Nephrology Fellowship

About the Nephrology Fellowship Program

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The Nephrology Fellowship Program is a 2 year fellowship allowing for individualized training in clinical nephrology, hypertension, transplantation and research. In addition to ranking the VCU Medical Center number one in Virginia, US News & World Report ranks the Division of Nephrology as 32nd in the nation for 2018-2019 report. 

These are the core values of the Nephrology Fellowship Program: 

  • Clinical excellence 
  • Intellectual curiosity 
  • Scientific Discovery 
  • Innovation 
  • Collegiality 
  • Diversity 
  • Equity 
  • Integrity 
  • Teamwork

The VCU Medical Center boasts state of the art clinical, research and educational facilities. Fellows also receive training at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia with dedicated faculty members  and an innovative educational curriculum.


Welcome from the Program Director

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Welcome from the Program Director

The fellowship offered by the Division of Nephrology provides an opportunity to pursue advanced training in clinical nephrology and to undertake training in research. The program is designed for trainees who wish to receive outstanding educational training in order to pursue a career in either academic medicine or private practice.  The Virginia Commonwealth University Nephrology Fellowship Program aims to produce physicians who possess habits of life-long learning in order to build upon their knowledge and skills developed here. Your training fellowship involves two years of training that integrate the six core competencies (patient care, medical knowledge, practice based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems based learning). Each fellow will participate in clinical training, teaching and scholarly activities. The training experience includes inpatient consultation services, management of end-stage renal disease, renal pathology, transplantation nephrology, and outpatient nephrology clinical activities. Our sites of practice include in-patient and continuity clinics at VCUHS, inpatient and continuity clinics at the McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond, as well as the home dialysis clinic at the Mechanicsville Dialysis Unit associated with Fresenius.


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Fellows will be trained in all aspects of care for the renal patient, including – but not limited to – acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, glomerular diseases, diabetic nephropathy, hypertension, fluid and electrolyte disorders, management of patients with end stage kidney disease, renal transplant, and nephrolithiasis . The general nephrology fellowship is a two-year program.



Fellows all participate in scholarly activities during their fellowship training. Fellows in their second year of training attend the American Society of Nephrology Annual conference and are expected to submit abstracts for consideration to this conference. In the past year, fellows have presented at the annual ASN meeting, National Kidney Foundation annual meeting and American Transplant Society annual meeting. Fellows have also authored book chapters and manuscripts that have appeared in journals such as Kidney International. Fellows also take part in quality improvement projects with most of these projects occurring at the VA Medical Center.

Vacation Time 
Each fellow has three weeks of vacation per year. The time is generally taken as either one of the following: 

  1. Three 7-day vacations 
  2. One 7-day vacation and one 14-day vacation. 

Additionally, each fellow is given five days off during the December holiday period. 

Night Coverage
Nephrology fellows do not take any in-house call. At night, the fellows provide at-home call for urgent clinical care questions and consults. The fellows cover night call at both VCU and the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA.  Fellows come in for emergent consults, staffed with the on-call attending physician. Additionally, the attending physician provides back-up, supervision, and escalation for the fellow on-call. A fatigue policy is in place whereas fellows should expect coverage by a colleague or attending if they are too fatigued to work following a callNighttime at-home call is distributed amongst all fellows throughout the two years of training.

Weekend Coverage
Fellows cover either VCU or the VA Hospital for approximately 10 weekends per year. When on call over a weekend, the fellows see all new consults at VCU or the VA hospitals during the day, which are staffed with the attending physicians on call. Additionally, the weekend on-call fellow rounds with the attending physician on existing consults.

Fellows average at least 1 day off in 7 when averaged over 4 weeks.  

