Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, in collaboration with Emory University School of Medicine, offers a three-year fellowship in pediatric nephrology to qualified physicians.
Our goal is to train academically oriented pediatric nephrologists who will be involved in a lifetime of excellence in patient care, teaching and research. Upon successful completion of the Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program, fellows will:
- Be experts in the pathophysiology of pediatric kidney disorders.
- Be skilled in the clinical diagnosis and management of kidney disorders.
- Have developed a foundation for the scholarly advancement of nephrology.
As one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country, Children’s has the expertise and clinical capacity to treat children with kidney disease from metro Atlanta and much of Georgia—a clinical catchment area with a population of more than 10 million. This is one of the country’s largest catchments for a single hospital system. Our dedicated team of 12 pediatric nephrologists is experienced in the medical management of children with all types of kidney diseases, from the most common to those rarely seen outside top pediatric hospitals.
With specially designed facilities, innovative equipment, educational programs and family support services, the Children’s nephrology team offers comprehensive care to patients and families. Our multidisciplinary approach integrates the efforts of many dedicated pediatric professionals, including:
- Nurse practitioners
- Social workers
- Child life specialists
- Hospital teachers
- Case coordinators
Our modern facilities offer advanced equipment and:
- Pre- and post-transplant outpatient services in one centralized location
- An 18-bed inpatient unit for general nephrology and transplant patients
- Convenient access to Emory University School of Medicine (located across the street)
- Nearly 4,500 outpatient visits a year
- Average of 45 chronic dialysis patients
- Average of 28 pediatric kidney transplants performed a year
- More than 200 pediatric transplant recipients actively followed
At Children’s, we are devoted to developing new and better preventive programs, diagnostics and treatments through clinical and lab research. In partnership with the Emory University Department of Pediatrics, a research department with the third highest funding in the country from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), we have a rich, diverse and fast-growing research environment and take pride in tailoring research experiences to the interests of our fellows. Our areas of interest include:
- Acute kidney injury
- Adolescent nonadherence and transition to adult care
- Behavioral consequences of solid organ transplant
- Effects of chronic kidney disease in children
- Immunosuppressive strategies
- Nephrotic syndrome and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis
- New medications to prevent transplant rejection
- Noninvasive biomarkers to monitor kidney transplant recipients
Additionally, we are uniquely positioned to advance research nationally by leveraging the vast capabilities in Atlanta, including:
- Emory University School of Medicine
- Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
First-year fellows spend most of the year dedicated to clinical activities. Second- and third-year fellows primarily spend their time in research, with a total of 16 months of clinical emphasis and 20 months of research emphasis.