News, Honors, and Awards
May 2016 – Years of Service – Nephrology would like to recognize the following staff for their hard work and dedication to UT Southwestern: Wisam "Sam" Nachawati (10 years), Amy Porch (10 years), Keng-Mean Lin (20 years) and Cassie Livingston (25 years)
Jan. 1, 2016 – Congratulations to Biff Palmer, M.D., on his election to the University of Texas System Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., Academy of Health Science Education for 2016. This is a real terrific honor for our Division and the Department.
Nov. 11, 2015 – This Veterans Day, the Division of Nephrology would like to recognize Pamela Maass for service to her country. Pamala, a Sr. Grants and Contracts specialist in Nephrology, served in the United States Air Force circa 1970.
Aug. 26, 2015 – Javier A. Neyra, M.D., describes acute kidney injury (AKI), the consequences post-AKI, and what you should do after suffering AKI. AKI is a syndrome that results in a sudden decrease in kidney function or kidney damage within a few hours or a few days.
May 2015 – Years of Service – Nephrology would like to recognize the following staff for their hard work and dedication to UT Southwestern: Dana Jeffress (5 years, Grant Specialist), Sung Wan An (5 years, Research Associate Senior in Dr. Huang’s Lab), Kyle West (5 years, Research Study Coordinator in Dr. Hedayati’ s Lab), Leslye Grant (10 years, Research Assistant II in Dr. Moe’s Lab), Martha Cruz (10 years, Research Study Coordinator), Nancy Wang (15 years, Senior Research Nurse), and Tammy Lightfoot (20 years, Clinical Research Manager).
Jan. 5, 2015 – Miguel Vazquez, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Director of Kidney Transplantation at UT Southwestern, said transplants can be challenging at first for patients of any age. “It’s not an easy thing. They have a major surgical procedure, the medication burden, just coming to clinic so often to be checked – it’s three times a week at first – all that can be challenging for individuals.”
Dec. 19, 2014 – Miguel Vazquez, M.D. – National trial first to focus on long-term complications associated with chronic kidney disease, diabetes, hypertension. UT Southwestern Medical Center in collaboration with Parkland Health & Hospital System, Texas Health Resources, VA North Texas Health Care System, and ProHealth Physicians, Inc. of Connecticut – will lead the first National Institutes of Health-funded, multicenter, clinical trial to address interventions for patients with multiple chronic conditions centered around kidney disease.
Dec. 1, 2014 – Parkland Celebrates 50th Anniversary of First Kidney Transplant - On November 5, 1964, the hospital saved a 10-year-old girl from Renal disease… her donor was her own twin sister. Parkland has performed transplants for more than 2,000 patients over the past 50 years. Right now, more than 200 patients are waiting for kidney transplants at Parkland and 450 are currently in recovery after receiving kidneys. So here`s to 50 more years of saving lives.
Dec. 1, 2014 – The O'Brien Kidney Center hosted visiting researcher Dr. Hortensja Brzóska for six weeks starting in October. During her visit she examined the PCP processes in the folic acid model; in particular mitotic orientation and how this relates to the changes in expression of PCP proteins. Dr. Vishal Patel's laboratory helped train Dr. Brzóska in measuring mitotic orientations in mice. She also spent time with Dr. Carroll's laboratory observing o/n imaging of an embryonic kidney. The Center would like to especially thank Dr. Igarashi's laboratory for all their tremendous help in making Dr. Brzóska's visit a success. You all went above and beyond and for that we are extremely grateful.
Nov. 1, 2014 – UT Southwestern was just added to the Cure Glomerulonephropathy (CureGN) consortium! With Kamalanathan Sambandam, M.D., as the principal investigator, CureGN is a multicenter five-year cohort study of glomerular disease patients funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The CureGN project will study 2,400 children and adults with the following glomerular diseases: minimal change disease (MCD), focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), membranous nephropathy (MN), and IgA nephropathy (IGAN). Participants will be followed longitudinally to better understand the causes of disease, response to therapy, and disease progression, with the ultimate objective to cure glomerulonephropathy. Ancillary studies that leverages the deep data that will be procured in CureGN are encouraged, and indeed are needed.
Nov. 23, 2015 –The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has awarded UT Southwestern Medical Center researcher Dr. Thomas Carroll an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Biology in the amount of $899,598 for "The Role of the Lats Kinases in Sarcomatoid Renal Cell Carcinoma."
