attended once monthly from September to June and provides the fellows with the opportunity to meet one on one with our renal pathologists to enhance skills in renal pathology and interpretation of renal biopsies.

The Internal Medicine Fellows’ Conferences are held every Thursday from September until June from 1-2 following IM Grand Rounds for all fellows in the Department of Internal Medicine. These include interdisciplinary topics like pain management, family meetings, quality improvement and safety, sleep deprivation and ethics. (PDF iconview schedule)

The In The Loop Conference is held on Thursdays from 1-2.  Generally, there will be an In The Loop conference twice per month.  These are physiology sessions held by Dr Lisa Antes. 

The Fellows Curriculum Conference is held every Friday. These conferences encompass core topics important to fellows in nephrology. The curriculum is designed to cover a two-year period. (PDF iconview sample schedule)

Program Director Meetings: The Program Director meets quarterly with the fellows to discuss issues and deliver updates.

Special Lecture Series


The Nephrology Division values the important role fellows assume as teachers. On the consult service, the fellow will have daily opportunities to teach medical students and residents. For those fellows interested in further enhancing their teaching skills or in pursuing a career in academic medicine, the fellow may apply to additional programs for study during the standard 2 year fellowship training program.

Masters of Medical Education

This degree offers the opportunity to develop a community of academic medical faculty with formal training in education who will create and sustain a culture of educational excellence within the College of Medicine, the university, and the medical education community at large. Read more about the MME program.

Fellows as Clinician Educators (FACE)

The FACE Program is designed to introduce future clinician-educators to a set of skills that may be of use in their career. The program presents concepts of educational design and research, lecture development, evaluation, observation, and feedback. At the conclusion of the program, FACE participants are required to develop a teaching portfolio.

Annual Annette Fitz Memorial Fellowship Lecture

This lecture is given in memory of the many contributions of Dr. Annette Fitz to our Nephrology Division and Department of Medicine for over 30 years until her untimely death in 1995. Dr. Fitz was a consummate educator and clinician and her life was dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and the desire to share that knowledge with her students at all levels of training.

In celebration of Dr. Fitz’s dedication to education, we annually challenge our renal fellows to identify a topic in Nephrology and a speaker whom they feel would most contribute to their own education and pursuit of knowledge.

December 18, 2019 - "Updates and Interesting Cases in Acid/Base and Electrolyte Disorders"
Dr. Biff Palmer

June 14, 2018 - "IgA Nephropathy where are we, where are we going?"
Dr. Richard LaFayette

June 14, 2017 - "Kidney Disease in Pregnancy"
Dr. Phyllis August

April 27, 2016 - "The Three Faces of FGF-23"
Dr. L Darryl Quarles

May 27, 2015 - "Onco-Nephrology: Can Targeted Therapy Toxicities Inform Renal Regeneration Strategies?"
Dr. Benjamin Humphreys

June 4, 2014 - "Membranous Nephropathy: New Insights Regarding Treatment"
Dr. Fernando Fervenza

June 19, 2013 - "Treatment of Membranous GN"
Dr. Patrick Nachman

John B. Stokes Renal Physicians Day

Purpose: To update physicians and other nephrology care providers in the new initiatives and advances in nephrology, discuss problems related to the practice of nephrology, and teach new approaches and therapies to treat patients with kidney disease.

Sponsored by: Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

Invited Faculty - Keynote Speakers

May 2, 2019 - "Kidney disease in African Americans: The genetic basis of a major health disparity"
Martin R. Pollak, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Nephrology
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

May 3, 2018 - "Update on Vasopressin V2-Receptor Blockade to Treat Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease"
Vicente Torres, MD, PhD
Professor, Nephrology and Hypertension
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

May 4, 2017 - "Transplant- transmitted infections. Let's talk about communication"
Rachel Miller, MD
Professor of Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, North Carolina

