Meet the Educators

Our Clinical Faculty

  • Are recognized as national leaders in the field of nephrology
  • Maintain positions on editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals and on clinical practice guidelines committees for the NKF/KDOQI and the Renal Physicians Association
  • Are leaders in education and serve important national positions that determine education policy for nephrology education
  • Author chapters in the most authoritative textbooks and educational materials available
  • Have received distinguished awards at the University of Virginia including the Robley Dunglison Award, Department of Medicine Teaching Award, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, University Teaching Award, and are members of the UVA Academy of Distinguished Educators

Emaad Abdel-Rahman, MBBS has clinical interests in geriatric nephrology, hemodialysis and home dialysis.  For the past two decades, he has been a favorite teacher for the fellows and also a great resource for junior faculty members.

Rasheed Balogun, MBBS is known internationally for his expertise in the area of therapeutic apheresis. He is the organizer for the annual international Therapeutic Apheresis Academy.

Brendan Bowman, MD completed his residency and fellowship training here at UVA.  He is heavily involved in fellows’ education and is ranked among our top educators in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.  He is currently the regional director of UVA dialysis operations.  His interest and experience in the care of ESRD patients, quality improvement and the business operations of dialysis have made him a unique internal resource for our fellows.

Charles Brooks, MD has many years of experience with the care of CKD and ESRD patients.  His main area of focus is clinical decision making and quality improvement.

Tushar Chopra, MD joined our faculty after completing fellowship training at Vanderbilt University.  His main area of clinical interest is acute peritoneal dialysis.  Within his short time at UVA he has quickly become one of our fellows’ favorite educators.

Alden Doyle, MD joined the UVA faculty from Drexel University in 2016.  He was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for nearly a decade.  He is currently the Medical Director of Kidney & Pancreas Transplantation at UVA. He has twenty years of experience in immunology, international medicine and patient focused transplant care. He is considered one of the top educators by his trainees here at UVA and throughout his career elsewhere. He is the recipient of multiple awards for education excellence.   His areas of clinical interest include combined and sequential transplants, transplantation in HIV patients and kidney disease following organ transplantation.

Uta Erdbruegger, MD joined the faculty after completion of her fellowship training at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  Her clinical interest is in rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis.  Her research involves the functional role of platelet and endothelial microvesicles in health and disease.

Kambiz Kalantari, MD is our fellowship director.  He has been awarded multiple awards for excellence in education.  He has been teaching nephrology to UVA medical students for the past 10 years and has been implementing concepts in adult learning with a focus on active learning into fellows’ education. He is a member of the ASN Career Advancement and the In-Training Exam Item Writing committees.  His areas of clinical interest include ICU nephrology, electrolyte disorders and renal physiology.

Sana Khan, MD completed her nephrology fellowship at UVA (residency at University of Cincinnati). Her area of clinical interest is peritoneal dialysis.

Peter Lobo, MD one of our transplant nephrologists, is one of our immunology experts.  He is in charge of the HLA tissue typing laboratory at UVA.  Fellows have enjoyed his outstanding teaching style and how he stimulates their critical thinking by asking probing questions.

Angie Nishio-Lucar, MD completed nephrology and transplant nephrology fellowships at UVA (residency at Henry Ford Hospital).  Her clinical interest areas include non-infectious complications of renal transplantation, barriers to transplantation, obesity and transplantation, and living donation.

Mark Okusa, MD, our Division Chief, will be the ASN president in 2018.  He is known internationally for his work in AKI. Despite his busy schedule, Dr. Okusa has made fellow education a priority.  He continues to attend the inpatient ICU and floor consult services and supervises fellows in their continuity clinic.  Fellows have consistently ranked Dr. Okusa as one of their top educators.

Mitchell Rosner, MD is the Chair of the UVA Department of Medicine.  His main areas of interest include ADPKD, peritoneal dialysis, electrolyte disorders and onconephrology.  He has been awarded numerous teaching awards, including the All-University Teaching Award.  Dr. Rosner has been in charge of the ASN board review course for the past few years.  He attends the inpatient service, supervises fellows in their continuity, as well as home dialysis, clinics.

Sundararaman Swaminathan, MBBS completed his nephrology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.  He is a transplant nephrologist who has many interests in clinical nephrology as well.  He has been a great resource for fellow trainees since he came to UVA from the University of Arkansas.

Karen Warburton, MD joined UVA faculty from University of Pennsylvania in 2016.  She is a transplant nephrologist.  Dr. Warburton has great deal of experience in medical education and is currently the director of Graduate Medical Education Professional Development in the Department of Medicine. She is a member of the ASN Workforce and Training Committee and one of the founders of the ASN Kidney STARs (students and residents at Kidney Week) program. Her areas of clinical interest include immunosuppressive medication, hypertension and chronic kidney disease following solid organ transplantation.