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. Examples of 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).

Ounda A, Somers S, Dai D.  “Membranous Nephropathy associated with Immune Checkpoint inhibitors” (submitted for publication)

Poster Presentations

  1. "Severe Hyponatremia with Intraoperative Desmopressin Use In (Deceased and Living Donor) Renal Transplant Recipients". (Gill, Thomas, Kuppachi) Poster presentation at ATC
  2. ASN poster 2018:  ANCA-Associated Vasculitis through the Continuum of Age:  A Retrospective Chart Review (Gill, B Kumar, Strouse, Swee, Suneja)
  3. ASN poster 2018:  Pregnancy Outcomes in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis: A Retrospective Review   (Swee, Strouse, Gill, Suneja, B Kumar)
  4. NKF poster Boston 2019:  Pregnancy induced DI (Gill, Kumar, Huang) 
  5. ADC Spring 2019:  Treatment of Severe Hypercalcemia Using Calcium Free Fluids in CRRT (Kumar, Gill, Swee): 
  6. ADC Spring 2019:   Treatment of Severe Hyperkalemia and Hyponatremia Using Continuous Venovenous Hemodialysis (Kumar, Swee)
  7. NKF 2019 spring clinical meetings (poster and publication): Impact of a renal genetics clinic on patient management.  Ounda, Dr. Christie Thomas. Margaret Armstrong (Freese).  
  8. Presented at UIHC Quality and Safety Symposium in 2019.  Selected for publication as well as for poster presentation at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 2019 Spring Clinical Meetings (SCM19).- Abstract published in NKF.  Reducing Direct Infusion of Citrate in Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy: A Quality Improvement Project.  (Ounda, Swee, O’Conner)

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


  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