Oct. 15, 2015 – National Institutes of Health awarded Thomas Carroll, Ph.D., an R24 for his project titled "Application of progenitor niche signals to ex vivo nephrogenesis"
June 1, 2015 – Aylin Rodan, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded an R03 by the NIH “Probing intracellular Cl- in a WNK-signaling-dependent transporting epithelium”.
June 1, 2015 – Vishal Patel, M.D., was awarded an NIH R01 “MicroRNAs: New Regulators of Disease Progression in Polycystic Kidney Disease”.
June 1, 2015 – Amrita Das, Ph.D., was awarded an American Heart Association Beginning Grant–in-aid, “The stroma of a developing kidney regulates endothelial cell organization”
June 1, 2015 – Thomas Carroll, Ph.D., was awarded an NIH R24, “The stroma of a developing kidney regulates endothelial cell organization”.
Feb. 1, 2015 – Nilum Rajora, M.D., was awarded Sister Renal Center Program by the International Society of Nephrology
Feb. 1, 2015 – Peter Van Buren, M.D., was awarded by Medpace, “A Phase 3 Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Multi-Center Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Pyridorin”
Feb. 1, 2015 – Chou-Long Huang, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, “Proposal to Characterize Bioactivity of Recombinant Klotho Proteins."
Aug. 1, 2014 – Javier Neyra, M.D., has been selected as a recipient of the ASN Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Program award “Klotho and Acute Kidney Injury: A Case-Control Study in Humans."
Aug. 1, 2014 – Silvia Ferre, M.D., has been selected as a recipient of the ASN Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Program award “Klotho and Acute Kidney Injury: A Case-Control Study in Humans."
Aug. 1, 2014 – Thomas Carroll, Ph.D., was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Institute for the Study of Kidney Diseases.
May 2017 – Joseph Berger, M.D., was the recipient of a Teaching Award elected by the third year Medical Students. One faculty member out of the 530 in our Department of Medicine gets this award annually. In the past, this award was given to senior faculty with years of experience in bedside teaching and a long history of exposure to the students. Dr. Berger’s award reflects his extraordinary knowledge in medicine, exemplary skills in inspiring the students and knowledge transfer, and his dedication to house-staff education.
Jun. 21, 2016 – Payaswini Vasanthl, Ph.D., 2015-16 Nephrology Fellow, has been selected as the Parkland Health & Hospital System 2016 Fellow Award of Excellence in Patient Care recipient.
Nov. 8, 2015 – The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) announced the three winning entries for the inaugural ASN Innovations in Kidney Education Contest (IKEC). Kamalanathan Sambandam, M.D., received the award for his project titled "CRRT simulator using PowerPoint macros"
July 1, 2015 – Vishal Jaikaransingh, M.D., was awarded Outstanding Clinical Nephrology Fellow Award.
July 1, 2015 – Ramesh Saxena, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded Outstanding Teaching Award in Nephrology.
July 1, 2015 – Rebecca Rojas, M.D., was awarded Outstanding Patient Care Award in Nephrology.
Apr. 1, 2015 – Peter Igarashi, M.D., was awarded the Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease. He would like to dedicate this award to Vishal Patel, Patricia Cobo, Sachin Hajarnis, Qian Wang, Silvia Ferre, Karam Aboudehen, Ronak Lakhia, and Darren Williams.
Mar. 25, 2015 – Ronak Lakhia, M.D., presented her research at the NKF meeting Wednesday, March 25, 2015 and won the National Young Investigators’ Forum 1st Place Award for Basic Science.
Mar. 1, 2015 – Ion Alexandru Bobulescu, M.D., received one the inaugural Department of Internal Medicine Chair’s Pilot Awards for "Gut Microbiota and Nephrolithiasis Risk in Type 2 Diabetes".
Mar. 1, 2015 – Ulrike Schnell, Ph.D., was awarded the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Travel Winner. Travel Award winners were announced at the University Lecture Series on February 25; Four Travel Awards are sponsored by the Postdoctoral Association and two are being sponsored in conjunction with Women in Science and Medicine (WISMAC). The Postdoctoral Association (PDA) awards at least two $700 travel awards each Spring and each Fall to help a postdoctoral scholar attend an academic meeting. The judging for each award is conducted by a panel of PDA members based on the following criteria: degree of involvement in the PDA, quality of the essay, whether the scholar will be presenting at the conference, and whether the scholar has been to other conferences recently.
