Fellowship Leadership

Susan Hedayati, M.D.

Susan Hedayati

Susan Hedayati, M.D., completed both her Residency in Internal Medicine and Nephrology Research Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, after receiving her M.D. at George Washington University. During her Nephrology Research Fellowship, she completed coursework that culminated in a Master’s degree in Clinical Sciences and Biostatistics from Duke. She joined the UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty in September 2004 on the Clinical Scholar Track. In 2011, she was appointed the Program Director of Nephrology Fellowship Training at UTSW, after having served as the Associate Program Director for the prior three years. Since becoming Program Director, her main goal has been to foster learning and intellectual curiosity. To this end, she restructured the Fellowship to streamline duty hours and protect research time for fellows in the clinical track, often directly serving as their research mentor. In addition, she reorganized the didactic lecture series to integrate evidence-based teaching and an interactive audience-response system. She has incorporated simulation teaching for procedures, and developed a lecture series addressing the critical appraisal of the literature. Currently, she serves as a member of the ASN Training Program Director’s Executive Committee and continues to commit time to fellow training at both local and national levels.

Kamalanathan Sambandam, M.D.

Kamalanathan Sambandam

Dr. Kamalanathan Sambandam attended the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for medical school. He then completed his Internal Medicine and Nephrology Fellowship Training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri. He returned to his home state of Texas and joined the UTSW faculty in 2008 in the Clinician Educator Track. Through his interests in medical education he was appointed the Associate Program Director in 2011. In addition to his frequent supervision of fellows during their inpatient rotations, he serves as the Medical Director of the Parkland Health & Hospital System's Renal Clinics. In this latter capacity, he is intimately involved in maximizing the educational experience of trainees in the outpatient setting as well. His academic/clinical interests lie in medical education, diuretic resistant states, and non-diabetic glomerular disease. He maintains an open-door policy for our fellows and routinely hosts informal fellow gatherings off-campus.