This annual symposium is open to nephrology and pulmonary/critical care fellows, clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, and anyone interested in obtaining a practical understanding of CRRT.

Save the Date: UAB CRRT Academy September 28 and 29, 2017; Location: Doubletree Hotel, 808 20th Street S, Birmingham, AL, 35205; Contact information: Daisy Sparks at for travel grant and registration information. Please copy Dr. Ashita Tolwani at  on email. Seating is limited to 50. In addition to CRRT didactics, we have added more hands-on workshops and interactive cases.  A new pre and post-test will be given. Ten $700 travel grants are available for fellows in training on a first-come first serve basis and requires a letter from the program director. One letter per institution. Instruction Form for travel grant and registration are attached. Grants are limited in number and only available to non-UAB attendants.

Conference Agenda

Travel Award Application


Previous year's programs
2013 CRRT Academy program
2014 CRRT Academy Program
2015 CRRT Academy Program
2016 CRRT Academy Program

The University of Alabama has hosted the Home Dialysis Academy (previously the Peritoneal Dialysis Academy) for the last ten years.  The course is a 3-day course held at the University campus.  The purpose of HDA is to provide a platform for trainee physicians in nephrology to learn and master the basic concepts of peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis by didactic lectures, hands on workshops, and interactive problem sessions.  Ultimately, this academy aims to improve the utilization of home modalities and improve the comfort level of nephrologists with home modalities of dialysis.

The program has been endorsed by the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) and is offered to all Nephrology Fellows/Programs in the United States.

This year's HDA will be held January 18-20, 2017.


Sponsored by educational grants and gifts from Baxter Healthcare Corps and DaVita Inc.


UAB established the Comprehensive Transplant Institute (CTI) in 2011 to build on almost 5 decades of excellence in kidney transplantation by further strengthening programs in heart, lung, liver, and pancreas transplantation. UAB has  performed almost 9000 kidney transplants since 1968 (ranking second in the nation) and has helped develop or evaluate almost all transplant drug regimens currently in use.  

Transplant nephrologist Robert Gaston, MD, and transplant surgeon Devin Eckhoff, MD, are the institute’s codirectors. Gaston, immediate past president of the American Society of Transplantation (AST), says its goals are to increase options for patients, expand the future of transplantation through translational research and clinical trials, and ensure that staffing, fellowship programs, and faculty commitment to translational research continue strong.

“The synergies available with this institute have energized our transplant community,” says Gaston. “Collaboration with the UAB immunologists has produced three pilot grant awards; we launched a new transplant data system to serve as a strong tool for patient care and a vast repository for research and opened a large new Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Clinic to increase efficiency and reduce waiting times.”

He also noted the implementation of the Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation-10 Study, which examines the use of belatacept as a means to avoid calcineurin inhibitors and steroids, with mechanistic studies to occur in the laboratories of transplant nephrologist Roslyn Mannon, MD, current AST president.  In addition, the CTI hosted its first symposium, “The Role of Innate Immunity in Solid Organ Transplantation,” with expert speakers from UAB, Oxford University, Harvard University, and Cleveland Clinic. The 2013 symposium is set for March at UAB and will be jointly hosted by Emory University.

The institute, says Gaston, provides a means to expand patient options, including incompatible transplantation and kidney-paired donation and new access to transplants for patients with HIV or hepatitis C infection.  “We are ensuring the successful future of the program by recruiting research-based and clinical faculty to develop and continue initiatives in maintaining long-term allograft function, preventing damage to transplanted organs in the recovery and preservation phases, and developing approaches to prevent rejection with the side effects we currently see.”

Faculty recruitment includes abdominal and thoracic transplant surgeons, transplant nephrologists and hepatologists, a heart-failure specialist, and a new medical director for lung transplantation, among others.  

For a virtual tour of the kidney transplant clinic, visit:



Please follow this link to the Comprehensive Transplant Institute 2016 Annual Report
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Please join me in congratulating our faculty teachers who participated in the Renal Module for first year medical students.  The Renal Module was recognized with an Argus award on Friday, October 7, 2017 as the Best MS1 Organ Module.  A special thank you to the co-directors of this module – Drs. Mark Bevensee, Vineeta Kumar and Eric Judd and all the faculty.  The Argus award was presented to Drs. Bevensee, Kumar and Judd but MS2 student Allison Montgomery.
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Congratulations to the Nephrology Faculty and Trainees who attended the AHA Hypertension and Kidney Council Meeting.  Dr. Jennifer Pollock was awarded the Harriet Dustan Award.  Dr. Joshua Speed won the junior faculty poster presentation award.  Dr. Bryan Becker was awarded the post-doctoral fellow poster presentation award.  Dr. Eman Gohar won a new investigator travel award and Drs. Carmen De Miguel and Eman Gohar were awarded oral presentations for their submitted abstracts.  Congratulations to the UAB contigent on these acheivements.

