Renal Pathology Fellowship


Medical Renal Pathology is a highly specialized field requiring rigorous training and adequate exposure to a broad spectrum of diagnoses.  At Stanford we offer a dedicated Renal Pathology Fellowship that will provide in-depth training in medical renal pathology with the goal of becoming a specialist in the field.

The Stanford Renal Pathology Service is enriched with high volume of native and transplant biopsies, several received in consultation from extended geographic region within the Bay Area. 

The renal pathology fellow will have opportunities for learning in a multidisciplinary setting from leaders in the field of Nephrology (adult & pediatric), Transplant surgery, Histocompatibility and Immunodiagnosis. 

Graduated responsibility opportunities include a Junior Attending rotation, presenting at various weekly, monthly and biannual biopsy conferences, teaching responsibilities, and service as a point person and consultant on renal pathology-related issues. 

Elective time can be used to pursue additional subspecialty training in other areas or to work on research projects.

Departmental resources and support are available for clinicopathologic and translational research projects.  

The Department of Pathology accepts one renal pathology fellow per year.


During their year-long fellowship, Renal Pathology Fellows will spend their time on the following rotations:

  • Renal Biopsy service fellowship rotation (consults, in house cases, second reviews, weekly clinical biopsy review coverage, overall service point person)
  • “Junior Attending” rotation (fellow reviews cases with rotating residents at “sign-out” and works up cases as if going to finalize independently, with hand-off to renal pathology faculty for report finalization and discussion)
  • Electron Microscopy Lab
  • Stanford Histocompatibility, Immunogenetics, and Disease Profiling Laboratory
  • Research
  • Electives
  • Vacation and educational/conference leave (4 weeks total)


We are accepting applications for 2021-22 now through August 2020.


Send application, CV, letter of intent, 3 references and 3 letters of recommendation to:

Dr. Neeraja Kambham, MD
Stanford Medicine Department of Pathology
300 Pasteur Drive, Room L235
Stanford, California 94305-5324

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Gabby Barela
300 Pasteur Dr., R309
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: (650) 721-5755

Current Fellow

Vivek Charu, MD, PhD
John Hopkins University School of Medicine 
AP3/Renal Pathology Fellow

Renal Pathology Faculty

John Higgins, MD

Professor of Pathology
Co-Director, Post-Sophomore Fellowship in Pathology
Associate Residency Program Director for Anatomic Pathology

Dr. Higgins is a Professor of Pathology. He earned his MD from Stanford University and completed his training in anatomic pathology at Stanford where he also did fellowship training in immunodiagnosis. He has a particular interest in renal neoplasia.

More information about Dr. Higgins >>