Division of Nephrology | Fellowship Training Program

The Division of Nephrology at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School is one of the largest pediatric nephrology divisions in the United States and has consistently ranked at the top of the U.S.News and World Report survey of pediatric nephrology programs. The Division aims to develop academic, pediatric nephrologists who will establish independent investigative careers in areas relevant to the understanding of childhood nephrology diseases. The three year fellowship program provides broad training in all the areas of nephrology with unparalleled opportunities to develop clinical and research skills.

The training program meets the requirements for certification by the ACGME Sub-board of Nephrology of the American Board of Pediatrics and is supported by an NIH T32 Training Grant.

Clinical Training

The twelve month intensive clinical training provides the fellow with extensive exposure to virtually all of clinical problems in pediatric nephrology. This is accomplished by full participation of fellows in all patient care activities within the division, including:

  • direct care of nephrology inpatients
  • serving as consultant to both inpatient and outpatient divisional programs
  • care of the transplant and pediatric dialysis outpatients
  • care of the general Nephrology clinic outpatients

Fellows become proficient in all technical aspects of nephrology such as performing nephrology biopsies, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. In addition, the fellows acquire experience through the Department of

Pathology in the interpretation of light, immunofluorescence and electron microscopy, and through the Department of Radiology in the interpretation of uroradiologic studies.

The Division has two clinical services: the End-Stage Nephrology Disease Service (dialysis and transplantation); and the General Nephrology Consult Service. Each fellow spends approximately equivalent time on the End Stage Disease and the Consult Service. The fellow is responsible for:

  • supervising the care of all inpatients who are followed by the Division of Nephrology
  • providing consultative services for Children's and the neonatal intensive care unit at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess
  • performing acute dialysis and hemofiltration as well as all percutaneous renal biopsies

In addition to its standing as the premier hospital in the northeast, BCH also serves as a renowned national and international referral center for complex pediatric patients.

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Research Training

The twenty-four months of research training aims to broaden the fellow's understanding of Nephrology disease. One of the unique aspects of our training program is the ability to participate in ongoing research efforts in any Boston Laboratory of choice, such as Brigham and Women’s, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, MIT, Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, and others. Fellows are advised in the selection of a research mentor approximately six months prior to initiating the research fellowship years.

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Boston Children’s Hospital’s Nephrology Fellowship Program offers large and diverse training opportunities. Our training faculty are leaders in their fields and have significant experience in clinical and research mentorships. We strive to promote and offer our trainees access to opportunities for developing innovative concepts that have the potential to guide each trainee to a productive career. Each trainee has the privilege to select a desired mentor within our limitless supply of Boston teaching institutions. These institutions include, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Mass General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess, MIT, Harvard, etc. As a result of these endeavors, our program is currently recognized as a leading national and international resource for training in broad areas of renal diseases.


Since its inception in 1974, our ACGME-accredited program affiliated with Harvard Medical School graduates Pediatric Nephrology fellows each academic year. Graduated 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.


Contact us

Michael A. Ferguson, MD

Nephrology Fellowship Training Program Director
Phone: (617)355-6129
Email: Michael.ferguson@childrens.harvard.edu

Deborah R. Stein, MD

Associate Program Director
Phone: (617)355-6129
Email: Deborah.stein@childrens.harvard.edu

Arifa Kapadia

Division Manager
Phone: (617)355-7651
Email: arifa.kapadia@childrens.harvard.edu

Rebecca Gilbert

Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: (617)355-6129
Email: Rebecca.gilbert@childrens.harvard.edu