Feb. 1, 2015 – Aylin Rodan, M.D., Ph.D., received a $45,000 award from the Browne Genetic Research Foundation for outstanding genetic research
July 2016 – Bekir Tanriover, M.D., Cost-Effectiveness of Antibody-Based Induction Therapy in Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation in the United States. Transplantation. 2016 Jul 1.
June 2016 – Javier Neyra, M.D. Cumulative Fluid Balance and Mortality in Septic Patients With or Without Acute Kidney Injury and Chronic Kidney Disease. Crit Care Med. 2016 Jun 27.
June 2016 – Orson W. Moe, M.D. Vitamin-D status and mineral metabolism in two ethnic populations with sarcoidosis. J Investig Med. 2016 Jun;64(5):1025-34. doi: 10.1136/jim-2016-000101. Epub 2016 Apr 6.
May 18, 2016 – Aylin Rodan, M.D., Ph.D. published Potassium: friend or foe? Pediatr Nephrol. 2016 May 18.
Apr. 24, 2016 – Javier Neyra, M.D., Robert Toto, M.D., and Peter Van Buren, M.D. were authors on a publication titled Comparison of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Patterns in Patients With Intradialytic Hypertension and Hemodialysis Controls. Kidney Blood Press Res. 2016 Apr 22;41(3):240-249.
Feb. 17, 2016 – Denise Marciano, M.D. and Massimo Attanasio, M.D. were authors on Loss of diacylglycerol kinase epsilon in mice causes endothelial distress and impairs glomerular Cox-2 and PGE2 production, Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2016 May 1;310(9):F895-908. doi: 10.1152/ajprenal.00431.2015. Epub 2016 Feb 17.
January 2016 – Ulrike Schnell, Ph.D., Immunolabeling artifacts and the need for live-cell imaging. Nat Methods. 2012 Jan 30;9(2):152-8. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.1855.
Dec. 7, 2015 – Nephrology fellow, Ronak Lakhia, M.D., published “MicroRNA-21 Aggravates Cyst Growth in a Model of Polycystic Kidney Disease” J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 Dec 17. pii: ASN.2015060634. [Epub ahead of print]
Nov. 25, 2015 – Aylin Rodan, M.D., Ph.D., published a video article “Use of the Ramsay Assay to Measure Fluid Secretion and Ion Flux Rates in the Drosophila melanogaster Malpighian Tubule.” J Vis Exp. 2015 Nov 25;(105). doi: 10.3791/53144.
Nov. 24, 2015 – S. Susan Hedayatia, M.D., published “Rationale and design of A Trial of Sertraline vs. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for End-stage Renal Disease Patients with Depression (ASCEND)” Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Nov 24;47:1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2015.11.020. [Epub ahead of print]
Oct. 15, 2015 – Massimo Attanasio, M.D., published “Hedgehog signaling indirectly affects tubular cell survival after obstructive kidney injury.” Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2015 Aug 19:ajprenal.00232.2015. doi: 10.1152/ajprenal.00232.2015. [Epub ahead of print]
Oct 6, 2015 - Sachin S. Hajarnis, published "Transcription Factor Hepatocyte Nuclear Factor-1β (HNF-1β) Regulates MicroRNA-200 Expression through a Long Noncoding RNA." J Biol Chem. 2015 Oct 9;290(41):24793-805. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M115.670646. Epub 2015 Aug 19.
July 1, 2015 – Yin Wu, Michel Baum, Chou-Long Huang, and Aylin Rodan published “Two Inwardly Rectifying Potassium Channels, Irk1 and Irk2, Play Redundant Roles in Drosophila Renal Tubule Function.” Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2015 Oct;309(7):R747-56. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00148.2015. Epub 2015 Jul 29.
July 1, 2015 – Javier Neyra, M.D., published “Association of Hyperchloremia With Hospital Mortality in Critically Ill Septic Patients.” Crit Care Med. 2015 Sep;43(9):1938-44. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000001161.
July 1, 2015 – Bekir Tanriover, M.D., M.P.H., published “Induction Therapies in Live Donor Kidney Transplantation on Tacrolimus and Mycophenolate With or Without Steroid Maintenance.” Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 Jun 5;10(6):1041-9. doi: 10.2215/CJN.08710814. Epub 2015 May 15.
May 1, 2015 – Chou-Long Huang, M.D., Ph.D., publication was selected for the May cover of JASN, "Soluble Klotho Protects against Uremic Cardiomyopathy Independently of Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 and Phosphate." J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 May;26(5):1150-60. doi: 10.1681/ASN.2014040325. Epub 2014 Dec 4.
