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Michael F. Michelis, M.D.
Director, Division of Nephrology
Maria V. DeVita, M.D.
Associate Director and Program Director
The Nephrology fellowship at Lenox Hill Hospital consists of an active inpatient renal and hypertension consultation service in addition to active outpatient clinics. Dialysis experience is provided in an excellent, large and modern dialysis facility. The program provides comprehensive experience in the broad area of nephrology, including fluid and electrolyte problems, acid-base disorders, metabolic bone disease, hypertension, renal biopsy, all forms of acute and chronic dialysis, and parenchymal renal disease.
Exposure to transplantation is achieved through an affiliated hospital rotation. Following the transplantation rotation, the fellows follow transplant recipients by means of regular visits to the outpatient transplantation clinic.
A well-organized schedule of daily rounds, special conferences, weekly journal club, and didactic lectures given by members of the staff and guest lecturers provides a broad learning experience in nephrology. Experience is also provided in ancillary areas such as renal radiology and renal pathology, and related areas of urologic diseases. Members of the Nephrology Division are involved in ongoing projects in renal salt and water handling, potassium abnormalities, immunology, metabolism, hypertension and dialysis problems.
Each fellow is assigned to a teaching nephrologist who serves as a mentor in regard to the development and successful completion of a research project for each fellow. The fellows are encouraged to develop their consultation skills by means of experience in the delivery of lectures, the evaluation of patients, and the development of teaching slides and educational files.
The program is a two-year experience with several rotations including inpatient consultation, peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, acute and chronic kidney disease, and transplantation. Clinical research is conducted throughout the duration of the fellowship. The emphasis of the Nephrology Division is clinical. Two fellows per year are accepted.
Encouragement and funding are provided for attendance at national and regional nephrology meetings. First-year fellows attend the national clinical meetings and are encouraged to present their research results, while second-year fellows are encouraged to attend a nephrology review course and the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology.