The highly competitive general nephrology fellowship program has been accredited by the ACGME since 1983 and it has trained many of the leaders in the field nationwide. Further, a large proportion of the nephrologists currently practicing in the Pacific Northwest have trained at the University of Washington.
The program recruits 5-6 fellows every year, which includes up to two in the research track. The three clinical sites (Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Puget Sound VA) provide our trainees with a diverse population of patients that span the entire spectrum of the specialty, which is further complemented by experience in outpatient dialysis at the Northwest Kidney Centers.
Nephrology Program LEADERShip
Cary Paine, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Nephrology Fellowship Program
Sarah Struthers, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Nephrology Fellowship Program
Clinical training consists of ambulatory clinic experience, didactic seminars, and several rotations spanning the first two years of fellowship at diverse medical centers throughout Seattle.
We provide individualized training in acute and chronic diseases of the kidney through extensive electives, mentored scholarly activity, and optional subspecialty tracks in kidney transplantation and dialysis innovation.
Our trainees diversify their training through extensive subspecialty experience, diverse clinic populations, formal didactics and tutorials, and mentored scholarly activities in a variety of areas ranging from glomerular diseases to home dialysis, and innovative dialysis technologies. Since 2022, the fellows elect one of their second-year peers as the Fleet Chief Fellow.
In addition to general nephrology, the division also provides further subspecialty training within the field. We offer a one-year clinical transplant fellowship, accredited by the American Society of Transplantation. The training spans the entire spectrum of the practice of transplant nephrology, inpatient and outpatient kidney care for all solid organ transplants, education, and patient-centered research. Our program also offers a third year of subspecialty training in dialysis generally or home dialysis specifically, and glomerular diseases.
Our training grant provides additional support for clinical, translational, and basic science research fellows to leverage the Division’s expansive research training infrastructure, including:
- Kidney Research Institute
- Center of Dialysis Innovation
- Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine
- VA Health Services Research & Development Center
- University of Washington graduate schools
Five-state referral region
Our five-state referral region covers Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI). It ensures broad exposure to telenephrology and provides experience in managing kidney diseases with remote partner sites.
UW Nephrology fellows leverage our expansive kidney research infrastructure to better understand disease heterogeneity, models of renal care delivery, epidemiology related to diverse diseases of the kidney, and precise pathways for kidney injury and regeneration.
We provide access to clinical trials in dialysis and novel therapeutics, 3D kidney tissue chips and micro physiologic systems, stem cells, models of glomerular injury, repair and regeneration, formal degree programs, and much more.
Training in kidney disease-related research has been supported by an NIH-funded T32 program since 1985. We recruit up to two fellows on the research track every year and they begin their research training supported by the T32 grant after one year of clinical training.
Research fellows complete at least two years of dedicated research training in clinical, basic, or translational sciences and many trainees successfully compete for additional funding support to bridge their transition to mentored career development grants (K-grants or equivalent). The program has a strong record of success in training physician-scientists in nephrology and a much higher proportion of trainees succeed in procuring career development grants than nationwide.
We offer three core training tracks to individualize the nephrology fellowship training:
UW GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION
University of Washington Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME)
oversees and provides support to the residency and clinical fellowship training program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), as well as other post-graduate training programs.
The GME Office is dedicated to providing residents and fellows with the best educational experience possible and a positive work environment.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Nephrology Fellowship Program at the University of Washington is committed to promoting an inclusive environment and to increasing the recruitment and support of trainees from groups under-represented in medicine. Fellows have access to myriad resources to support a diverse and inclusive training environment, including the UW Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI); UW Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (NURF); NIH Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI), UW Q Center and Queer Mentoring Program; and UW Diversity Council.