Nephrology Training Program

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The OHSU Nephrology Fellowship trains physicians to become outstanding clinicians and leaders in healthcare. We offer a rigorous and flexible program designed to ensure our trainees become successful clinicians, investigators, and educators. Our training prepares fellows to become lifelong learners in nephrology dedicated to the patients they serve. For more information on our program (e.g. clinical duties, pathways, research training, call schedules, didactics, and Portland highlights) explore our website below and review our orientation PowerPoint

The OHSU Division of Nephrology and Hypertension is committed to the training of its fellows. We offer a complete training experience to prepare you for your desired future career. A few strengths of the program include:

Diverse training opportunities including: 

  • A Glomerular Disease Program with opportunities for research and exposure to all types of glomerular disease. Fellows see patients with Dr. Avasare and may also attend our multidisciplinary amyloidosis clinic. Fellows especially interested in additional glomerulonephritis training may enter the glomerulonephritis pathway (see pathways section below).
  • Comprehensive Hypertension Program giving fellows exposure to secondary and resistant hypertension. Fellows especially interested in additional hypertension training may enter the hypertension pathway (see pathways section below).
  • Multidisciplinary Cardiorenal and Kidney Stone clinics where fellows can see complex patients and work with providers outside our division. 
  • Clinical and research tracks designed to support each fellow's interests (see orientation powerpoint below).
  • Comprehensive didactics that prepare you to be a successful nephrologist (as well as pass the boards) but do not "teach to the test."
  • A nationally-renowned transplant medicine program performing over 150 kidney and dual organ transplants and home to an AST certified Transplant Fellowship.
  • An Advanced Dialysis Curriculum for second-year fellows covering topics such as medical directorships, dialysis policy, and end-of-life care in ESRD. This provides critical training for life as a "real-world" nephrologist. 
  • Support for attendance at national conferences. 
  • The William Bennett Endowment Fund, which provides funding for 2nd-year fellows to explore extra educational and academic opportunities. 
  • Comprehensive procedural training - our program meets the current ABIM procedural training requirements for competency in placing temporary hemodialysis catheters, performing native and transplant kidney biopsies, and delivering acute/chronic hemodialysis as well as home dialysis. Trainees perform biopsies with our faculty and place catheters with both our faculty and ICU faculty as appropriate.
  • The ABIM is expanding requirements to procedural training for home dialysis. Our current program meets these expanded requirements so fellows will be able to fully complete their training without concern.
  • Nephrology specific point of care ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum that includes two ½ day hands on training sessions, three didactics, and access to shared US devices monitored and reviewed by OHSU POCUS team members for accuracy and feedback to trainees.  Goals include understanding ultrasound basics, identifying artifacts, volume assessment, vascular evaluation, and the recognition of genitourinary pathology including hydronephrosis, CKD, nephrolithiasis, and urinary retention. This curriculum is developed in collaboration with faculty leaders of the OHSU Ultrasound Fellowship.

An emphasis on trainee wellness to support your career as a physician including:

  • Engaged faculty dedicated to providing trainees with an excellent education while preventing burnout. 
  • A strong commitment to protecting trainee work hours and ensuring fellows do not work in an unsafe manner. 
  • An Advanced Communications and Wellness curriculum focusing on provider wellness and patient interactions, including use of the Vital Talk curriculum to improve communication skills in serious illness.
  • The use of individualized learning plans for each trainee to support comprehensive training and development as a physician.
  • A strong Center for Diversity and Inclusion as well as a trainee Family Network providing support for trainees and their families.
  • The opportunity to join and engage with the OHSU House Officers Union should a trainee desire. 

Extensive outpatient continuity experiences including:

  • One continuity clinic (either OHSU or VA) per week as below:
    • OHSU Hypertension clinic for 1st-year fellows (every other week).
    • OHSU and VA CKD clinics for 1st and 2nd-year fellows (every other week).
  • A cohort of VA hemodialysis patients you manage as a 2nd-year fellow.
  • Home dialysis continuity clinic (with both peritoneal and home hemodialysis exposure) as a 2nd-year fellow.
  • Opportunities for additional education in home modalities through additional clinics, home dialysis patient trainings, and conferences.

