Program Director

Kendrick, JessicaDr. Jessica Kendrick, MD MPH

Professor of Medicine
Program Director, University of Colorado Nephrology Fellowship Program


Dr. Jessica Kendrick, Program Director, is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and completed her internal medicine residency and renal fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver. She joined the University of Colorado Faculty in 2010. Dr. Kendrick is a clinical researcher interested in traditional and nontraditional cardiovascular risk factors in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Since the most common cause of mortality in CKD is cardiovascular, her work elucidating the mechanisms and interventions which alter the abnormality in vascular biology will go a long way in decreasing the mortality of CKD. In addition to developing a number of non-invasive techniques to determine the relationship between vascular dysfunction and mortality, Dr. Kendrick is testing the effect of numerous therapies (such as vitamin D and bicarbonate) on vascular function in several clinical trials in patients with CKD. She completed a Master of Public Health Degree in 2014. Dr. Kendrick became the Associate Program Director of the Renal Fellowship in 2012 and the Program director in 2017. As an educator, Dr. Kendrick uniformly receives top 5% reviews while attending on internal medicine and nephrology. She is sought out by house staff, chief residents and conference organizers to speak locally and regionally. In her primary clinical responsibilities at ​University of Colorado Hospital, she is recognized as a top physician and is sought out by patients, families, and staff to be involved in clinical care.


Associate Program Director

Dr. Seth FergesonDr. Seth Furgeson, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Program Director, University of Colorado
Nephrology Fellowship Program

Dr. Seth Furgeson, Associate Program Director, is originally from El Paso and graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He completed his internal medicine residency at Washington University in St. Louis where he served as a chief resident at the St. Louis VA hospital. After finishing his nephrology fellowship at the University of Colorado in 2009, he joined the faculty at the University of Colorado. Dr. Furgeson sees patients at Denver Health, where he serves as the medical director of the outpatient hemodialysis unit as well as the home dialysis clinic. His laboratory is currently studying cellular mechanisms of CKD progression with a focus on macrophage-epithelial interactions and leukotrienes. Dr. Furgeson became the associate program director in 2020 and is responsible for implementing the educational curriculum.


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