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Jason M. Kidd, MD

Program Director

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Jason M. Kidd, MD

Program Director

Internal Medicine

Division of Nephrology


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Todd W.B. Gehr, MD [View Image]

Todd W.B. Gehr, MD

Division Chair

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Todd W.B. Gehr, MD

Division Chair

Internal Medicine

Division of Nephrology


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VCU Nephrology Faculty

VCU Transplant-Nephrology Faculty

VCU Pediatric Nephrology


  • Monika Arrgawal, MD
  • Sindhura Bobba, MBBS
  • George Feldman, MD
  • Susanne McLaughlin, MD
  • Nilang Patel, MD

Class of 2023

Mohammed Abdel-Rahim, DO [View Image]
Mohammed Abdel-Rahim, DO

Medical School:  Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus
Residency:  Campbell University/ Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville, NC

Nouman Akbar, MBBS [View Image]
Nouman Akbar, MBBS

Medical School:  King Edward Medical University, Pakistan 
Residency:  George Washington University/Providence Hospital, Washington, DC

ViralKumar Amrutiya, MBBS [View Image]
ViralKumar Amrutiya, MBBS

Medical School:  Hebei Medical University, China 
Residency:  Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Centre, North Bergen, NJ

Melody Siff, MD [View Image]
Melody Siff, MD
Medical School:  Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica
Residency:  St. John's Episcopal Hospital, Far Rockaway, NY

Class of 2022

Dr. Massih [View Image] Sarah Abdel Massih, MD

Medical School:  American University of Beirut, Faculty of Medicine
Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Johnson [View Image] Peace Johnson, MD

Medical School:  UNC Chapel Hill
Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Patrick [View Image] Clint Patrick, DO, MS

Medical School:  VCOM – Carolinas Campus
Residency:  Virginia Commonwealth University

Class of 2021

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Atiya Chachar, MBBS

Medical School: Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Residency: St Joseph Mercy-Oakland, Pontiac, MI

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Waqas Memon, MBBS

Medical School: Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences Jamshoro, Jamshoro, Pakistan
Residency: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana, Urbana, IL

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Brian Simba Simba, MBChB

Medical School: Moi University College of Health Sciences, Eldoret, Kenya
Residency: St. John's Episcopal Hospital-South Shore, Far Rockaway, NY


Eligibility Requirements

The applicant should be an MD or DO with three or more years of Internal Medicine residency training in an ACGME-accredited training program. A pass on USMLE Step 3 is a mandatory prerequisite for acceptance as a fellow.

Our institution can only sponsor J-1 visas.

How to Apply

The program participates in the National Residency Matching Program. Applications will only be accepted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and will follow ERAS deadlines. Interviews will take place between August and mid-November.

Required Documentation

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE score reports
  • Medical school transcripts
  • MPSE
  • A personal statement
  • 4 letters of recommendation, including one from your program director
  • A photograph

If applicable, please provide the following: 

  • ECFMG certificate
  • Medical school diploma (with translation if necessary)

Application Timeline

Interview dates for 2022 Interview Season will be starting in August 2021.

Sample Itinerary for Interview Day

Outline of typical interview day, program-provided accommodations, etc.
09.00 - Arrive – Breakfast and Coffee 
09:15 - Program Overview with Program Director 
10:15 - Tour of VCU Medical Center with Fellow 
11:00 - Interview with Core Faculty 
11:30 - Interview with Core Faculty 
12:00 - Nephrology Fellow Conference and Lunch 
1:15p - Interview with Core faculty 
1:45p - Interview with Core Faculty 
2:15p - Program Overview with program Director 
3:00p - Wrap Up, Final Questions, Depart

Attention:  In support of our applicants, we will be flexible in providing virtual and on-site fellowship interview opportunities.  We understand that applicants may have restrictions on travel during this time.  Our interview schedule may change as we approach the late summer and fall.  We appreciate your patience and understanding; we will absolutely work to accommodate all applicants as best possible during the COVID pandemic.


Program Director

Jason M. Kidd, MD
Box 980160
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0160

Fellowship Coordinator

Jeanette Wood
VCU School of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Box 980509
Richmond, VA 23298-0509 
Phone: (804) 828-9726

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