Mar. 9, 2015 – Xinchao Pan, Ulrike Schnell and Thomas J. Carroll published “ A Cre-inducible fluorescent reporter for observing apical membrane dynamics.” Genesis. 2015 Mar-Apr;53(3-4):285-93. doi: 10.1002/dvg.22848. Epub 2015 Apr 11.
May 2016 – Announcement from Fellowship Director, Dr. Kamal Sambandam: I'm delighted to inform you that Dr. Parker Gregg has agreed to accept the position of Chief Fellow for the next academic year. I know she will be strong advocate for fellows as well as for the program in this new role. I want to also recognize the amazing job that Dr. Sanghera has done. Please help me congratulate Drs. Gregg and Sanghera as they pass the baton of this leadership position
Jan. 1, 2016 – The Nephrology Division is delighted to announce the appointment of Bekir Tanriover, M.D., M.P.H., as Medical Director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Clements University Hospital. Dr. Tanriover has an impressive academic record, superb clinical skills and is highly respected by patients, colleagues and staff. He has been a major contributor to our program since his recruitment to UT Southwestern three years ago and has the vision and dedication to continue moving our transplant program forward.
Jan. 1, 2016 – We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Orson Moe, M.D., as the new Chief of Nephrology. He succeeds Dr. Peter Igarashi, our former colleague who left UT Southwestern last December to assume the Chair of Medicine at Minnesota. Dr. Moe, a longtime member of the UT Southwestern Internal Medicine faculty, received his medical degree from the University of Toronto followed by residency and fellowship training in Toronto. He then undertook a research fellowship at UT Southwestern under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Alpern. He is a highly accomplished investigator, a superb clinician and celebrated for his extraordinary pedagogical and mentorship skills. Dr. Moe is a member of the American Society of Clinical Research, American Association of Physicians, American Society of Nephrology, and American Physiologic Society. He is also the Director of the Charles and Jane Pak Center of Mineral Metabolism and Clinical Research and holds the Charles and Jane Pak Chair in Mineral Metabolism Research and the Donald Seldin Professorship in Clinical Investigation.
Jan. 1, 2015 – Denise Marciano, M.D., Ph.D., will be replacing Orson Moe, M.D., as Cell Biology and Imaging Core Co-Director. She will continue her role as Co-Enrichment Director of the O'Brien Seminar Series.
Jan. 1, 2015 – Orson Moe, M.D., will be replacing Peter Igarashi, M.D., as O'Brien Kidney Center Director. We wish Dr. Igarashi all the best in his new journey as Chief of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.
Nov. 1, 2014 – Michael Concepcion, M.D.. received his initial medical training at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He then moved to Texas for his internal medicine residency at UT Southwestern, and then proceeded to complete a fellowship in nephrology, also at UTSouthwestern. His clinical practice encompasses hypertension, kidney stones, glomerular kidney disease, chronic kidney disease, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis management, and renal transplant care.
Sept. 1, 2014 – Nilum Rajora, M.D.. has been promoted to Associate Professor of Internal Medicine.
Nov. 1, 2015 – Venkatesh Ariyamuthu, M.D.
Dr. Ariyamuthu is originally from India. He completed his internal medicine residency and general nephrology fellowship at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia. He attended Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago to pursue his specialty in transplant nephrology. Dr. Ariyamuthu is interested in bone mineral disorders and hypertension in transplant recipients. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family.
Oct. 1, 2015 – Sadaf Khan, M.D.
Dr. Khan is originally from India. Her parents moved to the UK after she was born and then they moved to the U.S. when she was in middle school. Raised mostly in Cleveland, Ohio, she received her medical degree from Ohio State University. After completing her internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, she attended Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to pursue specialty training in nephrology. Dr. Khan's interests outside of medicine include reading, traveling and cooking.
Sept. 1, 2015 – Swee-Ling Levea, M.D.
Dr. Levea is originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and moved to Austin in high school. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. After completing her internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, she attended Vanderbilt University Medical Center to pursue specialty training in nephrology and transplant nephrology. Dr. Levea's interests outside of medicine include reading, photography, musicals (Broadway), hockey games, and outdoor activities such as hiking.
Sept. 1, 2015 – Jiten Patel, M.D.
Medical School: Louisiana State University
Residency: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Internal Medicine
Fellowship: UT Southwestern Medical Center, Nephrology