Nephrology Fellowship

Welcome to the Nephrology Fellowship Program at Cooper!

I am the new program director for our fellowship and am excited to take the helm after many years of dedicated service from Dr. Chris McFadden. Please watch his welcome video above.

In today's environment, we know that trainees have many options available to them for their nephrology training. I believe Cooper Nephrology is a truly special place to complete one's fellowship training and would like to highlight a few of the things that I believe are most valuable about our institution. 

Commitment to Home Dialysis - Our division has not one, but 3 primary dialysis units that serve as care centers for home dialysis patients (including home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis). With the recent construction and inauguration of the Transitional Care Unit (TCU), we are uniquely poised to increase the utilization of home dialysis in the South Jersey region. The TCU is the only free-standing unit of its kind in New Jersey, and is designed to stabilize patients new to ESKD with more structured support and education. The goal is to increase health literacy around ESKD which will hopefully increase the number of patients that will choose home dialysis modalities. 

Onconephrology and Glomerulonephritis Exposure - Thanks to the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper University Hospital, our trainees have access to our onconephrology clinic, gaining valuable experience working with side effects of cancer therapy and managing other kidney disease processes facing patients with concurrent malignancies. Our onconephrology clinic also has allowed us to support attending nephrologists with advanced training in glomerulonephritis. Working with these attendings exposes trainees to the diagnosis and therapeutics tailored to patients referred for glomerular diseases. 

Critical Care Experience - Cooper University Hospital is at the cutting edge of critical care, with a well-recognized level 1 trauma center, Neuro ICU, Cardiac Care Unit, Trauma ICU, and Medical ICU. Advanced therapies such as ECMO (VV, VA, VPA), Intra-aortic balloon pumps, direct peritoneal lavage, and innumerable advanced surgical procedures are performed here. We have an excellent working relationship with the critical care division, and our inpatient consult teams work closely with the critical care teams on a daily basis.  Critical care fellows rotate on our inpatient nephrology service, and our nephrology fellows have the opportunity to rotate on the critical care service. Explore our critical care programs further at this website. 

Continuity Clinic at the Urban Health Institute - As a large tertiary care center in the heart of Camden, Cooper Hospital is dedicated to its mission to give back to the community. Nephrologists are closely connected to the management of patients who struggle with social determinants of health, food swamps, and poor health literacy.  The Urban Health Institute has a wealth of resources such as health coaches, LPNs, and group classes to better serve these patients. Fellows act as the primary providers for their own patient cohort at this weekly clinic that is solely for residents of the City of Camden. Please see this website for more information about the Urban Health Institute. 

Please see the Fellowship Education section for more details on our rotations, and our Educational Conference page for an overview of our didactic training program. Please view the main Cooper Fellowship site, and use the links on the right hand side to find information regarding salaries, benefits, and other general information regarding training.

We appreciate your interest and look forward to meeting you as you consider us for your nephrology training.


Jason A. Kline, MD
Associate Professor, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship
Medical Director DaVita Merchantville

Samia Mian, MD
Assistant Professor, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Associate Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship