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Informing and inspiring patients and professionals about personalized care, research and training opportunities in kidney disease

Preceptors

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Raymond C. Harris, M.D., Professor and Chief of Nephrology

Dr. Harris is Director of the Vanderbilt Kidney Disease Center. His research interests focus on the role of growth factors and eicosanoids in renal physiology and pathophysiology.

Mark de Caestecker, M.B., B.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Nephrology

Dr. de Caestecker is Director of the Student Research Training Program in Kidney Disease (Basic Science Research). His lab studies renal development and renal regenerative therapies.

Khaled Abdel-Kader, M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor of Nephrology

Dr. Abdel-Kader's research interests include quality of life in chronic kidney disease (CKD), quality of care of non-dialysis dependent CKD, health information technology including electronic health records (EHR) and clinical decision support systems (CDSS), and predictive modeling

Gautam (Jay) Bhave, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Nephrology

Dr. Bhave is interested in the assembly and function of basement membranes and extracellular matrix particularly in renal disease. By studying matrix biochemistry at a fundamental level, I hope to gain insight into renal glomerular and tubulointerstitial fibrosis which represents the common final pathway to injury in nearly all kidney diseases. My group utilizes cell culture systems, molecular biology, biochemistry, mass spectrometry, and mouse genetics to answer questions of interest.

Kelly Birdwell, M.D., M.S.C.I., Assistant Professor of Nephrology

Dr. Birdwell's research interests focus on metabolic changes and cardiovascular complications in kidney transplant recipients, and the impact of immunosuppression pharmacogenomics on these risks.

Rich Breyer, Ph.D., Professor of Nephrology

Dr. Breyer's lab studies eicosanoid signaling in the kidney and vasculature.

Nancy J. Brown, M.D., Professor and Chair of Medicine

Dr. Brown's research focuses on the mechanisms of end organ damage in hypertension and the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease in renal failure

Kerri Cavanaugh, M.D., M.H.S., Assistant Professor of Nephrology

Dr. Cavanaugh's interests focus on the impact of psychosocial and behavioral factors in kidney disease care.

Peter Clark, M.D., Associate Professor of Urologic Surgery

Dr. Clark is Co-Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Benign Urologic Disease and Residency Program Director in Urology. His research focuses on MAPK and canonical Wnt signaling in renal epithelial neoplasms.

Douglass B. Clayton, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Urology

Dr. Clayton focuses his research on the role of ischemia and reperfusion injury in bladder diseases.

William Fissell, M.D., Professor of Nephrology

Dr. Fissell's research interests include miniaturized implanatable dialysers, basement membrane biomechanics, and drug kinetics in dialysis.

Agnes Fogo, M.D., Professor of Pathology

Dr. Fogo an expert on human and experimental renal pathology, with many years experience studying the effects of chronic renal injury models in rodents.

Al George, M.D., Professor and Chief of Genetic Medicine

Dr. George studies the molecular genetics of ion transporters.

Leslie Gewin, M.D., Assistant Professor of Nephrology

Dr. Gewin's research investigates the role of growth factors in renal injury and fibrosis.

Volker H. Haase, M.D., Associate Professor of Nephrology

Dr. Haase studies the molecular machinery that senses cellular oxygen levels and its role in renal physiology and pathophysiology.

David Harrison, Professor and Chief of Clinical Pharmacology

Dr. Harrison is director of the Vanderbilt Vascular Biology Center. His laboratory studies the role of inflammation and immunity in hypertension.

Adriana Hung, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Nephrology

Dr. Hung is Co-Director of the Student Research Training Program in Kidney Disease. Dr. Hung studies metabolic disorders of chronic kidney disease with focus on vascular inflammation, insulin resistance, endothelial dysfunction and oxidative stress, and how these derangements are linked to cardiovascular risk and kidney disease progression. Another area of work is obesity in CKD.

Alp Ikizler, M.D., Professor of Nephrology

Dr. Ikizler's research focuses on the translational/metabolism physiology in kidney disease.

Deborah P. Jones, M.D., Professor of Pediatric Nephrology

Dr. Jones is the fellowship training program director in pediatric nephrology. Her research interests include: the acute and chronic effects of cancer therapy on the kidney, factors which predict poor outcome in children with glomerular disease and cardiovascular alterations among children with chronic kidney disease and hypertension.

Valentina Kon, M.D., Professor of Pediatric Nephrology

Dr. Kon is investigating the mechanisms underlying CKD-associated dysfunctions of lipid handling and inflammatory functions in atherosclerotic heart disease.

Matt Luther, M.D., M.S.C.I., Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacology

Dr. Luther studies the effects of the renin/angiotensin/aldosterone system on glucose metabolism and vascular function, utilizing clinical studies and model systems.

John Oates, M.D., Professor of Clinical Pharmacology

Dr. Oates' laboratory studies the role of eicosanoids in vascular disease and therapy.

Ambra Pozzi, Ph.D., Professor of Nephrology

Dr. Pozzi is the Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Kidney Disease Center. Her research interests focus on the role collagen binding receptors in renal physiology and pathophysiology.

Heidi Schaefer, M.D., Associate Professor of Nephrology

Dr. Schaefer is a transplant nephrologist whose research interests including living donation and medical issues related to kidney transplant recipients.

Edward Siew, M.D., M.S.C.I., Assistant Professor of Nephrology

Dr. Siew’s research interests include the translational and clinical study of Acute Kidney Injury. Specifically, he has a research program centered around validating novel biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of AKI as well as examining the processes of care patients experience following an AKI event.

Takamune Takahashi, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Nephrology

Dr. Takahashi studies the molecular controls of renal vascular development and the pathogenic mechanisms of diabetic vascular injury.

Jens Titze, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacology

Dr. Titze's research uses both experimental rodent models and human studies to evaluate renal and extra-renal control of electrolyte and water homeostasis by immune cells.

Matthew H. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Nephrology

Dr. Wilson’s research interests focuses on developing cell and gene therapies for kidney diseases.

Roy Zent, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Nephrology

Dr. Zent studies the mechanisms regulating renal fibrosis, epithelial cell biology and the role of cell-extracellular matrix interactions in regulation renal development and disease.