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Drs. Seth Goldberg and Frank O’Brien Take on New Leadership Roles for WashU Fellowship Program

Seth Goldberg looks forward to leading the growth of the Nephrology Fellowship Program.

WashU Nephrology is proud to announce leadership changes in our Nephrology Fellowship Program with the promotions of Seth Goldberg, MD, to Director and Frank O’Brien, MD, FASN, to Senior Associate Program Director.

Dr. Goldberg is a respected medical educator at WashU.  He earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa and completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in nephrology here at WashU.  His many awards are proof of his teaching abilities and dedication.  He received the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Knowlton Award for Internal Medicine in 2009, the Award for Excellence in Teaching in nephrology in 2010 and 2012, and the Distinguished Service Teaching Award in 2011, 2015 and 2018.  He also received the inaugural Nathan Hellman Teaching Award in 2018 and was again voted for the award In 2021.  Also in 2021, Goldberg was one of the recipients of the Academy of Educators inaugural Honor Roll Awards, which are given for outstanding contributions to medical education.

In his clinical work, as co-director of the Multidisciplinary Kidney Stone Clinic Goldberg brings together the expertise of two disciplines – nephrology and urology – to provide a convenient, single point-of-care for patients. He is also Director of Polycystic Kidney Disease Clinic and Director of the Living Kidney Donor Program.

Goldberg has served as the Associate Program Director for the fellowship training program for the past decade and looks forward to the role of Program Director. 

“I feel honored to be appointed to this role and am excited to continue to move the program on its upward trajectory,” says Goldberg. “Over the past several years our team has implemented a number of changes to consistently improve the educational experience of our fellows, and it is in this spirit that I look forward to leading the growth of the program and the expansion of these training opportunities.”

Frank O’Brien will help maintain the excellence of our Nephrology Fellowship Program.

Frank O’Brien has been instrumental in developing curricula for both our fellows and clinical programs since he joined WashU Nephrology in 2017.  He earned his medical degree from the University College Cork in Ireland and completed his residency in internal medicine at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, with subsequent transplant specialty training at Beaumont Hospital Dublin.  After higher specialty training in nephrology at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, O’Brien completed a fellowship in nephrology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

In 2020, he became Associate Program Director for Curriculum Development for our fellowship program.  O’Brien organized the core curriculum service for each academic year that would provide fellows with a broad and thorough education.  He created specific curricula for each aspect of the fellowship to ensure that the fellows would leave our program as highly trained specialists.  He is also involved in the development of specific curricula for our in-center hemodialysis and home modalities programs.

In his current role as Senior Associate Program Director, O’Brien will be assisting Dr. Goldberg in ensuring our fellowship program remains one of the best in the country.  He will continue to build a robust education schedule, while also ensuring Wellness for our fellows.

“I am excited to take up this post,” says O’Brien. “Our fellowship program is already excellent, and I hope to help this continue. I believe it is important to listen to our fellows to allow the program to evolve.”

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