May 5, 2016 - "Treatment of Hypertension - 2016"
Jackson T. Wright, Jr. MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Program Director of the William T. Dahms MD Clinical Research Unit
Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative at Case Western Reserve University
Director of the Clinical Hypertension Program
Cleveland, Ohio

May 7, 2015 - "Renovascular Hypertension – Where Are We Now?"
Stephen C. Textor, MD
Professor of Medicine and Hypertension
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

May 1, 2014 - "Anion Gap Metabolic Acidosis- A “Graduate” Discussion"
Michael Emmett, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Internal Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

May 2, 2013 - "Is Dietary Protein a Risk Factor for Progression of Kidney Disease?"
Thomas D. DuBose, Jr, MD
Tinsley R. Harrison Professor and Chair of Internal Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

May 17, 2012 - "Genetics of Diabetic Nephropathy"
Katalin Susztak, MD
Associate Professor, Dept of Medicine
Division of Nephrology and Dept of Geriatrics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, New York

May 5, 2011 - "Prevention of Kidney Stones"
Gary Curham, MD
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

May 6, 2010 - "Disorders of Mineral Metabolism and Survival in Kidney Disease"
Myles S. Wolf, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Miami Nephrology
Coral Gables, Florida

May 7, 2009 - "Update on the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Vasculitis"
Ronald J. Falk, MD
Chief, Division of Nephrology
Director, UNC Kidney Center
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Research Overview

The Nephrology Division at the University of Iowa  has a robust clinical and basic research program in areas including polycystic kidney disease, renal genetics, complement and glomerular diseases, acute kidney injury, fluid and electrolyte transport, mineral metabolism and cardiovascular complications of CKD, as well as numerous clinical trials.

The division’s NIH T32 Training Grant for Kidney and Hypertension research is in its 26th year, which supports MD and PhD trainees in basic or clinical research related to kidney and hypertension in physiology and diseases. Selected MD fellows on the investigative training track will be considered for support by the division to earn a Master’s in Clinical and Translational Science during training.

Fellowship Research and Scholarly Activity

All fellows are expected to demonstrate written evidence of scholarly activity by the end of their 2 years of fellowship training. The divisional Renal Fellow Scholarship and Research Committee was created to provide fellows with a portfolio of research opportunities that meet the research/scholarly activity requirement of the program. The committee reviews all proposals submitted by the fellows, selects projects eligible for funding, guides fellows through a reasonable timeline for successful completion and develops faculty mentors to appropriately guide fellows through their projects.

Examples of activities include case reports, in-depth literature reviews, chart reviews, poster presentations, and quality improvement projects. Recent fellow activities include:


Lodhi A, Kumar A, Saqlain M, Suneja M. Thrombotic Microangiopathy Associated with Proteasome Inhibitors. Clin Kidney J 2015; 8: 632-636.

Sanghvi Y, Somers D. Blastomyces Dermatitidis Peritonitis Complicating Peritoneal Dialysis. Semin Dial 2017 Sep; 30(5): 453-455.

Story M, Ten Eyck P, Kuppachi S.  Opinions of Health Care Personnel Regarding Disincentives and Incentives for Living Kidney Donation at a Single Center.  Transplantation Proceedings June 2018 50(10).

Patel J, Kuppachi, S. AKI in a Patient with Cerebral Toxoplasmosis/American Society of Nephrology. Kidney360 April 2020, 1 (4) 316-317.

Patel J, Swee, M. Neurotoxoplasmosis mimicking primary brain malignancy. IDCases. 2020; 21: e00767. Published online 2020 May 15.

Thomas, C, Freese, M, Ounda A, Jetton, J, Holida, M, Noureddine, L, Smith, R. Initial experience from a renal genetics clinic demonstrates a distinct role in patient management. Genetics Medicine 22, 1025-1035 (2020).

Oo S, Freese, M, Holanda, D, Thomas, C. Spontaneous remission of genetic, apparent primary FSGS presenting with nephrotic syndrome challenges traditional notions of primary FSGS. Submitted to Clinical Kidney Journal 2020. 

