Research Overview

All fellows are expected to demonstrate written evidence of scholarly activity by the end of their 2 years of fellowship training. The divisional Renal Fellow Scholarship and Research Committee was created to provide fellows with a portfolio of research opportunities that meet the research/scholarly activity requirement of the program. The committee reviews all proposals submitted by the fellows, selects projects eligible for funding, guides fellows through a reasonable timeline for successful completion and develops faculty mentors to appropriately guide fellows through their projects.

Examples of activities include case reports, in-depth literature reviews, chart reviews, poster presentations, and quality improvement projects. Examples of recent fellow activities include:

Poster Presentations:

Tsukahara T, Thomas C. “Renal Ascites: Lymph Weep from Allograft Associated with Homozygous NPHP1 Deletion” American Society of Nephrology, Kidney Week, San Diego, CA, Oct 30-Nov4, 2012.

Tsukahara T, Antes L. “The Use of CRRT for Removal of Dabigatran in an Anuric Patient with Life-threatening Bleeding” American Society of Nephrology, Kidney Week, San Diego, CA, Oct 30-Nov4, 2012.

Kumar A, Sanghvi Y, Deshmukh, Kulshrestha S. Gemcitabine induced thrombotic microangiopathy: Role of Eculizumab. National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meeting, Dallas, Tx, March 25-29, 2015


Suneja M, Baiswar S, Vogelgesang S.: Hydralazine Associated Pauci-Immune Glomerulonephritis. J Clin Rheumatol 2014, 20 (2): 99-102.

Mathew J, Figanbaum T, Holanda DG, Fraer M, Thomas CP. Late Onset BK Viral Nephropathy in a Kidney Transplant Recipient. Transplant Proceedings 2014, 46: 2386-90.

Lodhi A, Kumar A, Saqlain M, Suneja M: Thrombotic Microangiopathy Associated with Proteasome Inhibitors. Clin Kidney J 2015; 8: 632-636.

Sanghvi Y, Somers D. Blastomyces Dermatitidis Peritonitis Complicating Peritoneal Dialysis. Accepted for publication in Seminars in Dialysis (Fellows’ Forum) to be published July/August 2016.

QI projects:

  1. Renal Biopsy Consent Form Update in EPIC. Abhishek Kumar 2015
  2. Transplant Snapshot Update in EPIC. Yogesh Kiranraj Sanghvi 2016


  1. Certification from the IHI Open School for Health Professionals in the areas of improvement capability, patient safety, leadership, person- and family- centered care, triple aim for populations and quality/cost and value. Melissa Swee 2016
  2. The American Society of HTN Certified Hypertension Clinician (ASH-CHC Certification). Melissa Swee 2016

Masters in Medical Education

Masters in Medical Education candidate with expected completion spring 2017. Melissa Swee