Specialists at the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension at Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital are dedicated to teaching the next generation of nephrologists. We offer a two-year Nephrology Fellowship program in Weston, Florida. Our program covers comprehensive training in all aspects of clinical nephrology.

About the Nephrology Fellowship Program at Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital

Nephrology fellows receive training from our nationally recognized kidney specialists. Our doctors have deep experience treating common and complex kidney diseases and blood pressure disorders.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) certifies our program. Eligible candidates include doctors who’ve completed a three-year ACGME-accredited internal medical residency.

Newsweek named Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital the highest-ranked hospital in South Florida as part of its World’s Best Hospitals analysis. Read more about our hospitals’ awards and recognition.

Nephrology Fellowship program: What we offer

Our nephrology fellows receive advanced training in:

  • Comprehensive diagnostic tests and therapies for patients with kidney disease and hypertension.
  • Management of complex and common kidney diseases, including glomerular diseases, kidney stones and comorbid conditions, such as liver and heart disease.
  • Therapies for difficult-to-treat blood pressure disorders, including resistant hypertension.
  • All modalities of dialysis care, including home dialysis therapies, continuous kidney replacement therapies, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.
  • Plasmapheresis.
  • Kidney transplantation, including living kidney donor services.
  • Research and clinical trials.

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Goals & Objectives

Goals & Objectives

The Nephrology Fellowship program at Cleveland Clinic in Florida is a two-year, accredited training program. We’re here to help advance the career development of each of our fellows. We prepare you for success wherever you practice.

You receive the education, skills and test preparation you need to take and pass the American Board of Internal Medicine® (ABIM) nephrology certification exam.

Our fellowship program helps develop communication skills for collaborating with a multidisciplinary team that may include primary care physicians, consultants and allied health professionals. It also provides fellows with:

  • Experience diagnosing and treating patients who have a wide range of kidney diseases, hypertensive disorders, and electrolyte and acid-base abnormalities.
  • Skills in the practice of health promotion and disease prevention for all patients.
  • Ability to assess and manage hospitalized patients, critically ill patients and patients receiving care at outpatient clinics.
  • Proficiency in assessing and caring for patients receiving all dialysis modalities, including hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and continuous kidney replacement therapies.
  • Competencies in dialysis catheter placements, urinalysis, analysis of 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, point-of-care kidney and bladder ultrasonography, kidney biopsies and plasmapheresis.
  • Clinical research skills, including the use of appropriate clinical and academic resources and opportunities for clinical investigation.
  • Assistance and mentoring in the submission of research abstracts, manuscripts and presentations.

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The Program

The Program

The Nephrology Fellowship program at Cleveland Clinic in Florida provides fellows with the advanced education, subspecialty competencies and expertise needed to succeed as independent practitioners.

Our faculty are committed to providing tools and resources to help you achieve your career goals. These resources include:

Didactic lectures and conferences

Fellows attend weekly didactic lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays held by nephrology staff. Fellows may also attend virtual conferences available through the Nephrology and Hypertension Fellowship Training Program at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Additional learning opportunities include:

  • Clinical case conferences.
  • Clinicopathologic nephrology conferences.
  • Kidney Self-Assessment Program (KSAP) reviews.
  • Monthly nephrology journal clubs.
  • Nephrology board review conferences.
  • Presentation of nephrology topics as part of the core curriculum.


Our program has a two-year revolving core conference series. We offer a variety of comprehensive, multidisciplinary didactic conferences to promote expertise in the fields of nephrology and hypertension.

Fellows attend weekly:

  • Nephrology grand rounds.
  • Core curriculum conferences.

Fellows also attend monthly:

  • Journal club.
  • Morbidity and mortality conferences.
  • Pathology conferences.
  • Research and case conferences.


Under the guidance of a research mentor, each fellow designs their own research project that aligns with their career objectives. The research should result in a peer-reviewed work presentation, such as a national conference poster or a journal publication.


The first year of fellowship rotations focuses on developing strong fundamentals in clinical inpatient nephrology. The second year of rotations sharpens ambulatory expertise and fosters each fellow’s career goals.

First-year fellow schedule

During the first year, fellows spend:

  • Six months concentrating on inpatient consults.
  • Two months focused on kidney transplantation.
  • Two months dedicated to hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.
  • One month devoted to interventional nephrology.
  • One month of research.

Second-year fellow schedule

During the second year, fellows spend:

  • Six months concentrating on inpatient consults.
  • Two months focused on kidney transplantation.
  • Two months dedicated to hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.
  • Two months of research.

Additional training

Each fellow participates in a weekly outpatient continuity clinic and follows a panel of patients throughout the fellowship. Fellows also receive point-of-care kidney and bladder ultrasound training in outpatient and inpatient settings.


Each fellow receives:

  • Monthly oral and written evaluations via MedHub.
  • Formal program director evaluations at least twice per year.
  • Opportunity to evaluate the fellowship program and staff at least twice per year.

Apply for a Nephrology Fellowship

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Living in Weston, Florida

Living in Weston, Florida

Part of the Miami metropolitan area, Weston is a culturally diverse area that consistently ranks among the state’s safest cities. In the past, USA Today, Family Circle magazine and Money magazine have all named Weston as one of the top places to live in the U.S.

The city’s South Florida location offers easy access to a variety of entertainment and sports venues, as well as some of the state’s most beloved beaches. The city’s western edge borders Everglades National Park, providing unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreational activities.

With an average summer temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and an average winter low of 68 F, you’ll always be able to enjoy this beautiful city.

Learn more about Weston.



We only accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS). Candidates must also register with the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP) to be considered.

Nephrology Fellowship requirements at Cleveland Clinic in Florida include:

  • Three years’ participation in an internal medicine residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
  • Board certification or eligible for board certification.

Required documents for application:

  • MyERAS® application and NRMP registration.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Personal statement.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from your internal medicine program director.
  • Scores from the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) or the Comprehensive Medical Licensing Examination of the United States (COMLEX-USA) (you must pass USMLE steps or COMLEX-USA levels 1 through 3 prior to the start of the fellowship year).
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE).
  • Status report from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)™ (international applicants must have certification).
  • Licensing information and board-eligibility or certifications (if applicable).
  • Citizenship status.


Benefits information including salaries, insurance information and more, can be found by visiting the Graduate Medical Education Benefits page.



Program Director

Nephrology Chair


Program Coordinator

Janine S. Rodrigues, MLIS, Notary
Senior Program Coordinator
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, Florida 33331
Phone: 754.228.2734
Fax: 954.659.5662
Email: rodrigj17@ccf.org

Nephrology Fellows

Nephrology Fellows

Class of 2023

  • Manuel Santos, MD


Class of 2019

  • Emmanuel Bahamonde, MD

Class of 2020

  • Pablo Puello Diaz, MD

Class of 2021

  • Mina Yossef, MD

Class of 2022

  • Sushma Medikayala, MD

Class of 2023

  • Andrea Linares, MD