Nephrology Fellowship

The Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Keck School of Medicine and LAC+USC Medical Center offers a two-year ACGME accredited clinical fellowship in Nephrology. The mission of the Nephrology Fellowship program is to provide exceptional training in the comprehensive assessment and management of renal disorders in preparation for subsequent careers in academic or community-based Nephrology practice. We have a strong tradition of providing care to a diverse patient population, with a commitment to providing nephrology care to underserved communities.

Our fellowship is supported by the resources of LAC+USC Medical Center, Keck Medical Center of USC and the DaVita Dialysis Center at USC. The curriculum consists of inpatient block rotations, providing the opportunity to study and participate in a variety of models of renal health care delivery with exposure to a diverse spectrum of clinical nephrology, including substantial exposure to a vast array of glomerulonephritides, acid-base and electrolyte disorders, acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, kidney transplantation, urgent-start peritoneal dialysis, and bedside ultrasound.

In addition, fellows are assigned to a longitudinal clinic in a community-based out-patient environment. The curriculum also includes a core curriculum lecture series, Renal Grand Rounds, journal club, case conference, transplant conference, and research conference. An outstanding faculty provides fellows with excellent mentors and role models.

For those applicants who are interested in an academic or research-oriented nephrology career, we offer a special research track. We also offer transplant fellowship training to applicants who have already completed nephrology fellowship training and are interested in specializing in transplant nephrology.

Thank you for your interest in our program. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Kenneth R. Hallows, MD, PhD
Chief, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Director, USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center

Hui Yi Shan, MD
Nephrology Fellowship Program Director

Lodel Yerro Caplan, MHA, Fellowship Program Administrator
Nephrology and Renal Transplant Fellowship Programs
Main: 323-409-3566

Elisa Serrato, Fellowship Coordinator
Nephrology and Renal Transplant Fellowship Programs
Main: 323-409-7307

Clinical Training

Clinical training is comprised of exceptional clinical experiences in both inpatient and outpatient nephrology.

Inpatient Experience

With rotations in 2 tertiary care academic centers, fellows are trained in ICU nephrology, continuous renal replacement therapies, glomerular disease, urgent start peritoneal dialysis, renal transplant, nephrology care in non-renal solid organ transplantation, renal disorders in pregnancy, onco-nephrology, and many other areas covering the full spectrum of clinical nephrology.

Fellows receive excellent training and ample exposure to nephrology procedures, including both native and transplant kidney biopsies, temporary hemodialysis catheter placement, and removal of tunneled hemodialysis catheters.

Fellows rotate on the consult services at both Keck Medical Center of USC and LAC+USC Medical Center. In addition, fellows also rotate on the Renal Transplant service at Keck Medical Center of USC.


Keck Medical Center of USC

400 bed tertiary care hospital, with multiple ICUs, including MICU, CT-SICU, CCU, Neuro ICU, and SICU.
Large Abdominal Transplant Program, including a nationally recognized Renal Transplant Program Equipped with Electronic Medical Records

LAC+USC Medical Center

600 bed tertiary care hospital, with trauma center, burn unit, CCU, MICU, SICU, and Neuro ICU Long history of providing care to the community and underserved populations
Equipped with Electronic Medical Records.

Outpatient Experience

A longitudinal ambulatory experience allows fellows to care for an individual panel of patients over the course of fellowship. This longitudinal experience fosters patient-physician partnership and provides exposure to the evolution of renal disorders. Fellows gain experience in the assessment and management of secondary hypertension, acid-base and electrolyte disorders, lupus nephritis and a variety of other glomerulonephritides, chronic kidney disease, onco-nephrology, and renal transplant.

Outpatient Dialysis

Fellows receive training in outpatient in-center hemodialysis and home dialysis modalities. With a stellar home dialysis program, fellows participate in the care of approximately 100 peritoneal dialysis patients and receive training in urgent start peritoneal dialysis. Our PD program has received national recognition.

Summary of Rotations

Keck Hospital ICU Consult Service
Fellows gain exceptional exposure to the breadth of inpatient consultative critical care nephrology, including continuous renal replacement therapy, acute kidney injury, fluid and electrolyte management, and onco-nephrology. Learning is further enhanced by a nationally recognized liver transplant program, cancer center, and Heart Failure and Ventricular Assist Device Program.

To further enhance the fellowship training experience, and optimize work-life balance, there is a nurse practitioner nephrology service, which covers additional patients in the hospital directly with a nephrology attending to ensure that patient volume for the fellows is not excessive

Keck Hospital Transplant Service
Fellows gain crucial experience taking care of renal transplant patients as a member of a thriving and nationally recognized kidney transplant program.

