2017 News

Department Highlights Current UNC Kidney Center Research

Department Highlights Current UNC Kidney Center Research

UNC nephrology is the most recently featured division on UNC's Department of Medicine web site highlighting current research in each division; a review of ongoing research in our division from glomerulonephritis (ANCA and lupus), patient centered research to emerging technologies is available featuring many projects and faculty.

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Pedaling For a Purpose and the Simple Joy

Pedaling For a Purpose and the Simple Joy

The 2017 Raven Rock Ramble raised over $30,000 last month to assist kidney patients with emergency needs, while also promoting awareness of organ donation. The annual event celebrates the joy of cycling after one man’s kidney transplant. It also gives back to a continuum of care at the UNC Kidney Center.

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GDCN Hosts 31st Annual Meeting Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Michelle Hladunewich

GDCN Hosts 31st Annual Meeting Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Michelle Hladunewich

The GDCN was established in 1985 as a means of enhancing communication and research efforts between community nephrology offices, academic nephrology & pathology departments, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Its purpose is to learn more about the causes and pathogenesis of glomerular diseases, as well as to find the most effective treatments for patients with these diseases. Every year, network members meet up for continuing education and to review ongoing and new studies involving patients with glomerular disease.

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Gerald Hladik, MD, Appointed Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Gerald Hladik, MD, Appointed Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

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.

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Lori O’Brien, Ph.D., Joins Research Mission of UNC Kidney Center

Lori O’Brien, Ph.D., Joins Research Mission of UNC Kidney Center

“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

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Keisha Gibson, MD, Has Been Appointed Chief of Pediatric Nephrology

Keisha Gibson, MD, Has Been Appointed Chief of Pediatric Nephrology

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

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Cynthia Denu-Ciocca, MD, Joins Editorial Board of the American Society of Nephrology for Continuing Medical Education

Cynthia Denu-Ciocca, MD, Joins Editorial Board of the American Society of Nephrology for Continuing Medical Education

Dr. Cynthia Denu-Ciocca, an Associate Professor of Medicine in UNC’s Division of Nephrology, has been selected to serve on the editorial board of the American Society of Nephrology’s (ASN) Education Program.

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UNC Nephrologists Will Contribute to New International Guidelines for Glomerular Disease Therapies and Research

UNC Nephrologists Will Contribute to New International Guidelines for Glomerular Disease Therapies and Research

UNC will be well represented at a signature nephrology event this fall. Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, chief of the division of pediatric nephrology and assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics, and Patrick H. Nachman, MD, FASN, Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professor and deputy director of the UNC Kidney Center, have been invited to serve on the International Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Controversies Conference on Glomerular Diseases.

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Dr. Keisha Gibson Gives Keynote Address at Annual White Coat Ceremony

Dr. Keisha Gibson Gives Keynote Address at Annual White Coat Ceremony

"Because of how society views the medical profession, physicians are leaders. Whether you knew this or not when you started your first day, you are. Leaders communicate a vision, engender trust and buy-in of those they are leading, and nurture a spirit of teamwork to enable realization of that vision." -- Dr. Keisha Gibson

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UNC Nephrologist Joseph Dwight Russell, MD, Died November 11, 2017

UNC Nephrologist Joseph Dwight Russell, MD, Died November 11, 2017

The nephrology community is saddened by the loss of Dr. Joseph Dwight Russell who was a practicing nephrologist at Joseph D. Russell, MD, PA, affiliated with UNC Health Care. Dr. Russell led a medical career defined by innovation, integrity, and abundant compassion for his patients and community.

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Pediatric Kidney Trial Combines a Simple Diet with Moments of Magic

Pediatric Kidney Trial Combines a Simple Diet with Moments of Magic

Disney is a place to make wishes and memories, not necessarily the place for a diet. But what if it could change a child’s life? That’s what researchers are hoping to learn. Two-year-old Nadiya Dockery with nephrotic syndrome was one of 20 children who participated in a grand medical experiment at Disney Resorts in August, joined by her mom Kaley Williams of Sanford, NC.

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