Department of Medicine


Nephrology Fellowship Program


As one of the leading nephrology training programs in the country, Indiana University Medical Center provides a challenging environment for fellows to excel. Our program's strength lies in its balance. The fellows manage a mixture of common and rare renal diseases due to the diverse patient population.

U.S. News & World Report released its annual Best Hospitals rankings for 2015-2016, and IU Health's Nephrology specialty ranked 24th -- the only program ranked in the state. IU Health appeared on the prestigious list of the nation's top hospitals for the 18th year in a row.


  • We offer a 2-year clinical fellowship and an optional 3rd year for select research-oriented trainees, designed to train nephrologists who will be outstanding physicians and academic leaders.
  • With ten 1st and 2nd year fellows, an optional 3rd year, and an accredited transplant nephrology fellowship, we have up to 16 fellows a year in the Division.
  • Four hospitals allow for maximal clinical exposure, while up to 16 fellows allow for the perfect work-life balance.
  • Outstanding Faculty

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Rotation & Responsibilities:

First Year

  • Inpatient:
  • Outpatient:
    • 1 month of ambulatory clinic rotations in first year to increase exposure to nephrolithiasis, resistant hypertension, transplant, polycystic kidney disease, and home dialysis
    • CKD Clinic: one half-day clinic per week with continuity of care throughout the two years of training
    • Transplant Clinics: one half-day clinic per month providing post-transplant care
  • Education
    • 1 month of educational intercession (divided into two 2-week blocks) allows time to read and have focused workshops on home dialysis and procedures during the first year.
    • National Kidney Foundation (NKF) national meeting attendance
  • Call Responsibilities:
    • Two weekday nights of home call per month
    • Two weekend nights of home call per month
    • Short call every 1:2 to 1:3 weekends
  • Vacation
    • 4 weeks of vacation

Second Year

  • Inpatient:
    • 14 weeks throughout the year when covering 1st year fellow on vacation, intercession, and during the outpatient month and NKF meeting
    • Optional rotations on a dedicated Hepato-renal service and Critical Care nephrology service
  • Outpatient:
    • Chronic Hemodialysis Shift
    • CKD Clinic: Continuity experience from first year
    • Transplant Clinic
    • 1 month of specialized ambulatory clinic rotations, including:
      • Stone Clinic
      • Hypertension Clinic
      • Home Dialysis Clinic including Peritoneal and Home Hemodialysis
      • Interventional Nephrology
      • Polycystic Kidney Disease Clinic
  • Research and Additional Training Opportunities (individualized to each fellow's interests):
    • Special Training Opportunities in BioEthics, Biomedical Informatics, Medical Education, Clinical Pharmacology
    • Individualized research projects in Basic and Clinical Sciences
    • Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Project
  • Call Responsibilities:
    • Two weekday nights of home call per month
    • Two weekend nights of home call per month
    • Short call every 1:2 to 1:3 weekends
  • Vacation
    • 4 weeks of vacation

Third Year

  • Call Responsibilities:
    • 1:5 to 1:6 weekend call
  • Research
    • Individualized research projects and responsibilities
Nephrology Fellowship Application:


  • American citizenship, permanent residency or J1 VISA and H1B.
  • Completion of a 3-year accredited internal medicine program in the United States.
  • Completed ERAS application, including 4 reference letters, with one letter coming from your residency program director.
  • Above average USMLE scores and performance record from your residency program.


Transplant Nephrology Fellowship:
  • Transplant Nephrology fellowship applications are being accepted for the 2015-16 academic year starting July 1, 2016.
  • Applications are accepted via email to Joni Price: Please submit all required material to this address.
  • Candidates for interview will be contacted directly by our office. Interviews will be conducted from August - October.

Click here to download the application form


  • Completion of 2 year nephrology fellowship.
  • Board Eligibility.
  • Application and CV.
    • Personal statement
    • 4 reference letters, including one letter from the fellowship program director
    • Copy of medical school diploma and medical school transcripts
    • Copy of ECFMG certificate if IMG, documentation of prior GME training in nephrology.

