The Division of Renal Diseases & Hypertension provides state-of-the-art patient care, innovative teaching, and cutting-edge research. These efforts are fostered by a talented faculty, a vital and progressive academic community, superb multidisciplinary research opportunities, and a rich clinical environment with a tradition of excellence in patient care.
The Nephrology Training Program is the signature educational component of the Division, and is dedicated to excellent teaching in the context of superb clinical care. Fellowship training takes place in the renowned Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world. Rotations in Critical Care Nephrology, Transplant Nephrology, and General Nephrology take place at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Hospital, a 900 bed hospital that includes the busiest level 1 trauma center in the nation as well as a dedicated Heart and Vascular Institute. Nephrology Fellows receive intensive training in the field of Onco-Nephrology during rotations at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the nation’s #1 ranked cancer hospital. Further inpatient rotations take place at LBJ General Hospital, a county hospital that is part of Harris Health, the 4th largest public health care system in the US. Outpatient Nephrology clinics and electives in in-center and home dialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and interventional nephrology complete the clinical experience. 6 months of protected time for pursuit of scholarly activities are provided. The 2-year Clinical Fellowship superbly prepares our graduates to enter either academic medicine or private practice. Several of our graduates have gone on to an additional year of training in Critical Care, Transplantation, or Onco-Nephrology.
A distinguished faculty also conducts world-class research and mentors Fellows pursuing a career in academic medicine. Currently, the research efforts of the Division are focused on acute kidney injury and critical acre nephrology, Onco-Nephrology, glomerular and diabetic kidney disease, cardiorenal syndrome, toxin- induced kidney disease, and evidence-based nephrology. We also enjoy close collaboration with other institutions in the Texas Medical Center including the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the UTHealth School of Public Health, and the UTHealth Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases.
The Division has been recognized in national rankings for the delivery of superb clinical care. It is a reflection of our comprehensive range of clinical service, compassionate and knowledgeable physicians, and our outstanding facilities.
I invite you to explore the programs and opportunities of the Division of Renal Diseases & Hypertension.
Kevin W. Finkel, MD, FACP, FASN, FCCM
Professor and Executive Vice-Chair of Medicine
Director, Division of Renal Diseases & Hypertension
Chief, Section of Critical Care Nephrology