Faculty

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Thomas A. Golper, MD, FACP, FASN

Professor of Medicine Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Nashville, TN

Thomas A. Golper, MD, FACP, FASN is Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as Medical Director of the Medical Specialties Patient Care Center. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed an internship, a residency in Internal Medicine, and a fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland.

Dr. Golper’s professional interests are in the field of dialysis and the administrative aspects of nephrology practice. He currently chairs the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee and is President-elect of the North American Chapter of the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis. He has held positions on the Board of Directors of the Renal Physicians Association and the American Association of Kidney Patients. He also served as the PD Adequacy Work Group Chair for the first two versions of Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative, and he remains on the Work Group. He led the Network 9 Peritonitis and Catheter Survival Study and has served on the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis Ad Hoc Committee for Peritonitis for many iterations of its guidelines.

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Shweta Bansal, MD, FASN

Associate Professor of Medicine University of Texas Health at San Antonio - San Antonio, TX

After obtaining the medical degree from SMS Medical College, Jaipur and Residency in Internal Medicine from New Delhi, India, Dr. Bansal moved to the Unites States in 2001, where she completed Internal Medicine Residency and Nephrology Fellowship from the University of Colorado, Denver. There she also earned a certificate in Public Health Sciences. Dr. Bansal joined the Division of Nephrology at UT Health San Antonio in 2010 and currently is a clinical Associate Professor of Medicine.

A mentee of Dr. Teitelbaum, Dr. Bansal took over the PD program and expanded the PD population from 2 to 30 patients in 2 years by convening a multi-disciplinary team and streamlining the renal replacement therapy education. She fervently promotes and teaches this underutilized modality to the fellows and patients. She founded the Annual cardiorenal connections CME meeting along with her cardiology colleague. Dr. Bansal has been highly recognized for her outstanding teaching abilities and won several teaching awards. In 2018, she was appointed as the Program Director of Nephrology Fellowship Program at UT Health San Antonio.

Her clinical and research interests focus on the volume/sodium control in the management of hypertension, dialysis and cardiorenal patients. She has received extra-mural and institutional grants to support her health service and clinical research projects. She is also site-PI for important Precision Medicine initiatives with NIH and TRIDENT consortium, NHLBI sponsored SPIRRIT-HF and several clinical industry grants. She has over 40 peer reviewed publications and chapters. She also serves as the chair of the Institutional Review Board.

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Joanne Bargman, MD FRCPC

Professor of Medicine University of Toronto - Toronto, Ontario Canada

Joanne Bargman is a staff nephrologist at the University Health Network and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She received her MD cum laude from the University of Toronto and pursued nephrology training at Stanford University. She has more than 800 invited lectures internationally, on subjects as diverse as peritoneal dialysis, glomerulonephritis, and lupus. She is the Director of Peritoneal Dialysis program and co-director of the Combined Renal-Rheumatology Lupus Clinic for the University Health Network.

She won the “Silver Shovel”, given by the graduating medical class of the University of Toronto to the best lecturer in the undergraduate years. She has also won the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Teaching Award, given to the best teacher in the postgraduate program. In 2013 she was the recipient of the Donald Seldin Award for excellence in nephrology at the National Kidney Foundation (US). She was the 2015 Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Dialysis Conference and the International Distinguished Medal at the Spring Clinical Meetings of the National Kidney Foundation in 2016. In 2018 she was the recipient of the Gabor Zellerman Award for Research and Excellence in Peritoneal Dialysis. She is a deputy editor of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Dr. Bargman is co-author of the chapter “Chronic Kidney Disease” in the 17th-20th editions of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine.

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Scott D. Bieber, DO

Affiliate Faculty University of Washington - Seattle, WA

Scott Bieber DO attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA and completed internal medicine residency and chief residency at Los Angeles County General Hospital, University of Southern California. After completing residency, he went on to nephrology fellowship in the clinician educator track at the University of Washington. He completed an additional year of advanced dialysis fellowship at the University of Washington - Northwest Kidney Centers and spent ten years as clinical faculty at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He currently practices clinical nephrology at Kootenai Health in northern Idaho. His clinical interests include home dialysis therapies and improvement and innovation of dialysis technology. Dr. Bieber frequently lectures on topics related to peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis, water treatment and the technical aspects of dialytic care.

