Gerald Hladik, MD, Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, has announced the appointment of Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, as Chief of Pediatric Nephrology
“A thorough understanding of how the nephron and its specialized cell types form, function, and respond to disease is essential to our ability to develop new therapies and regenerative strategies.” – Dr. Lori O’Brien
Ronald Falk, MD, Chairman of the Department of Medicine has announced that Gerald Hladik, MD, has been appointed Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension.
The UNC Kidney Center training program provides research training opportunities for epidemiological, clinical, basic and translational research in kidney disease. The current research trainees at the Kidney Center are Magdalene Assimon, PharmD, Shakia Hardy, MPH, CPH, Britta Jones, PhD, and Xiaojuan Li, MSPH. Each will be featured here so you can learn more about them and the work they're doing.
The UNC Kidney Center welcomes new trainees who recently began their nephrology training. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight each trainee; featured here is Dr. Roshni Radhakrishna.
An article published on the Higher Education Works Foundation highlights the kidney transplant story of UNC patient Kevin Howell and donor Lindsay Recchie. Howell, who is the Senior Vice President of External Affairs for the UNC system, is a patient of Dr. Falk. When he needed a kidney transplant, Lindsay Recchie, also a UNC system employee, stepped up to donate. She received the Governor’s Award for Excellence for the gift of her kidney to a co-worker.
John Poulton, PhD, has joined the UNC Kidney Center faculty to work in basic science research in kidney diseases. Dr. Poulton attended Florida State University as an undergraduate and for his graduate work, and recently completed his postdoctoral fellowship at UNC. He answers some questions here about his background and his research.
This publication described the results from a web-based survey sent to members of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA). Responses came from 71 countries representing multiple regions around the globe including Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, Latin America, and North America. It is the first study that looks at this specific workforce from the perspectives of all regions of the world.
UNC Kidney Center Nephrology fellows recently celebrated the completion of their subspecialty training. Graduates include Sara Burgardt, MD, Akhil Hedge, MD, Suzanne Katsanos, MD, Vivek Sanghani, MD, and Katie Westreich, MD. Here, the graduating fellows share where they're heading next.
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Awards 2-Year Contract to Improve Research Studies in the Dialysis Community
Researchers led by UNC Kidney Center’s Jenny Flythe, MD, MPH have won a 2-year award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) which will focus on building the research capacity in the dialysis community at the local level.
UNC School of Medicine Class of 2016 Selects Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH for Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award
UNC Kidney Center’s Dr. Keisha Gibson was recognized by the Class of 2016 with the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award at the School of Medicine Commencement this weekend. This award, sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, honors a faculty member “who best demonstrates the Foundation’s ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care; respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues; and clinical excellence.”
Dr. Ron Falk sits down with Smith Doss and Claude Monnier, two incredible individuals who support the Raven Rock Ramble in a number of ways, as corporate-level sponsors, volunteers, and participants. The Raven Rock Ramble, which is organized by David Cole, is a 100-mile bike ride which promotes awareness of organ donation issues, and benefits the UNC Kidney Center. The 15th Raven Rock Ramble is on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Dr. Ron Falk interviews Smith and Claude about their love for biking, their adventures on a tandem bike, and why they choose to support this event.
The inaugural Data Visualization Showcase and Contest at the UNC Health Sciences Library, held on April 5, highlighted UNC students’ work in data visualization in a competitive format. Four students from the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the School of Medicine (SOM) at UNC presented their work, which was assessed by three faculty judges.
The Blythe Lecture takes place each year in honor of Dr. William Blythe, who was a distinguished and admired former chief of the Division of Nephrology at UNC. This year's lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 20 at 4:00 PM in G-100 Bondurant Hall. Dr. Glassock will present "Auto-immunity in Glomerular Disease- 50 years of Progress."
Shaun Riebl, PhD, RDN, LDN, recently joined the UNC Kidney Center as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Riebl earned his PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He serves alongside the nephrology team in the Kidney and Hypertension Specialty Clinic providing nutrition therapy and education to individuals with kidney disease.
Clara and Greg Neyhart created the Neyhart Scholarship in 2010 to support patients with kidney disease or children of patients with kidney disease. The fifth scholarship will be awarded in 2016. Applications for the 2016 scholarship currently are being accepted through May 1, 2016.
As we approach the milestone of another new year, our thoughts sometimes turn to festive events, ball drops, confetti, and maybe tail-gaiting parties. Why not start off the New Year with this list of kidney-friendly top 10 resolutions, courtesy of the National Kidney Foundation (“Kidney-Friendly New Years Resolutions.”)
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) hosts an annual meeting and scientist exposition. UNC Kidney Center researchers joined more than 13,000 kidney professionals from across the globe in San Diego, CA. The world's premier nephrology meeting, Kidney Week provides participants opportunities to change knowledge, learn the latest scientific and medical advances, and listen to engaging and provocative discussions with leading experts in the field.
On Nov. 11, J. Charles Jennette, MD, Kenneth M. Brinkhous Distinguished Professor and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, delivered the 2015 Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture. In his lecture, Jennette thanked his family and faculty colleagues for the support they have given him throughout his career at UNC. He highlighted his close working relationship and friendship with Ron Falk, MD. Jennette and Falk have worked closely for more than 35 years and achieved great acclaim for advancing the understanding of glomerular disease and vasculitis.
Nine UNC Kidney Center physicians were named to the 2015-2016 Best Doctors in America® list. Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review. Best Doctors, Inc helps patients get the right diagnosis and right treatment. The UNC Kidney Center physicians who made the 2015-2016 list are: Randal K. Detwiler, MD, Ronald J. Falk, MD, Maria E. Ferris, MD, MPH, PhD, Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, Gerald A. Hladik, MD, J. Charles Jennette, MD, Roger Lamanna, MD, Patrick H. Nachman, MD, and Volker Nickeleit, MD
UNC Kidney Center Former Trainee Receives Editorial Recognition for Publication in Occupational and Environmental Medicine
An article published in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) journal by former UNC Kidney Center trainee Jill Lebov, PhD, was recently discussed in an editorial on the publication’s web site. Dr. Lebov’s article, “Pesticide use and risk of end-stage renal disease among licensed pesticide applicators in the Agricultural Health Study,” studied commonly used pesticides applied by farmers and commercial pesticide applicators and the rates of End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) among that population.
UNC Kidney Center Fellows Selected as Winners of ASN Innovations in Kidney Education Contest with “Nephropoly” Game
Dr. Dorey Glenn, a pediatric nephrology fellow at UNC, with the help from UNC adult nephrology fellows, has created “Nephropoly: Urine Trouble!,” a board game that teaches kidney physiology. The creation of Nephropoly came about as a response to the 2015 American Society of Nephrology Innovations in Kidney Education Contest, which asked the kidney community to submit ideas for innovative tools to teach medical students and residents aspects of kidney physiology.
The UNC Kidney Center welcomes new trainees Shannon Mahoney, MPH, MD, Monica Reynolds, MD, and Elizabeth Upton, MD, who began their nephrology training this month.
The Star Heel Awards Program is administered by Benefits Services in the Office of Human Resources at UNC and is sponsored by TIAA-CREF and presents the award to one person in each division and department at the university every year to recognize and reward excellent employees.
Each year, the graduating nephrology trainees present the Maestro Award to a faculty member who has shown outstanding commitment and excellence in teaching. On June 17, 2015, the Maestro Award was presented to UNC Kidney Center Director Dr. Ron Falk. Dr. Fernanda Schober presented the award on behalf of the fellows, and delivered the following speech.