Message from Nephrology Program Leadership

Thank you for your interest in the Nephrology Fellowship at Louisiana State University Health Shreveport.   Our fellowship was established in 1988 and our mission is to train outstanding clinical nephrologists who will become leaders in the field of Nephrology and in their communities.  Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport is a tertiary referral center with a Level 1 Trauma Center and Regional Burn Center.  We have a diverse patient population providing exposure to a wide spectrum of disease and pathology.   Critically ill patients are evaluated in medical ICU’s and dedicated surgical, neuro, and burn ICU’s.  Over the course of their two year training, our fellows develop the skill and knowledge base needed to flourish in their practice.

Fellowship training consists of clinical rotations on inpatient consult services, ambulatory care, outpatient dialysis, transplant and a range of electives.  We have a robust clinic population giving fellows exposure to a breadth of renal disorders.  With hundreds of dialysis patients under care, our fellows have excellent training in managing chronic dialysis.   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, renal and non-renal transplants, dialysis access, and more. 

Our curriculum consists of didactic lectures by faculty and fellows, M & M conferences, journal club, NephSap dinners, and renal pathology conferences.  Each year, our fellows attend a major Nephrology conference to meet specialists in Nephrology from all over the world and to enhance their appreciation of the amazing innovations and scholarship occurring in Nephrology.   

We are one of the handful of academic programs offering Interventional Nephrology training as part of the fellowship.  Fellows assist and perform independently all procedures needed to create and maintain dialysis access in patients with advanced CKD and ESRD.  All fellows in the last 15 years who enrolled in our two-year fellowship had an opportunity to attain IN procedural skills and get additional certification through the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology

Due to increasing burnout among physicians nationwide, we recognize caring and compassion as core values of healthcare providers, and therefore physician wellness is a key aim of our program. Current efforts include yearly fellow retreats, once monthly wellness events/activities, business dinners, and birthday celebrations.

All of us with the LSU Health Shreveport Nephrology Division appreciate your interest and welcome any inquiries for further information.

Mary Buffington, MD, JD

Mary Buffington, MD, JD

Associate Professor Clinical of Internal Medicine, Fellowship Program Director of Nephrology
Phani Morisetti, MD

Phani Morisetti, MD

Assistant Professor Clinical of Internal Medicine, Associate Program Director of Nephrology


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



Program Director:
Nephrology -
Mary Buffington, MD
(318) 675-7402

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


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.



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