Letter to Applicants

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in our Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship program. Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) is a nationally recognized academic medical center with superb clinical and research resources coupled with an intellectual environment that is supportive and conducive to the development of an academic career. DUMC includes Duke University Hospital, a tertiary and quaternary-care hospital, which is consistently rated as one of the top hospitals in the United States. DUMC provides a vibrant, interactive, scientific community where ideas are actively discussed and exchanged among scientists with basic science and clinical research expertise, providing the opportunity for true multi-disciplinary clinical care and research. 

The Department of Pediatrics at DUMC includes outstanding faculty, staff, and environment whose combined efforts have resulted in exceptional research productivity, remarkable improvements in clinical care, and an outstanding training environment. While the approximately 210 faculty in the Department of Pediatrics within 25 divisions are strong and balanced across all missions, the training and research productivity are further enhanced by the integration of department members throughout the intellectual resources of the wider University. Notably, the department is currently training 75 residents, and 81 subspecialty fellows. 

The Duke Children’s Hospital is ranked among the top 50 children’s hospitals nationally in 10 pediatric specialties by U.S. News and World Report including nephrology. It currently accommodates approximately 7,000 annual admissions and has 202 inpatient beds, including a 74-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a 20-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, a 20-bed Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, and 88 intermediate pediatric inpatient beds.  The Duke  Children's Health Center is located adjacent to the hospital and serves as the site for ambulatory pediatric subspecialty care, with approximately 70,000 annual visits.

Pediatric patients are referred to Duke Children’s Hospital from a large geographical area that includes most of the Eastern United States. In addition, the institution provides emergency and primary care facilities for children in our geographic area. The experience of our service ranges from complicated presentations of common renal diseases to the unique problems seen at a tertiary medical center. We care for a significant number of children with genetic renal diseases, nephrotic syndrome, and complex renal transplants and have become a referral center for these children because of our research into these diseases.

At Duke, we provide a comprehensive clinical and research program that will prepare you to be a leader in pediatric nephrology. Our faculty also serve in leadership roles in the Duke CTSA, Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP), and Transplant Research programs. We work collaboratively with the adult nephrology and transplant surgery divisions, as well as many other pediatric and internal medicine specialties. There are plenty of opportunities to work with a diverse research faculty and perform ground breaking research at Duke University.

The Pediatric Nephrology faculty collectively have a wealth of experience and consist of six active and two emeritus members with a broad range of clinical, research and administrative interests. All active faculty members participate in the clinical care of patients and the teaching of students, residents, and fellows. Special areas of interest and expertise of each faculty member are listed below:

  • Shashi Nagaraj, MBBS, MDChief of the Division
    Chronic renal failure, dialysis, transplantation, hypertension, glomerulonephritis, nephrotic syndrome, congenital genitourinary anomalies, lupus nephritis in children
  • Eileen Chambers, MD
    Transplant nephrology & immunology, biomarkers, immune monitoring, transition of care and personalized immunomodulation.
  • Annabelle Chua, MD
    Chronic renal failure, transplantation, quality improvement in acute kidney disease and dialysis
  • Rasheed Gbadegesin, MD
    Nephrotic syndrome and novel therapy for nephrotic syndrome, glomerular diseases, congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) and other genetic kidney diseases.
  • Reeti Kumar, MD
    Hypertension, electrolyte and fluid disorders, renal tubular disorders, transition programs for chronic kidney disease and nephrotic syndrome
  • Candice Sheldon, MD
    Novel therapies and improving racial disparities in kidney diseases such as tuberous sclerosis, glomerulonephritis and cystinosis
  • John W. Foreman, MD, Emeritus
    Glomerulonephritis, proteinuria, hematuria, urinary tract infection, electrolyte disorder, hypertension, renal transplantation, dialysis, Fanconi syndrome
  • Delbert Wigfall, MD, Emeritus
    ​Increasing the number of under-represented populations in the medical professions, renal disease associated with autoimmune disorders

Duke is located in Durham, a medium-sized city in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Durham is situated within a two to four-hour drive of beaches, mountains, various historical sites, Charlotte, and Washington, DC. Durham is part of the Triangle, an area that includes Raleigh and Chapel Hill, and the greater area has a population of approximately 1.5 million people. Together these three locales encompass four large universities and Research Triangle Park, where a large concentration of research-based industries like Glaxo-Smith-Kline, IBM, and Becton Dickinson, and many other biotechnology companies are located. The Triangle area boasts many fine restaurants, an active arts and entertainment scene, as well as professional and collegiate athletics. The area is a comfortable place to live with relatively affordable cost of living and a temperate climate. 

In summary, our fellowship program offers an active clinical program, a preeminent research experience, and a desirable place to live. We have a vibrant faculty with a wide range of clinical and research interests, set in the background of a major university and medical center where there are countless experts in numerous nephrology disease-related fields. Our goal is to tailor a fellowship program to meet your individual goals and launch your career as a pediatric nephrologist.  Please contact us if you have any further questions. We look forward to receiving your application. 

Sincerely,

Shashi Nagaraj, MD, MBBS
Professor of Pediatrics                                                   
Chief, Division of Pediatric Nephrology

Reeti Kumar, MD                                     
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics                                                   
Fellowship Program Director
Medical Director Creekstone

Eileen Tsai Chambers, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Program Director
Medical Director, Duke Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program

Shashi Nagaraj
Shashi Nagaraj, MD, MBBS
Reeti Kumar
Reeti Kumar, MD 
Eileen Chambers
Eileen Tsai Chambers, MD