Nephrology Fellow Spotlight

Previous Fellows

Aylin Rodan, M.D., Ph.D.

Aylin Rodan, M.D., Ph.D.

Aylin Rodan, M.D., Ph.D., is one of our up-and-coming Nephrology faculty members on the research track. She completed her residency at the University of California in San Francisco before joining us as a research track fellow. Dr. Rodan was chosen to serve as Chief Fellow after showing leadership skills while completing her year of clinical training. She joined Chou-Long Huang's lab to do research on epithelial ion transport, with a focus on the regulation of sodium-coupled cotransporters by WNK and SPAK kinases using the Drosophila renal tubule as a model system. As a fellow, she received first place in basic science at the Nephrology Young Investigator Forums during the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation and National Kidney Foundation annual meetings. Her efforts culminated in receiving an NIDDK NRSA grant, a Pilot and Feasibility award from the UT Southwestern George M. O’Brien Kidney Research Core Center, the Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant from the American Society of Nephrology, and a K08 award from the NIDDK. She is now continuing the research she started as a fellow in her independent laboratory, and attending on nephrology and internal medicine rotations, where she enjoys teaching medical students, residents, and nephrology fellows.

Peter Van Buren, M.D.

Peter Van Buren, M.D.

Peter Van Buren, M.D., completed his residency in Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern in 2008. He chose UTSW for his nephrology fellowship because of the opportunity to obtain outstanding clinical training and gain exposure to the numerous clinical research activities that were taking place in the division. As a clinical fellow, he became very interested in diabetic nephropathy as well as hypertension in hemodialysis patients. Under the mentorship of Drs. Robert Toto and Jula Inrig (Quintiles clinical research organization), he worked on a project studying intradialytic hypertension and successfully obtained an NIH F32 Individual Fellowship Grant to complete this work. He served as Chief Nephrology Fellow for two years and was named the 2012 Outstanding Clinical/Research Fellow.

Dr. Van Buren is currently a Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care at UT Southwestern. He is the recipient of both an American Heart Association Fellow to Faculty Transition Award and an NIH K23 Career Development Award. He conducts original clinical and translational research studying the relationship between extracellular volume and vasoconstriction on ambulatory blood pressure in hemodialysis patients. He is also a principal investigator and co-PI on numerous multi-center clinical trials in the areas of hypertension, diabetic nephropathy, and hyperphosphatemia in hemodialysis patients. He is an active member of the American Society of Nephrology Hypertension Advisory Group.

Current Fellows

Lama Noureddine, M.D.

Lama Noureddine, M.D.

Lama Noureddine, M.D., received her medical degree in 2005 from the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon. She joined UT Southwestern as a Nephrology Fellow in July 2010 after finishing her residency in Internal Medicine at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis from 2006 to 2009. After completing her clinical year, Dr. Noureddine joined Peter Igarashi’s laboratory where she studied the role of Hepatocyte Nuclear Factor 1β (HNF-1β) in the mouse collecting duct. HNF-1β is a vital transcription factor in the kidney that, when mutated, leads to renal cysts and diabetes in humans. Dr. Noureddine has a NIH T32 training grant. She won first place in basic science at the 12th Annual Southern Society of Clinical Investigation Young Investigators’ Forum in New Orleans, LA, in 2013. She went on to present her work at the 8th Annual National Young Investigators Forum at the National Kidney Foundation in Orlando, FL, in 2013. Dr. Noureddine was the recipient of the Henry Christian Award at the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) Eastern Regional Meeting in Washington, D.C., in 2013.

Michael Concepcion, M.D.

Nishank Jain, M.D.

Michael Concepcion, M.D., joined UTSW as a two-year Clinical Fellow after completing medical school at the University of Michigan and his residency in Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. During his fellowship years, he received the Teaching Fellow of the Year award for his dedication in teaching medical residents. After graduating from the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program in June 2014, he will join the faculty on the Clinician Educator Track.

Javier A. Neyra, M.D.

Javier A. Neyra, M.D.

Javier A. Neyra obtained his M.D. degree at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital-Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, from 2009 to 2012 and began his Nephrology fellowship at UT Southwestern in July 2012. Dr. Neyra has been involved in clinical research in the area of acute kidney injury since the beginning of his postgraduate training and has won local (Henry Ford Hospital Annual Research Symposium) and regional (Southeast Michigan Center for Medical Education) awards for his work in “Contrast-induced acute kidney injury following coronary angiography: a cohort study of hospitalized patients with or without chronic kidney disease” under the mentorship of Drs. James E. Novak and Jerry Yee. As a Nephrology Fellow, he received a Clinical Research Award from the Southern Society of Clinical Investigation at the 2013 Nephrology Young Investigators' Forum in New Orleans, LA, for his work in “De novo dipstick albuminuria is associated with severe acute kidney injury in critically ill septic patients” and was a selected participant in the 8th Annual National Young Investigators Forum in Orlando, FL. Currently, Dr. Neyra is working on analyzing the “Effect modification of renal failure profiles in cumulative fluid balance-associated adverse hospital outcomes in critically ill septic patients” under the mentorship of Drs. Susan S. Hedayati and Robert D. Toto. Recently, Dr. Neyra received the 2014 Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Award by the American Society of Nephrology to work in his project “Klotho and acute kidney injury: a case-control study in humans” under the mentorship of Drs. Orson W. Moe and Robert D. Toto and in collaboration with Dr. Chirag Parikh from Yale University.

Gates Colbert, M.D.

Nishank Jain, M.D.

One of our newest clinical fellows, Dr. Colbert completed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, and began his fellowship at UTSW in July 2013. During his dedicated research months as a first-year clinical fellow, he completed a research abstract entitled “Cardiac Troponin T is a Predictor of All-Cause Mortality in a Community Dwelling Multi-Ethnic Cohort of Chronic Kidney Disease,” under Dr. Hedayati’s mentorship. He presented this orally at the Southern Society of Clinical Investigation 13thAnnual Nephrology Young Investigators’ Forum in February 2014 and received the 2nd place award in Clinical Science. Currently, he is finishing his first clinical year and will be writing up this research as a manuscript during his research months as a second-year fellow.

Ronak Lakhia, M.D.

Lakhia Ronak, M.D.

Dr. Lakhia received her medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School in 2008. She first became interested in research after spending a summer as a NIH T-35 funded student working in the Brown and Goldstein Lab understanding how varying levels of Insig-1 affect SREBP processing. She then completed her Internal Medicine residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Houston from 2008–2011 and rejoined UTSW as a Nephrology Fellow in July 2012. After her clinical year, Dr. Lakhia joined Vishal Patel’s research laboratory where she is working on understanding the role of micro-Rna’s in polycystic kidney disease. Dr. Lakhia is funded by a NIH T-32 training grant. During her clinical year, she was identified as a strong clinical fellow with tremendous leadership and organizational skills and was appointed Chief Nephrology Fellow. Her vision for the fellowship is to have a strong academic and collegial environment where all fellows succeed.

Nishank Jain, M.D.

Nishank Jain, M.D., did his residency at the University of Connecticut at Farmington from 2006 to 2009 and joined the UTSW Nephrology Fellowship Training Program in 2010. Nishank joined the research track at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center.