Opportunities for interested fellows to learn more about education and teaching including: 

  • Ongoing experience teaching and supervising learners (residents, medical students, and PA students) on service. 
  • Leading nephrology small-group sessions for medical students. 
  • Preparing and presenting lectures with faculty to student or residents.
  • Joining the Educators' Collaborative, a community of practice presenting monthly Medical Education grand rounds, providing seed grants for projects, and connecting educators across campus. 
  • Access to the Train your Brain series and other useful resources for clinician educators (e.g. online learning, gamification, small-group teaching, fostering diversity and inclusion in education) from the OHSU Teaching and Learning Center. 
  • The Education Scholars Program, a competitive certification program designed for individuals interested in education scholarship as a career.

Close ties throughout OHSU and the Portland medical community leading to:

  • Core faculty helping to move OHSU and the Portland VA forward, including:

Of course, there is also our great location in Portland, Oregon. An enchanting city with an abundance of outdoor and cultural activities to explore!

First Year Fellows

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Basheer Kummangal, MD

Basheer was born in Kerala, a state in South India. He spent his early childhood there before moving with his family to Abu Dhabi, UAE, where he did most of his schooling. He returned to India for medical education at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. After medical school, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, for his medical residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Outside work, he loves spending time with his wife and two daughters, fixing things around the house, and traveling.

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Rudava Ullah, MD, MBBS

Born in Iran, Rudava moved to Bangladesh during her toddlerhood. After finishing her high-school and medical school in Bangladesh, she attended Nassau University Medical Center, NY for my residency in Internal Medicine. Now she's excited to start her new journey at OHSU as Nephrology Fellow. General Nephrology and Transplant and critical care are the areas of her medical interest. Outside work, Rudava's hobbies include painting and crafting, long drive on scenic roads, trying new cuisine, hanging out with her family and friends and most importantly spending time with her toddler.

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James Gendreau, MD

James was born in California and grew up in Western Washington. He completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Washington in Public Health, followed by completing his Doctor of Medicine at California Northstate. He completed his internal medicine residency at Providence Portland. Within medicine, he is interested in the intersectionality of Critical Care, Hospital Medicine and Nephrology. Outside of medicine he enjoys reading, golfing, trying new recipes and spending time with family. 

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Second Year Fellows

Josh Curry, MD, PhD

Josh Curry, MD, PhD

Josh grew up in Texas where he studied Anthropology and History at the University of Houston before being led by dual passions for advocacy and science towards a life of medical research. He developed an interest in kidney physiology working in the lab of Dr. Jim McCormick in the Nephrology division at OHSU prior to joining the MD/PhD program at the University of Kansas. At Kansas Josh studied renal calcium transport for my dissertation work under the mentorship of the nephrologist physician-scientist Dr. Alan Yu. Josh was excited to return to Portland to be closer to family and join the outstanding OHSU Internal Medicine residency program. He is pursuing the ABIM research pathway, AKA the “short track,” to jump start a career as a physician-scientist. Outside of the lab and hospital, Josh enjoys spending time with his partner and two daughters, gardening, raising their 6 chickens, biking around the Portland area, and enjoying the outdoors surrounding us in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Nathan Hocker, MD

Nathan Hocker, MD

Nathan grew up in Morton, Illinois, which is just outside of Peoria. he received my undergraduate degree in chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan University in nearby Bloomington, IL. For medical school Nathan attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and then completed my internal medicine residency at the University of Iowa. He first visited the Pacific Northwest as a 4th year medical student when his wife and him went on a trip to Mt. Rainier and then visited her family in Portland. He immediately fell in love with the area and hopes to live out here someday. He enjoy trying new foods, cooking/baking (especially sourdough bread and pizza), hiking with my wife and dogs, and weightlifting. Nathan cannot wait to explore the vibrant food scene as well as numerous trails within the Portland area as well as the rest of the Pacific Northwest. Nathan's clinical interests lie in general nephrology and critical care nephrology/CKRT. He also enjoy teaching, and is looking forward to working with medical students and residents.

Ally Miller, MD

Ally Miller, MD

Ally grew up in the Texas Hill Country outside of Austin and completed her medical degree in 2019 at UT Health San Antonio. Afterwards, she relocated to Portland for her Internal Medicine Residency at Legacy Health, and is excited to stay in Portland for my Nephrology training! When Ally out of the hospital, she enjoys volleyball, wine-tasting and exploring all the gorgeous nature that Oregon has to offer. Her interests in Nephrology include transplant care, home dialysis modalities and vascular access.

