Research and Scholarship Activities
The Nephrology Section, in conjunction with the Department of Public Health Sciences, offers a three-and-a-half to four-year program leading to a Master's Degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Board eligibility in nephrology. This program emphasizes training for careers in academic medicine with a focus on developing skills for clinical research. The opportunity to earn the Master of Science degree in epidemiology is an integral part of the fellowship training in clinical nephrology. Approximately one-and-a-half to two years of the program would be spent almost entirely in course work required for the Master's Degree. The other two years would be spent rotating through clinical services and working on clinical research projects. The trainee would write a thesis as required for the Master's Degree program.
Additionally, all clinical fellows have adequate elective time which can be devoted to work on a variety of clinical research projects under faculty supervision. Our nephrology section has an active clinical research program, with special interests in the areas of genetics and prevention of ESRD, peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, and acute renal failure.
All fellows are expected to pursue a specific project under the direct supervision of one or more members of the research-training faculty. Results of the fellows’ investigations will be reported periodically at a sectional research conference, held monthly, and at national meetings. Faculty preceptors and their areas of research interest include:
|Anthony J. Bleyer, MD, MS||Identifying the causes and treatments for rare kidney diseases, including uromodulin kidney disease, mucin-1 kidney disease and inherited fanconi syndrome. Epidemiology of end-stage kidney disease.|
|Isai Bowline, MD||Nephrology education and clinical nephrology|
|John M. Burkart, MD||Peritoneal dialysis adequacy; nocturnal hemodialysis|
|Pirouz Daeihagh, MD||Efficacy of hypertensive regimens|
|Thomas D. DuBose, MD||Renal tubular acidosis|
|Barry I. Freedman, MD||Clinical Nephrology Research|
|Amret T. Hawfield, MD||Pre-eclampsia|
|Shahriar Moossavi, MD||Vascular calcifications and ESRD; Interventional Nephrology|
|Amudha Palanisamy, MD||Renal transplantation|
|James Pirkle, MD||Home dialysis; dialysis outcomes; clinical nephrology|
|Amber Reeves-Daniel, DO||Renal transplantation|
|Michael V. Rocco, MD, MS||Hemodialysis adequacy; nocturnal hemodialysis, daily acute dialysis in the ICU, renal epidemiology|
|Anita M. Saran, MD||Glomerulonephritis|
|Scott G. Satko, MD||Family History of ESRD screening|
Additionally, fellows are given didactic instruction in research methodology (including epidemiology and biostatistics) and participate in a weekly Journal Club, during which they are taught how to critically appraise the medical literature, as explained above in the description of the fellows’ conference series.
Our teaching activities include several conferences held throughout the week. See our conference schedule page for an outline of scheduled conferences.