WashU Nephrology Fellowship Training Program Recruits Dr. Frank O’Brien as Associate Program Director for Curriculum Development

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Dr. Frank O’Brien joins WashU Fellowship Training Program as associate program director for curriculum development.

The Division of Nephrology is pleased to announce that Frank O’Brien, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Nephrology, has joined our fellowship leadership program as associate program director for curriculum development.

Dr. O’Brien will join Drs. Steven Cheng, Seth Goldberg, and Tingting Li, in providing mentorship and guidance to our renal fellows as part of our Training Program designed to develop leaders in investigational and clinical nephrology.

O’Brien will organize the core curriculum service for each academic year, allowing fellows to get a broad and thorough education.  “My goals are to create specific curricula for each aspect of our fellowship to ensure our fellows continue to leave our program as the best trained in the country,” says O’Brien.   He is also involved in the development of specific curricula for our in-center hemodialysis and home modalities programs.

The Fellowship Training Program team is dedicated to providing not only guidance for a strong clinical training and research experience, but also providing a support system for the fellows.

Dr. Seth Goldberg, associate program director for service and assessment, says, “My role focuses on maintaining the highest level of trainee satisfaction throughout the fellowship experience. We have incorporated a number of wide-sweeping changes within the program the past few years to foster an educational environment most conducive to learning and in achieving the ideal work-life balance.”

Dr. Tingting Li recently took over the program’s focus on the “wellness” of our fellows.  “The wellbeing of our fellows is a top priority for our fellowship program,” says Li.  “My role is to optimize a healthy work-life balance.  My goals are to create effective ways to reduce stress and avoid burnout and to maintain a safe and supportive learning environment where fellows thrive.”  Li is also associate program director for clinical research and career development.


For questions about our Nephrology Fellowship Program, please contact:

Dr. Steven Cheng



Training Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship
Steven Cheng, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine
Twitter:  @RenalRhapsody





Dr. Seth Goldberg



Associate Program Director for Service and Assessment
Seth Goldberg, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
Twitter:  @sgoldber99





Associate Program Director for Clinical Research & Career Development and Wellness
Tingting Li, MD, MSCI, Associate Professor of Medicine
Twitter: @Ting2li






Dr. Frank O'Brien



Associate Program Director for Curriculum Development
Frank O’Brien, MBBCh, MRCPI
Twitter: @frankjobrien84