Welcome to the University of California, Davis School of Medicine Nephrology Fellowship Training Program. We are delighted that you are considering our program. UC Davis nephrology provides outstanding clinical training by faculty dedicated to your education. Additionally, as a major academic and research center, there are numerous research and scholarly opportunities for fellows.

The University of California, Davis School of Medicine and its medical center is in a beautiful region of Northern California which also hosts a large, growing and very diverse population. The health system cares for almost 170,000 members of the community and serves as a tertiary referral center.

Faculty & Fellows Discuss The Program

Faculty as well as fellows past and present discuss UC Davis Health's General Nephrology Fellowship Program.

Why Choose UC Davis?

A great education. Extensive clinical exposure. Research opportunities. A supportive learning environment. Faculty who care.

Welcome To The General Nephrology Fellowship Program

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Mission and Goals

The Division of Nephrology and its fellowship training program are dedicated to excellence in patient care, medical education, basic and clinical research, and service to the community.

Nephrology Fellowship Training

The UC Davis Nephrology fellowship program is an ACGME-accredited 2 year clinical program that provides the full breadth of nephrology training. We accept 3 fellows each year. Our program highlights include an extensive home dialysis (peritoneal and home hemodialysis) program and an ASDIN-accredited Interventional Nephrology program. A third year for research is also available for fellows who have an ongoing research project.

Salary and Benefits

The annual salary for first and second year fellows, based on academic year 2020-2021, is $63,878 and $66,492, respectively. Active clinical fellows are eligible for coverage in the University of California medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance plans. You can also cover your spouse or domestic partner and dependent children up to age 26 in medical, dental and vision coverage. The University of California pays the entire cost of coverage for you and your enrolled dependents.

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About The Program

The University of California at Davis is one of 6 UC campuses with a School of Medicine and Medical Center. The UC Davis Medical Center campus, located in Sacramento, the Capital of California, provides health care for the region and serves as a tertiary referral center for much of Northern California and Nevada, with about 30,000 admissions and 1 million visits a year. The UC Health System supports a Level 1 Trauma center, a regional burn center and an NCI cancer center.

The Division of Nephrology is top-ranked in the nation, providing excellent clinical care along with outstanding research. Most importantly, we pride ourselves on teaching and training the next generation of nephrologists.


UC Davis Health is recognized as one of America’s best employers, renowned for its commitment to diversity and reducing health disparities.

UC Davis Medical Center

Most of the fellowship training is on the University of California Davis medical campus in Sacramento. This includes the inpatient consultation service and transplant nephrology rotations. A new, state-of-the-art 12 bay dialysis unit located in the heart of the hospital allows dialysis care for ward patients requiring renal replacement therapy. Fellows have a dedicated workspace that allows for appropriate physical distancing and extensive resources including their own centrifuge and microscope for urine analyses and a nephrology point of care ultrasound.

Additional rotations on the University medical campus include interventional nephrology, transplant nephrology and apheresis.

The fellows have continuity renal clinic in the adjacent ambulatory care clinic.

Veterans Affairs Medical Center

The VA Mather Field Medical Center is located 11 miles east of the University hospital. Fellows have 1-2 inpatient consultation rotations per year at that site. Renal clinic at the VA is also part of the ambulatory experience.

Community Dialysis Clinics

Our fellowship emphasizes home dialysis. Much of the exposure to peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis takes place in the home training programs run by various dialysis providers. UC Davis nephrologists are medical directors for several of these dialysis clinics. Fellows will additional participate in hemodialysis rounds and sit in on administrative meetings to understand the role of the medical director in running a dialysis clinic.

Two Nephrology Fellowship sites.

Nephrology Fellowship Rotations Examples

Each rotation in our fellowship program is 3 weeks in duration. While many residents may be accustomed to a 4-week or month long block, we have found that 3 weeks provides the best balance between continuity, workload and diversity over the year.

