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

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

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 Drs. Avasare and Rueda 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).
  • 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 (e.g. ASN, NKF, AKF). 
  • The William Bennett Endowment Fund which provides funding for 2nd-year fellows to explore extra educational and academic opportunities.

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.
  • Expanding the use of new technologies (e.g. Slack, Twitter, web conferencing) to enhance fellow education and inter-connectedness. 
  • 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:

  • 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
  • Peritoneal dialysis continuity clinic as a 2nd-year fellow
  • Opportunities for additional education in home modalities

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

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

Second Year Fellows

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Dan Feng, MD, MPHS

"Hiya folks! I'm Dan; a moderately introverted, small-city nature-lover, lazy hiker, & food aficionado originally from Michigan. Before nephro fellowship, I majored in cultural anthropology and enjoy learning about people & experiences from all walks of life. As of spring 2019, my wife and I are proud owners of a rambunctious Australian Cattle Dog / Border Collie mix named Haruki. I love the Pacific Northwest, my nerdy colleagues, and exploring every type of cuisine imaginable. I am always up for board game nights, potlucks, restaurant excursions, and deep conversations about electrolytes. I can be persuaded to do karaoke or acapella (no solos, please)."

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Jonathan Barrera-Calix, MD

"I'm originally from beautiful wintery Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. And as you can guess I love Portland for its weather (barely snows here) and its people (they are all nice like in Winnipeg). I also love to jog, play soccer and when we have time play board games with the co-fellows. My current interests are in the area of onco-nephrology, but I won't lie in saying I love everything nephrology related.  Lastly, waking up every morning to the surrounding mountains, biking to work and taking a tram up to the hospital where you get breathtaking views of the city/sunrise is pretty awesome!"

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Matthew Taylor, MD

"Hello, since moving to Portland, I have been trying to learn more about the local food scene by trying different restaurants, breweries, book stores.  When I have time to get outdoors, I enjoy exploring Portland on my bike or hiking the city parks trails with my wife, Caitlin. I love reading, particularly Sci-Fi, Horror and History. Additionally, I enjoy the process of making books and have a small bookbindery in my attic where I make bespoke books.  I mainly make leatherbound copies of classic and amateur horror."

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First Year Fellows

Hanan Batarseh, MD

Hanan Batarseh, MD

I was born and raised in Jordan in a loving family. Upon finishing medical school in Jordan, I joined the United Nations, where I worked with colleagues from all over the world. The refugees we were treating taught me crucial lessons in life, chiefly among them being how you love with humility, gratitude, and perseverance no matter how difficult life gets. After some time, I joined SUNY-University in Buffalo, where I completed my internal medicine residency and fell in love with nephrology. My top hobby is driving on the open road while listening to music. I enjoy all things having to do with water: walking in the rain (I think I chose the right city), swimming, hiking by waterfalls.

Marilia Campos

Marilia Campos, MD

I’m originally from San Jose, Costa Rica which is also where I went to medical school. I moved to Minneapolis for residency which will always have a special place in my heart. Having said that, the first time I went to Portland it reminded me of Costa Rica so much that it instantly felt like home. I’m a fan of the outdoors and cannot wait to explore everything Portland has to offer. I have a very sweet dog named Mila who is the first one to be excited about going on hikes, paddle boarding, and kayaking. Other interests of mine include soccer and tennis. I’m super excited for this new adventure and very grateful to have the opportunity to train at OHSU.

Naveen Gopalakrishnan Ravikumar

Naveen Gopalakrishnan, MBBS - I’m so thrilled to join my new family at OHSU for the next two years.  I was born and raised in Tamil Nadu, India, and attended medical school at Thanjavur medical college. After I graduated from medical school I worked as a research trainee at Mayo Clinic, Rochester then completed my residency training at the University at Buffalo. Now I’m so excited to start my Nephrology fellowship at OHSU and I’m looking forward to learning from everyone. My interests within Nephrology include critical care nephrology but I am excited to explore the field in depth. Outside of the hospital I love to play tennis, play and watch a lot of soccer, travel, and playing guitar.

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Transplant Fellow

William J. Kennedy

William J. Kennedy, MD

I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. My family moved to the United States from Cuba. I am fluent in Spanish and some Portuguese. I attended medical school at Ross University. I completed residency at the University of Central Florida-HCA Consortium in Ocala, Florida. I completed fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas. I am joining OHSU to complete the fellowship in transplant nephrology. I decided to pursue transplant nephrology to help patients live their lives off of dialysis. Outside of work, I enjoy taking road trips, trying out new foods and restaurants, and attending festivals.

The Clinical Training is a 2-year program, designed for fellows with an interest in a clinical practice career. For this training, approximately 15-18 months are clinical training and 6-9 months are dedicated to research and scholarship. The clinical experience occurs primarily at OHSU and the Portland VA Medical Center. Fellows gain experience in the evaluation and management of kidney diseases and hypertension, as well as the provision of 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 in the first and second years include one half-day of clinic per week, alternating between OHSU and the VA. Fellows also directly care for their own panel of VA hemodialysis patients throughout their second year and complete six months of peritoneal dialysis continuity clinic.

The Academic Physician Scientist Training is designed for fellows with an interest in an academic career, with the development of skills in education and research (either basic science or clinical). This is a 3-year program, with approximately 12-14 clinical months (similar to the Clinical Pathway) and the remainder dedicated to research and scholarship. Outpatient clinic experiences mirror those of the Clinical Pathway. During research months in the second year, fellows will have limited clinical responsibility, usually consisting of a weekly outpatient clinic and caring for their continuity dialysis patients. 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.

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

Clinical Track vs Research Track
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.

Notice: In accordance with guidance from the ACGME, ASN, and OHSU we will be conducting virtual interviews for the 2020 application season in order to help protect the health of our applicants. These interviews will include virtual meetings with faculty and fellows and applicants will be given information about our program in a similar fashion to an in-person interview. Further details will be provided with interview invitations.

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
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, Hot Springs, AR
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, IM Residency
2017 Oliver Padgett Private Practice, Portland, OR
2016 Cibi Arumugam Private Practice, Portland, OR
2016 Tavinder Basra Private Practice, Seattle, WA
2016 Gurpreet Johal Augusta University, Cardiology Fellowship
2016 Wali Nuristani Private Practice, CA
2016 Jeff Klein (Transplant) University of Kansas (Kansas City) Transplant Nephrology
2015 Katie Gustafson Oregon Health and Science University
2015 Macy Martinson Private Practice, Portland, OR
2015 Mark McCubbin Private Practice, Locums Tenens
2015 Melvin Ooi Private Practice, Kailua Kona, HI
2014 Shweta Patel Private Practice, Portland, OR
2014 Adam Protain Private Practice, Portland, OR
2014 Jennifer Schneider Private Practice, Portland, OR
2014 Sandesh Parajuli (Transplant) University of Wisconsin Transplant Nephrology
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Fellowship administration:

Oregon Health & Science University
Division of Nephrology & Hypertension
Mail Code: SJH6
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR  97239-3098
Phone: 503-494-9840
Fax: 503-494-4889
Email: nhfellow@ohsu.edu

Program Director:

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

Associate Program Director:

Robert Rope, M.D.