LAC+USC Hospital Consult Services
Fellows lead a consultative team comprised of internal medicine residents and medical students, which provides an excellent opportunity to teach. As a tertiary care referral center, fellows gain exposure to the full spectrum of nephrology, including glomerulonephritides, complex acid-base and electrolyte disorders, continuous renal replacement therapy modalities, and urgent start peritoneal dialysis. Fellows truly receive exceptional clinical training in this diverse clinical environment.

Night Float
We are committed to the education and well-being of our fellows. The implementation of a Night Float call schedule has eliminated the weekday call system to improve fellows’ quality of life, enhance educational experiences and reduce work hours during training.

Procedure Rotation
Fellows rotate on a Procedure Rotation which provides additional exposure to interventional nephrology procedures such as tunneled hemodialysis catheter insertion, biopsies, fistulograms, and fistula/graft de-clotting procedures.

Research Rotation
See description below.

Rotation Number of Rotations per Year
(Depending on PGY level)
Inpatient ICU Consult Service: Keck Medical Center 2-4 rotations
Inpatient Consult Service: LAC+USC Medical Center 3-4 rotations
Inpatient Service: Renal Transplantation, Keck Medical Center 1-2 rotations
Outpatient Dialysis 1-2 rotations
Procedure Rotation* 1 rotation
Research Rotation** up to 3 rotations (View here)
Ambulatory Clinic ½ a day weekly
Peritoneal Dialysis Clinic ½ a day monthly
Night Float up to 2 rotations per year, divided into 2 week blocks

Rotations are of 4 weeks duration unless otherwise stated above
* During the first year of fellowship
**During the second year of fellowship




Nephrology Fellowship training is further enhanced by a comprehensive and structured curriculum that includes both didactic and hands-on bedside teaching. Special care is taken to ensure that our didactic curriculum provides each fellow with a broad-based fund of knowledge which complements the outstanding clinical teaching delivered both in the inpatient and ambulatory settings.

Core Curriculum Conference: a concentrated series of didactic lectures delivered weekly on the essential topics covering the breadth of Nephrology. . Clinical Case Conference: a weekly case-based series on important topics in Nephrology, often involving the critical elements for diagnosis.

Clinical Case Conference: a weekly case-based series on important topics in Nephrology, often involving the critical elements for diagnosis.

Board Review Conference: a monthly conference dedicated to reviewing board review questions tailored to the learning needs of fellows.

Renal Grand Rounds: a weekly clinically-based conference given by a faculty expert.

Journal Club: a monthly series focused on interpreting and critiquing the medical literature. Fellows are mentored by our expert faculty.

Research Conference: a monthly conference that focuses on the pathophysiology of renal disorders and highlights cutting edge basic science research from both local and visiting professor faculty.

Transplant Conference: a monthly series focused on key concepts and updates in Renal Transplantation.

Visiting Professor Grand Rounds: Once every 1-2 months, outside national speakers who are recognized experts in clinical nephrology or research in kidney disease are invited to give seminars for the Division.

Educational Resources

USC Nephrology Online Library
The didactic curriculum is further enhanced by access to an extensive online medical library, including an online portal dedicated to Nephrology Fellow education. This online portal includes an extensive body of Nephrology literature that has been compiled by our faculty with fellows in mind.


Fellows in Nephrology are given specific training in research design, IRB approval and the process of writing and submitting manuscripts. Mentored by our distinguished faculty, fellows are encouraged to explore research projects, presentations and writing opportunities in order to foster professional development and promote critical thinking.

Fellows have the opportunity to participate in basic science, translational, and clinical research in Nephrology on an array of subjects including:

  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Hormonal and Metabolic Regulation of Kidney Function and Transport
  • Physiology of Isolated Glomeruli and Tubules (Dual Photon Microscopy)
  • Hypertension
  • Potassium Homeostasis and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Hepatorenal Syndrome
  • Urgent Start Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Assessment of Intravascular Volume Status
  • Vitamin D Metabolism
  • BK Virus Nephropathy

Fellows have successfully presented posters at national scientific meetings and have published book chapters, review articles and journal articles.

Research Track

We are pleased to offer a research track fellowship position for academically oriented future nephrologists. The research track fellowship is a 3-year position with the first year dedicated to clinical nephrology, the second year comprised of both clinical nephrology and research training, and the third year focused on research. Research track fellows may participate in basic science, translational, or clinical research.

Other training sequences may also be available by special arrangement. Masters degree programs are available.


