University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Nephrology Fellowship Program

Director's Welcome

The University of Wisconsin Division of Nephrology is dedicated to the future of our trainees, who are directly involved in all aspects of research, education, and patient care. Read the Division Head's welcome

Program Contact Information

Fahad Aziz, MBBS
Assistant Professor (CHS)
Nephrology Fellowship Program Director

Tripti Singh, MBBS
Assistant Professor
Associate Fellowship Program Director

Samantha Strennen
Nephrology Fellowship Coordinator

Mission Statement

To provide quality patient care, promote innovative research, and foster top nephrologists of the future.

The University of Wisconsin Nephrology Fellowship Program offers robust training in a wide range of hospital and clinic settings, including the University Hospital, the Veteran's Administration Hospital, and Meriter Hospital. The collegial environment of UW's nationally-renowned nephrology fellowship program prepares trainees to enjoy success as outstanding nephrologists who are skilled in clinical care, research investigation, teaching, and life-long learning. In addition to the general nephrology fellowship program, UW also offers advanced fellowships in transplant nephrology and interventional nephrology. The UW Nephrology Fellowship Program is proud of the unique training opportunities it can provide. The dedication of faculty and staff to the educational mission of fostering top nephrologists of the future is unparalleled.

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About the Program

The UW Nephrology Fellowship Program is a two-year clinical fellowship (three fellows per training year) that exposes trainees to all aspects of Nephrology and strives to create a learning environment that prepares graduates to function in the full capacity of the profession.

The program allows fellows to gain skills in inpatient and outpatient settings in both academic and private practice settings (training locations include UW Health's University Hospital, the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, UnityPoint Health Meriter Hospital, and Wisconsin Dialysis, Inc) with progressive autonomy while exposing them to a diverse patient population, a variety of patient-care management styles, and a high-volume procedure environment. In addition, advanced fellowships in transplant nephrology and interventional nephrology are offered upon completion of the two-year program.

Fellow education is the top priority with learning and service obligations in balance. Didactic and case-based conferences fit within and complement experiential learning to prepare fellows both for their subspecialty board exam and for independent practice.

The program emphasizes self-reflection and improvement at the trainee, educator, and program levels. Fellows take an active role in reviewing their own performance and setting goals through review of comprehensive, actionable feedback provided by faculty. Faculty mentors provide guidance in academic performance, career building and growth, and research. The program stresses trainee wellness while encouraging fellows to take a prominent role in shaping the program by offering several means of expressing concerns and preferences.

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Unique Program Features


UW is a high-volume procedure center. Fellows place lines and do biopsies, and have the opportunity to gain experience in more advanced procedures with the Interventional Nephrology team.

Transplant Experience

UW consistently ranks among the most active transplant programs in the country with over 13,000 organs transplanted since 1966. The fellowship program incorporates double the required transplant experience into the schedule with rotations in both inpatient and outpatient transplant.

Advanced Training

We offer the option to extend training by one year in Interventional Nephrology or Transplant Nephrology following the successful completion of the General Nephrology program.

Breadth of Experience

Fellows gain experience in multiple practice settings (academic, VA, private practice) and the program offers educational experiences spanning the field of nephrology with subspecialty clinics in hypertension, transplant, and glomerular disease, as well as inpatient experiences in cross-specialty care.

Awards for time and funding

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Richard Rieselbach, we are able to offer funding of $4500 each year to be used to support the academic/professional development of the recipient based upon their individual career goals. in addition, all proposals for additional elective time to pursue unique career goals are considered.

Focus on Education

The program is committed to providing the strongest learning environment possible with an emphasis on self-reflection and improvement at the trainee, educator, and program levels. Fellows are active participants in shaping the program to best meet learner needs and goals.

Case mix

The variety of patient acuity and pathology managed by the Division, even for rare diseases, is among the best in the country. Fellows gain clinical exposure to both usual and rare renal conditions.

Research Training Opportunities

Fellows may elect rotations in research areas such as clinical problems associated with dialysis, transplantation or progression of renal disease; clinical pharmacology in patients with renal disease; or research in renal physiology or pathophysiology of renal disease. For questions about research opportunities, contact Brad Astor, PhD, MPH, professor at

Accreditation and Certification

The UW Nephrology Fellowship Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. This fellowship fulfills the requirements for Nephrology training as stated by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Fellows are eligible to take the American Board of Internal Medicine subspecialty examination in Nephrology upon completion of their fellowship.