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Transplant Fellow

Justin Smith

Justin Smith, MD

Justin grew up in Brookhaven, Mississippi, and completed his medical degree in 2018 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson Mississippi. He stayed in Jackson Mississippi for residency and completed his training in Internal Medicine in 2021. Justin then relocated to Portland for my General Nephrology fellowship. He is excited to stay at OHSU this year for further training in Transplant Nephrology! When he is not working, Justin enjoys exploring the diverse food scene in Portland and traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest. His areas of focus include Transplant Nephrology and disparities in kidney transplantation.

The Clinical Training Track is a 2-year program, designed for fellows with an interest in a predominately clinical practice career. The clinical experience occurs primarily at OHSU and the Portland VA Medical Center.

This track includes:

  • 15-18 months of general nephrology clinical training. 
  • 6-9 months of research/quality improvement training and elective clinical opportunities. 
  • Training in all required nephrology procedures (acute and chronic hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement therapies, peritoneal dialysis, renal transplantation, temporary dialysis catheter placement, and renal biopsies with pathology interpretation).
  • Outpatient clinic experiences with one half-day of clinic per week, alternating between OHSU and the VA.
  • Continuity outpatient dialysis experiences in the second year with your own panel of VA hemodialysis patients and a home dialysis clinic (peritoneal and home hemodialysis).

The Academic Physician Scientist Training Track is a 3-year program designed for fellows interested in an academic career, with a focus on the development of skills in education and research (either basic science or clinical). 

This track includes:

  • 12-14 months of general nephrology clinical training (similar to the Clinical Pathway).
  • 22-24 months dedicated to research and scholarship training.
  • During research months in the second year, fellows have limited clinical responsibility, usually a weekly outpatient clinic and outpatient continuity dialysis clinics.
  • The third year is completely dedicated to research training though additional clinical training is available as desired by the fellow.

OHSU and the Portland VA Medical Center are our main clinical teaching sites. OHSU is the sole academic medical center in Oregon and Southwest Washington, and serves as a tertiary referral center for the state of Oregon as well as portions of Washington, Idaho, and Northern California. This gives fellows a diverse training experience and extensive exposure to renal complications related to autoimmune and oncologic disorders, trauma, and infectious disease in addition to the effects of diabetes and hypertension. The OHSU History page outlines our interesting and evolving story as Oregon's academic medical center,

The Portland VA Medical Center provides top-rated care to Veterans in the area and also performs the majority of kidney transplants for the VA on the West Coast, ensuring strong exposure for our fellows. OHSU and the Portland VA Medical Center are connected via a sky bridge, allowing fellows to provide care at both hospitals without missing conferences or other core components of their education.

OHSU and the Portland VA draw from large catchment areas and serve a diverse array of patient communities based on socioeconomic metrics. This ensures that trainees experience the breadth of renal disease and its various causes to prepare them for independent practice. 

Our division offers additional clinical pathways to support a trainees' interest and growth as they begin their nephrology careers. The aim is to give fellows additional experience in these areas without extending their length of training. These pathways are open to either clinical or research fellows.

This experience may take the shape of inpatient electives, outpatient clinic experiences, didactics, and teaching experiences. The pathways may also include a research or quality improvement project in that area.

Please note, these pathways do not provide avenues to formal certifications and are not combined programs with any other programs. Fellows interested in the hypertension pathway may choose to take the ASH certification exam if they wish. 

These areas include:

Please contact us if you would like more information on any of these pathways or other aspects of our program.

Example schedules

Neph Clinical Pathways
The 1st-year ambulatory experiences can include further outpatient transplant exposure (adult and pediatric), observing peritoneal dialysis patient trainings, education in nutrition, technical dialysis training about how dialysis is delivered, urology stone clinics, vascular surgery and interventional radiology exposure, interdisciplinary vascular care conferences, and pediatric nephrology exposure.

Educational conferences for fellows

  • Clinical case conference - a weekly conference where fellows on consult services present recent cases for discussion on a rotating basis.
  • Journal clubs - a weekly conference where reviews of current and past papers are presented by fellows and faculty. Fellows present once a year.
  • Research conference - a weekly conference given by fellows and faculty about their research projects. Clinical track fellows present at the end of their second year.
  • Pathology conference - a monthly fellow-centered conference designed to prepare trainees to utilize renal pathology in their practice.
  • Biopsy conference - a monthly conference to review recent biopsies as well as the patient's clinical presentation and management.