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Joel D. Glickman, MD

Professor of Clinical Medicine University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine - Philadelphia, PA

Joel D. Glickman, MD is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he is also Director of the Home Dialysis Programs (peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis). He attended medical school in Brooklyn, NY and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in the Bronx. He then moved to Philadelphia to complete a fellowship in nephrology at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical and research interests focus on clinical outcomes and education in short daily hemodialysis, home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

Dr. Glickman is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Edward D. Viner Teaching Award at Pennsylvania Hospital and, most recently, a three-time recipient of the J. Russell Elkinton Faculty Teaching Award from the Renal-Electrolyte Division at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the International Society of Nephrology, American Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation, and International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis. Nationally, he frequently lectures on chronic kidney disease, home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

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Janice P. Lea, MD, MSc, FASN

Professor of Medicine Emory University School of Medicine - Atlanta, GA

Dr. Janice P. Lea, MD, MSc, FASN is a Professor of Medicine at Emory University and is board-certified in Nephrology and Hypertension. She earned her medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and a Nephrology fellowship at Emory University affiliated hospitals. She also received a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Research from Emory’s School of Public Health. Dr. Lea is currently a Professor of Medicine at Emory University and is the Clinical Director of Nephrology and the Chief Medical Director of Emory Dialysis which serves over 750 patients. Dr. Lea is also the Medical Director for Home Dialysis at Emory Healthcare which currently serves 130 home patients. Dr. Lea’s research and clinical expertise are in Hypertension, Chronic Kidney Disease, Health Disparities, and Dialysis. She is a nationally renowned expert in Hypertension - designated a “Clinical Specialist in Hypertension” by the American Society of Hypertension. Dr. Lea also is designated a Master Clinician by Emory’s School of Medicine and serves as the Director of Telenephrology at Emory since 2017. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Kidney Patients. Dr. Lea has been named one of Atlanta’s Top Doctors for the past 10 years and is recognized nationally for her expertise in clinical research and patient care.

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Scott E. Liebman, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine University of Rochester School of Medicine - Rochester, NY

Scott Liebman, MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Medicine University at the University of Rochester School of Medicine where he has practiced since 2004. He earned his medical degree from the State University Health Science Center in Syracuse, NY, completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and a Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. He also received a Master of Public Health at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Liebman’s professional interests are in the fields of home dialysis and patient education. He is a member of the ISPD’s education committee and is also the Medical Director of the Freedom Center Home Dialysis Unit. Dr. Liebman also serves as the nephrology training program director at the University of Rochester and is passionate about trainee education.

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Rajnish Mehrotra

Professor of Medicine University of Washington - Seattle, WA

Dr. Mehrotra is David S. and Nayda Utterberg Endowed Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and is the interim head of the Division of Nephrology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

He has served as the Chair of the Dialysis Advisory Group of the American Society of Nephrology (2009-’15), Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (2014-’16), Treasurer of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (2014-’16), and the President of the North American Chapter of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (2015-’17). He has also served as an Associate Editor of Peritoneal Dialysis International and NephSAP, and section editor for Clinical Nephrology. He is currently a member of the editorial board for the Kidney International, and Journal of Renal Nutrition. He has served as Chair of the Education Committee and Membership Committee of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis and a member of the Council of the Society in the past.

Dr. Mehrotra completed his medical schooling at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India, underwent residency training at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and fellowship training at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He obtained a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Brent Miller, MD

Michael A. Kraus Professor of Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine - Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Miller is currently a faculty member at Indiana University and actively manages both peritoneal dialysis patients and home hemodialysis patients. He has been involved in numerous clinical trials of home hemodialysis including the Frequent Hemodialysis Network (FHN), the NxStage Medical Nocturnal Hemodialysis IDE trial, the home hemodialysis FREEDOM trial and PDOPPS. He has also served as a consultant for home dialysis therapies for several companies including National Renal Alliance, Renal Advantage, Fresenius and NxStage. Dr. Miller has been a faculty member for Home Dialysis University since 2009.

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Jeffrey Perl, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine University of Toronto - Toronto, Ontario Canada

Dr. Perl is a nephrologist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. In 2016, he was awarded The John Maher Young Investigator Award by the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis. His primary research interests and clinical practice focus on improving the survival and quality of life for patients on peritoneal dialysis. Dr. Perl is a primary investigator in The Peritoneal Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (PDOPPS). He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto in 2003. He completed his post-graduate training at The University of Toronto in both internal medicine and nephrology in 2008. In 2010, Dr. Perl completed his Master in Clinical Epidemiology at The Harvard School of Public Health.

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Matthew B. Rivara, MD, FASN

Assistant Professor of Medicine University of Washington - Seattle, WA

Matthew B. Rivara, MD, FASN is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, as well as an investigator at the Kidney Research Institute in Seattle, WA. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Washington.

Dr. Rivara’s clinical and professional interests are in the care of patients undergoing dialysis, and the management of complex hypertension. His current research interests include patient-reported outcomes and health-related quality of life in patients with end-stage renal disease, and the growing utilization of home dialysis therapies in the United States. He has served on the Steering Committees for multiple workgroups of the Kidney Health Initiative and the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI). He has authored peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics in ESRD and home dialysis.