  • University Inpatient Consultation Service: 2 fellows are assigned at all times with 1 attending. Fellows are on call between 6 am and 5 pm. The total teaching service census ranges from 20-40 patients. In the summer and spring months, a faculty-only non-teaching service handles up to 10 patients. During the fall and winter months, there are 2 attendings on the teaching service. Residents and medical students are usually part of the team. Fellows have 1 half-day of UC renal clinic during this block. Fellows have 1 to 2 weekends of service during this rotation. Dialysis procedures (HD, SLED, CRRT, PUF and PD) performed at UC are automatically logged and summarized in a procedure log at the end of the training.
  • VA Inpatient Consultation Service: There is 1 fellow at the VA for about 6 months out of the year, working with the VA faculty nephrologists. The census averages 8-12 patients. The fellows do not cover weekends at the VA. During this block, fellows will participate in the VA renal clinics on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Fellows also have 1 half-day of UC renal clinic each week and take one weekend of UC consult call during this rotation.
  • Interventional Nephrology: Fellows work with our interventional nephrologists at the University hospital, placing catheters (both temporary and tunneled) as well as participating in angiogram and angioplasty procedures related to hemodialysis vascular accesses. Lines placed while on this rotation need to be logged on MedHub.
  • Transplant Nephrology: There is 1 fellow on transplant about 6 months out of the year. This individual will work alongside the transplant nephrology fellow and transplant faculty. Fellows will have 2 half-days of transplant clinic weekly, along with 3 half-days of UC renal clinic over the rotation. Fellows do not take weekend or night calls for transplant. Fellows may take 1 UC consult weekend call.
  • Night Call/Home Dialysis: A fellow is on weeknight University calls from home, except for holiday weekdays, between 5 pm and 6 am the following morning. Fellows have a half-day clinic or home dialysis clinic in the afternoons 3 days of the week. Home dialysis experience is attained by afternoon clinics at various dialysis clinics throughout town.
  • Research: In the second year, fellows have dedicated research time to work with our research faculty, on their own projects, or on other scholarly activities. Fellows have 1-2 half-day clinics during their research block and cover 1 UC consult weekend during the rotation.
  • Apheresis/Vacation: Fellows have 2 weeks of vacation each 6 months. The program director attempts to accommodate requests for time off for special events such as weddings or special family gatherings. Apheresis experience is courtesy of the Department of Pathology, which runs this service at UC Davis. Prior fellows have requested this experience as many have joined practices where nephrologists oversee apheresis. This is an excellent experience and fellows log this as a procedure in MedHub.

A sample schedule for the year is shown below, along with average number of duty weekends on the UC consult schedule. Fellows do not cover the VA inpatient service or the UC Transplant service on weekends.

Journal club and nephrology grand rounds are held every Tuesday morning from 7:30 to 9:30, starting in August. Fellows are expected to present at both conferences each year.

Fellows also attend a Friday afternoon conference. The topics cover the broad range of nephrology, rotating through the topic list every 2 years. Some afternoons are dedicated to Board review and others for fellows to present interesting or educational cases.

UC Davis nephrology has sponsored regional CME events over the last couple of years. We have had great engagement. Importantly, graduates of the fellowship program have returned for these events – it is always a joy to see our alumni!

The Division sponsors our second year fellows to attend the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week, including the pre-conference courses. This year, given the virtual nature of ASN Kidney Week, second year fellows may attend the NKF annual conference in the Spring of 2021 instead.

The education and training of future physicians and specialists are the key missions of the University of California system. Our fellows truly represent our legacy. At UC Davis, fellows are supportive of one another. Our faculty and staff are involved in their well-being. While holiday parties, graduation dinners and other get togethers will look different in the future, physical distancing but not social distancing remains important.

Current Fellows




Alonso R. Diaz, M.D.

John H. Howard III, M.D.         

Vishwa Sheth, M.D.

Xiao (Mark) Ling, M.D.

Tiana Jespersen Nizamic, M.D.

Joana (Maria) Thomas, M.D.

Huyen Nguyen, M.D.

Nasim Wiegley, M.D.

Priyanka Wani, M.D.

Our Past Fellows

Where they are now:

Harleen Aujla, M.D.
Anthony Iluyomade, M.D.
Kevin Marquez, M.D.
2014-2016 2015-2017
Suresh Appasamy, M.D.
UC Davis, Sacramento, CA
Justin Chen, M.D.
UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
Kalyani Chandra, M.D.
Fresno Medical Group, Fresno, CA

Victoria Chung, M.D.
St. Mary-UCLA, Long Beach, CA

Kristen Tamura, M.D.
Private Practice, San Jose, CA
Ernest Dytiapco, M.D.
University of Washington-Boise, Boise, ID
2013-2015 2012-2014
Paul Cespedes, M.D.
Dallas Renal Group, Dallas, TX
Tuan A. Nguyen, M.D.
Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento, CA
Billy T. Hour, M.D.
Kidney Consultants Medical Group, Mission Hills, CA
Ankur Sharma, M.D.
Northcoast Nephrology Consultants, Joliet, IL
Piangwarin (Pauline) Phaosawasdi, M.D.
Group Practice, Vacaville, CA

