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Nephrology

Houston, Texas

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Department of Medicine - Section of Nephrology
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Nephrology Fellowship Program

Baylor College of Medicine is located in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, considered the largest medical center in the world. The Nephrology fellows train at our affiliated hospitals located in the medical center.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor College of Medicine as one of the top 20 medical schools for research in 2014. With that coveted ranking and with the establishment of the O'Brien Kidney Research Center in 2002, the BCM Nephrology division provides a strong infrastructure for its clinical and research programs.

The Nephrology Fellowship Training Program was established in 1968 and over 45 years, we have graduated almost 140 nephrologists. The mission of the program is to provide outstanding training in the subspecialty of nephrology, which prepares physicians with the background to complete the Nephrology Subspecialty Boards and to enter into practice as highly qualified nephrologists.

The Division of Nephrology at Baylor College of Medicine is dedicated to:

  • Excellence in teaching future nephrologists for both academic and clinical practices
  • Advocating research careers of promising physicians and scientists
  • The best patient care for patients with kidney diseases

Fellowship Curriculum

Our curriculum strives to ensure the opportunity for fellows to achieve the cognitive knowledge, procedural skills, interpersonal skills, professional attitudes, humanistic qualities and practical experience required of a subspecialist. For those seeking an academic career, we also offer a research track which provides the fundamental knowledge and expertise to pursue a basic or clinical research based career in an academic institution. See more information about the tracks.

Our fellows train at Ben Taub Hospital, Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center, The Methodist Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital and the Texas Children's Pavilion for Women. The diversity of patients and health care systems and dedicated faculty are often mentioned by the graduating fellows as the main strengths of our training program.

From glomerular diseases to complex acid-base and electrolyte disturbances to pregnancy-related kidney disease to critical care nephrology, our fellows are exposed to a variety of kidney diseases and this exposure significantly improves their confidence at the end of fellowship training.

Our fellows are exposed to various aspects of hemodialysis and home therapies, including peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis. We have one of the largest Peritoneal Dialysis programs in the country. Kidney transplantation is also one of the strengths of the program. Nephrology fellows participate in the care of around 150 new kidney transplants each year at three different transplant centers.

Overall, the unique experience offered by each one of our affiliated hospitals makes us one of the best nephrology fellowship training programs in the country.

Read a welcome message from Nephrology Fellowship Program Director Dr. Venkat Ramanathan and see admissions information.

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