Nephrology Fellowship

Fellow Welcome Event 2022

UW Nephrology fellows individualize their training through extensive subspecialty electives, diverse clinic populations, formal didactics and tutorials, and mentored scholarly activity in a variety of areas ranging from glomerular diseases to innovative dialysis technologies.

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New Fellows

Welcome to our incoming 2023-24 nephrology fellows

Drs. Casandra Chiao, Liz Kiernan, Mahlet Assefa, Megan Griffin, Gaoyuan Huang, and Manuel Rovira

Incoming Fellows 2023-24

Learn about our Fellowship Program

Nephrology Program LEADERShip

Cary Paine

Cary Paine, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Nephrology Fellowship Program 

Sarah Struthers

Sarah Struthers, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Nephrology Fellowship Program


Individualized Training

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 training grant provides additional support for clinical, translational, and basic science research fellows to leverage the Division’s expansive research training infrastructure, including the Kidney Research Institute, Center of Dialysis Innovation, Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine, VA Health Services Research & Development Centerand University of Washington graduate schools.

Clinical Training

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.

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.

Research Training

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 microphysiologic systems, stem cells, models of glomerular injury, repair and regeneration, formal degree programs and much more. 

Training Tracks

We offer three core training tracks to individualize the nephrology fellowship training:


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.