Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program

Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program


The Pediatric Nephrology Training Program is part of an overall Fellowship Program within the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Leonard Miller School of Medicine. The Division of Pediatric Nephrology is under the direction of Gaston Zilleruelo M.D., Professor of Pediatrics. The Fellowship Training Program is under the directorship of Carolyn Abitbol, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of Pediatric Dialysis. The program includes six full-time board certified pediatric nephrologists, two Voluntary Assistant Professors (Dr Carlos Cuervo and Dr. Leon Ferder), a nurse liaison/case manager, dialysis nursing staff, clinical social worker, dietician, psychologist, and administrative staff. The Division is the main referral center for children with Renal-GU disease in South Florida and it covers a total population of over 4.0 million inhabitants.

The Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Training Program is a 3-year program designed as a progressive curriculum with each year integrated with clinical and research activities. Each year the degree of clinical responsibility assigned to the Fellow increases while research integration and protected time also increases. Thus, the Fellow is expected to demonstrate improvement in knowledge and expertise each year in each area of the Fellowship Training Program. The following program curriculum should be interpreted as a flexible recommendation and/or guideline for the training in Pediatric Nephrology in our Division. The program is based on previous experiences in the teaching of fellows who have completed training in our Division; also, it follows the general guidelines developed by the American Board of Pediatrics for Training Programs in Nephrology.

General Goals

  1. To provide an educational program that will enable our pediatric nephrology fellows to become well-trained clinicians in all areas of pediatric nephrology.
  2. To provide a structured training program that will enable pediatric nephrology fellows to become effective consultants assisting their clinical colleagues in the care of their patients with renal diseases.
  3. To provide the pediatric nephrology fellows with opportunities to become effective teachers and mentors.
  4. To provide the pediatric nephrology fellows with opportunities to develop skills and experience in clinical and laboratory research.
  5. To provide the pediatric nephrology fellows with the understanding that clinical and academic medicine is always changing and demands a lifelong commitment to continuing medical education. This program is dedicated to providing examples and opportunities to meet this goal.
  6. To provide the pediatric nephrology fellows with sufficient preparation to enable them to successfully obtain certification by the American Board of Pediatrics and the Sub-specialty board in Pediatric Nephrology.

Quick Facts

  • ACGME Accredited:  Yes

  • Residents or Fellows per year:  1

  • Duration:   3 years

  • Postgraduate Training Required:   3 year Pediatric Residency
  • U.S. Citizenship Required?: No

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at: List top 10 institutions.

  • University of Tennessee, Memphis
  • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL
  • Children of Joy, Hackensack, NJ
  • Drexel University COM, Philadelphia, PENN
  • St Mary’s Hospital, WPB, FL
  • New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
  • University of Miami
  • University of Illinois COM
  • Wake Forest University COM, North Carolina