Pediatric Nephrology

Pediatric Nephrology group
UNC Pediatric Nephrology group
The Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship at the University of North Carolina Hospitals provides subspecialty clinical and research training in all aspects of pediatric nephrology. The three year program accepts one fellow per year and has accreditation by the ACGME.  

The Pediatric Nephrology Division at UNC is unique in that it is housed in the Department of Medicine rather than the Department of Pediatrics. The pediatric and adult programs are largely integrated from an educational perspective with both adult and pediatric fellows attending most teaching conferences together. The clinical experiences are separate. The pediatric fellows have the opportunity to closely interact with a large number of faculty with diverse areas of expertise creating a much greater and effective critical mass than is present in most pediatric nephrology programs. This integrated approach allows for more research opportunities, close interaction with the internal medicine nephrology fellows, and faculty-fellow collaboration.

Training opportunities include:

Clinical training 

The first year of a pediatric nephrology fellowship is dedicated to clinical service which provides inpatient and outpatient experience in all aspects of pediatric nephrology including dialysis and transplantation. All pediatric nephrology patients are covered by pediatric housestaff with nephrology fellows and attendings providing consultative services. The outpatient clinic sees over 2,000 visits annually. There are typically 10-15 children managed through the Carrboro dialysis center on chronic home peritoneal dialysis. Fellows will gain competency in all forms of dialysis including intermittent hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and all forms of CRRT, including CRRT in conjunction with ECMO circuits. Fellows can furthur expect to develop competencies in peforming renal biopsies and managing kids with CKD, due to a wide variety of congenital anomalies of the urinary tract, glomerular diseases and renal tubular disorders.

Faculty includes: 
Dr. Ronald J. Falk - Allan Brewster Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Chairman, Department of Medicine, Director of UNC Kidney Center
Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH - Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program Director, Assistant Professor of Medicine
Maria Ferris, MD, MPH, PhD - Associate Professor of Medicine
Keia Sanderson, MD - Assistant Professor of Medicine

Ron Falk, MD  Vimal Derebail, MD, MPH  Patrick Nachman, MD  Keia Sanderson, MD

From left: Ron Falk, MD, Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, Maria Ferris, MD, MPH, PhD, Keia Sanderson, MD

Training in Clinical Research

The second and third years are usually devoted to research. Several fellows have opted to complete their MPH in Epidemiology at the Gillings School of Public Health under the T32 NIH Research Training Grant. Opportunities exist for either clinical or basic science research in molecular and cell biology, immunologic, genetic, and translational aspects of kidney disease.

Read more about research training opportunities and faculty here.

Mentors come either from within the Division and/or the Gillings School of Public Health and sometimes from other Divisions from within the School of Medicine.

Didactic Learning Opportunities

The Pediatric Nephrology Fellows participate in a number of didactic conferences.


  • Nephrology Grand Rounds
  • Pediatric Nephrology Fellows Conference
  • Nephropathology Conference
  • Nephrology Journal Club


The University of North Carolina Division of Nephrology welcomes applications to its Fellowship Program through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®).

A complete application includes:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE transcript

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Interviews typically take place starting in late July through the end of October. 
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