Poster Presentations

  1. Actinomyces neuii Peritonitis in Peritoneal Dialysis:  A Rare and Likely Underrecognized Opportunistic Infection (Oo, Patel, Swee).  ASN 2019
  2. Spontaneous remission of genetic, apparent primary, FSGS presenting with nephrotic syndrome challenges traditional notions of primary and genetic FSGS. (Oo, S., Patel, J., Freese, M., Thomas C.P).  ASN 2019
  3. Donor Derived Cell Free DNA Positivity—Does it Always Mean Rejection? Sambharia, Sureshkumar, Aramada, Chopra.  ASN 2019
  4. Neuro-toxoplasmosis After Kidney-Pancreas Transplantation (Patel, Oo, Kirby, Swee). ASN 2019
  5. What is the Cause of this Patient’s Hypertension?  (Oo, Hegeman).  NKF 2020
  6. Streptococcus oralis Peritonitis in Peritoneal Dialysis: A Truly Nail-Biting Experience.  (Oo, Patel, Noureddine).  NKF 2020
  7. Emphysematous Pyelonephritis with Incidental Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Disease
  8. "Severe Hyponatremia with Intraoperative Desmopressin Use In (Deceased and Living Donor) Renal Transplant Recipients". (Gill, Thomas, Kuppachi) ATC 2018
  9. ANCA-Associated Vasculitis through the Continuum of Age:  A Retrospective Chart Review (Gill, B Kumar, Strouse, Swee, Suneja).  ASN 2018
  10.  Pregnancy Outcomes in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis: A Retrospective Review  (Swee, Strouse, Gill, Suneja, B Kumar).  ASN 2018
  11. NKF poster Boston 2019:  Pregnancy induced DI (Gill, Kumar, Huang). NKF 2019
  12. Treatment of Severe Hypercalcemia Using Calcium Free Fluids in CRRT (Kumar, Gill, Swee): ADC 2019
  13. Treatment of Severe Hyperkalemia and Hyponatremia Using Continuous Venovenous Hemodialysis (Kumar, Swee).  ADC 2019

QI projects:

  1. Renal Biopsy Consent Form Update in EPIC. Abhishek Kumar 2015
  2. Transplant Snapshot Update in EPIC. Yogesh Kiranraj Sanghvi 2016
  3. Renal Hand-off in EPIC:  Mandeep Gill 2019
  4. Improving COC Renal Clinic Wait Times: Sambharia 2019


  1. Certification from the IHI Open School for Health Professionals in the areas of improvement capability, patient safety, leadership, person- and family- centered care, triple aim for populations and quality/cost and value. Melissa Swee 2016
  2. The American Society of HTN Certified Hypertension Clinician (ASH-CHC Certification). Melissa Swee 2016

Masters in Medical Education

Masters in Medical Education candidate with expected completion spring 2017. Melissa Swee

Interdisciplinary Fellowship Conference

Below is an example of the Dapartment of Internal Medicine Common Curriculum Schedule. It is shared between Fellows from all divisions of the Department

PDF icon20-21 Fellows Conference Master Schedule.pdf.

Fellows as Clinician Educators (FACE)

The Fellows as Clinician Educators (FACE) Program is designed to introduce future clinician-educators to a set of skills which may be of use in their career. The program presents concepts of educational design and research, lecture development, evaluation, observation and feedback. At the conclusion of the program, FACE participants are required to develop a teaching portfolio.

Learn more about FACE 

How to Apply

We welcome applicants to apply to our institution for nephrology fellowship training. The Division of Nephrology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics uses the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) application process. We continue to endorse the “all in” participation in the NRMP match.

A complete ERAS application includes a curriculum vitae, a personal statement of the applicant’s interest in nephrology and long-term career goals, three letters of recommendation and notarized USMLE transcript for Steps 1, 2, 3 (if available). We would also appreciate an unmounted recent photograph to accompany your application. We do sponsor J-1 and H1b visas. Applicants are considered for interview without regard to race, color, religion, gender or national origin. For candidates selected to interview, we reimburse the cost for overnight hotel accommodations. We interview applicants from early August through the end of October and do our best to accommodate applicant interview schedules.  