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Anjali Saxena, MD, FASN

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine Stanford University - Stanford, CA

Dr. Anjali Bhatt Saxena, MD is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University and Director of Peritoneal Dialysis at SCVMC in San Jose, California. Dr. Saxena completed her BS degree at Duke University and received her MD from Wake Forest University. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Stanford University and her Postdoctoral Nephrology Fellowship, also at Stanford University, in 2004; she is board certified in nephrology. Dr. Saxena has served as the Medical Director for an independent Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Clinic in San Jose, CA for the past 16 years, and oversees the direct care of over 60 PD patients.

Dr. Saxena is dedicated to the growth and support of PD worldwide. She became Treasurer for the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) in January 2017, and is the immediate Past-President of the North American Chapter of the ISPD. She is an approved Educational Ambassador for the International Society of Nephrology (ISN), and together with her Stanford colleagues has developed a sister-Renal Center program that provides services and training courses in PD to a low income area of Sri Lanka.

Dr. Saxena is a dedicated member of the faculty of the Stanford Nephrology Fellowship Program and has received several teaching awards. She has been a faculty member of the Home Dialysis University (HDU) since 2007 and has delivered numerous invited lectures at national meetings such as ASN-Kidney Week, the Annual Dialysis Conference, and ISPD conferences.

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Rebecca Kurnik Seshasai, MD MSHP

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine - Philadelphia, PA

Rebecca Kurnik Seshasai, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is the Associate Director of the Home Dialysis Programs (peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis) and Medical Director of the Wellbound of Cherry Hill, NJ Home Dialysis unit. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed Internal Medicine residency at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA. She moved to Philadelphia to complete a fellowship in Nephrology at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed a Master in Health Policy degree. Her thesis for this degree was on the discontinuation of home hemodialysis. Her clinical and research interests focus on clinical outcomes in home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. She is a member of American Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation, and International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis. She enjoys teaching and lecturing on home dialysis modalities.

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Osama EL Shamy, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Nashville, TN

Osama El Shamy, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He earned his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital, before completing his nephrology fellowship and home dialysis training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. El Shamy’s professional interests are in the field of home dialysis (peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis). After completing his nephrology fellowship training at Mount Sinai, he spent an additional year as the inaugural home dialysis fellow. He has been involved in multiple research projects in the field of home dialysis including one that involved a novel peritoneal dialysis machine, as well as many qualitative clinical research projects. He also had presentations at many large nephrology conferences including ASN, NKF and ATC. Dr El Shamy is a big proponent of home dialysis training for fellows. He was an integral part of revamping the home dialysis training program for fellows at Mount Sinai. He is also a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) and was the recipient of the GHHS award for his graduating class in medical school.

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Lauren Stern, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine Boston University School of Medicine - Boston, MA

Dr. Lauren Stern, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. She earned her medical degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed a residency, chief residency, and fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She is the home dialysis director at the Boston University School of Medicine with over 60 home dialysis patients.

Dr. Stern also serves as the director of the renal pathophysiology course and associate director of the third-year internal medicine clerkship at the BUSM. Her research and clinical interests are in health disparities in home dialysis and paraproteinemia related kidney diseases.

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Isaac Teitelbaum, MD FACP

Professor of Internal Medicine/Nephrology University of Colorado Hospital - Aurora, CO

Dr. Teitelbaum is Professor of Internal Medicine/Nephrology and Director of the Home Dialysis Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colorado. Dr. Teitelbaum has been an active clinical nephrologist for over 30 years. He oversees the care of 65 home dialysis patients in addition to maintaining a busy clinical and consultative practice.

Dr. Teitelbaum serves as a consultant to industry and has actively participated in numerous clinical trials and educational workshops. He has published or co-authored over 100 articles and/or book chapters and serves as a reviewer for numerous journals. He has been named as one of Denver’s Top Doctors by 5280 Magazine on numerous occasions. Dr. Teitelbaum is a past- President of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis.

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Eric Wallace, MD, FASN

Assistant Professor of Medicine University of Alabama Birmingham - Birmingham, Alabama

Dr. Wallace is a native of Alabama. He serves as the Director of Telemedicine at UAB, the director of UAB Home Dialysis Program and co-director of the UAB Fabry Disease Clinic. Since becoming faculty, his research has been focused on eliminating geographic and socioeconomic barriers which prevents patients from accessing specialized care. Primarily, he has focused on telemedicine in the provision of care in home dialysis and rare diseases such as Fabry disease, a rare genetic disease. Due to his research, he was named to the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Health Initiative that is focused on furthering the use of technologies such as telemedicine and telemonitoring to improve the care of patients on home dialysis. Currently, the UAB eMedicine program under his leadership now is able to deliver direct-to-patient, ambulatory scheduled, and inpatient care across the state. Inpatient telehealth programs include telestroke, teleICU, telenephrology, and tele-general neurology. Dr. Wallace is passionate about home dialysis and in 2020 was named as a Councilor to the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis.