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Fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center provides comprehensive care of children with a spectrum of kidney disease and includes dialysis and transplantation. The nephrology team consists of three full-time faculty members and is supported by nurse practitioners, clinical nurses, a social worker, a nutritionist and a pharmacist. The Division has an established program in clinical research with participation in NIH multi-center studies (NEPTUNE and CureGN), national collaboratives (SCOPE, IROC, Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium), foundation grants, and industry-sponsored studies. Faculty has published in the areas of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, nephrotic syndrome, acute kidney injury, dialysis and transplantation. Our faculty is dedicated to education of the pediatric residents of Cohen Children’s Medical Center and medical students from the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center is the largest pediatric teaching hospital in the New York metropolitan region, treating over 230,000 children per year. It is the tertiary pediatric medical center of Northwell Health and the only accredited Level-1 Pediatric Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons in the metro area. We are proud to have been selected as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to the renowned tertiary clinical resources that we offer, our hospital has access to the scholastic and research resources of the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research.


The Fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center is a three-year program certified by the ACGME leading to board-eligibility for the Sub-Board Committee of the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatric Nephrology.

The program combines a broad inpatient and outpatient clinical experience in childhood disorders of nephrology. Fellows will be involved in the care of patients admitted to the nephrology service and perform inpatient consultations from other services in the hospital. Fellows will participate in all aspects of dialysis services, including hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy, and be an integral member of the transplant team. In the ambulatory setting, fellows will have one half-day continuity clinic scheduled every week during the three years of fellowship as well as opportunities for electives with urology, radiology and adult nephrology/transplant.

Each fellow is expected to engage in scholarly activity in which she/he develops and tests a hypothesis, or in a project of substantive scholarly exploration and analysis requiring critical thinking. There are opportunities for clinical, epidemiology, translational and basic science research. The Division of Nephrology at CCMC has a strong record of collaborative research with other Divisions within Pediatrics, our adult nephrology colleagues within Northwell Health, the Department of Transplantation, the Department of Urology and basic science/translational scientists at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research.

All fellows of Northwell Health attend a structured course in Research Methodology that covers biostatistics, critical literature review, experimental design, data collection and analysis, and ethical principles involving clinical research. There are also opportunities for advanced learning in research methods. Didactic teaching in the fundamentals of nephrology and conferences/journal clubs are scheduled regularly. The program works closely with multiple other specialties and regular conferences are scheduled with urology, radiology, pathology, adult nephrology and rheumatology.

Cohen Children’s is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to meet the special needs of children, from premature babies to adolescents.

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Application process

Applicants interested in the pediatric nephrology training program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in general pediatrics is mandatory for admission to this program.

Essential application information includes:

  • ERAS common application
  • Personal statement: 1-2 pages
  • At least three (3) letters of recommendation including one from the residency program director. Letters of recommendation must be less than six (6) months old.
  • USMLE transcript
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Photo

For more information contact:
Christine Sethna, MD, EdM
Program Director
Phone: (718) 470-3423
Email: [email protected]


Program director

Christine B. Sethna, MD

Specialties: Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatrics

Core faculty

Pamela S. Singer, MD, MS

Specialties: Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatrics

Laura Juliana Castellanos Reyes, MD

Specialties: Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology