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Nephrology Fellowship Overview

The Nephrology Fellowship Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center provides comprehensive training in clinical nephrology and research. Since its inception in 1956, the program has maintained an extraordinary history of training individuals who become leaders in the field of nephrology. The strength of our program is derived from two pillars:

  • A tremendous breadth of clinical experience
  • A strong faculty body with a tradition of excellence in nephrology research
Nephrology Fellowship Program Overview

Mission Statement

  1. To train fellows to achieve excellence in the practice of nephrology by providing them with a strong foundation in the field and cultivating a commitment to lifelong learning.
  2. To develop future leaders in nephrology that contribute to the advancement of our knowledge of renal physiology and disease.
  3. To reduce healthcare disparity in the burden of kidney disease by recruiting a diverse housestaff that is skilled in the care of the underserved.
  4. To support trainee wellness and resilience.

Thank for your interest in the UT Southwestern Fellowship Program.


Updates for the 2023 Recruitment Cycle

This year we plan to conduct virtual visits for all applicants to learn about our program as well as virtual interviews. For those who wish to visit our institution to meet our faculty and fellows in person, that can be arranged after the virtual interview. The decision to visit is at the discretion of the applicant and will not affect our Match rank list. Plans are subject to change according to the state of COVID-19. We encourage you to learn more about our program prior to your visit by exploring the resources below. We look forward to meeting you!

Innovations in Kidney Education

Our program was awarded the ASN Innovations in Kidney Education Contest (IKEC) awards in 2015 and 2016, recognizing the talent of our wonderful teaching faculty. Feel free to download the winning  tools for your own education or to supplement your existing teaching curriculum. Both are built in PowerPoint and require that you enable macros and turn off protected view when prompted. Mac users may not be able to successfully use the tool:

  • Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) Simulator. This tool simulates the effects of user-defined variations in CRRT prescription. It also provides cases that allow the learner to explore common clinical scenarios in critical care nephrology.‚Äč
  • Hyponatremia Illustrated. This resource reviews the many causes of hyponatremia and walks the user through the physiologic principles at play.


Stephanie Torres Rodriguez, M.D.

Executive Associate Program Director

Assistant Professor

Dr. Swati Lederer

Swati Lederer, M.D.

Associate Program Director of Clinical Competency

Assistant Professor

Dr. Laila Lakhani

Laila Lakhani, M.D.

Associate Program Director of Wellness

Assistant Professor

Dr. Peter Van Buren

Peter Van Buren, M.D.

Associate Program Director of Scholarship

Associate Professor

Jonathan Porter

Jonathan Porter

GME Program Coordinator