A Message From Our Chief

U-M Nephrology Division, Dr. Subramaniam Pennathur
Dr. Subramaniam Pennathur

Since 1964, our division has been at the forefront of kidney related patient care, research, and education. Our 50+ faculty members, many who are national leaders in their fields, are dedicated to improving the lives of our patients, advancing research, and educating the physicians of tomorrow. 

Being part of Michigan Medicine, one of the largest health care complexes in the world, offers an environment which allows us to excel at what we do. Beyond two large hospitals (University Hospital and Veterans Affairs) we offer large outpatient clinics in general nephrology and subspecialty clinics in transplantation nephrology, chronic hemodialysis, home hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, glomerular diseases, and nephrolithiasis. 

Our faculty members have an extensive range of research interests. Basic science areas include the evolving area of podocyte biology, molecular genetics of cystic disease and glomerulopathies, acute tubular epithelial cell injury, epithelial cell biology, signal transduction, lipid/phospholipase biochemistry and function, kidney development, smooth muscle biology and glucose transporters, and biomedical engineering. Clinical research is conducted in several areas including acute renal failure, cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease, dialysis, and transplantation. We have a strong partnership with the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC), with two faculty members serving as the Interim Director and Associate Director, in addition to conducting research with several other Nephrology faculty members at the Center. We were awarded a federal contract to serve as the coordinating center for the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), which will allow us exciting opportunities to improve the care and quality of life for patients with all aspects of kidney disease.

Finally, our Nephrology Fellowship Training Program is internationally recognized for its rich and diverse educational and research programs. It takes advantage of the University of Michigan's state-of-the-art clinical and scientific environment. In general, five fellows are appointed to the program each year. In addition, we offer a combined program in Pediatric Nephrology and advanced training in Transplant Nephrology is available to those already board-eligible in Nephrology and who are interested in a career in clinical or academic Transplant Nephrology.

Beyond a wonderful division and university, Ann Arbor is a great place to live, work, and play. Racially and ethnically diverse, Ann Arbor's close-knit community offers world-class education, a high-tech research hub, arts, and a wonderful landscape for outdoor enthusiasts.

Thank you again for your interest in our program. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  


Subramaniam Pennathur, MD
Chief, Division of Nephrology