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Nephrology Fellowship

Message from the Program Director

Nephrology Fellows | NYU Winthrop Hospital

The Nephrology Fellowship Program at NYU Winthrop Hospital offers an exceptional training experience characterized by a unique combination of close faculty mentoring, a strong commitment to education and an innovative learning program. Fellows work with a large and diverse patient population with an extraordinary spectrum of clinical disorders related to nephrology and hypertension in the inpatient and outpatient settings. The program has a large outpatient dialysis component and offers in-center hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis. We also have an excellent kidney transplant rotation with NYU Langone Health providing fellows with outstanding training at one of the top centers in the country. In addition, our division has a unique program with NYU Langone Health in which pre-transplant evaluations are done at the divisional offices here at NYU Winthrop, providing patients on Long Island a unique opportunity to get evaluated for transplant. Ongoing research in the division provides fellows the opportunity to participate in clinical, educational, medical informatics and laboratory research covering a wide spectrum of investigative areas. All of this is provided in a supportive environment with an energetic group of faculty who love to teach and facilitate the practice of life-long learning.

We look forward to having the opportunity to meet with you. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

James Drakakis, DO 
Nephrology Fellowship Program Director 
NYU Winthrop Hospital
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
200 Old Country Road, #135
Mineola, New York 11501
Tel: 516-663-2171
Fax: 516-663-4619

About NYU Winthrop

NYU Winthrop Hospital is a 591-bed university-affiliated medical center and Nassau County's only American College of Surgeons certified adult Level 1 Trauma Center with full adult and pediatric capabilities. NYU Winthrop proudly offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery.

We are a major regional healthcare resource with a deep commitment to medical education and research, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. Rest assured that whatever medical care you or your family may need, NYU Winthrop is committed to a profound guiding principle: ”Your Health Means Everything”

NYU Winthrop has a vibrant multi-faceted research program. As part of its mission as a teaching hospital, NYU Winthrop physicians and scientists are engaged in groundbreaking basic and clinical biomedical research.

Ever changing and growing with the diverse community it serves, NYU Winthrop Hospital is, in many ways, a unique institution, simultaneously large and small, regional as well as local. We successfully blend the progressive philosophy, sophistication and advances of a teaching and research institution with a very personal approach to patient care – an approach that has become the cornerstone of our organization.

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Program at a Glance

  • Superb education in a fun, nurturing environment with faculty committed to fellows’ personal and professional development.
  • Broad breadth of clinical experiences in inpatient/outpatient consultative nephrology and dialysis settings.
  • Rigorous weekly conference schedule in multiple formats to cover the breadth of nephrology.
  • Excellent basic science and clinical research opportunities, with option for a third year of research
  • Nationally recognized outpatient dialysis program, incorporating nationally published studies in iron metabolism and quality improvement.
  • Fully-equipped renal research laboratory with PhD staff.
  • Internationally recognized expertise in hyponatremic, hypouricemic and renal salt wasting syndromes, prostaglandin D2 Synthase metabolism and apoptosis.
  • Affiliated with internationally renowned NYU Langone Health, with opportunities to collaborate and utilize the full breadth of their clinical and research resources.
  • Generous house staff benefits, including heavily subsidized housing and complimentary meals.
  • Close Proximity to New York City with the Mineola train station just steps from the Hospital.

Curriculum

A two-year program with an option for a third year in basic or clinical research for suitable candidates is available. The first and second year rotations include: inpatient consult and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) services, chronic outpatient dialysis, transplant service and research. Participation in the clinical and academic activities is expanded during the second year. During the third year research program, fellows work with investigators in the areas of renal physiology, renal cell biology, hypertension or clinical research. Optional electives in pediatric nephrology, interventional radiology, ultrasound, and urology also exist.

Rotations in Months

  Inpatient Consult Inpatient ESRD Outpatient Dialysis Research Transplant
PGY 4 4 4 2 2 0
PGY 5 2 2 4 2 2

Teaching Sessions

An extensive list of conferences with different formats brings a comprehensive approach to learning nephrology.

Case Conference
In our weekly Case Conference, fellows and faculty meet to discuss cases from the inpatient service as well as our outpatient practice which pose challenging diagnostic and management issues. These sessions include in-depth discussions of the pathophysiology of the disorders presented and evidence-based discussions of therapeutic approaches.