Jackson Wang, M.D.
Summit Nephrology Medical Group, Roseville, CA

2011-2013 2010-2012
Don N. Chang, M.D.
Summit Nephrology Medical Group, Roseville, CA
Kumar Pannagasayanam Dinesh, M.D.
Providence Health & Services, Portland, OR
Golaun Odabaei, M.D.
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mather, CA
Preeti R. Nargund, M.D.
Kaiser Permanente, San Jose, CA
Janet Y. Young, M.D.
UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

Maria Regina Valcarcel, M.D.
Lutheran Health Network, Fort Wayne, IN

2009-2011 2008-2010
Abhinai Gupta, M.D.
Lyons Chvala Nephrology Associates, Woodbury, NJ
William Chen, M.D.
Kaiser Permanente, Irvine, CA
Hiba Hamdan, M.D.
Fremount-Rideout Health Group, Marysville, CA
Sergio Infante, M.D.
Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA

Jessie M. Piceno, M.D.
Nevada Kidney Disease & Hypertension Center, Las Vegas, NV

Mona Singh, M.D.
Kearny Mesa Rehab, San Diego, CA



Lana Kopilevich, M.D.
Summit Nephrology, Roseville, CA

Janeline Daubert, M.D.
Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento, CA

Akhenaton Pappoe, M.D.
Pomona Valley Hospital, Pomona, CA

Annie Yu, M.D.
Kaiser Permanente, Roseville, CA

Michel Zakari, M.D.
Glendale Memorial Hospital, Glendale, CA

Franklin E. Yuan, M.D.
Kaiser Permanente, Roseville, CA

2005-2007 2004-2006
Stephen Lui, M.D.
Renal Medical Specialist Group, Lynwood, CA
James Madison, D.O.
Tahlequah City Hospital, Tahlequah, OK

Janina Nylk, M.D.
Kidney Care Associates, Reno, NV

Jose Morfin, M.D.
UC Davis Medial Center, Sacramento, CA

William Raffo, M.D.
Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto, CA
Michael T. Sim, M.D.
Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento, CA

Application Process

The University of California Davis Nephrology fellowship accepts 3 fellows each year, and all spots are filled through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and its Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Basic requirements include:

  • Good standing in an ACGME or AOA/AACOM Internal Medicine residency program at the time of application and anticipated completion of residency training by fellowship appointment date
  • MyERAS common application and CV
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation, including 1 from the residency program director
  • Successful passage of USMLE steps 1 and 2 (or COMLEX equivalents)
  • Ability to obtain a California Medical License

UC Davis GME unfortunately does not accept H1-B visa or visa transfers.

The wellness of our fellows is important. At UC Davis, we are constantly adjusting the fellow’s schedules and service commitments to maintain trainee wellness. One Wednesday morning on every Interventional Nephrology and research rotation is free from duty and to be used as a wellness period for fellows to take as personal time, any way they see fit.

The fellowship coordinator has organized fellow dinners, outings and other holiday activities. In the present era of COVID-19, these have looked different but remain an integral part of our program. UC Davis Graduate Medical Education has additional information on trainee wellness.

UC Davis is a major research university. Research in the UC Davis Division of Nephrology include works on molecular mechanisms and clinical outcomes in diabetic nephropathy, mechanisms of renal fibrosis and injury, mitochondrial dysfunction in chronic kidney disease and inflammation,  clinical outcomes in ESKD patients, and molecular mechanisms of renal cell cancer.

Fellows also present their projects and case reports at the annual ASN conference. Our fellows also participate in book chapters and invited review articles.

Sample fellow scholarly activities from the last years:

Our Team

Dr. Burl Don

Dr. Burl R. Don

Division Chief

A Message From Chief Don:

Dr. Andrew Chin

Dr. Andrew Chin

Fellowship Program Director

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Contact Us

Academic Office:                               

4150 V Street, Suite 3500

Sacramento, CA  95817

Phone number: (916)734-3014

Fax number: (916)734-7920

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Fellowship Program Director:            

Andrew I. Chin, M.D.



Fellowship Program Coordinator:      

Samia Yunus