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Nephrology News

2021 Kidney Weeks has begun! Congrats to our fellows presenting abstracts!
"Therapeutic Plasma Exchange in the Critically Ill Patient: Technology and Indications" from apheresis expert, Dr. Amber Sanchez, is now available online! 
Our Division was recently awarded the Satellite Healthcare Home Dialysis Fellow Program Grant! A special thanks to Dr. Cynthia Miracle for working diligently on our proposal!
Drs Etienne Macedo and Ravindra Mehta's publication "Regional Citrate Anticoagulation for Continuous Kidney Replacement Therapy with Calcium-Containing Solutions: A Cohort Study" is now available to readers online.

Dr. Robert Steiner's most recent publication is now in print: "Complexities of eGFRs in a Study of Glomerular Physiology."

Check out Dr. Pranav Garimella's latest co-authored publication- "Central and Peripheral Arterial Diseases in Chronic Kidney Disease: Conclusions from a Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Controversies Conference."

Dr Rakesh Malhotra and former fellow and T32 trainee, Ujjala Kumar, recently published "Physical Activity in Hemodialysis Patients on Nondialysis and Dialysis Days: Prospective Observational Study." Drs Pranav Garimella, Joachim Ix, and Danuta Trzebinska were also a part of the study.

As of April of 2021 Dr. Charles Ginsberg has taken over as the new site-PI (UCSD) for the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) Study. 

Former Nephrology Division T32 trainee and current F32 grant awardee, Dr. Lindsay Miller, just published "Association of Urine Biomarkers of Kidney Tubular Injury and Dysfunction with Frailty Index and Cognitive Function in Persons with CKD in SPRINT." Lindsay published this article alongside her mentors, Drs Dena Rifkin and Joachim Ix. Congrats Lindsay!

Chief of Nephrology at the VASDHS, Dr. Scott Thomson, and Director of Renal Physiology for the O'Brien Core Center for Acute Kidney Injury Research, Dr. Volker Vallon, just published "Effects of SGLT2 Inhibitor and Dietary NaCl on Glomerular Hemodynamics Assessed by Micropuncture in Diabetic Rats" on the American Journal of Physiology.

Straight out of the press! Dr. Prabhleen Singh's most recent publication "Altered Lung Metabolism and Mitochondrial DAMPs in Lung Injury Due to Acute Kidney Injury."

Dr. Volker Vallon's latest publication "Effects of SGLT2 Inhibitors on Kidney and Cardiovascular Function" is now available for online reading through the link above.

Christine Bakhoum, one our star T32 fellows, recently published "Proteinuria and Nocturnal Blood Pressure Dipping in Hypertensive Children and Adolescents." Drs Caitlin Carter, Francis Gabbai, Joachim Ix, and Pranav Garimella are also authors on this Pediatric Research publication.

Another of our star T32 fellows, Erika Allred, recently published a case in Pediatric Nephrology titled "Flank Pain and Gross Hematuria: An Uncommon Presentation of a Rare Disease." The article contains a second portion addressing questions raised in the first article.

Dr Etienne Macedo's recent publication is now available online: Recognition and Management of Community-Acquired Acute Kidney Injury in Low-Resource Settings in the ISN 0by25 Trial: A Multi-Country Feasibility Study.

Our Division is excited to welcome Helen Tesfai, PA-C to our Nephrology Team!

Our Kidney Transplant Program was ranked 7th in the nation in outcomes by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. We are incredibly proud of our  amazing UC San Diego Kidney Transplant Team!

You may download and read a copy of Dr. Michael Baker's latest publication "Progesterone: An Enigmatic Ligand for the Mineralocorticoid Receptor" here.

Applications are now open for the August 4-9, 2021 Nephrology Business Leadership University (NBLU) annual program. This event has been invaluable and life-changing for so many of our nephrology fellows. Apply ASAP!

We are excited to announce that this April Dr. Joachim Ix was awarded a new R01 grant from the NIDDK. Dr. Ix will be collaborating with Dr. Alexander Bullen as well as colleagues from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Oregon State University in a project titled "Kidney Tubule Dysfunction and Future Risk of Acute Kidney Injury."

In the Spotlight

Former UCSD Nephrology fellow, and current faculty within our Division, Dr. Alison Potok has been awarded an NIDDK K23 grant! Alison will focus her research on the Clinical Applications of the Difference in Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate by Cystatin C vs. Creatinine, for Prognosis in the Long Term and Drug Dosing in the Short Term. This is such an important milestone for Alison- our Division is incredibly proud of her!

Nephrology research fellow, Jon Cheng, was recently awarded an NIH Loan Repayment grant funded by the NIDDK! 

This past May Dr. Cheryl Anderson was honored with the inaugural UC San Diego Health Sciences Women Leadership Award.

A huge congrats to Drs Dena Rifkin, Joseph Abdelmalek, and Tyler Woodell for receiving the Chief Medical Resident Award this year! Each year, the internal medicine chief medical residents choose faculty that they wish to honor and recognize for their teaching contributions to the housestaff. Seven such awards are given annually, one for each chief resident. 

