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Nephrology

Message from the Program Director

Nephrology Fellows | NYU Winthrop Hospital

Welcome to the website for the Nephrology Fellowship Program at NYU Winthrop Hospital. We offer an exceptional training experience in nephrology in a setting characterized by a unique combination of close faculty mentoring, a strong commitment to education with an innovative learning program, and 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 also has a large outpatient dialysis program and offers in-center hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis. We also have an excellent Kidney Transplant rotation with Columbia University Medical Center providing fellows with outstanding training in kidney transplantation at one of the top centers in the country. In addition, our division has a unique program with Columbia 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 hope you enjoy visiting our website and learning about our fellowship program and we look forward to having the opportunity to meet with you. Please feel free to contact us.

Nobuyuki "Bill" Miyawaki, M.D.
Nephrology Fellowship Program Director
NYU Winthrop Hospital
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
200 Old Country Rd, #135
Mineola, New York 11501
Tel: (516) 663-2171
Fax: (516) 663-4619

About NYU Winthrop

NYU Winthrop Hospital is committed to excellence in graduate medical education. An Independent Academic Medical Center located on Long Island, NYU Winthrop’s 591-bed tertiary care hospital sponsors exceptional graduate medical education programs. The institution is proud of its 100+ years of clinical excellence.

In 2015, NYU Winthrop Hospital opened a new, state-of-the-art, 95,000 square-foot Research and Academic Center. The building houses a large auditorium, many conference and classrooms, a new Simulation Center, basic science laboratories, clinical research centers, and the biostatistics department. NYU Winthrop’s inpatient and outpatient facilities offer a full range of patient care experiences. Our dedicated faculty are excellent teachers and mentors.

NYU Winthrop is clearly at the forefront of medicine:

  • NYU Winthrop Hospital was named the 18th best large employer in America by Forbes Magazine in 2017
  • Magnet Recognized Hospital
  • NYU Winthrop Hospital is in the top 5% of U.S. Hospitals for Clinical Excellence as reported by healthgrades
  • Long Island’s first navigator program for cancer care
  • Nationally recognized Children’s Medical Center

Best Regional Hospital in US News and World Report

Program at a Glance

  • Rich clinical spectrum of renal, fluid-electrolyte and hypertension disorders in a diverse setting
  • Extensive experience in all aspects of renal replacement therapy in critical care settings including continuous renal replacement therapies
  • Kidney transplant experience at Columbia University Medical Center
  • Robust educational program emphasizing interactive case-based learning
  • Nephrology Board Review series
  • Research opportunities in clinical, medical informatics, education and laboratory research
  • Option for a third year of research
  • High quality outpatient dialysis program including a large home dialysis program
  • Internationally recognized expertise in hyponatremia and renal salt wasting syndromes, prostaglandin D2 synthase metabolism and apoptosis
  • Organized and conveniently located campus setting with hospital, office, clinic, dialysis program and research laboratories all on the same campus within short walking distance
  • Generous house staff benefits, including heavily subsidized housing and complimentary meals

Curriculum

A two-year program with an option for a third year in basic or clinical research for suitable candidates. The first and second year rotations include: inpatient service, 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.

Rotations in Months

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

Teaching Sessions

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 Dr. Glen Markowitz, Professor of Pathology at Columbia University Medical Center.

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 series, monthly 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

Key Faculty

Joseph Mattana, MD
Chief, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Joseph Mattana, MD - Chief, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension | NYU Winthrop HospitalMedical School: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Residency: Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY
Clinical and Research Fellowships: Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Research interests: Protein oxidation, chronic kidney disease, medical education.

James Drakakis, DO

James Drakakis, DO | NYU Winthrop HospitalMedical Degree: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA
Residency: Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Fellowship: Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Research interests: Glomerular disease, drug nephrotoxicity, medical education.

Louis Imbriano, MD
Medical Director, Sun Harbor Dialysis Facility
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Louis Imbriano, MD - Medical Director, Sun Harbor Dialysis Facility, Assistant Professor of Medicine | NYU Winthrop HospitalMedical Degree: University of Bologna Medical School
Residency: Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Fellowship: Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY
Research Interests: acute kidney injury, diabetic nephropathy.

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

John K. Maesaka, MD -  Chief Emeritus, Nephrology, Director of Research, Professor of Medicine SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine | NYU Winthrop HospitalMedical Degree: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Internship: Barnes Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Residency and Fellowship: Mt. Sinai Hospital, NY, NY
Research interests: Hyponatremia, natriuretic and apoptotic factors.

Naveed N. Masani, MD
Medical Director, Outpatient Dialysis Unit

Naveed N. Masani, MD - Medical Director, Outpatient Dialysis Unit | NYU Winthrop HospitalMedical Degree: State University of New York at Stony Brook
Residency: Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Fellowship: Winthrop-University Hospital, NY
Research interests: Renal artery stenosis, CRRT, nocturnal hemodialysis.

Nobuyuki "Bill" Miyawaki, MD
Nephrology Fellowship Program Director
Assistant Professor of Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine

Nobuyuki Medical Degree: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, NY, NY
Residency: Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Research interests: Medical education, atherosclerosis in CKD, bone metabolism.

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 housing and it cannot be provided, a live-off allowance may be provided.

Salary

Salaries are highly competitive with other academic medical centers in the New York metropolitan region. 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 (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, maximum of five consecutive weekdays, to an approved professional conference in the continental United States each year, 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 PGY2 and higher 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
  • Prescription medications in the Hospital formulary…free to 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 twenty (20) work days (four consecutive weeks) and unable to work for more than seven (7) calendar days, due an injury or illness that does not arise out of, and 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 employees 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.  To be eligible, one must have worked 12 months at the Hospital and a minimum of 1250 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 1 X 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 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.       

Employee 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 Employee Health Service. 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 Employee Health practitioner, or by the Emergency Room staff if the Employee Health Service 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 & Work/Life Assistance Program

This resource is available to residents/fellows and their family members to assist with:

  • Areas of assistance include: psychological, child care, elder care, daily living, legal/financial, and work-related
  • Confidential
  • No Cost
  • 24/7
  • Managing work/life dilemmas at a personal level
  • Overcoming emotional hurdles
  • Getting performance back on track
  • Immediate crisis response capability

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 and galleries, and fabulous cuisine. Eastern Long Island has gained fame as 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 NY City is available by Long Island Railroad located directly adjacent to NYU Winthrop Hospital. Residents and fellows take advantage of the opportunity enjoy the myriad of cultural, social, and professional activities in New York City. Additionally, NYU Winthrop's location in central Nassau County allows easy access to spectacular beaches.

The village of Mineola is a wonderful place to live and work. Mineola affords one the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed Long Island lifestyle, while living only 30 minutes away (via LIRR) from the attractions of NYC.

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 away from the hospital along with a large conglomerate of brand name stores and services.

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

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Resident and fellow Rotations

Residents and 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.