University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

University of Wisconsin Transplant Nephrology Fellowship

Program Contacts

The University of Wisconsin transplant nephrology fellowship partners closely with the UW Health Kidney Transplant program, one of the first and most active programs of its kind in the nation.

Here, you'll train with approachable mentors, enjoy a strong working relationship with our colleagues in the Department of Surgery and develop leadership skills in academic medicine. 

Why You'll Love Our Program

  • Consistently among the top 10 most active kidney transplant programs in the U.S.
  • Unique among institutions in that we are home to our own organ procurement organization (OPO) and human leukocyte antigen (HLA) laboratory
  • Exposure to cutting-edge research and clinical approaches to reducing the risk of antibody-mediated rejection through desensitization protocols

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Meet our Program Director

“When you train with us, you'll have ample opportunity to learn through our high-volume transplant program, which just had its 50th anniversary last year. You’ll be able to practice independently and with your own continuity clinic.

We look forward to working with you!"

How to Apply

We accept two fellows per year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until both positions fill, though to ensure your application is considered you should submit your application by December.

As a part of your application, you will be asked to upload a current CV, personal statement (cover letter), and three references; one of your references must be the Program Director of your general nephrology fellowship program.

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For more information, please contact:

Sam Strennen
Program Manager

Graduate Success

University of Wisconsin transplant nephrology fellowship graduates have enjoyed successful careers, and many alumni currently hold faculty positions at academic medical centers throughout the United States and internationally. 

Recent Graduates

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Faculty and Staff

Administrative Staff

Our administrative staff is your primary contact and resource for questions and concerns.

Program Manager

Leadership

Program Director

Associate Program Director

Curriculum

We provide fellows with the clinical experience, procedural skills, and professional and ethical behavior needed for the subspecialty of nephrology and kidney transplantation—and to lead a UNOS-approved kidney transplant program.

Didactic Experiences

Core Areas of Training

  1. Recipient evaluation and preparation for kidney and pancreas transplantation 
  2. Evaluation of the potential living kidney donor 
  3. The biologic basis of HLA and transplant rejection 
  4. Methods of tissue typing, cross matching, allo-antibody measurement and clinical application of these methods 
  5. Pharmacology and clinical use of established and emerging immunosuppression for kidney and pancreas transplantation 
  6. Early outpatient care of kidney and pancreas transplant recipients 
  7. Recognition of surgical complications of kidney and pancreas transplantation 
  8. Evaluation and management of acutely ill kidney or pancreas transplant recipients 
  9. Diagnosis and management of infections in transplant recipients 
  10. Long-term medical management of kidney and pancreas transplant recipients 
  11. Diagnosis, pathogenesis and clinical management of renal allograft dysfunction/DGF 
  12. The use of intravenous immunoglobulin, plasmapheresis and other techniques to lower or modify anti-HLA antibody in sensitized patients.
  13. Ethical considerations in organ transplantation

Conferences

You'll have access to all general nephrology didactics and conferences, plus these didactic sessions:

  • Transplantation Core Curriculum Lectures (monthly)
  • Transplant M&M (monthly)
  • Department of Surgery Transplant Grand Rounds (weekly)
  • Living Donor Review (weekly)
  • Recipient Review (twice weekly)
  • Pancreas Review (twice monthly)
  • Research (monthly)

Clinical Experiences

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Scholarly Activity

The Division of Nephrology provides support to attend transplant meetings throughout the year, plus resources to aid with publishing research. As junior faculty members, you'll also begin to gain leadership experience in academic medicine.

Teaching

Together with general nephrology fellows, you'll share responsibility for supervising and teaching internal residents and medical students on the inpatient transplant medicine and transplant consult service.

You are also expected to present one Grand Rounds presentation, one transplant core curriculum, and one to two Journal Clubs.

Aims and Accreditation

Aims

At the end of the training year, the fellow should be able to:

  • Delineate potential recipient and donor evaluation algorithm
  • Understand the immunological process of acute and chronic rejection
  • List short and long-term complication and management of kidney transplant and donor nephrectomy
  • Demonstrate understanding of pharmacology of currently available immunosuppressive agents and their complications
  • Know the role of Organ Procurement and Transplant Network in regulating allocation of deceased donor organ transplantation.

Accreditation

The program is certified by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the American Society of Transplantation (AST).