Division of Nephrology History

The central goal of the Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Training Program at Boston Children's Hospital has been to develop full-time academic Pediatric Nephrologists who establish independent investigative careers in areas relevant to the understanding of childhood Nephrological diseases.

Our training program currently has two components. The first component is the training of academic pediatricians in the specialty of Pediatric Nephrology, including investigative biology and the basic science pertaining to the pathophysiology of pediatric kidney disease.

The second component of our program is to train scientists in the specialty of Pediatric Nephrology. Trainees who enter our program are exposed to a wide variety of individuals all dedicated to investigative Nephrology. Our staff have backgrounds in many different specialties and our trainees include students, pre-doctoral and postdoctoral candidates as well as PhDs.

Our program ensures that all trainees work side by side which enhances their mutual education and creates an environment for rigorous scientific investigation. Thus, our program is not only established for the training of Pediatric Nephrologists but also for the advancement of biomedical research in the specialty of Pediatric Nephrology.

Since its inception in 1974, through June 2008, our program has graduated a total of 61 fellows from the ACGME-accredited Pediatric Nephrology fellowship program (as of June 2008). Graduating Pediatric Nephrology fellows fulfill the criteria for certification in Pediatric Nephrology by the American Board of Pediatrics and the specialty sections of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Graduates of our program include Dr. Alan Krensky, the NIH Deputy Director in the office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, 2 Department Chairman, 10 Directors of Pediatric Subspecialty Divisions and 12 Directors of major research laboratories. In total we have trained at least 20 independently funded Pediatric Nephrologists since the inception of the program and virtually all of our trainees are full-time faculty in academic pediatric hospitals or universities.

At the national and international level, several of our graduates are regarded as key innovators in the science of Pediatric Nephrology. Several are members of NIH study sections and are recognized as leaders in nephrology research. At least four of our graduates, Drs. A. Davis, A. Arnaout, A. Krensky and D. Briscoe, are members of the American Society of Clinical Investigation; Dr. L. Guay-Woodford is a leader in the field of inherited renal diseases. Dr. Ellis Avner, Director of the Children's Research Institute of Wisconsin and Associate Dean for Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin is internationally known for his work in polycystic kidney disease. Dr. Alan Krensky, known for his research in cellular and molecular immunology at Stanford University, served as NIH Deputy Director and has been responsible for the Office of Portfolio Analysis and Strategic Initiatives of the NIH, a key aspect of the NIH roadmap.

Drs. Harmon and Briscoe are recognized experts in kidney transplantation and both have held leadership roles in the American Society of Transplantation. Dr. Norm Rosenblum of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada is regarded as an expert in the area of renal developmental disorders. In addition, some of our recent graduates have clearly identified themselves as future leaders; Dr. Stuart Goldstein of Baylor Medical Center has developed a productive career in clinical translational research in the areas of hemodialysis and optimal renal management of critically ill children; Dr. Vikas Dharnidharka, of the University of Florida at Gainsville, is increasingly recognized as an expert in the area of post transplant lymphoproliferative disorder.

Our program offers large and diverse training opportunities. Our Training Faculty are leaders in their fields and have significant experience in clinical and research mentorship. We strive to promote and offer our trainees access to opportunities for developing innovative concepts that have the potential to lead to a productive career in the understanding and treatment of childhood renal diseases. As a result of all of these endeavors, our program is currently recognized as a leading national and international resource for training in broad areas of renal diseases.