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Program Director


Dr. Stuart Linas, M.D. 

Professor of Medicine

Chief of Nephrology, Denver Health Medical Center

Program Director, University of Colorado Denver Nephrology Fellowship Program 

Dr. Stuart Linas, Nephrology Training Program Director, is a graduate of Tufts University.

School of Medicine and was a House Officer at the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine, Strong Memorial Hospital. He completed his Renal Fellowship Program under the direction of Dr. Robert W. Schrier, Dr. Tomas Berl and Dr. Robert Anderson in 1978 and afterward he joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine. Dr. Linas ran a basic science laboratory from 1978–2000. His research made significant contributions to the area of Angiotensin II Receptor Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, especially with regard to vascular smooth muscle and renal tubular epithelial cell function. Additionally, Dr. Linas was one of the first individuals to identify an important role for inflammatory factors in the initiation and maintenance phases of acute renal failure.

Since July 2000, Dr. Linas has devoted his effort to education, primarily to the Nephrology Fellowship Training at the University of Colorado. He was on the executive committee of the Training Program Directors' Committee of the America Society of Nephrology (ASN) for five years, and he chaired the committee for two years. Recently, Dr. Linas served as a member and chair of the Hypertension Advisory Committee of the ASN. Dr. Linas was on the executive committee of the American Society of Subspecialty Professors and served as the President. Additionally, Dr. Linas was the Education Editor of the American Journal of Kidney Disease and served as a member of the Subspecialty Board of Nephrology of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), as the Chair of the Renal Subspecialty Board and as a member then Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the ABIM. He is currently the chair of the Curriculum Steering Committee for the University of Colorado School of Medicine.​

Dr. Jessica Kendrick, MD MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine

Associate Program Director, University of Colorado Denver Nephrology Fellowship Program

Dr. Jessica Kendrick, Associate 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 mo​rtality 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 inseveral 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. 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 Denver Health, she is recognized as a top physician and is sought out by patients, families and staff to be involved in clinical care.