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Nephrology Fellowship Training Program

The Department of Nephrology and Hypertension offers a comprehensive fellowship program that is aimed at creating leaders within the specialty.

This program is designed to share our knowledge and experience with other practicing medical professionals, as well as residents and fellows with an interest in Nephrology.

We invite you to download our complete brochure to learn more about our institute, details on our fellowship program, and instructions on how to apply for a position.


The fellowship program in Nephrology and Hypertension at Cleveland Clinic is a two-year traditional program that combines clinical teaching and academic medicine. The goal of the program is to prepare fellows to be the finest nephrologists who can easily enter the practice of their choice, whether academic or purely clinical, after graduation.

Cleveland Clinic provides comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with renal disease and hypertension. Department of Nephrology and Hypertension staff are recognized for their expertise in chronic kidney disease (CKD), resistant hypertension, acute kidney injury (AKI) care, renovascular hypertension, primary aldosteronism, pheochromocytoma and continuous renal replacement therapy. Because of Cleveland Clinic’s unique status as a quarternary referral center located in an urban environment, fellows will become well-versed in common kidney disorders as well as having the unique opportunity to work with world-renowned experts on rare nephrological disorders.

Each year, fellows rotate through 13 modules, four weeks at a time. The fellowship begins with a very popular four-week orientation program. Afterward, fellows will rotate through the following Nephrology services:

  • Renal transplant
  • Consultative nephrology
  • ICU nephrology
  • Inpatient dialysis
  • Outpatient specialty clinics
  • Research

In your second year rotations will cover these services:

  • Dialysis catheter placement
  • Consultative, ICU or transplant nephrology
  • Biopsy, ultrasound rotation
  • Outpatient hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis longitudinal experience
  • Transplant clinic longitudinal experience
  • Dialysis team senior fellow
  • Clinical elective time including opportunities to obtain education in plasmapheresis, kidney stones, glomerular diseases, transplantation (more advanced level of training), cardiothoracic ICU

Transplant Fellowship

Cleveland Clinic's department of Nephrology & Hypertension is pleased to offer specialized training in the field of transplant nephrology. 

This is a one year fellowship sanctioned by the AST Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Accreditation Program, LLC and is designed to provide a clinically rigorous and academically stimulating year dedicated to produce nephrologists competent in managing a highly complex transplant patient population and potentially direct a transplant program of their own. 

Interested applicants who will have completed an ACGME accredited general nephrology fellowship by the start of their transplant fellowship should contact the transplant nephrology program coordinator Debbie Denos at densod@ccf.org or the transplant nephrology program director Brian Stephany, MD at stephab@ccf.org.

T32 Training Grant

Cleveland Clinic is a part of the CWRU-CCF T32 clinic research fellowship grant. 

This offers one eligible position per year with the opportunity for 2 additional years of funded research with the ultimate goal of developing an independent career in academic nephrology.

Cleveland Clinic’s nephrology fellowship participates in the NRMP matching program. Applications are accepted only through the ERAS electronic application service.

For additional GME information, please visit clevelandclinic.org/GME.

For more information about the Nephrology and Hypertension Fellowship Program, please contact:

Deb Denos
Fellowship Coordinator 9500 Euclid Ave. / Desk Q7
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.444.5040
Fax: 216.445.6202
Email: denosd@ccf.org

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