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With four fellowship positions annually, Duke University’s Nephrology program offers you one of the most highly sought-after career opportunities in medicine. Expect to accomplish great things here in a truly fellow-driven learning environment among a diverse group of faculty and trainees.
You’ll work hard, but you’ll also have time to manage and live your life, supported by mentors, program directors, faculty and others who make your personalized training and success their first-priority.
What makes the Duke Fellowship different?
- Large Academic Referral Hospital
- Integrated VA Experience
- Fellow Driven Program Improvements
- 1st Year Outpatient Clinical Immersion
- ~20% of Weekends "Golden" During 1st Year
- Flexible Research Scholar Pathways
- Well-Developed Clinical Concentrations
- Faculty Engaged in Education
- Longitudinal Transplant Exposure
- Individualized Career Development
- On call once a week only when on service
- Cultural, social and recreational activities of Durham, NC and Research Triangle area
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Explore our outstanding career path options. Check out our dukekidney Twitter page. Come visit campus and see our clinical and research facilities firsthand. Then, consider making Duke your Nephrology match. You’ll emerge more than prepared to lead your field and enjoy career excellence, a lifetime of achievement, and make a difference in patients’ lives, every day.
Choose among three Scholar Pathways, which can be tailored to your objectives and goals:
Capitalize on specific Duke Nephrology expertise in kidney transplantation, geriatric and palliative care, home-suitable dialysis or interventional nephrology.
Receive advanced training in biostatistics, study design and epidemiology and have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Health Science degree.
Choose a laboratory and mentor during your first year after consultation with the division chief, and receive additional mentorship from the Robert J. Lefkowitz Society as you focus on basic and translational research.
Educating tomorrow's leaders for more than 50 years.
Here's what your years will look like. To see years one through three of your fellowship and rotational schedules, click here.
After Duke Hospital’s first dialysis treatment performed in 1957, many decades of leadership in research, patient care and medical achievement followed. View them here in our timeline.
1962 Eugene A. Stead, MD, creates the Division of Nephrology
1962 Roscoe “Ike” R. Robinson, MD, appointed as first division chief
1963 First faculty appointments in the division: Caulie Gunnellis, MD, Jim Clapp, MD, and Chuck Hayes, MD
1964 First chronic hemodialysis program started at Duke University
1965 Eugene A. Stead, MD, establishes the nation’s first physician assistant program with Ruby Wilson, RN
1965 First kidney transplant performed at Duke Hospital
1968 Micro-puncture techniques used to isolate where diuretics work in the nephron, (Clapp, et al)
1972 Roscoe “Ike” R. Robinson, MD, becomes the first editor of the International Society of Nephrology’s new flagship journal, Kidney International
1977 Opening of Duke Hospital’s outpatient hemodialysis unit on Morreene Road
1981 Vincent W. Dennis, MD, appointed as division’s second chief
1991 William E. Yarger, MD, appointed as division’s third chief
1995 Coffman Lab reports results of type 1A angiotensin knock-out mouse study demonstrating its importance in blood pressure regulation (Ito, et al)
1997 Arthur Greenberg, MD, becomes editor of the 2nd edition of the National Kidney Foundation’s Primer on Kidney Diseases
1997 Thomas M. Coffman, MD, appointed as the division’s fourth chief
1997 Laura Svetkey, MD, as part of the DASH Collaborative Research Group reports results in the NEJM showing that dietary changes can lower blood pressure (Appel, et al)
2002 Steve Schwab, MD, Michael Berkoben, MD, and David Butterly, MD, as part of the Hemodialysis Study Group, report the results in the NEJM comparing different dialysis prescriptions in 1,800 patients (Ekynoyan, et al)
2005 Discovery of the TRPC6 mutation as a cause of Familial FSGS (Winn, et al)
2005 Opening of the new inpatient hemodialysis unit on 7800
2006 Linda Szczech, MD, MSCE, as part of the CHOIR investigators reports the results in the NEJM showing greater risk in targeting a higher hemoglobin in CKD patients with anemia (Singh, et al)
2007 ASN Young Investigator Award: Michelle P. Winn, MD
2008 President of the American Society of Nephrology: Thomas M. Coffman, MD
2010 President of the National Kidney Foundation: Lynda Szczech, MD, MSCE
2010 3,000th transplant and 1,000th living donor kidney transplant performed at Duke University Hospital
2012 Duke Nephrology receives funding for the Duke O'Brien Center for Kidney Research.
2014 Establishment of the Michelle P. Winn, MD lectureship at ASN Kidney Week
2014 Thomas M. Coffman, MD, receives AHA Excellence in Hypertension Award and Duke School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award
2016 Myles Wolf, MD, MMSc becomes divisions fifth chief
Where we’re from, and where we’re going.
To see all past graduates of Duke’s distinguished Nephrology program, where they did their residencies, and what and where they’re practicing now, click here.
A rich history of research and clinical excellence.
The faculty of Duke Nephrology embodies the entire field of Nephrology. We have led the way from our first living donor transplant, to the ascertainment of genetic causes of kidney disease, to the mechanisms of hypertension pathogenesis.Read More
We’ve spearheaded the exploration of lipid bilayer membrane physiology and low renin hypertension. And championed the use of isolated perfused tubules to study phosphate absorption and electron microscopic study of kidney microstructures. Duke Nephrology will continue raising the clinical, scientific and research bar for years to come, led by Division Chief Myles Wolf, MD, MMSc.
Over five decades, Duke Nephrology has expanded to now include 31 full-time faculty members providing renal services to 11 dialysis centers including Duke University Hospital and Durham VA Medical Center. Each year, our Transplant Program performs 150 kidney transplants and as many as 20 kidney/pancreas transplants. And we continue to produce some of the best Nephrology minds in medicine for academic centers and practice groups, nationwide. We would love you to be among the select few who are the perfect match for our highly-respected Nephrology program.
A half a century of Duke Nephrology highlights:
|31||full-time faculty members|
|150+||kidney transplants performed annually|
|~700||chronic dialysis patients cared for|
Career development awards
Over the last 15 years, Duke Nephrology fellows have been recognized for their outstanding research. View their awards and achievements here.
About Duke's NIH T32 training grant
The Duke Nephrology fellowship program maintains an active NIH T32 training grant. This provides intensive training to Nephrology fellows in areas that relate to normal kidney physiology as well as the pathogenesis of kidney diseases and hypertension in both biomedical and clinical research.
Completion of this program permits trainees to pursue careers as academicians conducting high quality research in clinical, translational and basic aspects of nephrology and hypertension.
Our faculty’s wide range of interests and disciplines includes:
For physician scientists, the program is structured around two to three years of intensive laboratory experience working closely with a high-quality preceptor. For trainees with M.D. degrees, the program provides one year of clinical training followed by at least two years of research training. Supplementing your research experience will be formal course work, research seminars and journal clubs. Upon completion of your fellowship, you will rank among the top physicians in Nephrology in the nation.
Diversity in all we do.
Duke Nephrology is committed to promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion within our faculty, staff, students and scientific agenda. Our diverse views, opinions and backgrounds are what unite us in the fight against kidney diseases and hypertension. We strive to be inclusive of all dimensions of diversity, including, but not limited to, age, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or religion. Please see the link for additional information about the School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.