University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

UW Division of Nephrology

The kidney/nephrology specialists at UW Health provide a complete range of consultative, diagnostic and treatment services for patients with kidney diseases. The scope of care encompasses all stages of kidney disease, from earliest detectable changes in kidney function through end-stage renal disease. The Division's goal is to provide the highest quality care while helping patients manage their condition.

Not only do faculty provide care for patients, they also teach the next generation of nephrologists. The Division of Nephrology hosts a robust fellowship program along with two advanced fellowship programs in interventional and transplant nephrology. Faculty see patients with a wide range of conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure, inherited disorders such as polycystic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease. They also help patients through every step of a kidney transplant.

The Division of Nephrology has an active research program and through research they are committed to finding new ways to treat kidney disease.

COVID-19 

What changes have been made secondary to COVID-19?
Our division has adapted to social distancing during COVID-19. All administrative staff are currently working remotely and clinical staff are encouraged to work remotely whenever possible. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions.

Is UW Nephrology still accepting applications for the upcoming academic year?
Yes! We are still accepting applications for the 21-22 academic year and will have three fellow positions available as usual. For more information regarding applying, please see our how-to-apply page.

How will fellowship interviews be conducted for the upcoming academic year?
All interviews will be conducted virtually this year and will include a combination of live and asynchronous elements. We are working to be able to provide applicants with sufficient resources to get a feel for the program and the unique opportunities we offer. For more details, please see our how-to-apply page.

How have educational conferences changed as a result of COVID-19 and social distancing?
Prior to COVID-19, all our conferences were available through remote broadcast for synchronous attendance as well as recorded for later viewing. In response to COVID-19, we shifted all regularly scheduled conferences to be entirely virtual. We have worked to make the remote conference experience more robust to ensure the educational experience remains high quality for all learners. To attend a conference, please join the WebEx using either the desktop or mobile application during the conference's scheduled time.

How has inpatient rounding changed during COVID-19?
While the number of COVID-positive patients in Wisconsin has been rising, the number of hospitalized patients has remained relatively low. Fellows are given the opportunity to care for hospitalized COVID-positive patients with proper PPE and precautionary safety measures in place. Otherwise, inpatient rounding is relatively unchanged.

How has the outpatient experience changed during COVID-19?
While telemedicine has always been a part of the experience for our training program, the pandemic has created the opportunity for training in both telephone and video visits for a wider range of patients. Given the likely changes in medicine as a result of the pandemic, this training will be essential for future nephrology graduates.

Where can I learn more about the current local COVID-19 situation?
To learn more about COVID-19 in the state of Wisconsin, you may visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' COVID-19 page. For more information about Dane County specifically, you may visit the Madison & Dane County Public Health Coronavirus page and/or the Dane County COVID-19 Data Dashboard.