Nephrology Fellowship Program

The Nephrology Fellowship Program within the University of Arizona Department of Medicine is an ACGME-accredited program that offers two years of training in nephrology. The program began in 1976, and more than 60 individuals have completed the training. There are currently five fellows in our program. We expect to add additional transplant and interventional nephrology fellowships within the next few years. There are currently five fellows in our program.

Program Goals

The small size of the program provides a unique learning environment and promotes personalized, individual career development. The goal is to prepare the trainee to function as a competent nephrologist and meet the requirements for ABIM certification in Nephrology. The clinical and didactic experiences are designed to meet the following specific objectives:

  • Acquire a good working knowledge of the specific program content in clinical nephrology, renal transplantation, and dialysis as outlined by the ACGME and ABIM;
  • Proficiency in the key technical skills in Nephrology as outlined by ACGME and ABIM:
  • Participation in scholarly activities and a research experience that prepares the trainee for lifelong learning and scholarship;
  • Competency in patient care, interpersonal communication, humanistic qualities and practice-based learning as defined for Internal Medicine and Nephrology diplomats of the ABIM;
  • Develop professionalism, as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population;
  • Acquire competence in system-based practice with special emphasis on our patient dialysis facility issues.

The program is designed to achieve these goals and objectives using rotating educational blocks and continuous learning activities using both clinical and didactic settings and employing the six general competencies outlined by ACGME as the framework of the experiences. These include Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism and Systems-Based Practice.

Teaching Staff

Our nationally and internationally known faculty includes:

  • Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD — Professor & Chief, Division of Nephrology
  • Akinlolu O. Ojo, MD, MPH, PhD — Professor & Associate Vice President, Clinical Research & Global Health Initiatives, UA Health Sciences
  • Pradeep R. Kadambi, MD — Professor & Medical Director, Solid Organ Transplantation
  • Amy Sussman, MD — Associate Professor & Director, Fellowship Program
  • Lavanya Kodali, MD — Assistant Professor
  • Sireesha Koppula, MD – Assistant Professor
  • Asjad Sardar, MD – Assistant Professor
  • Bijin Thajudeen, MD — Assistant Professor
  • Hannah Tiu, MD — Assistant Professor

Affiliate Faculty

  • Mordecai Popovtzer, MD — Chief of Nephrology, Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System (SAVAHCS)
  • Vasanta Weiss, MD - SAVAHCS 
  • Rahmin Rabenou, MD - SAVAHCS

Scheduled supervision occurs daily and additional direct or telephone supervision is provided as clinical activities require. In-patient consult service takes place at the University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus, University of Arizona Medical Center-South Campus, and the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare Center.


Associate Professor, Medicine
Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship
Clerkship Director, Department of Medicine
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Medicine
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Administrative Associate
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