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Program Overview

Program Overview

The Nephrology Division at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital provides a comprehensive 2-year fellowship training experience.  Our overall goal is to furnish a highly structured clinical and research experience for trainees that they may develop the skills necessary to pursue successful careers in clinical nephrology and/or scientific investigation.  This goal is to be accomplished under the auspices of the University, whose general mission it is to provide state-of –the art, compassionate and cost-effective healthcare services, to teach future healthcare professionals, and to lead in the research, development and introduction of improved methods of healthcare delivery to benefit everyone.  The Division also offers a 1 year Transplant Fellowship program accredited by the American Transplant Society.

Formal Education

The division participates in an active conference schedule.  All members of the division and the fellows are required to attend all conferences.  Regular conferences include the following:

  1. Journal Club - twice monthly:  Attendings are responsible for selecting several papers that are reviewed in detail by the fellows. Attendings are responsible for directing the discussion with emphasis on critical review of the literature.
  2. Research/Physiology Conference - monthly:  Fellows are responsible for presenting their research projects and reviewing major areas of renal physiology in depth.
  3. Biopsy Conference - twice monthly:  The renal pathologist presents several recent, interesting biopsy cases along with a fellow teaching case.  Fellows are expected to write interesting case projects under guidance from Renal Attending and Pathologist.
  4. Fellow/Attending Topic Review - twice monthly:  Fellows and attendings alternate in presenting detailed updates on various topics in clinical nephrology.
  5. Renal Grand Rounds - monthly:  Outside speakers in nephrology and related fields are invited to give talks on current issues/recent advances.
  6. Patient Care conference - weekly:  Difficult inpatient and outpatient cases are discussed.  This conference is attended by all attendings, fellows, transplant surgeons, dieticians, renal social workers, and transplant coordinators.
  7. Autopsies & Death Review:  All deaths of patients who received care by fellows must be reviewed and autopsies performed whenever possible.  Fellows will receive autopsy results on all patients for whom the fellow had primary responsibility.


Jerry Mc Cauley, MD,

Division Director,
Division of Nephrology
Capizz Professor of Medicine

Yasmin G. Brahmbhatt, MD
Assistant Professor

George C. Francos, MD
Associate Division Director
Director, Kidney-Pancreas Transplantation

Stephanie DeLoach, MD
Assistant Director, Hypertension Research

Bonita Falkner, MD
Director, Hypertension & Obesity Research

Won Han, MD
Director, Acute Kidney Injury

M. Paula Marinez, MD
Assistant Professor

Pooja Singh, MD
Assistant Director, Living Kidney Transplant Program

Other conferences include:  Weekly transplant journal club, monthly hemodialysis access conference, bimonthly bone/mineral metabolism conference, and monthly interdisciplinary conferences where psychosocial and ethical issues regarding chronic dialysis patients are discussed.

Facilities & Resources

The Nephrology program at TJU includes: 3 outpatient hemodialysis centers with approximately 200 patients, a peritoneal dialysis program of approximately 20 patients, and an active renal transplant program with approximately 100 kidney and kidney/pancreas transplants performed annually. The division also operates a CKD Management Center and Hypertension Research Center.   The 800-bed teaching hospital has ACGME approved residencies in virtually all medical and surgical fields, and provides the opportunity for renal fellows to be involved in approximately 800-1000 clinical consultations annually.  Members of the division perform approximately 200 native and transplant kidney biopsies and 100 acute dialysis catheter insertions per year with the fellows.  Renal pathology provides on-campus histopathology, immunofluorescence, and electron microscopy.  Excellent radiology support is provided, encompassing ultrasound, MRI, CT scanning, nuclear medicine, and interventional radiology.  In addition to routine angiography, the interventional radiologists actively participate in vascular access management, including routine fistulograms, angioplasty, central catheter and stent placement, and thrombectomies.


Jerry McCauley, MD,

Division Director,
Division of Nephrology
Capizzi Professor of Medicine

Maria Mokan
Fellowship Coordinator

Division of Nephrology
833 Chestnut Street
Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-2501
(215) 503-4099 fax

We participated in the National Residency Match Program and utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

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