Renal Grand Rounds
Renal Grand Rounds includes presentations throughout the year by internal and external speakers on a wide variety of topics including clinical nephrology, and clinical and laboratory investigation.

Journal Club
In Journal Club, articles from high-impact journals are reviewed in detail with strong emphasis on study design, methodological analysis and the development of critical appraisal skills.

Renal Physiology Conference
In this conference, the physiology of the kidney including glomerular hemodynamics, fluid and electrolyte transport, and multisystem interactions with the heart, liver and other organ systems are examined.

Research Conference
These sessions include reviews of research in progress in the division, proposals for new research projects and reviews of key topics in laboratory research methodology.

Pathology Conference
Renal biopsies are reviewed in the Pathology Department with an experienced nephropathologist throughout the academic year. In addition, NYU Winthrop coordinates a series of interhospital renal biopsy conferences on Long Island led by Ming Wu, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology at NYU Langone Health.

Core Topics Conference 
Key topics in nephrology are covered in a series of topical discussions led by fellows and faculty throughout the year.

Nephrology Board Review
Using materials provided by the American Society of Nephrology’s NephSAP and KSAP series, bimonthly board review sessions are held using a question and answer format.

Peritoneal Dialysis Conference
Conferences covering key topics in peritoneal dialysis take place on a monthly basis.

Combined Conferences
The campus setup greatly facilitates interdivisional collaboration and combined conferences are held with other divisions in the Department of Medicine.

Teaching Sessions Days and Times

MONDAY

12PM - 1PM
Check Schedule
1) Academic Meeting
2) Faculty Meeting (No fellows)
3) NephSAP (Board Prep)
4) Evaluation Conference

1PM - 2PM
Outpatient HD Teaching Rounds

TUESDAY

8:30AM - 10AM
QAPI* Meeting
2nd Tues of each month.

Required for Outpatient Dialysis Fellow.

11AM - 12PM
Clinical Case Conference

12PM - 1PM
Research Meeting

WEDNESDAY

9AM - 10AM
Advances in Medicine Grand Rounds

12PM - 1PM
KCC: Inpatient Fellows starts about 12PM (see schedule)

THURSDAY

9AM - 10AM
Check Schedule: PD and Path Conference (varies)

10AM - 11AM
Meet the Grand Rounds Faculty Presenter (varies)

11AM - 12PM
Renal Grand Rounds (see schedule)

FRIDAY

10AM - 11AM
Rotating Sessions
1. Journal Club, Clinical
2. Physiology: Faculty Leader
3. Journal Club, Basic science
4. GN Conference: Fellow Leader

11AM - 12PM
Research Meeting

Key Faculty

John Carson, MD
Attending Physician, Nephrology

  • Medical Degree: Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
  • Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Program
  • Fellowship: University of Colorado
  • Research interests: Nephrolithiasis, Onconephrology, medical education

James Drakakis, DO | NYU Winthrop HospitalJames Drakakis, DO
Nephrology Fellowship Program Director

  • Medical Degree: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Residency: NYU Winthrop Hospital
  • Fellowship: NYU Winthrop Hospital
  • Research interests: Glomerular disease, drug nephrotoxicity, medical education

Louis Imbriano, MD | NYU Winthrop HospitalLouis Imbriano, MD
Medical Director, Sun Harbor Dialysis Facility
Assistant Professor of Medicine

  • Medical Degree: University of Bologna Medical School
  • Residency: NYU Winthrop Hospital
  • Fellowship: Nassau University Medical Center
  • Research Interests: Acute kidney injury, diabetic nephropathy

Minesh Khatri, MD | NYU Winthrop HospitalMinesh Khatri, MD
Nephrology Fellowship Associate Program Director

  • Medical Degree: Duke University
  • Residency: University of Washington
  • Fellowship: Columbia University Medical Center
  • Research interests: CKD progression and cardiovascular/neurological complications, nutrition

John K. Maesaka, MD | NYU Winthrop HospitalJohn K. Maesaka, MD
Chief Emeritus, Nephrology, Director of Research
Professor of Medicine SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine

  • Medical Degree: Boston University School of Medicine
  • Internship: Barnes Hospital, Washington University
  • Residency and Fellowship: Mt. Sinai Hospital
  • Research interests: Hyponatremia, natriuretic and apoptotic factors