Congratulations to Jon Cheng on his acceptance into the UCSD Improving the Health of Aging Women and Men T32 Program! Jon will study free vitamin D and cardiovascular disease under the mentoship of Drs Joachim Ix, Charles Ginsberg, and Andrea LaCroix.

Navidea Biopharmaceuticals recently posted a press release announcing an NIH grant award to Dr. Charles Ginsberg and other UCSD colleagues for the "Clinical Study Evaluating Tc99m Tilmanocept as a Kidney Imaging Agent."

Thanks to Dr. Bethany Karl's hard work and commitment, UC San Diego Nephrology now supports wRVU lactation accommodation for new doctor moms. A physician mom returning from maternity leave will be supported with 3 wRVUs per one 30-minute block during a 1/2 day ambulatory clinic reserved for lactation.

Former UCSD Nephrology Fellow and current Assistant Professor, Dr. Charles Ginsberg, received a Notice of Grant Award for his first NIH/NIDDK R01. Dr. Ginsberg will partner with UCSD Radiation Medicine colleagues to evaluate the utility of tilmanocept imaging for the early diagnosis of diabetic neuropathy.

Dr Prabhleen Singh was recently awarded a Senior Clinical Scientist grant from the VA. In addition, her VA Merit Award "Renal Oxygenation and Mitochondrial Function in the Pathophysiology of Kidney Disease" was renewed for an additional 6 years! Congrats Dr. Singh!

With a lot of pride and excitement we congratulate Dr. Cheryl Anderson, Dean of the School of Public Health & Human Longevity Science here at UC San Diego, for being the Health Sciences recipient of the 2020 UC San Diego Inclusive Excellence Award. Our Division is very proud of Dr. Anderson's commitment and contribution to a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community at UC San Diego!

Dr. Tyler Woodell is the recipient of the 2020 Chief Resident Teaching Award from the Internal Medicine graduating chief medical residents. This is a terrific honor, as it represents the Chiefs' choice for the one faculty member for the inspiration, guidance, and mentorship they provided throughout their 4 years in their residency program. Congratulations Dr. Woodell!

Dr. Cheryl Anderson was recently named founding dean of the School of Public Health & Human Longevity Science at UC San Diego. Part of our faculty, and mentor to several of our fellows, our Division is proud of Dr. Anderson's new appointment.

National Recognition

UC San Diego Health recently ranked No. 1 among hospitals in San Diego, and among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Also in the 2020 report,10 Adult Specialties within the UC San Diego Health System were Nationally Ranked, including Nephrology.

Division Message

The Division of Nephrology-Hypertension at UCSD is a preeminent academic nephrology division.  Dr. Joachim Ix leads the team as Chief of the division. Along with Dr. Ix, the Division consists of over 25 full-time faculty members engaged in patient care, education, and innovation in kidney medicine.  In-patient nephrology care is centered at our hospitals in the La Jolla and Hillcrest neighborhoods in San Diego, but is not limited there.  Our goal is to bring outstanding nephrology care to the San Diego community broadly, and nephrology clinics and care of our patients occurs across San Diego county.  We welcome you to explore our division through this webpage, and our dynamic work in patient care, research, education, and policy. 

2020 Fellowship Match 

We are thrilled to welcome Jeffrey Chow, Clark Crane, Andrew Liu, Jennifer Pham, and Luke Webster into our UC San Diego Nephrology family! All five start their first year of fellowship this July, 2021. We are eager to have them here in San Diego!

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More Nephrology News! 

Check out Dr. Amber Sanchez's recent publication on the Journal of Clinical Apheresis, Update to the ASFA Guidelines on the use of Therapeutic Apheresis in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis.

Drs Etienne Macedo and Ravindra Mehta have initiated a global study evaluating COVID-19 positive patients with kidney disease (Global Assessment of Acute Kidney Disease Incidence and Outcomes in Patients with COVID-19 Infection).

Dr. Mehta is further participating in COVID-19 research at UC San Diego (A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy of Ramipril to Prevent ICU Admission, Mechanical Ventilation or Death in Persons with COVID-19) and a Boston based study (Multicenter Study of COVID-19 Disease in Critically Ill Patients in the US: Examination of the Incidence, Risk Factors, Clinical Features, and Outcomes of Acute and Chronic Kidney Disease).

This past October our dedicated team of UC San Diego nephrologists and surgeons completed their 100th successful kidney transplant for the year. Despite an ongoing global pandemic, our healthcare team continues to work very hard to provide the best and most expedient care possible for our patients.

Last June Dr. Sushil K. Mahata was awarded an R21 award for "The Role of Chromogranin A in Tauopathy."

A huge congrats to Dr. Scott Mullaney for making the list of San Diego's Top Doctors 2020!! We are very proud of you Dr. Mullaney!!

Nephrology Division Chief, Dr. Joachim H. Ix, was recently awarded the prestigious Dr. Shaul G. Massry  Distinguished Lecture Award from the National Kidney Foundation.