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

Department: Medicine


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 Central of Venezuela, completed her residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a nephrology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Hung has received several grants/awards from the National Kidney Foundation, National Institute of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Hung's research centers on examining the role of inflammation and impaired glucose metabolism in chronic kidney disease and their impact on cardiovascular disease (CVD) and CKD progression. Specifically, Dr. Hung has studied the role of genetic and environmental factors that contribute to inflammation and insulin resistance, developing methods to better classify insulin resistance in patients with kidney disease, and testing interventions that target these derangements that can lead to better outcomes. Dr. Hung also has extensive experience in pharmacoepidemiology using large databases and has published work comparing the effectiveness of established therapies toward diabetes management to prevent incident CKD and delay CKD progression and improve cardiovascular outcomes.

Dr. Hung is serving as a member of the American Society of Nephrology Dialysis Advisory Group (DAG) (2013-2015) and of the National Committee for the Home Dialysis Program for the Veterans Affairs. She is the local principal investigator for the Million Veteran Program, a member of the CKD working group for the VA network for the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT trial), and is part of the writing group for the Chronic Kidney Disease Care clinical practice guidelines for the VA system. Additionally, she is a section editor in the field of dialysis, nutrition and metabolism for the Journal of Clinical Nephrology, and is also a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Renal Nutrition. Dr. Hung is also Associate Director for the Summer Research Training Program in Kidney Disease (SRTP-KD), which is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, and teaches evidence-based medicine, epidemiology and genetic epidemiology to medical and graduate students at Vanderbilt.

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