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Congratulations to Dr. Ashita Tolwani on receiving the President's Award for Excellence in teaching at the UAB faculty convocation on September 12.  
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Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Pollock on being awarded the Dean's Excellence Award
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Congratulations to Dr. Ashita Tolwani on being appointed the inagural holder of the DCI Edwin A. Rutsky MD Distinguished Endowed Professorship in Nephrology.  Congratulations to both Drs. Tolwani and Rutsky for this honor.

Congratulations to Justin Van Beusecum, Randee Sedaka and Brandon Fox for all being awarded first place in their sessions at the Annual UAB Graduate Student Research Day

Congratulations to Brandon Fox, MSTP student in Nephrology for being the semi-finalist in the Samuel B. Barker Award for Excellence in Research and to postdoctoral scholars Dr. Eman Gohar (semi-finalist) and Dr. Carmen De Miguel (Honorable Mention) for their nominations for the Joseph Reeves Award for Excellence in Research at the 32nd Annual DOM Trainee Research Sympoisum.  Congratulations to these outstanding trainees in our division.

Congratulations to Dr. Eman Gohar, Postdoctoral Fellow in Nephrology for being awarded both a Career Enhancement Award from the Office of Postdoctoral Education but also a travel award.  Congrats Eman.

Dr Vineeta Kumar, recently attended the annual Schwartz Center dinner. The Schwartz Center's mission is to promote compassionate care so that patients and their caregivers.  Dr. Kumar is one of the Schwartz Center Rounds Physician Leaders, the rounds helps support the healthcare provider by giving them a structured platform to discuss and communicate issues in relation to their patients.  Attached is video of the 20 years of the Schwartz Center History

Dr. David Askenazi of the Pediatric and Infant Center for Acute Nephrology (PICAN) at Children’s of Alabama speaks with ASN Executive Director Tod Ibrahim about the center and its mission on the ASN Podcast 

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Recent Publications for the Division for October, November and December 2014.

Core Concepts in Kidney Research Course Starts May 4, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Pollock on being named the 2015 Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Awardee.  Please read the story from the American Physiological Society here

Recent Publications for the Division for July, August and September 2014.

Congratulations to Drs. Subhashini Bolisetty and Ravindra Boddu as well as Travis Hull for their excellent presentations at the 8th International Conference on Heme Oxygenase, BioIron and Oxidative Stress meeting on October 8th through 11th.  Dr. Bolisetty won the Award for Best Abstract for and Early Career Post-Doctoral Scientist for her talk "Macrophage and epithelial cell H-ferritin expression regulates renal inflammation".  Dr. Boddu won the Award for Best Oral Presentation for and Early Career Postdoctoral Scientist for his talk "LRRK2 deficiency leads to impaired hemoglobin recycling with altered kidney and macrophage homeostasis".  Travis Hull won the Award for Best Abstract for a Student with his talk titled" Heme Oxygenase-1 Expression Regulates Trafficking of Myeloid Cells in Acute Kidney Injury". Congratulations to these departmental scholars.

UAB will be hosting a Mini-Symposium on Fabry Disease and Polycystic Kidney Disease: Prospects for Improved Care. This symposium will be held at the Finley Compass Bank Conference Center (behind Kaul Genetics Building) on Wednesday November 18th starting at 10am.  Please see the list of speakers and topics covered here.

Nightline will be airing the story of the world's largest Kidney Chain here at UAB.  This will be at 11:35 CT on ABC tonight (Thursday July 3).  Find links to the information about the Kidney Chain here.
Read the story by ABC here.
Follow the UAB Twitter feed for information about the Kidney Chain or check out the Kidney Chain facebook page

Join us in Congratulating the following members of the Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine (CRPM) group, who received awards/recognitions at the 2014 Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego, CA on April 26th-30th.  

