VCKD Members


Khaled Abdel-Kader MD MS

Dr. Abdel-Kader's research interests include quality of life in chronic kidney disease (CKD), quality of care in non-dialysis dependent CKD, health information technology including electronic health records (EHR) and clinical decision support systems (CDSS). His prior work includes assessing patie Read More


Gautam Bhave M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Bhave is interested in the assembly and function of basement membranes and extracellular matrix particularly in renal disease. By studying matrix biochemistry at a fundamental level, I hope to gain insight into renal glomerular and tubulointerstitial fibrosis which represents the common final Read More


Kelly Ann Birdwell M.D., M.S.C.I.


I am a nephrologist, transplant specialist and translational physician-scientist specializing in patient-oriented research. I examine the factors involved in the pathogenesis, course, and survival of patients with kidney failure and kidney transplantation, with studies ranging from genotypic varia Read More


Richard M Breyer Ph.D.

Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) mediates a wide range of biological effects including anti-inflammatory effects,airway resistance in asthma, fertility and maintenance of vascular tone. The precise identity of the receptors which mediate these effects are unclear. The focus of Dr. Breyer's research is the Read More


Kerri Cavanaugh MD MHS

I specialize in the care of patients with chronic kidney disease as a result of any cause and have specific expertise in caring for patients with kidney failure. This includes treating kidney failure with the best medical therapy, which may include options such as dialysis. I am passionate about d Read More


Beatrice P Concepcion M.D.


My practice is focused on the general care of patients who have received kidney transplants.  This includes managing immunosuppressive medications, post-transplant complications and overall health maintenance.  I work closely with the rest of our transplant team and with colleagues in other specia Read More


Mark Peter de Caestecker M.B., B.S., Ph.D.,

My research is focused on the mechanisms and therapeutic manipulation of intrinsic tissue repair and regenerative mechanisms following kidney injury. The long-term goal of these studies is to develop treatments that increase effective tissue repair and thereby reduce Read More


Jamie P Dwyer M.D.

My clinical expertise centers around kidney disease (in general) but specifically diabetic kidney disease and other glomerular lesions, including glomerulonephritis. I have also developed expertise in the evaluation, management, and prevention of kidney stones (nephrolithiasis).  My clinical resea Read More


Charles D Ellis PhD

Dr. Charles D. Ellis is currently a Research Instructor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.  Dr. Ellis received his doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Read More


Rachel B Fissell M.D. M.S.


I trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland, and completed a Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Michigan, and a Masters degree in Biostatistics and Clinical Trial Design at the University of Michiga Read More


William Henry Fissell M.D.

In addition to Dr. Fissell’s clinical expertise in general nephrology, he has long had a particular interest in the delivery of care for patients with acute and chronic renal failure requiring dialysis therapy. His expertise has allowed him to find novel solutions to patient’s difficult dialysis p Read More


Agnes B Fogo M.D.


Research efforts primarily concern renal pathology and involve: 1) basic research in mechanisms and pathophysiology of progression of chronic renal disease; including regression/remodeling of sclerosis; 2) basic research in mechanisms and pathophysiology of the renin angiotensin system; and 3) app Read More


Leslie Stuart Gewin MD

My research focuses on understanding how TGF-beta modulates the renal response to acute and chronic injury. TGF-beta has been implicated in the pathogenesis of renal injury, but the exact mechanisms are unclear. As TGF-beta mediates Read More


Thomas Golper M.D.


Thomas A. Golper, MD, FACP trained at Indiana University and the Oregon Health Sciences University, and currently is Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. He has held positions on the Board of Directors of the RPA and AAKP, served as the PD Ad Read More


Volker Hans Haase M.D.,


The Haase laboratory studies the VHL/HIF oxygen-sensing pathway and uses conditional gene targeting technology and transgenesis, as well as biochemical and functional genomics approaches to define the specific roles of the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) tumor suppressor and individual HIF transcription f Read More


Maria Hadjifrangiskou Ph.D.


Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most frequent bacterial infections, are highly prevalent among women and have a high degree of recurrence. Currently, antibiotics are the primary treatment option for UTI, however they oftentimes fail to eliminate infection, they perturb the host micro Read More


Raymond Manuel Hakim M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Raymond Hakim is currently a clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology.  He brings a tremendous amount of experience to the team at Vanderbilt. Dr. Hakim was the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Executive Vice President, Clinical and Scientific Affairs for Fresen Read More


Ray Harris M.D.


The general focus of the Harris laboratory involves studies of regulation of renal epithelial cell growth and function during normal physiologic responses and after acute or chronic injury.  An area of continuing interest in the laboratory is regulation of renal epithelial cell function by eicosan Read More


J Harold Helderman M.D., FACP, MAST


My specialty is that of Kidney Transplantation for over 30 years.  I maintain out-patient transplant clinics and a pre-transplant evaluation clinic at Vanderbilt and I am the Medical Director of the Transplant Ward at Vanderbilt Hospital. I regularly care for patients with complex renal transplant Read More


Billy G. Hudson Ph.D.


