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Nephrology Elective at LIJMC

Pravin C. Singhal, MD

Professor of Medicine;


Aditi Kapasi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Research


Hitesh Shah, MD

Staff Nephrologist


Joseph Mattana, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine


John D. Wagner, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

The Nephrology Division is responsible for diagnosis, follow-up and treatment of renal, electrolyte and hypertensive problems. Medical students who rotate through Nephrology are exposed to a wide variety of pathologic material. Students are assigned individual consults' but receive one-to-one supervision from both an attending physician and a Fellow. A strong emphasis is placed on teaching. There are daily teaching rounds which are supplemented with a weekly clinical conference, bi-monthly renal clinic, bi-monthly Journal Club and renal Grand Rounds.

The facilities and activities of the Nephrology Division is broad and varied. There are four full time nephrologists on the LIJ staff. In addition, we have a research facility on campus including a full time research scientist. Electron microscopy and immunofluorescence are routine on all biopsies. Acute and chronic hemodialysis are performed at LIJ and at a large satellite dialysis center. A large chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis program also provides care for patients with renal disease. Students are encouraged to become familiar with clinical and bench research programs, which are in progress and available.

Learning cannot be complete without direct patient responsibility. Students will be encouraged to examine and follow patients independently in the Renal and Hypertension Clinics. Attendings, Residents and Fellows will be present and review all material with students, but only after an initial student evaluation and/ or at the student's request.

This will be reviewed in detail by the Pulmonary Fellows and Attendings. He/she will also be provided with the opportunity to present specific cases and literature review at rounds. The student will also be able to attend the out-patient chest and sleep disorders clinic.

In summary, there is a wide opportunity to gain clinical and academic experience in this program.

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