Message from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the LSU Health Shreveport Nephrology Fellowship program. On behalf of the entire Renal, Electrolyte and Hypertension Division, I look forward to having an opportunity to meet you and introduce our outstanding Nephrology Fellowship educational program, our faculty, and our fellows to you. LSU Health Shreveport Nephrology has been training outstanding nephrologists since 1988. We have an incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated teaching faculty. Fellowship is likely the most important part of your long medical journey and the decision to enroll in a program should be based on diverse clinical experiences across ambulatory and inpatient experiences. Whether you are interested in our two-year Clinical Track or One year (or more)-year Interventional Nephrology Track, I know you can find everything you could want in a Nephrology Fellowship here at LSU Health Shreveport.

All of our fellows complete training with a comprehensive experience across the full spectrum of nephrology practice: acute and chronic kidney disease, critical care nephrology, glomerulonephritis and vasculitis, hypertension, electrolyte disorders, renal complications of systemic cancer (and its treatment), renal and non-renal transplants, dialysis access, and so on. You will become competent in all dialysis modalities: continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), acute and chronic hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and home hemodialysis. We do all our native and transplant kidney biopsies at our Interventional Nephrology suite and fellows master histopathologic interpretation of kidney biopsies. All acute and chronic hemodialysis catheters are placed by nephrology staff/trainees and all fellows feel confident at end of training to be able to pursue these procedures if needed.  

We are one of the handful of academic programs offering Interventional Nephrology training as part of fellowship. All fellows in last 15 years enrolled in our two-year fellowship had an opportunity to attain IN procedural skills and get additional certification through American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology (ASDIN). Your education here will include simulation training (ultrasound, vein cannulation and giving bad news). One of the first things we did when I took over in 2013 as Program Director was to overhaul our curriculum with feedback and help from fellows. Outstanding didactic/journal clubs/morbidity & mortality conferences cover virtually all aspects of nephrology and dialysis as well as basic renal physiology, biostatistics, renal pathology and dialysis access, and renal imaging. Our fellows have shined in private practice, Interventional Nephrology practice and teaching at an academic medical center.

Again, all of us here at LSU Health Shreveport look forward to meeting you.
Best regards,
Bharat Sachdeva, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Nephrology Fellowship Program Director; Director Interventional Nephrology

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Interested in Joining Us for Fellowship?

Fellowship Application Process:

The Division of Nephrology at LSU Health Shreveport uses the Electronic Residency Application Service application process exclusively and participates in the match. No positions will be offered out of match for the clinical nephrology track.

We require three letters of recommendation, personal statement, and United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) transcript. It is advisable to have these materials submitted to the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) by August 15th at the latest. Completion and passing of all three USMLE steps is required before the start of training.
Interviews generally occur August through the end of October.
We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
We do sponsor J-1 visa for selected applicants but are not giving any H1b visa.

"We have but one goal here at LSU Nephrology — to help understand each individual fellow goal and help design a flexible training to help you achieve success." - The Nephrology Team


Program Director:
Nephrology -
Mary Buffington, MD
(318) 675-4497

Program Coordinator:
Nephrology/Interventional Nephrology - Samantha Navarre
(318) 675-7403

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