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is September 15.
Selected candidates will be invited to interview.

Board Certification

Medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process which serves multiple purposes for the trainee and the public.

Certification is

  • one mission of the training program to produce trainees who meet board eligibility criteria;
  • distinguishes a physician as someone with a distinct level of expertise;
  • provides more opportunities when applying for employment;
  • presents resources and tools by the ABMS; 
  • a commitment to life-long improvement for providing the best patient care; and
  • elevates physicians into the ranks of doctors committed to the highest standards of healthcare.

For more information visit the American Board of Internal Medicine for specifics on board certification requirements.

Eligibility Criteria

Qualifications for candidates include (1) an MD degree (or equivalent), (2) completion or expected completion of three years of residency training in Internal Medicine, with Board Eligibility or Certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine, by the initiation of Nephrology Fellowship training

Interview Information

At the interview, perspective candidates will receive an overview of the program and tour of the facilities. They will also meet individually with key faculty members that may include any or all of the following: the program director, other Nephrology faculty, and the department chair.

Our People

Program Leadership


Lisa Antes, MD
Nephrology Fellowship Program
Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine

Phone: 319-356-3971


Chou-Long Huang, MD, PhD
Director, Division of Nephrology
Professor of Internal Medicine

Phone: 319-356-3972

Division Timeline:

Current Faculty

The Department of Internal Medicine has a faculty of nearly 300 professionals whose clinical, teaching, and research expertise spans the entire discipline of medicine.

Nephrology Division Faculty

Department Faculty (alphabetical listing)

Current Fellows

First Year Fellows

Ahmad Al Masry


Ahmad Al Masry, MBBS
Medical School: Beirut Arab University
Residency: American University of Beirut


Shahed Ammar, MBBS
Medical School: Beirut Arab University
Residency: American University of Beirut

Ahmad Aqel


Ahmad Aqel, MD
Medical School: University of Jordan
Residency: American University of Beirut

FNU Ashok


Ashok, MBBS
Medical School: Liaquat University
Residency: Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center

First Year Transplant Fellow

Tariq Baig

Tariq Baig, MBBS
Medical School: Punjab Medical College
Residency: Allied Hospital

Second Year Fellow

Iiro Honkanen


Iiro Honkanen, MD
Medical School: University of Arizona
Residency: University of Iowa

Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

Isabella Grumbach, MD, PhD
Interim Chair and DEO, Department of Internal Medicine
Kate Daum Endowed Professor
Professor of Medicine – Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor of Radiation Oncology

Why Nephrology at Iowa?

Iowa City offers not only the best in terms of academics and patient care, but affordable living and healthy lifestyle. Some of the highlights and recognitions are:

Fellowship Training at Iowa

  • We offer an education fund and support for attendance at national conferences.
  • Top nephrology program ranking by US News and World Report 2015-2016
  • Our fellows consistently score in the top 25-30% on the ITE exams.
  • Opportunity for additional training after General Nephrology Training right here:
    • Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program
    • Masters in Medical Education
  • Dedicated preparation for and assistance in job placement after training

Special Lectures in Nephrology

UIHC and the Carver College of Medicine

  • 2015 and 2016 America’s Best Large Employers; #1 in healthcare, #7 overall, Forbes
  • 2016 Best Graduate Schools, U.S. News and World Report
  • America’s Best Hospitals List, U.S. News and World Report
  • America’s Best Children’s Hospitals List, U.S. News and World Report
  • 2014 Magnet Prize for Nursing

Iowa City, a top place to live: 

  • #1 Least Stressed City in America 2015
  • World City of Literature, UNESCO; Home of the internationally renowned Iowa Writer’s Workshop
  • #3 Best Places to Live List, Outside Magazine
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