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Nephrology Business Leadership

NBLU brings together a diverse group of practicing nephrologists, hospital and dialysis provider executives, and other professionals who share their insights with fellows preparing for a career in nephrology.

About The Event

Nephrology Business Leadership is a unique week-long program tailored to second year nephrology fellows preparing to begin a career in nephrology.

Rotations are designed to provide nephrology fellows with an opportunity to complement the clinical skills gained through their fellowship program with learning modules focused on the economics and business aspects of private practice.

Attendees will leave the NBLU program with a stronger understanding of the business of nephrology, and how it fits into the complex and evolving healthcare landscape.


5805 Granite Pkwy, Plano, TX 75024

Hilton Granite Park


Tuesday 3pm to Saturday 11pm

August 6th - 10th, 2024



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Hear what NBLU alumni have to say after attending one of our programs


For more details and insight about the NBLU program, check our FAQs


Hear what NBLU alumni have to say after attending one of our programs

Fellows attending NBLU can expect to leave with:

  • Ability to evaluate potential employers for the ultimate fit
  • Enhanced leadership and business understanding to bring to potential employers
  • An understanding of the ever-changing payment / reimbursement landscape
  • The know-how to embark as a solo practitioner or as a high impact member of a group practice or faculty
  • Confidence approaching the interview process
  • Lifelong mentor relationships


NBLU has attracted over 80 nephrology programs since 2016.
Hear from past year attendees on their experience and what they gained from NBLU!

Dr. Nathaniel Reisinger

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Pennsylvania  NBLU 2016

Melby Philip

Nephrologist, Dallas Renal Group  NBLU 2021

Hoang 'Ahn' Nguyen, MD  University of California Irvine , NBLU 2016

"A key takeaway was realizing that it’s a lot more than just knowing medicine."

Aleksandra “Sasha” Novikov, MD Scripps Health NBLU 2016

"It’s eye opening and extremely important for fellows in nephrology and for anyone entering the workforce in the medical field."

Karo Torosian, MD Balboa Nephrology Group, NBLU 2016

"My biggest takeaway was building the confidence and losing the fear of going out in the real world and practicing nephrology."

Yesenia Galan MD, Hadden Renal Medical Specialists, NBLU 2020

"This experience has shaped so much of what I hope to gain in the future... Namely a sense of purpose and a path to striving toward it everyday!  Prior to this I struggled with my role as a renal specialist, but now I know what I want to do and who I want to be."

Matthew Sparks, MD Associate Professor of Medicine Duke University School of Medicine

"NBLU is also a lot of fun and allows attendees to meet lifelong friends and colleagues from fellowship programs all over the country. This is a must attend event." 

Mary Dittrich, MD, FASN, EVP and CMO

“I love seeing the next generation of nephrology leaders take control of their future and I’m fortunate to have a front row seat watching like-minded professionals form lifelong friendships. NBLU promotes the bright future of nephrology and USRC proudly supports it. I circle this event on my calendar every year!” 


For more information and insights, check out documents and articles related to NBLU.

U.S. Renal Care Announces 2022 Nephrology Business Leadership Program

February 2, 2022

New program website announced along with seventh annual event Plano, Texas – U.S. Renal Care (USRC), a leading provider for chronic and acute renal disease, todayannounced its seventh annual Nephrology Business Leadership (NBLU) program will be held August 9th‐13th, 2022, at Hilton Granite Park in Plano, Texas. The event, created…

The NBLU Experience: An Immersion in Leadership, Networking, Economics of Nephrology, and Diversity

October 17, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in diminished camaraderie among trainees. This is secondary to social fragmentation, reduced connectivity, and disappointedly limited opportunities to interact with like-minded individuals at national conferences. This has been a challenging time for all of us, however, we were given a glimmer of hope this summer.…

Renal Fellows Attend 2021 Nephrology Business Leadership University

September 10, 2021

Second-year WashU Nephrology fellows Maryam Saleem, MBBS, Bharat Neelam Raju, MD, Hassaan Iftikhar, MBBS, and Gaurav Rajashekar, MBBS, took part in the 2021 Nephrology Business Leadership University (NBLU) program, which wrapped up its week-long event on August 8, 2021.  The interactive event schools participants on the economics and business of nephrology to help senior fellows prepare…

ASN Policy Joins “Next Generation Nephrologists” at NBLU

August 22, 2018

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) was honored to participate recently in the third annual Nephrology Business Leadership University 2018 in Dallas, TX, at the headquarters of U.S. Renal Care (USRC) and hosted by USRC, the Dallas Renal Group, and UC San Diego. The NBLU unique weeklong program for second…

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