Naveed N. Masani, MD | NYU Winthrop HospitalNaveed N. Masani, MD
Medical Director, Inpatient/Outpatient Dialysis

  • Medical Degree: State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Residency: NYU Winthrop Hospital
  • Fellowship: NYU Winthrop Hospital
  • Research interests: Renal artery stenosis, CRRT, nocturnal hemodialysis

Nobuyuki 'Bill' Miyawaki, MD | NYU Winthrop HospitalNobuyuki "Bill" Miyawaki, MD
Chief of Nephrology
Assistant Professor of Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine

  • Medical Degree: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
  • Residency: Montefiore Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Research interests: Atherosclerosis in CKD, bone metabolism, medical education

Stephen Yang, MD | NYU Winthrop HospitalStephen Yang, MD
Attending Physician, Nephrology

  • Medical Degree: SUNY Downstate medical Center
  • Residency: Montefiore Medical Center
  • Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania
  • Research interests: Body Composition, CKD Education, home dialysis

Diversity

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s graduate medical education programs create an atmosphere in which cultural and ethnic differences among patients, staff, and house staff are recognized, respected, understood and embraced. Residents participate in the care of a diverse group of patients and have the opportunity to work with colleagues from varied backgrounds. NYU Winthrop aims to bring the best residents, fellows and faculty from all ethnic, racial and gender groups to learn and care for patients in this diverse environment.

Program Benefits

House Staff Benefits

Housing

Housing accommodations, at heavily subsidized rates, are available in apartment buildings and residential homes within close proximity to the NYU Winthrop Hospital campus. If a member of the house staff requests NYU Winthrop accommodations and it cannot be provided, a housing allowance may be provided.

Salary

Salaries are highly competitive with other academic medical centers in the New York metropolitan area. Tax deferred annuity is available.

2018-2019 Annual Salary
PGY 1 $66,259
PGY 2 $69,123
PGY 3 $72,108
PGY 4 $75,034
PGY 5 $77,958
PGY 6 $80,883
PGY 7 $83,808
PGY 8 $86,745

Meals

Residents and fellows are provided with three complimentary meals per day, seven days per week, in NYU Winthrop’s full service cafeteria up to $4.00 for breakfast, $5.40 for lunch and dinner.

House Staff Lounge

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s new house staff lounge is accessible 24/7. The spacious and comfortable lounge is equipped with computers, wifi, television, foosball table, lockers, lounge chairs, as well as coffee and tea.

Vacation

NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows receive four weeks of vacation (20 working days) within each contract year.

Conference Time

PGY 1-level residents are eligible to attend one local conference in the New York metropolitan area, at the discretion of the Program Director. House staff at the PGY-2 level and above are eligible for one trip per year, (maximum of five consecutive weekdays), to an approved professional conference in the continental United States, at the discretion of the Program Director.

Educational Allowance

Reimbursement for allowable educational expenses is available up to a maximum of $75 for PGY 1 residents and $700 for PGY 2 and above, (residents and subspecialty fellows).

TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program

The TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program is available. This program allows the resident/fellow to deduct pre-tax money to pay for mass transit or commuter parking (up to a predefined maximum).

Additional Benefits Include:

  • Free parking while on duty
  • Free prescription medications in the Hospital formulary for residents and at cost for eligible dependents
  • Paid sick leave
  • Free laundry service for lab coats and other hospital uniforms
  • Health club membership reimbursement up to $100 per academic year
  • An Arts and Humanities series complementing your medical education with exposure to music, literature, history and fine arts
  • Graduation dinner gala

Insurance Benefits

Medical and Dental Coverage

NYU Winthrop Hospital is committed to providing residents with a comprehensive benefits program. Benefits include generous medical, pharmaceutical and dental coverage, as well as flexible spending accounts. Benefits are effective from the first day of residency/fellowship.

Disability Insurance

Residents/fellows are covered by short-term, non-occupational disability insurance (up to six months). To be eligible for disability insurance benefits, one must be on the payroll for a minimum of 20 work days (four consecutive weeks) and unable to work for more than seven calendar days, due an injury or illness that does not arise out of, or in the course of, employment. These benefits, which supplement lost income, are based on salary level and are payable for up to 26 weeks after the employee’s accrued sick time has been used.

