Fellowship Program

Our Pediatric nephrology program is nationally ranked among the top 50 best pediatric nephrology programs in the US News & World Report 2017-2018.


We offer a comprehensive curriculum in all aspects of clinical pediatric nephrology, including: Hypertension, chronic kidney disease, diabetic nephropathy, congenital anomalies of kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT), hereditary kidney diseases, acute kidney injury, glomerulonephritis, tubular diseases, kidney transplant, acute and chronic hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy.
Under the leadership of Dr. John Bissler, our Tuberous sclerosis (TS) center is an established, internationally recognized center of excellence. The center is serving patients with TS from all over the world.
We offer an elective rotation in Onco-Nephrology at St. Jude for candidates interested in renal diseases in patient with hematological and oncological diseases. This is a specialty in adult Nephrology and we will soon have a one-year rotation to train Pediatric Nephrologists. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital offers a tremendous patient volume of these unique patients.
In addition, our growing hereditary renal disease, Neo-Nephro and sickle cell clinics offer a great opportunity for focused patients’ care.
Our division offers a great opportunity for basic, translational and basic science research. We are also an active member of the Mid West Pediatric Nephrology Consortium (MWPNC), which offers a path towards guaranteed published multicenter studies.

Fellows Rotations Description

1st Year

  • Pediatric Nephrology Inpatient service: 5 months; 2 weeks’ block
  • Research: 3 months
  • Transplant Rotation (in UT): One month
  • Pathology Introduction: 1-2 weeks
  • Pediatric Urology Rotation: One month
  • Hemodialysis Unit Rotation: One month. Afterwards longitudinal follow up of 4-6 HD patients.
  • Peritoneal dialysis: longitudinal follow up of 4-6 patients: one half-day clinic twice per month.
  • General Nephrology Outpatient Clinic: One half-day/week.
  • Transplant Patients: longitudinal follow up of 8-10 patients; one half-day clinic twice per month.
  • Weekend coverage: once a month.
  • Procedures: by the end of first year our fellows are expected to master: the Initiation and maintenance of CRRT, acute hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis as well as performing percutaneous kidney biopsy.

2nd Year

  • Pediatric Nephrology Inpatient service: 3 months; 2 weeks’ block.
  • Call – one week per month, night and weekend call (beeper call from home)
  • Continuity Patients: HD, PD and transplant patients.
  • Out Patient: One half day nephrology Clinic/week.
  • Research: 9 months.
  • Procedures: Initiation and maintenance of CRRT, acute hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis
    and performing kidney biopsy

3rd Year

  • Pediatric Nephrology Inpatient service: 3 months; 2 weeks’ block
  • Call – one week per month night and weekend call (beeper call from home)
  • Continuity Patients: HD, PD and transplant patients.
  • Out Patient: One half day nephrology Clinic/week.
  • Call – one week per month, night and weekend call (beeper call from home)
  • Research: 9 months.
  • Procedures: Initiation and maintenance of CRRT, acute hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Performing kidney biopsy

Meetings and educational activities

  • Weekly educational division meeting: didactics, Journal club and board review questions.
  • Weekly combined Med/Peds nephrology grand rounds
  • Monthly pathology meeting
  • Monthly dialysis meeting
  • Monthly transplant meeting
  • Monthly grant-writing series
  • Monthly urology meeting.
  • Other optional meetings: weekly pediatrics grand-rounds, UT research series.

Our fellows are encouraged and supported to attend national and international meeting as well.

Educational Funds

Up to $3000/year educational allowance is available to cover attending meetings and purchasing educational material.

Master Degree

Our fellows have the opportunity to get master degree during their fellowship.

Research Funds

Up to $10,000 intramural grant is available on approval of research protocol. 

Contact Information

Fellowship Training Program Director
John J. Bissler, MD
FedEx Chair of Excellence
Professor and Chief, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension Department of Pediatrics
Director of Tuberous Sclerosis Center of Excellence
Medical Director of Nephrology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital University of Tennessee Health Science Center
UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists, LCH
Children’s Foundation Research Institute
49 North Dunlap, C-312
Memphis, TN 38105

Fellowship Training Program Assistant Director
Arwa Nada, MD
Assistant professor of Pediatric Nephrology
Division of Pediatric Nephrology
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
49 North Dunlap, FOB 326. Memphis, TN 38105

Fellowship Training Program Coordinator
Rhonda Gray
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
50 N. Dunlap 654R
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 287-6034
Fax: (901) 287-5062
rgray25@uthsc.edu