Tim Sutton, PhD, MD 
Nephrology Fellowship Program Director

Ayman Hallab, MD 
Associate Nephrology Fellowship Program Director

Joni Price
Education Coordinator
Indiana University School of Medicine - Division of Nephrology
950 West Walnut Street, R2 202 - Indianapolis, IN 46202
☎ : (317) 278-6061
Fax: (317) 274-8575

Administrative Contacts:

The ABIM also supports the fellowship as a non-standard (N+1) program for foreign medical graduates on J1 exchange visas.

We do not accept transplant nephrology fellowship applications through ERAS.

Transplant Nephrology Fellowship applicants may download an application from this site, or contact Education Coordinator


Asif Sharfuddin, MD,
Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program Director

Joni Price
Ecuation Coordinator
Indiana University School of Medicine - Division of Nephrology
950 West Walnut Street, R2 202 - Indianapolis, IN 46202
☎ : (317) 278-6061
Fax: (317) 274-8575

Didactic teaching is an integral component of our training program:
  • Renal Grand Rounds
    Our main conference in the Division occurs on Thursday mornings and features a wide range of topics and presenters from fellows and faculty to national and international experts
  • Medicine Grand Rounds
    Internal Medicine Grand Rounds are held at Noon on Fridays
  • Core Topics Series
    A comprehensive Core Topic Series is held at 1 p.m.on Mondays and occasionally Fridays, covering  all core topics in Nephrology including acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease and its complications, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, hypertension, electrolytes and acid base physiology, glomerulonephritis, etc.
  • Transplant Core Lectures
    Core transplant lectures integrated in the Core Topics covering the fundamental aspects of transplant medicine including donor and recipient selection, transplant immunology, induction and maintenance immunosuppression, care of the transplant recipient including common complications
  • Renal Pathology Conference
    Bi-weekly conference where fellows sit at the teaching microscope with the area's expert in renal pathology
  • Research Conference
    On Wednesdays, a research seminar is held encompassing both basic and clinical research, given by investigators from the Division, other departments or outside institutions
  • Board Review
    Bi-weekly board review and quiz session facilitated by faculty
  • Fellows Monday Conference
    A weekly conference presented by the fellows to the Division including:
    • Case Presentation
    • Journal Club
    • Transplant Journal Club
    • Morbidity and Mortality Conference
Extensive Clinical Exposure:

All first-year fellows attend the National Kidney Foundation Annual Meeting and are reimbursed expenses by the Department.

All second-year fellows attend the American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting are reimbursed expenses by the Department.

Fellows interested in transplantation have an opportunity to attend the American Society of Transplantation Fellows Symposium.

Second and third-year fellows have an opportunity to attend additonal conferences, as desired, with approval of their faculty mentor.

We rotate through five Inpatient Services allowing for wide and in-depth exposure to acute and chronic disease:


We have Outpatient Services at several sites:

  • IU Health University Hospital Medical Diagnostic Clinic
  • VA CKD Clinic
  • IU Health Methodist CKD Clinic
  • Eskenazi Health 
  • IU Health University Transplant Clinic
  • IU Health University Stone Clinic
  • CAPD Clinic
  • Home Hemo Clinic
  • Outlying Suburban Clinics


Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT)

We maintain over 30 CRRT machines at four hospitals. Fellows become proficient in prescribing and maintaining CRRT for critically ill patients suffering from burns, sepsis, liver failure, neutropenia, multi-organ failure, etc.

  • Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy - We maintain over 30 CRRT machines at four hospitals. We have experise in all the common modalities, including:

    • CVVH
    • CVVHD
    • CVVHDF
    • SCUF
    • Intensive Daily Dialysis
    • Nocturnal Hemofiltration

Our acute hemodialysis units are very active ensuring you develop expertise in all areas from rapidly progressive renal failure to toxin exposures and patients with tenuous hemodynamic physiology.

