Nephrology Fellowship Program
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center
The Nephrology Fellowship is a two-year program designed to train future
nephrologists. The fellowship is shared between Newark Beth Israel Medical
Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center. The combined hospitals offer
a rich renal experience, exposing trainees to both urban and suburban
The fellowship provides a broad-based clinical experience in the practice
of nephrology including diagnosis, disease management and prevention,
and application of evidence-based methods of decision-making.
The program offers a wide range of clinical experience. Fellows gain knowledge
and skills in a scope of pathology presented by a diverse patient population.
Moreover, both hospitals have renowned kidney transplant programs and
trainees get a rich exposure to this renal replacement therapy.
The program is designed in concert with the recommendations and requirements
of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and
the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Upon successful completion
of the program, fellows are expected to be eligible and appropriately
trained for subspecialty boards in Nephrology.
Number of fellows accepted each year: 2
Nephrology Fellowship Faculty
Sadanand Palekar, M.D.
Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship
Program Director, Renal and Pancreas Transplant
Chief of Nephrology
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Dr. Palekar was born and raised in Bombay, India where he received his
undergraduate degree from Bombay University’s Chauhan Institute
of Science and received his medical degree from the University’s
Grant Medical College. Dr. Palekar completed his residency training at
St. Elizabeth Hospital and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of
New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Palekar is
the Program Director of the Renal and Pancreas Transplant Program at Newark
Beth Israel Medical Center.
Heather Lefkowitz, M.D.
Associate Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship
Dr. Lefkowitz received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College
of Medicine in New York, and her internship and residency training at
the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical College. She completed her fellowship
in nephrology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and graduated summa
cum laude with a biology degree from Yeshiva University. Dr. Lefkowitz
is a member of the AOA Honors Society and has also co-authored an article
that appeared in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Neil Lyman, M.D.
Chief, Division of Nephrology
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Dr. Lyman graduated from Case Western Reserve University and Albert Einstein
College of Medicine (Alpha Omega Alpha). He was an intern, resident, and
chief medical resident at Mount Sinai Medical Center and nephrology fellow
at Boston University School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr.
Lyman is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey, and is the author of several medical publications.
He was the recipient of the Outstanding Subspecialist of the Year Award
in 1991-1992 and the Golden Apple Award in 1995-1996.
Robert Zenenberg, D.O.
Dr. Zenenberg, who is board certified in both internal Medicine and nephrology,
completed a fellowship from New York University. He completed a residency
in internal medicine from the University of Connecticut Health System,
Farmington/Hartford, CT, and an internship in osteopathic medicine at
Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic
Medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and an undergraduate
degree in molecular/cellular biology from the University of Connecticut.
His published research includes, "Hyponatremia: Evaluation and Management," Hospital Practice, Feb. 2010. He was listed as a "Top Doctor for 2011" in New Jersey Monthly.
Ryan J. Goldberg, M.D.
Dr. Goldberg, board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, joined
the Renal and Pancreas Transplant Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center
in 2010 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver,
CO. While there, he completed two fellowships, both in AST/ASN renal transplant
and general nephrology, and a residency in internal medicine. He received
a post-baccalaureate degree from the University of Colorado at Denver,
Denver, CO, and an undergraduate from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.
His research includes “Dysregulation of the alternative pathway
of complement activation within the glomerulus and development of thrombotic
Shamkant Mulgaonkar, M.D.
Chief, Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division
Dr. Mulgaonkar is one of the preeminent professionals in transplantation
in New Jersey. He has been instrumental in the rapid growth of transplantation
here and championed the development of the Living Donor Transplant Programs
at both Saint Barnabas and Newark Beth Israel Medical Centers. He is a
dynamic leader who has cared for more than 1,500 kidney transplant recipients
since the 1970s. He is largely responsible for the success of the Renal
and Pancreas Transplant Division as one of the most highly regarded programs
in the United States.
Dr. Mulgaonkar is past president of the Transplant Society of New Jersey
and has twice been name "New Jersey Transplant Professional of the
Year" He was also named "Transplant Physician of the Year"
in 1996. His major research interests include transplant immunology, clinical
trials of newer immunosuppressants, and allograft thrombosis. He has led
clinical research trials in the use of many novel immunosuppressants and
has published over 100 scientific papers in peer review journals. He is
on the speaker bureau of numerous transplant pharmaceutical companies
who are leaders in the field of transplant immunosuppression. Dr. Mulgaonkar
is a member of a number of professional societies including the American
Society of Nephrology, the American Medical Association, The Renal Physicians
Association, The Transplant Society of New Jersey, and the United Network
for Organ Sharing. He is also on the board of the New Jersey Organ and
Tissue Sharing Network.