• “Tailoring my second year for transplant concentration gave me the opportunity to work and learn more under amazing mentors”.
    Shalini Bumb, MD
    Duke Nephrology, Class of 2016
  • “The MENTORS program has been a great opportunity to receive valuable feedback and learn from my peers’ research in other specialties.”
    Robert Olivo, MD
    Duke Nephrology, Chief Fellow 2015-2016, Class of 2017
  • “The faculty are fully invested in my education and development as a nephrologist. I am truly treated as a colleague.”
    Daniel Edmonston, MD
    3rd Year Fellow
  • “There is a steadfast commitment to education and well-being from the program and division leadership at Duke.”
    Melissa Makar, MD
    Class of 2018
  • “The biggest strength of this program is the people. The faculty are very knowledgeable and willing to teach, and I am really privileged to be part of such a superb group of fellows.”
    Niraj Kothari, MD
    Class of 2018
  • “The clinical concentration in home dialysis has allowed me to gain extra experience in caring for patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis.”
    Samantha Suthar, MD
    Duke Nephrology, Class of 2015

With five 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.

Work-life balance is important to us. Our call is covered by a night float system. During your training you will be supported by mentors, program directors, and faculty. Our goal is to provide personalized training. Your individual success our first priority.

What makes the Duke Fellowship different?

  • Large Academic Referral Hospital
  • Night Float
  • Integrated VA Experience
  • Fellow Driven Program Improvements
  • 1st Year Outpatient Clinical Immersion
  • Internal Moonlighting for Upper Level Fellows
  • Glomerulonephritis Clinic
  • Flexible Research Scholar Pathways
  • Well-Developed Clinical Concentrations
  • Faculty Engaged in Education
  • Longitudinal Transplant Exposure
  • Individualized Career Development
  • Longitudinal Experience in Home-suitable Dialysis
  • Cultural, social and recreational activities of Durham, NC and Research Triangle area

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“Best Places To Live” by U.S. News & World Report

Durham, North Carolina is a wonderful place to live, learn and train, and is commonly recognized for its availability of jobs, relatively low cost of living, affordable housing, safe streets, mild climate, culture and recreation. Learn more about Durham.

Find out why Durham is North Carolina’s hippest city or visit Duke University's comprehensive website on living in Durham.

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:

Clinical Concentration Pathway
(2 years)

Capitalize on specific Duke Nephrology expertise in kidney transplantation, geriatric and palliative care, home-suitable dialysis or interventional nephrology.

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Clinical Investigator Pathway
(3-4 years)

Receive advanced training in biostatistics, study design and epidemiology and have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Health Science degree.

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Biomedical Science Investigator Pathway
(3-4 years)

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.

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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.

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A half a century of Duke Nephrology highlights:

37 full-time faculty members
150+ kidney transplants performed annually
20 kidney/pancreas transplants
~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:

Bone and mineral metabolism
Bone and mineral metabolism
CKD and cardiovascular disease
CKD and cardiovascular disease
CKD and cardiovascular disease
Diabetic nephropathy
Genetic kidney disease
Genetic kidney disease
Hypertension pathogensis
Hypertension pathogenesis
Immunology and glomerulonephritis
Immunology and glomerulonephritis

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.