Incoming Fellows July 2024

Kayla Erspamer, MD

Anisha Kesarwani, MD

Samantha Krieger, MD

First Year Fellows

Monika Sullivan,MD

Alexander Wolf, MD

Melissa Zhou, MD

Second Year Fellows

Gauri Kulkarni, MD

Aesha Maniar, MD

Vivian Shi, MD

Third Year Fellows

Xavier Gaeta,MD

Joseph Myrie, MD

Jessica Williams,MD

Fellowship Videos

Apply in ERAS.

Our program will be reviewing fellowship applications for the July 2023 start date.

Interviews will be extended for dates in September through November and applicants should submit completed applications through ERAS. We are seeking to fill 3 NRMP match slots. Since 2020 we have had 9 fellows in the program, 3 in each year and they are a close-knit group of fun and caring colleagues.

In addition to divisional education and clinical training, the Department of Pediatrics uniquely provides educational, wellness, and social networking opportunities through programs like Fellows' College, Research & Scholarship Club, Grant Writing Club, Scholarship Bootcamp, Well-being Program, an active Fellows' Council, and Department-wide opportunities to network with fellows across  sub-specialties to create a shared sense of community. Learn more here.

We'd love for you to apply!



Fellows Retreat 2022





2022 Fellows Appreciation Week 


Our Fellows Are Out of this World!


Pediatric Nephrology Program Fellowship director Paul C. Grimm, MD was awarded the Mid-Senior Career Clinical Excellence Award on June 26, 2020 at the Department of Pediatrics Faculty & Staff Awards.


Program Description

The Stanford Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship is one of the oldest in the US. We currently train 3 fellows/ year for a total of 9 in the program at a time. Our goal is to train people to not just be competent clinical nephrologists and outstanding researchers, but to be people who will be leaders in the field. We want to change the world.



Your experience as a fellow is an intense first clinical year followed by 2 years where you can; 1) immerse yourself in some aspect of Pediatric Nephrology Research and 2) refine and mature your ability to lead a multidisciplinary team in the care of our patients.

The clinical experience includes exposure to and immersion in all aspects of inpatient and outpatient nephrology. We usually have 3-5patients on CVVHD/Aquadex at any time. The inpatient service typically has 15-20 patients comprising our primary patients and consults.  The team does on average 2 renal biopsies a week. We manage on average 25 dialysis patients, mixed equally between peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis. We have a state of the art outpatient Dialysis Unit, with 6 stations that is physically located inside the hospital building. We provide the plasmapheresis service for the hospital. We also do 30 kidney transplants a year; with many of these patients coming from other referring programs so that they may benefit from our expertise in managing infants with ESRD.

All of our inpatients are covered by senior and junior residents (The ‘Red Team’) so as the inpatient fellow you function in a collaborative and supervisory capacity with the ward team. There are 2 fellows on the inpatient service at any time. One who covers the primary renal service (glomerulonephritis or patients initiating peritoneal dialysis for example) and fielding outpatient calls; acting as the first line point of contact for referring physicians. The other inpatient fellow covers ICU/CVICU/NICU and ward consults, with the fellows balancing the workload by sharing some patients to ensure no one is overloaded.

On clinical months where you are not on the inpatient service, you will be attending various clinics such as general nephrology, new urgent/referral nephrology. All 1st year fellows who are not on the inpatient service come to the monthly dialysis clinic and the monthly CKD clinic where you have a continuity panel of patients. 2nd and 3rd year fellows attend these clinics every 3 months. All fellows have a continuity clinic of general nephrology patients seen approximately 2 half days per month. 1st year fellows also go to the kidney transplant follow-up clinic and pre-transplant evaluation clinic when not on the inpatient service.

You also serve as a consultant to the nurses serving our chronic patients (transplant, dialysis, and general nephrology). You will benefit and learn from their expertise in dealing with the problems of this population. Over your 3 years you will develop a caseload of your own patients in your continuity clinic. Many of these will progress to dialysis and to kidney transplant during your training here.



  • Two afternoons a week we have 2-3 hours of meetings.
  • One General Nephrology hour to discuss unusual cases and sort out and review the evidence and approach to the new consult requests.
  • One Education hour, where we discuss a topic from the literature, have a formal presentation, do a journal club or have a core lecture.
  • One Post-transplant hour, where we discuss ongoing transplant patients, and complications.
  • One Pre-transplant hour, where we discuss new transplant referrals and evaluations.
  • One Dialysis hour where we discuss the dialysis program, Quality Initiatives, patient problems, etc.
  • Once a week there is a combined adult and pediatric nephrology core lecture. These lectures cover the basics of nephrology and comprise a 1 year curriculum. The lectures repeat yearly so if you miss it the first time because you are on service or vacation you can get the lecture the following year.
  • Every week at Fellows' clinic we have a case presentation over lunch.
  • Every Friday we have a 1 hour Renal Pathology review at noon and weekly Sign-Out Rounds at 4:00 PM.
  • We have other meetings which include M&M or team meetings as needed on other days. The goal is to ensure that your education is comprehensive and well rounded. You are strongly encouraged to take the yearly ‘in training’ Pediatric Nephrology Exam as a benchmark of your progress.


