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Nephrology Fellowship

Geisinger’s Nephrology Fellowship, which immerses you in an active transplant program, prepares you to succeed in any clinical or academic setting.  

About us

Ion Dan Bucaloiu, MD, program director

Innovative training methods that give you clinical and communication skills. A diverse community of colleagues. Faculty dedicated to your success — at a world-class health system with an active transplant program. 

That’s what Geisinger’s two-year Nephrology Fellowship can offer you.

Our program, based at Geisinger Medical Center, will provide you with comprehensive training in clinical and academic nephrology. Our goal is to produce outstanding nephrologists who are prepared to succeed in private practice, transplant programs and academic settings. Whatever your career goals are in the field of nephrology, we can help you reach them. Our fellows have a 100% record for success on board exams, passing the first time with scores at or above the national average.

As our nephrology fellow, you’ll train in a learning environment balanced among:

  • Inpatient rotations
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Outpatient hemodialysis exposure
  • Conferences
  • Didactic lectures and research

Your training will be broad and deep. Our nephrology fellows are exposed to all aspects of general nephrology and transplant nephrology. And you’ll train alongside top nephrologists, including dedicated surgeons and transplant nephrologists in our active kidney transplant program. 

Outpatient rotations include:

  • Nephrology clinic
  • Transplant clinic
  • Outpatient hemodialysis
  • Home hemodialysis 
  • Peritoneal dialysis

Consultative services include general nephrology, hemodialysis and transplantation. Our nephrology fellows also participate in a monthly pathology conference, case presentations, a clinical pathologic conference and weekly didactic lectures and workshops. 

Geisinger has a strong culture of research and innovation, and you’ll be expected to conduct original research. You’ll have a dedicated research rotation and will be required to submit your research for presentation at national conferences.

Our program’s board pass rate is above the national average. Many of our graduates enter clinical practice and academic nephrology, and some have pursued additional fellowship opportunities, including at Geisinger. Opportunities after graduation from our program include critical care, hospice and palliative medicine, and clinical informatics.

Our Nephrology Fellowship program is based in a rural area, but you’ll be part of a diverse community drawn from all corners of the globe. We sponsor H1B visas for foreign medical graduates. And we allow our fellows to moonlight as long as it doesn’t violate work hours or interfere with your fellowship duties.

We hope you’ll join us.

About Geisinger

Geisinger serves more than 1 million people in central and northeast Pennsylvania. We’ve been nationally recognized for innovative practices in quality, delivery models such as ProvenCare® and the use of an award-winning electronic medical record, Epic®. Our physician-led system has about 24,000 employees, including nearly 1,700 physicians, 10 hospital campuses, two research centers and a health plan with more than half a million members, all of which boost our hometown economies by $7.1 billion annually.


Danville, Pa., is a unique and wonderful place to train. Opportunities for outdoor recreation are endless, the cost of living is low and traffic is almost nonexistent. We’re also close enough to Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C., to make weekend getaways easy.