November 8, 2011

From House Organ: Nephrology fellow donates kidney to father

Since he can remember, Hani Bleibel, M.D., a Nephrology fellow at VUMC, has always wanted to be a physician. What he didn’t know was that one of the lives he would save would be his father’s.

When Bleibel first entered school at Kursk State Medical University in his native Russia, he was unsure about what specialty to study. Originally attracted to internal medicine because his father suffered from hypertension, his focus changed when his father’s health deteriorated.

“My father’s illness is what guided my decision about what to practice,” said Bleibel. “I really thought I would pursue internal medicine, but as his health declined and his kidneys failed, nephrology seemed to be a better choice for me.”

Bleibel, 32, graduated from Kursk in 2004 where he received both his

undergraduate and medical degree in a six-year program. He later came to the United States to begin his training and completed his internal medicine residency at Meharry Medical College in 2009.

He came to Vanderbilt as a Nephrology fellow in 2010. Meanwhile, his father had been placed on the kidney transplant waiting list a year earlier.

Read the whole story by Jessica Pasley in the November, online-only issue of House Organ.

Other stories in the issue include:

Fact into fiction: House Organ story vs. Grey’s Anatomy story

The Hall-of-Famer at Children’s Hospital

National Arts Program exhibit at One Hundred Oaks is a showcase of Vanderbilt talent