Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

Kidney Diseases Fellowship

The Pediatric Kidney Diseases Fellowship is located at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and the medical school’s pediatric hospital affiliate, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children's).

The Fellowship in Kidney Diseases was established in 1982 and has been certified continuously by the RRC.  We have 13 primary Faculty (Division faculty members), all of whom participate in our Fellowship training program, and two dedicated renal pathologists.  We accept 1-2 candidates per year, for a three-year program that follows the guidelines established by the American Board of Pediatrics for training.  We provide 12 months of clinical experience and 24 months of research experience.  The clinical experience includes a faculty-mentored Fellows Continuity Clinic in our specialty that extends over the full 36 months of fellowship.  We are consistently ranked among the nation’s best programs according to US News and World Report

Clinical Program

We are a busy program clinically, with nearly 5,000 outpatient visits, a large and independently housed dialysis program run in collaboration with DaVita Dialysis Inc., and nearly 20 kidney transplants performed annually for over 20 years. The inpatient service is covered by dedicated housestaff.  The Division directs all modalities of renal replacement therapy.  Faculty and fellows attend multidisciplinary clinics for systemic lupus erythematosus, cystinosis, tuberous sclerosis and genetic bone diseases, as well as nephrology-specific clinics.  We have a comprehensive, integrated multidisciplinary program for children with congenital abnormalities of the kidneys and urinary tract (CAKUT).  Pediatrics and Internal Medicine faculty members share in a formal program to transition pediatric kidney patients to adult care.  The Division is active in the SCOPE program to standardize the management of end-stage kidney disease.  All of these activities are appropriate for the Fellows’ training.


As the only fully independent children's hospital in the nation's third largest city, Lurie Children's brings unparalleled collaborative opportunities to the Fellow, and was ranked sixth nationally for 2016 among the best pediatric hospitals in the country by US News and World Report. With 288 beds, Lurie Children's is the medical school's primary pediatric teaching institution. It is located on the Northwestern University medical campus in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. Founded in 1882 as a free-care hospital for critically ill children, Lurie Children's has become a referral center that attracts patients from around the world. Integral to the research mission, including that of Kidney Diseases, the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, founded in 1984, supports research in basic science, translational medicine, clinical trials, and population health.


We are successful in scholarly research in Kidney Diseases, with a rich bibliography in basic, translational, and clinical research.  Members of our academic group are active nationally, participating in study sections, symposia, editorial boards and the leadership of specialty societies. We also contribute patients to the various national collaborative studies of patients with pediatric kidney disease. Locally, we benefit from our ties to both the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute and the program in Nephrology/Hypertension in the Department of Internal Medicine, as well as the strong research environment (collaborators and mentors) available both on the Feinberg campus in Chicago and on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston.  Fellows may pursue scholarly activities with any research program at Northwestern University.  Research may be supported by a Federally funded, joint training grant with the Internal Medicine Nephrology program or a Federally funded, joint training program between the Department of Pediatrics and Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering. Where appropriate, fellows may pursue advanced degrees including a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation or Master of Public Health.


Clinical duties are supplemented by a curriculum that includes formal didactic teaching sessions on various topics in clinical and research nephrology, specifically geared towards fellows.  Clinical conferences in which the inpatients and critical outpatients are discussed are held each week. The Division conducts ongoing Quality Improvement activities, and all fellows assume responsibility for a project, under faculty supervision, during the course of their fellowships. Biopsy conferences with the renal pathologists are held every other month, and a quarterly conference is held with Pediatric Urology. Joint Renal Grand Rounds with the Internal Medicine nephrology division are held weekly. Fellows learn to critically read the current nephrology literature through bimonthly journal clubs presented by fellows with faculty participation. Fellows also are mentored as they conduct teaching sessions and more formal conferences for pediatric residents.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Pediatrics and Division of Kidney Diseases at Northwestern University seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated residents and fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. The greatest challenges facing the medical field are complex, and addressing them will require a diverse body of physicians and researchers who can work collaboratively. Northwestern offers unparalleled training and research opportunities and encourages fellowship applications from those who seek to become future leaders in the subspecialties of medicine.  We are committed to and inspired by a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows all trainees to achieve their personal goals.

Please browse our other divisional pages to read about our clinical and research facilities and about our team of dedicated faculty and staff.


H. William Schnaper, MD
Fellowship Director, Kidney Diseases

Craig Langman, MD

Craig B. Langman, MD
Division Head, Kidney Diseases

Contact Information

Emily Payne
Academic Coordinator
Division of Kidney Diseases
Ann & Robert H. Lurie
Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Avenue #37
Chicago, Illinois  60611
Phone: 312-227-6555
Fax: 312-227-9405


For fellowship salary information, visit McGaw Medical Center for Graduate Medical Education.

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.