The long-term disability benefit begins after six months of short term disability. It pays a monthly benefit for an extended illness or injury. The monthly benefit is offset by benefits from other sources, such as Workers Compensation and Social Security.

Workers Compensation

House staff receive compensation, in accordance with the Workers Compensation Law, for any illness or injury which is job related. Benefits include payment for medical expenses and lost pay.

Family and Medical Leave

In accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, NYU Winthrop Hospital will grant residents/fellows unpaid leave(s) for up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period. In order to be eligible, one must have worked 12 months at the Hospital and a minimum of 1,250 hours in the twelve-month period prior to the start date of the requested leave.  FMLA leave may be granted for the birth, adoption or acceptance for foster care of a child; for the care of a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition; or for the employee’s own serious illness.

Residents/fellows may to return to their training program after a leave of absence, without loss of training status, if their leave does not exceed that allowed by the specialty boards.

Professional Liability Insurance

NYU Winthrop’s residents/fellows are provided with professional liability coverage for the duration of their training through the Hospital’s self-insurance program.  Coverage provides legal defense and protection against awards from claims reported or filed after the completion of graduate medical education if the alleged acts are within the scope of the education program.

Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance is provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow. This benefit equals 1x the resident/fellow’s annual salary payable to the beneficiary. Residents/fellows may purchase additional voluntary life insurance up to 3X their annual salary (combined basic and voluntary insurance may not exceed $500,000).

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow.

Retirement Plan

A Defined Contribution 403(b) Plan is available for voluntary pre-tax/after-tax contribution.       

Occupational Health Services

NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows are provided with pre-employment physicals, annual health assessments, and Tuberculosis screenings, as well as vaccines and required health surveillance free of charge through the hospital’s Occupational Health Services. In addition, if a member of the house staff becomes ill while at work, he or she will be seen at no charge by an Occupational Health Services practitioner, or by the Emergency Room staff if a practitioner is not available.

Counseling Services

Free assessment, referral and brief psychotherapy services are available on a confidential basis to members of the House Staff and their immediate families.

Employee Assistance Program

This free, confidential, crisis-response resource is available 24/7 to residents, fellows and their family members to assist with the following concerns –

  • Psychological
  • Child and elder care
  • Daily living
  • Legal/financial
  • Work-related concerns

Living on Long Island

The longest and largest island in the contiguous United States, Long Island stretches over 100 miles from New York City to Montauk Point. A celebrated summer vacation spot, Long Island offers seasonal beauty, professional sports events, art museums, galleries and fabulous cuisine. Eastern Long Island has gained fame for its vineyards, and is home to almost 20 wineries. From NYU Winthrop it is a short trip to Manhattan, where you can enjoy world-class dining, museums and endless cultural opportunities. From scenic Atlantic Ocean beaches to Fire Island, the Hamptons and Montauk Point, Long Island has something for everyone.

Convenient access to New York City is available by Long Island Railroad. The Mineola train station is located directly adjacent to NYU Winthrop Hospital. Residents and fellows can take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the myriad of cultural, social and professional activities in Manhattan. Additionally, NYU Winthrop's location in central Nassau County allows easy access to spectacular beaches.

The close vicinity of the hospital, where most of the resident housing is located, is an excellent location for both families and single residents. Aside from a LIRR station leading directly into NYC, the area is surrounded by a quiet residential neighborhood and a large park with sports facilities, open fields and a local library. The Roosevelt Field Mall®, one of the largest retail centers on Long Island, is located less than a mile from the hospital along with several outdoor malls.

You can also enjoy the wonderful things that Long Island itself has to offer. You will find that living in Mineola is a sound choice from the economic perspective. While residents living in large cities incur significant living expenses, Mineola is very affordable.

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Student Rotations

  1. U.S. Medical students
  2. International Medical students
  3. Podiatry Students

Resident and fellow Rotations

Residents/fellows can apply for a rotation with any department by contacting the academic coordinator for that program via email with a copy of your CV and the dates you are requesting for your rotation.

The department will review your CV and let you know if there are any rotation spots available for the time requested. If you are approved for the rotation, the Office of Academic Affairs will contact you with the necessary paperwork.