U-M Nephrology Division, Dr. Subramaniam Pennathur
Subramaniam Pennathur, MD
Chief, Division of Nephrology

For over 50 years, the Division of Nephrology has been nationally and internationally recognized for the excellence of its clinical care, and its rich and diverse research and education programs.

"Our focus is to provide sensitive, comprehensive care to our patients, conduct cutting-edge research and advance education to prevent and treat kidney disease" 

Subramaniam Pennathur, MD, Chief, Division of Nephrology

Patient Care

We are committed to providing comprehensive and personalized care for our patients with kidney disease. We have several specialized clinics to treat patients including our Chronic Kidney Disease ClinicGeriatric Kidney Disease ClinicGlomerular Diseases Clinic, and Stone Prevention Clinic. We have established state-of-the-art outpatient and inpatient dialysis programs, and a Dialysis and Vascular Access Service. We work hand-in-hand with the U-M Transplant Center in cases where a patient has end-stage kidney failure, with the goal of avoiding or eliminating the need for dialysis. Learn more.


The Division of Nephrology is actively involved in a wide range of research areas and is recognized as having research programs that are at the forefront of science. Many of our faculty members conduct research with the U-M Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center, George M. O'Brien Michigan Kidney Translational Core CenterMax Harry Weil Institute for Critical Care Research and InnovationInstitute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation, and Arbor Research Collaborative for Health; with several faculty members serving in leadership roles. In 2021, our division received over $20 million in federal, industry, and foundation funding to support our research activities. Learn more.

Education and Training

We believe the diverse interests of our talented faculty and the outstanding strengths of Michigan Medicine allows us to have one of the premier Nephrology Fellowship Training Program in the United States, along with a robust and competitive Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Training Program and a Interventional Nephrology Fellowship Training Program. Learn more.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Well-Being

The Department of Internal Medicine (DOIM) Division of Nephrology is committed to creating and cultivating a diverse and inclusive community that provides our faculty, learners, and staff with the opportunities and support they need to thrive. Visit the DOIM Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Well-Being to learn more.