Our referral centers commonly deal with disease entities requiring plasmapheresis, which our service is intimately involved in.

Our faculty manage chronic hemodialysis patients at several sites across the city and surrounding area. We have one of the largest hemodialysis populations in the region.

We have a pioneer and leader in a field of home therapies and have one of the most active peritoneal dialysis and home hemo populations in the region.

  • 40-60 active PD patients
  • We train more than 2 PD patients per month
  • We have the largest, single-center home hemo program in the country with over 50 patients


  • Indiana University transplants over 200 kidneys, 150 livers, 50 pancreas and several multivisceral (combinations of liver, kidney, small intestine, pancreas) annually.
  • With over 200 kidney transplants every year, we gain incredible exposure to the entire spectrum and continuum of renal transplantation - from pre-transplant evaluations, kidney donor evaluation, induction therapies, cellular and humoral rejection, maintenance therapies to re-transplants.
  • We offer an American Society of Transplantation Accredited one-year Transplant Nephrology Fellowship.
  • Bi-weekly biopsy conference with the region's renal pathologist reviewing current cases.
Extensive procedural experience:
  • We have extensive exposure in placing temporary internal jugular and femoral vein catheters.
  • We have extensive exposure in both native and transplant kidney biopsies.
Current Fellows:


Mirza Baig

Danielle Janosevic

Karthik Kannegolla

Asad Riaz

Alok Silodia


Khawaja Omar

Claudio Perez-Ledezma

Purnima Tripathy

Aileen Wang


Medical/Vision/Dental (for non T-32 fellows)

Fellows insurance is provided through IU’s central benefits. The link to the website is:

Medical Plan Highlights
  • Anthem's national PPO network; includes PPO providers and coverage outside of the US
  • Annual deductible of $350 ($1,050 family)
  • Office visit copay of $25, Specialist visit copay of $40
  • Urgent Care copay of $75, Emergency Room copay of $150
  • Preventative services covered at 100% when in-network providers are used
  • Most other services covered with 20% co-insurance
  • Vision care coverage through Anthem Blue View Vision, including an annual eye exam with a $20 copay and discounts for vision wear
  • Express Scripts national pharmacy networks, mail order service, and Accredo Specialty Pharmacy
    • Up to a 30-day retail prescription copays of $10 generic/$25 preferred brands/$180 non-preferred brands
    • Up to a 90-day mail order prescription copays of $25 generic/$60 preferred brands/$112 non-preferred brand


Dental Plan Highlights
  • Cigna Dental's national PPO network
  • Annual deductible of $50 ($150 family)
  • Annual Benefit Limit of $500
  • Two routine cleanings/exams per calendar year covered at 100%
  • Plan year begins each January; deductibles and benefit limit amounts restart annually on January 1st



Fellows are paid at the PGY Stipend levels, monthly on the last business day of the month. The exception is the December paycheck will be made the first business day of January. No advance pay can be made.



You are provided with a basic employee parking pass for free. If you desire to upgrade to a garage or other specialty space, that will be at your own expense.



Each Nephrology fellow will be provided 2 lab coats for the duration of the two year program, monogrammed with your name.



Nephrology intends to purchase each fellow two books each year, pending funding.

  • Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology with CD
  • Clincial Physiology of Acid-Base and Electrolyte Disorders.



Each fellow receives 4 weeks of paid vacation.



Eligible house staff (who have worked for the School of Medicine at least 12 months and at least 1250 hours) are entitled by law to a maximum of 12 weeks of FMLA leave (up to six weeks paid and six weeks unpaid) with full benefits for the following qualifying events: birth of a child or care for the newborn; placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care; the need for the house staff member to care for a spouse, child, or parent with a serious health condition; a serious health condition that renders the house staff member unable to perform the functions of the job.

Vacation time must be taken as part of the School of Medicine leave and counted against the six weeks paid leave; this applies to the FMLA leave as well.