The Comprehensive Transplant Institute at UAB is inviting proposals to address issues in solid organ transplantation via analysis of outcomes data.  See full announcement here.

The Division of Nephrology announces a Career Enhancement Award for Nephrology Fellows interested in academic Nephrology.

Congratulations to Dr. Timmy Lee for receiving the American Society of Nephrology's Carl Gottschalk Award 

The Division of Nephrology would like to announce that a Fellowship Positions to study Fabry Disease will be supported by funding from Genzyme. 

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Curtis for being among the graduate faculty honored for their commitment to mentoring.

Core Concepts in Kidney Research Course Starts May 5, 2014

The Second Annual Joint Symposium in Transplantation was held at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta GA on Friday March 21, 2014.

Congratulations to Dr. David Pollock on being elected as the 87th President of the American Physiological Society (APS) 

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Allon on being award the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology Gerald Beathard Award.  This award is presented in recognition of teaching excellence, scholarly activity and clinical excellence.

Congratulations to Division of Nephrology Postdoctoral Scholars on their outstanding presentations at the 2014 Postdoctoral Research Day.  Dr. Subhashini Bolisetty was awarded first place and Dr. Ravindra Boddu was awarded third place in their session.  Dr. Colin Reily, a trainee on the Division of Nephrology Training Grant was awarded first place in his session.  Congratulations to all the Postdoctoral scholars who presented. See announcement of winners here.

An unexpected snow that shut down most aspects of Birmingham was unable to stop the Southeast's largest kidney transplant chain here at UAB read story here

UAB launches paired exchange and incompatible kidney transplant program. See how the program works here.

Congratulations to Drs. Bergman, Curtis, Gaston, Julian, Kew, Mannon, Rutsky, Thornley-Brown, Tolwani and Warnock for being recently named to the Best Doctors in America List.

The 3rd Annual Dale J. Benos Memorial Seminar will be held in the Finley Auditorium in the Kaul Building on Wednesday December 4th at Noon.

Dr. James Schafer, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology was recently interviewed by the American Physiology Society as part of the Living History in Physiology series. 

The 10th Annual Thomas E. Andreoli Lecture was presented Wednesday November 13th by Dr. Barry M. Brenner in the Spain Auditorium at Noon.

On Monday November 11, 2013 there was an IgA Nephropathy: Festschrift in honor of Dr. Bruce Julian, MD at the DoubleTree Hotel in Birmingham Alabama.
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Dr. Ashita Tolwani, a Faculty member in the Division was recently interviewed by the Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program as one of their outstanding Alumni.  Read her interview here.

American Society of Nephrology Annual Kidney Week was held from November 5-10, 2013. Faculty from UAB will be attending the meeting being held this year in Atlanta, GA. Pictures from the meeting are below.

QuagginAndreoli2015Susan E. Quaggin, MD, FRCP(C)
Charles H. Mayo MD Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Nephrology/Hypertension
Director, Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute
Northwestern University

October 21, 2015
"The Eye and Kidney - "Tie'd" Together in Diabetes"

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Ronald J. Falk, MD
Allan Brewster Distinguished Professor Chief, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

October 29, 2014
"ANCA Vasculitis: Science, Clinical Care and Education: A Tribute to Tom Andreoli"

 NEU7421v2Barry M. Brenner, MD
Samuel A. Levine Distinguished Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School Director Emeritus, Renal Division Brigham and Women's Hospital

November 13, 2013
"Fetal Origins of Adult Hyptertension and Kidney Disease"

Andreoli Lecture 2012Luis Gabriel Navar, PhD
Chair, Department of Physiology
Director, Center for Biomedical Research Excellence in Hypertension and Renal Biology
Tulane University Health Sciences Center

November 14, 2012
"The Kidney Renin-Angiotensis System in Hypertension"

SandersNRTCPaul W. Sanders, MD
Thomas E. Andreoli Professor of Nephrology
Director, Nephrology Research & Training Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Section Chief, Nephrology
Birmingham VA Medical Center

November 16, 2011
"Light Chains and the Kidney"

Bindels ReneRené Bindels, M.D.
Chair and Professor of Physiology
Department of Physiology
Radboud University
Nijmegen Medical Centre
The Netherlands

November 17, 2010
"Minerals on the move: from new transporters to novel concepts"

Schafer PicJames A. Schafer, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
University of Alabama at Birmingham

