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Nephrology Fellowship

Program History 

In 1989, Kevin J. Martin, M.D. became the Director of the Division of Nephrology and rapidly recruited a cohort of new faculty to expand the clinical and research activities of the Division both at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and at the John Cochran Veterans Administration Medical Center. New dialysis activities were introduced and transplant nephrology activities were expanded.  Interventional Nephrology was begun and has grown in scope and expertise over the years with three of the faculty participating.

The ACGME approved Nephrology Fellowship Program was expanded from one Fellow per year to the current level of three positions per year. The program has graduated approximately 100 fellows who continue in nephrology clinical practice, interventional nephrology or in academic settings.

Clinical Nephrology Track

The clinical nephrology track comprises a two-year fellowship consisting of 20 months of clinical rotations and four months of laboratory investigation. The clinical activities are principally divided among the inpatient and outpatient services of SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and the VA Saint Louis Health Care System - John Cochran Division.

Research Track

Fellows interested in a career in academic nephrology may be assigned to the research track. The clinical activities of this path are similar to the clinical track, however, a third year of training devoted exclusively to laboratory or clinical investigation is required. Opportunities for clinical and basic research projects are abundant, including the application of protein and lipid biochemistry, renal micropuncture, immunocytochemistry, the study of transmembrane and intracellular signaling and molecular biology. Collaborative projects involving the departments of biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology and physiology are encouraged.

Conference Pedagogy

The division covers topics that fall into eight major content areas or themes. The topics highlight recent advances in basic science which influence medical practice or provide state-of-the-art reviews of important or emerging clinical topics:

  • Acute and chronic kidney disease
  • Fluid, electrolyte and acid-base disorders
  • Renal replacement therapies
  • Basic science that influences practice
  • Hypertension
  • Renal transplantation
  • Physiological basis of nephrology
  • Interdisciplinary nephrology (ethics, communication skills, cultural competency)


We currently offer two interactive textbooks free on the iBooks store that are used in our training program. They are designed for iOS devices. We invite you to download these free books for your personal use.

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