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Dr. Molly Fisher featured in Nephrology News & Issues
Dr. Molly Fisher featured in Nephrology News & Issues

Dr. Molly Fisher was featured in Nephrology News & Issues for her work with her colleagues that compared the incidence, risk factors, and outcomes of acute kidney injury in hospitalized patients by COVID-19 status published in JASN.

Read more at Healio News Read Dr. Fisher’s research article in JASN


Kidney transplant program published on the COVID-19 vaccination response in kidney transplant recipients
Kidney transplant program published on the COVID-19 vaccination response in kidney transplant recipients

Kidney transplant program (Drs. Yorg Azzi and Enver Akalin etc) in collaboration with Dr. Liise-anne Pirofski, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, studied SARS-CoV-2 spike IgG (anti-spike IgG) responses to COVID-19 vaccination in 98 kidney transplant recipients. Twenty-one patients had prior COVID-19 infection and 11 (52%) had SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid IgG (anti-nucleocapsid IgG) before vaccination, of whom 20 (95%) generated anti-spike IgG. However, only 32% of 76 patients without a previous history of COVID-19 and a negative anti-nucleocapsid IgG before vaccination generated an anti-spike IgG response. Lack of response to COVID-19 vaccines was associated with African American race, being on high dose anti-metabolite therapy, and having lower pre-vaccination CD3, CD4 T cell and serum IgM levels. Read more in the Kidney International >


Dr. Matthew Abramowitz received NIH R01 award to study physical function in kidney disease
Dr. Matthew Abramowitz received NIH R01 award to study physical function in kidney disease

Matthew Abramowitz, M.D., M.S. was awarded a $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study mechanisms of physical function decline in patients with kidney disease. The grant will fund a 5-year study to investigate alterations in the skeletal muscle of adults with kidney disease and the changes that occur after patients start dialysis. This study has the potential to influence the care of patients with kidney failure and to shed light on the causes of functional impairment in this population.


Drs. Michael Ross and Maureen Brogan honored with the American Society of Nephrology Awards
Drs. Michael Ross and Maureen Brogan honored with the American Society of Nephrology Awards

Michael Ross, M.D., Chief of the Division of Nephrology, received the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) 2021 Distinguished Leader Award.

Maureen Brogan, M.D., Clinical Director of Nephrology, received the ASN 2021 Distinguished Clinical Service Award.


Dr. Tanya Johns received the NIH Career Development Award
Dr. Tanya Johns received the NIH Career Development Award

Tanya Johns, M.D., was awarded a career development grant (K23) by the NIH in 2021 to examine the relationship between dietary patterns and inflammation, and its association with kidney function decline in racial/ethnic minorities.


The Division of Nephrology ranked #27 by US News & World Report
The Division of Nephrology ranked #27 by US News & World Report

The Division of Nephrology was ranked #27 by the USNWR 2019-2020 Best Hospital rankings. The division received the highest possible ratings for 30-day survival rate, nurse staffing ratio, advanced technologies, and patient services.