November 4, 2009
"40 Years of Schlepping Salt and Water in Distal Nephron"

andreoli lecture clip image002 0002Bernard C. Rossier, M.D
Professor of Pharmacology
and Toxicology,
Institut de Pharmacologie
Lausanne Switzerland

November 12, 2008
"Epithelial Sodium Channel Salt Intake and Blood Pressure Control: The Story of our Internal Environment Revisited"

andreoli lecture clip image001Tilman B. Drueke, M.D.
Director of Research
Necker Hospital

November 7, 2007

"Anemia Correction in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease"

andreoli lecture clip image002 0001Peter C. Agre, M.D.
Nobel Laureate
Professor of Cell Biology
Vice Chancellor for Science & Technology
Duke University Medical Center

October 18, 2006

"Aquaporin Water Channels: from Atomic Structure to Clinical Medicine"

Edmund LewisEdmund J. Lewis, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Director of Nephrology
Rush University Medical Center

March 8, 2005
"Diabetic Nephropathy: where have we been and where are we going"

Darwin BellPhillip Darwin Bell, Ph.D.
Thomas E. Andreoli Professor of Nephrology
University of Alabama at Birmingham

March 10, 2004
"Macula Densa Cells: The Brain of the Kidney

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fred Adams, MD

Thursday, June 12, 2014
James Lewis, MD

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Patricia Adams, MD
Professor, Section of Nephrology
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Title: "Plan ahead, but don't miss the acorns"

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Shirley Schlessinger, MD
Chair, Department of Medicine 
University of MississippiIMG 0756Title: "Perspectives on the patient-physician relationship"

Thursday, June 16, 2011
David White, M.D. Nephrologist
Nephrology Associates
Columbus, Georgia
Title: "A Perspective of Private Practice and tricks of the trade for basic success in small towns"

Thursday, June 3, 2010
David Tharpe, M.D.
Co-Founding Physician
Nephrology Associates P.C.
Birmingham, Alabama
Title: "A Perspective of Private Practice Nephrology in Birmingham Alabama" 

Thursday, June 4, 2009
Errol Crook, M.D.
Abraham Mitchell Chair of Internal Medicine 
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Mobile, Alabama
Title: "Look to Nephrology for Solutions to our Health System Dilemma"

Thursday, June 19th, 2008
J. Kevin Tucker, MD, Program director
Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospital Joint Nephrology Fellowship program
Associate Physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School, Boston
Title:  "Rostand, Rutsky and the UAB Nephrology Experience"

This conference is designed for the Advanced Practitioner to help evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with renal disease. Topics range from chronic kidney disease, anemia management, renal access, PKD, transplant and renal emergencies. All topics are presented by practitioners and physicians specializing in nephrology.

The 2014 program was held October 10, 2014.   Online REGISTRATION   download 2014 Programpdf button

Stephen-RostandThe Rostand/Rutsky lectureship is an annual presentation delivered at the Fellow's Graduation Ceremony. Speakers for this lectureship are selected by a committee in the Division of Nephrology of distinguished alumni.

Stephen G. Rostand, MD is Professor of Medicine, Emeritus in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine where he has served for more than 35 years. His major interests have been in heart disease in chronic kidney disease, hypertension, and kidney disease particularly in African Americans. He is also interested in factors contributing to the increased susceptibility of African Americans for cardio-renal disease. He has published more than 75 peer-reviewed papers, editorials, and book chapters. In addition he serves as the Principal Investigator for the UAB Clinical Center for the African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK) and its subsequent AASK cohort Study and has since its inception. He has also helped mentor and train numerous post-doctoral fellows in Nephrology.

andreoliThis annual lecture series has been named The Thomas E. Andreoli Lecture Series. Presenters are selected by distinguished members of the Division of Nephrology.

Thomas E. Andreoli, MD was a Distinguished Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics, and the Nolan Professor and ChairEmeritus of Internal Medicine at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine.   He received his M. D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and trained in Internal Medicine and Physiology at Duke University and at the NIH.  After five years on the Duke faculty, he joined UAB as Director of Nephrology in 1970. He served as Editor of the American Journal of Physiology:  Renal Physiology and Kidney International.

10th Annual Thomas E. Andreoli Lecture with Dr. Barry Brenner

UAB Reception at American Society of Nephrology Meeting 2013