Current Fellows

2nd Year Fellows

  • Syed Affan Hashmi, MD
    • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Internal Medicine Training Program, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Lama Matni, MD
    • University of Nevada School of Medicine Internal Medicine Training Program, Las Vegas, NV
  • Roshan Rajani, MD
    • Louis A Weiss Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Training Program, Chicago, IL

1st Year Fellows

  • Martin Aldana Campos, MD
    • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Internal Medicine Training Program, Atlantis, FL
  • Alan Cantillep, MD
    • Mary Medical Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Internal Medicine Training Program, Long Beach, CA
  • Zaid Haddad, MD
    • Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Internal Medicine Training Program, North Chicago, IL
  • Mohammed A. Khaleel, DO
    • Swedish Covenant Hospital, Internal Medicine Training Program, Chicago IL
  • Anthony Montuno, MD
    • Mount Sinai Hospital of Chicago, Internal Medicine Training Program, Chicago, IL
  • Yan Zhong, MD
    • Kern Medical Center, Internal Medicine Training Program, Bakersfield, CA

Recent Graduates

  • Matthew Kaptein, MD
    • LAC+USC Medical Center Internal Medicine Training Program; Los Angeles, CA
      • Kaptein EM, LoPresti JS, Kaptein MJ. Is an isolated TSH elevation in chronic nonthyroidal illness “subclinical hypothyroidism”? J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Nov;99(11):4015-26. doi: 10.1210/jc.2014-1850. Epub 2014 Aug 28
      • Kaptein MJ, Kaptein EM; Inferior Vena Cava Ultrasound Enhances Assessment of Intravascular Volume in Critically Ill Patients with Renal Failure, Poster Presentation, American Society of Nephrology, November 1, 2014.
  • Christopher Wong, DO
    • Loma Linda University Medical Center, Internal Medicine Training Program, Loma Linda, CA
      • Wong C; Kaptein EM; Ethylene Glycol Toxicity with Severely Elevated Osmolar and Anion Gap: a remarkable survival and recovery, Poster Presentation, National Kidney Foundation, January 6, 2015
  • Joseph Meouchy, MD
    • Wichita University School Of Medicine Internal Medicine Training Program, Wichita, KS
  • Ravi Lakdawala, MD
    • Boston Medical Center Internal Medicine Training Program, Boston, MA,
      • Lakdawala R, Ghaffari A; PD Solution Shortage: Short-Term Management Strategy. Abstract Presentation, Annual Dialysis Conference Subcommittee, October 1, 2014.
  • Hossein Ghofrani ,MD
    • Maricopa Medical Center Internal Medicine Training Program, Phoenix, AZ
      • Ghofrani H, Weaver FA, Nadim MK; Resistant hypertension: medical management and alternative therapies. Cardiol Clin. 2015 Feb;33(1):75-87. doi: 10.1016/j.ccl.2014.09.003.
      • Ghofrani H, Hashemi N, Kaptein EM; Use of Insulin Pump with ESRD on Dialysis; Poster Presentation, American Society of Nephrology, November 1, 2014
  • Neda Hashemi, MD
    • LAC+USC Medical Center Internal Medicine Training Program; Los Angeles, CA
      • Ghofrani H, Hashemi N, Kaptein EM; Use of Insulin Pump with ESRD on Dialysis; Poster Presentation, American Society of Nephrology, November 1, 2014
  • Kay Kyaw, MD
    • SUNY Downstate Medical Center at Long Island College Hospital; Internal Medicine Training Program, Brooklyn, NY
  • Lathika Raakesh, MD
    • Saint Joseph Mercy Internal Medicine Training Program, Ann Arbor, MI
      • Raakesh, L, Kaptein EM; Ethylene Glycol Toxicity with Severely Elevated Osmolar and Anion Gap: a remarkable survival and recovery, Poster Presentation, National Kidney Foundation, April 19, 2015.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • USC Nephrology Faculty
  • Cedars-Sinai
  • Large Nephrology private practice in Los Angeles
  • Transplant Fellowship at USC
  • Transplant Fellowship at University of South Florida/Tampa General Hospital

Previous 3 years

  • UCSF transplant fellowship
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Private Practice in Michigan
  • Cedars-Sinai
  • Loma Linda Nephrology Faculty
  • Large group practice in Los Angeles
  • Private Practice in Kansas
  • USC Nephrology Faculty
  • UCLA Nephrology Faculty
  • Private Practice in Cleveland

How to Apply

We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) at

Our institution will sponsor candidates with J1 visas.