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Nephrology Fellowship Program

Program Director: Dr. John Mahan

Associate Program Director: Dr. David Hains

Program Coordinator: Pattie Wolf

Phone: (614) 722-4360

The Pediatric Nephrology Division with The Ohio State University College of Medicine appreciates your interest in our Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program. We believe that you will find we offer many excellent opportunities to help you develop and refine the skills necessary to become a well-trained pediatric nephrologist and accomplished investigator in the area of clinical and/or basic science.

The Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program’s goal is to assure that each fellow will finish our program with the knowledge and expertise to be a highly effective clinician and investigator who can improve the lives of children with kidney disease. We have funding of the program from Nationwide Children’s Hospital to support 1 fellow each year. Upon successful completion of the program, the fellow has met the training requirements for  Pediatric Nephrology certification by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Please contact Dr. John Mahan, Dr. David Hains or Pattie Wolf if you have any questions or would like additional information.

Overview of the Nephrology Fellowship

Our program encompasses three years of training, with the goal of preparing trainees for a productive career in Pediatric Nephrology. The first year is focused on clinical training, while the latter two years increase the time allotted to develop a focus in research while continuing valuable clinical training.

The key components of the Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program include:

  • A nationally-recognized and busy clinical program providing comprehensive training in all aspects of clinical nephrology, including glomerulonephritis, nephrotic syndrome,  hypertension, urinary tract infection, congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract, kidney stones, acute and chronic peritoneal dialysis (PD), acute and chronic hemodialysis (HD), continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), intensive care nephrology, renal transplantation and metabolic bone disorders.

  • Eight full-time Pediatric Nephrologists and two basic science PhD investigators with strong interests and experiences in both basic science and clinical research.

  • Outstanding basic science research opportunities within the Pediatric Nephrology Division, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and the Adult Nephrology Division at The Ohio State University COM and other clinical and basic science departments in The Ohio State University.

  • Outstanding clinical research opportunities through The Research Institute, the OSU General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) and the Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium.

Pediatric Research Training

  • Fellows will be provided opportunities for either clinical and/or basic science research and will learn how to prepare abstracts and manuscripts for publication and poster and oral presentations for regional and national meetings.
  • During the fellowship training program, submission of at least one first-authored basic science or clinical research manuscript will be required and at least one grant proposal will be encouraged. A research project and mentor will be identified during the first year of training. The project may be under the direction of a nephrologist or other faculty member in The Ohio State University, COM.
  • Each fellow will have a Scholarship Oversight Committee responsible for providing direction and oversight of the fellows’ research experiences.
  • Each fellow will be required to complete Institutional Review Board training and attend The Research Institute's Fellows Research Training Series.
  • Opportunities to participate in course work at OSU, or complete an MPH, MHA or MBA are available to interested candidates.


Each fellow is evaluated on a monthly basis by the faculty assigned to precept the monthly rotation and semi-annually by the identified research mentor. The fellowship director will meet with the fellow every six months to review the evaluations, procedure lists, continuity patient lists and also discuss the fellow’s academic progress, individualized learning plan, in-training examination score and future plans.

Additional Core Competency evaluations are directed to assessing competence in procedural skills, written communications, verbal communications, professionalism, practice based learning and quality improvement techniques, and understanding relevant health care systems. The fellow will be expected to complete an evaluation of the faculty for each rotation and participate in scheduled Division, Clinical, Research and Fellowship Program reviews.

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