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A Word from the Program Director

Welcome to the Einstein Nephrology and Hypertension fellowship program website!

The Einstein Nephrology Fellowship Program is one of the oldest in the region and has been educating clinicians since 1966. We performed the first ABO incompatible transplant in the United States and have been on the forefront of Home Dialysis since the 1970’s.

As part of the program, Fellows experience:
  • core outpatient and inpatient rotations, which include acute consultation, maintenance dialysis and transplant services;
  • regular didactic lectures throughout the week;
  • a dedicated research rotation with an assigned mentor;
  • the opportunity to participate in a yearly national nephrology conference.
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia (EMCP) has an active kidney transplant program with approximately 150 organ transplants a year with dedicated transplant team. EMCP also is home to a large Peritoneal Dialysis Clinic, which is managed by the general nephrology fellows and preceptored by an attending nephrologist. This permits autonomy in the management of peritoneal dialysis patients throughout the two year fellowship.

Our division strives to provide an outstanding clinical training program in all aspects of nephrology. The curriculum and rotations help build the skills, experience, and expertise needed for a successful career as a nephrologist. Here at Einstein, we also promote fellow wellness, with a special focus on “work-life balance”. We believe the well-being of our fellows is as important as their education.

General Nephrology Program Information

The General Nephrology Fellowship program at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia provides a balanced program of Graduate Medical Education in multiple aspects of nephrology. This is accomplished through core inpatient rotations, outpatient clinics, outpatient hemodialysis experiences, conferences, didactic lectures, and research. In addition to the broad-based goal of the renal fellowship program, specific goals have been defined for each service the nephrology fellows rotate.

Since its inception in 1966, the general nephrology fellowship program at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia has graduated over 100 nephrologists. Our mission is to provide an outstanding clinical training program in all aspects of nephrology and to build the skills, experience, and expertise for a successful career as a nephrologist. The program accomplishes this through core inpatient rotations, including acute consult service, maintenance dialysis and transplant service. Einstein has an active kidney transplant program with a dedicated team, including transplant surgeons, transplant nephrologists, a transplant pharmacist, physician assistants, nurse coordinators, and social workers.

General nephrology fellowship outpatient rotations include chronic kidney disease clinic, transplant clinic, outpatient dialysis unit rounds, and peritoneal dialysis clinic. Both the chronic kidney disease and the peritoneal dialysis clinics provide autonomy to general nephrology fellows as they are preceptored by attending nephrologists. Fellows gain experience with managing outpatient dialysis patients by spending time rounding at local dialysis unit clinics.

In addition, fellows also participate in weekly renal biopsy conference with the department of pathology, case presentations, mortality and morbidity conferences, and regular didactic lectures. Fellows have a dedicated month of research rotation as well as an opportunity to participate in and attend a national nephrology conference annually.  

Program Director

Imara Dissanayake, MD

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