Dr. Billy G. Hudson, Ph.D., is the Elliot V. Newman Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Director of the Center for Matrix Biology at Vanderbilt University. His research has focused on ancient collagen proteins that compose basement membranes, a speci Read More


Adriana M. Hung M.D., M.P.H

Dr. Hung is a nephrologist and epidemiologist who serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University.  She is also the Dialysis Medical Director, both for the outpatient and the inpatient programs, at the Nashville VA.  Dr. Hung obtained her medical degree from the Universidad C Read More


Tracy E. Hunley M.D.


Dr. Hunley is a clinician in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology & Hypertension at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, where he cares for kidney related diseases in kids from neonates to young adults. His interests include glomerular disease, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, kidney Read More


T. Alp Ikizler MD


Dr. T. Alp Ikizler is currently Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Chair in Vascular Biology and Professor of Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Read More


Kathy L Jabs MD


Division of Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension   Research Labs:   Valentina Kon, MD   Ji Ma, MD Iekuni Ichikawa, MD Read More


Valentina Kon MD


Dr. Kon's research focuses on the connections between chronic kidney disease (CKD) and cardiovascular disease. In particular, she had been interested in defining the mechanisms underlying CKD-associated dysfunctions of lipid handling and inflammatory functions by the macrophage, a key cell type in Read More


Anthony James Langone M.D.

Dr. Anthony Langone received his medical degree from the State University of New York, School of Medicine and Biological Sciences,  Buffalo NY and was a resident of Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston TX.   He completed two fellowships in Nephrology and Transplant Nephrology Read More


Julia B. Lewis M.D.


My major area of research interest is the design and conduct of multi-center renal clinical trials where I have had leadership roles in numerous NIH sponsored cli Read More


Matt Luther MD


I am a physician scientist with clinical training in internal medicine, nephrology and hypertension.  I am clinically active in the Vanderbilt Hypertension clinic, which focuses on evaluation and treatment of resistant and secondary forms of hypertension. The goal of my translational resear Read More


Ambra Pozzi PhD


  Our laboratory has established two major lines of research.   color:# Read More


Neil S. Sanghani M.D.

I currently practice general nephrology, and I treat a diverse group of patients with all types of kidney disease. I enjoy all aspects of nephrology, and I have a strong interest in treating patients with glomerular disease, particularly those with membranous nephropathy. I also have an interest i Read More


Heidi Maree Schaefer MD


I have specialized in the care of kidney transplant recipients and living kidney donors since 2003 and currently serve as the Medical Director of the Living Donor Program. I have a particular interest in caring for patients with dual organ transplants, other organ transplants with chronic kidney d Read More


Gerald Schulman M.D.


I have been involved in clinical trials at Vanderbilt University for over two decades and I serve as the co-directorof the Clinical Trials Center at Vanderbilt (CTC). I was one of the investigators who  participate Read More


Eddie Siew MD, MSCI

Dr. Edward D. Siew is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN within the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension and a Staff Physician at the Nashville VA.  Dr. Siew received hi Read More


Mo Sika Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor, Administrative Director of Nephrology Clinical Trials Center   Since joining the Nephrology Clinical Trials Center at Vanderbilt in 1997, I have participated in more than 60 clinical trials (Federal, Pharmaceutical, and Investigator-initiated) related to Read More


Takamune Takahashi MD, PhD


Angiogenesis, formation of new blood vessels, is a pivotal process in organogenesis and tissue regeneration, requiring ordered endothelial cell proliferation, migration, and homotypic and heterotypic intercellular adhesion. However, when angiogenesis is induced (and unregulated) in pathological co Read More


Angela P Thompson MBA, CPA

Division Administrator, Nephrology and Hypertension Read More


Roberto M Vanacore PhD

The focus of Dr Vanacore’s research is the study of basement membrane proteins, particularly collagen IV and its modifying enzymes, which are involved in life-threatening human diseases such as diabetic nephropathy, vascular disease, Goodpasture disease, and Alport syndrome. Collagen IV forms cros Read More


Matthew Wilson M.D., Ph.D.

My expertise is in caring for patients with chronic kidney disease.  I am particularly interested in patients with genetic forms of kidney disease, undiscovered genetic forms of kidney disease Read More


Roy Zent M.D., Ph.D.

Roy Zent is the Thomas F. Frist Sr Professor of Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a member of the division of nephrology and is the Vice Chair of Research for the Read More


Ming-Zhi Zhang M.D.


My research focuses on three main areas: 1) Hormonal regulation of renal physiological and pathophysiologic functions. Specifically, we have investigated the regulation of renal cortical and medullary cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression by different hormones including elements of the r Read More