During your first year we give you time to get to know the nephrology research community and determine your research focus for year 2 and 3. Even if you plan to be solely a clinical nephrologist, the time in the lab is invaluable to teach you to be an ‘authority’ on a nephrology topic and to learn an evidence based analytical approach that will serve you throughout your life as an academic physician. You are encouraged to pursue your interests in any basic or clinical science lab at Stanford. You are not required to limit yourself to Pediatric Nephrology or even Adult Nephrology labs for that matter. Recent fellows have worked in Bioengineering and with Cardiovascular Labs. Funding comes from multiple sources. We are participating with the Adult Nephrology Program in a T32 NIH Training Grant.


One of the special things about this program is that we have a large number of very strong fellows who come from all over the country. Fellows learn from each other and the enthusiasm is contagious. Fellows also develop very close relationships that will last a lifetime.

Family & Life

Stanford University and the Bay Area has tremendous opportunities for culture, sports and recreation. We are a 35 mile drive or train ride from downtown San Francisco, one of the world’s great cities. To the West, there are beaches, miles of mountain trails to hike and waves to surf. To the East there is the city of San Jose, Yosemite National Park, and Lake Tahoe for skiing or swimming, not to mention a vibrant food culture and local wineries.

It is no secret the Bay Area has a high cost of living (primarily from rent), but it holds more then enough opportunity and mild climate to make up for the cost. When you add up all of our offered stipends, bonuses, and other benefits - we believe Lucile Packard Children's Stanford offers one of the most competitive compensation packages in the country.

Stipends and Benefits

We offer competitive salary with annual cost of living adjustments and bonuses. You are entitled to 4 weeks vacation a year, completely free health care option through Stanford and more (stipends are subject to taxation).

  • Stanford reimburses $3000.00 in moving expense/housing allowance for those moving 50 or more miles
  • You get $2000.00/year to pay for educational expenses (books, computers etc)
  • You get $1000.00/year to pay for cell phone use
  • Initial and renewal fee reimbursement for CA medical license and DEA
  • $500 per month housing stipend
  • Free Caltrain commuter pass and shuttles to campus
  • Free healthcare
  • Annual 1% bonus for QI project involvement
  • Visit the GME website for complete information!


  • American Citizens or Green Card Holders. We can sponsor a J1 Visa
  • Unfortunately we are not able to sponsor fellows on an H1B visa

Recent Outcomes

  • Lieuko Nguyen, 2012; One year fellowship; Pediatric Renal Transplant Clinical Fellow at Hospital of Sick Children Multi-Organ Transplant Center, Toronto, Ontario Canada
  • Brad McClellan, 2012. Assistant Professor Pediatric Nephrology, University of South Alabama
  • Gia Oh, 2013. Clinical Instructor, Stanford Universtiy
  • Ha Tran, 2014. Clinical Instructor, Stanford University
  • Orly Haskin, 2014. Attending Physician, Pediatrics, Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel
  • Andrew South, 2015. Wake Forest University, MC
  • Weiwin Shih, 2015. Randal Children's Hospital
  • Priya Chandra, 2016. Advocate Children's Hosp. in Oak Lawn, IL Pediatric Nephrologist
  • Jessica Rodriguez, 2017. Tampa General Hospital, FL
  • Erin Kim, 2017. UT Southwestern Meical Center, TX
  • Candice Sheldon, 2018. University of New Mexico
  • Cecile Fajardo, 2018. Children's Hospital Los Angeles-USC
  • Vaka Sigujonsdottir, 2019. University Hospital of Iceland
  • Ken Sutha, 2019. Clinical Instructor, Stanford University
  • Sony Ton, 2020. Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UC Irvine at Children's Hospital of Orange County
  • Lakshmi Ganesan, 2020. Assistant Professor of Medicine at Loma Linda University Hospital
  • Sara Kibrom, Stanford University, Dept of Pediatrics, Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Educator
  • Jill Krissberg, Division of Nephrology, Northwestern University, Assistant Professor Pediatric Nephrology
  • Amanda Uber, University of Nebraska College of Medicine Department, Assistant Professor Pediatric Nephrology
  • Ruby Patel, Pediatric Nephrology Faculty Stanford University Medical Center
  • Kim Piburn,The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 
  • Lokesh Shah, Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Associate Medical Director – Global Clinical Development
  • Haehun Ahn, Swedish Medical Center, Pediatric Nephrology Faculty
  • Ryan Town, Rocky Mountain Children's Center, Pediatric Nephrology Faculty
  • Xixi Zhao, Veterans Affairs, Staff Nephrologist, UCSF, Clinical Assistant Professor


Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship at Stanford provides a unique experience to become a well rounded pediatric nephrologist and to develop your strengths and interests with ample support by the faculty and staff during the training. Our program allows one to quickly develop a rapport and relationship with all the attending staff which will allow the fellow to develop their clinical skills to their fullest potential. Research opportunities in this large institution abound.



Fellowship Director

Paul Grimm, MD
Professor of Pediatrics – Nephrology

Fellowship Associate Director

Elizabeth Talley, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics – Nephrology

Fellowship Coordinator

Kim Sands
Administrative Associate - Nephrology


Please contact us with any questions you have about applying, interviewing, and our traininng program!

Diversity Statement

Our division and fellowship program are committed to recruiting and supporting those who identify as underrepresented in medicine based on factors such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and more. We are committed to creating a culture of openness, acceptance, and celebration of our collective differences and experiences.