OHSU is committed to recruitment practices that are equitable, demonstrate our commitment to responsible stewardship of resources, and reduce negative impacts on the global environment. Thus, OHSU GME is directing all ACGME residency and fellowship programs to utilize virtual interview practices for the upcoming recruitment season. We believe this approach attracts a diverse pool of applicants, decreases applicant financial barriers, and minimizes time away from educational and clinical activities while reducing the carbon footprint of recruitment. This policy is also in accordance with guidance from the ASN, AAMC, and AAIM

Applications are only accepted through ERAS. We participate in the national nephrology match and do not accept applications outside the match.

Nephrology fellowship applicants must have completed three years of postgraduate training in an ACGME accredited internal medicine program prior to beginning fellowship. Applications are judged on the basis of the applicant's academic and clinical training record, recommendations of medical school and postgraduate training supervisors, and interviews with faculty. Applicants must be legally able to work in the U.S., or eligible to obtain work authorization.

Application requirements

The following is required to be submitted via ERAS:

  1. Completed ERAS application
  2. Personal statement
  3. Letters of recommendation from:
    1. Two physician or medical scientists having special knowledge of the applicant's ability or performance. Additional letters in this category are welcome.
    2. The Director of the applicant's internship and residency program.
    3. The Dean of the applicant's medical school (Dean's Letter). Note, applications are not complete and will not be reviewed without the Dean's letter. If you are a foreign graduate and have difficulty obtaining a Dean's letter, please email the information to us.
  4. ECFMG certificate is required, if applicable
  5. USMLE or COMLEX board scores and medical school transcript must be provided

Candidates invited to interview will be contacted directly by our office. If you have a specific interest in transplantation or a certain clinical pathway, please let us know so we can customize your interview day accordingly.  Please email us with any questions about our program.

Fellowship Alumni
Graduation Year Name Current Practice
2023 Peter Fong Portland VA Medical Center
2023 Eric Ryan Oregon Health and Science University
2023 Justin Smith OHSU Transplant Nephrology
2022 Hanan Batarseh Private Practice, Olympia, WA
2022 Marilia Campos Private Practice, Portland, OR
2022 Naveen Ravikumar Private Practice, Yakima, WA
2021 William Kennedy Jr (Transplant) Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
2021 Dan Feng Private Practice, Portland, OR
2021 Jonathan Barrera Calix Private Practice, Seattle, WA
2021 Matt Taylor University of Rochester
2020 Abdallah Alali Private Practice, Las Vegas, NV
2020 Duangporn Jitjai Private Practice, Seattle, WA
2020 Janie Luong Private Practice, Portland, OR
2019 Dan Roberts OHSU Transplant Fellowship, Private Practice, Portland, OR
2019 Divine Ribakare Private Practice, Salem, OR
2019 Asad Al-Rawashdeh (Transplant) Private Practice, Jordan
2018 Akshita Narra OHSU Transplant Fellowship, Private Practice, Portland, OR
2018 Tyler Woodell University of California at San Diego
2018 Jillian Hansen Private Practice, Seattle, WA
2018 Michael Tekeste Private Practice, Seattle, WA
2018 Abhay Varma Private Practice, Charleston, SC
2017 Debargha Basuli (Transplant) East Carolina University
2017 Oliver Padgett Portland VA Medical Center
2016 Cibi Arumugam Private Practice, Portland, OR
2016 Tavinder Basra Private Practice, Seattle, WA
2016 Gurpreet Johal Private Practice, GA
2016 Wali Nuristani Private Practice, CA
2016 Jeff Klein (Transplant) University of Kansas Transplant Nephrology
2015 Katie Gustafson Portland VA Medical Center
2015 Macy Martinson Private Practice, Portland, OR
2015 Mark McCubbin Private Practice, Locums Tenens
2015 Melvin Ooi Private Practice, Kailua Kona, HI
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Meet Our Fellows

OHSU Nephrology fellows share why they chose our program.

Meet Our Faculty

Meet OHSU's Nephrology & Hypertension faculty and learn why we love Portland, OHSU, working with fellows, and why we chose Nephrology.

A message from program leadership

Program Director Jessica Weiss, MD MCR, and Associate Program Director Robert Rope, MD provide an overview of the OHSU Nephrology Fellowship Program.

Fellowship administration:

Oregon Health & Science University
Division of Nephrology & Hypertension
Mail Code: SJH6
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR  97239-3098

Program Director:

Jessica Weiss, M.D., M.C.R.

Associate Program Director:

Oliver Padgett, M.D.

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