Agnieszka Swiatecka-Urban, MD

Dr. Swiatecka-Urban is a physician-scientist who dedicated her clinical and research carrier to improving the care of children and young adults with chronic severe diseases. Dr. Swiatecka-Urban received her Medical Degree from the Medical University of Gdansk, Poland. She completed her Pediatric Residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, NY, also serving as a Chief Resident. Subsequently, she graduated from Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and continued on with Research Fellowship in epithelial physiology in the laboratory of Dr. Bruce Stanton at Dartmouth Medical School, where she became a junior faculty. Subsequently, Dr. Urban moved to Pittsburgh, where she rose to the rank of tenured Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Cell Biology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Swiatecka-Urban was promoted to tenured Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia, where she has served as the Division Chief of Pediatric Nephrology since July 2020. Her research has been continuously funded by sources, including the National Institutes of Health, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, American Heart Association, and NephCure Kidney International.

Dr. Swiatecka-Urban is a recipient of the prestigious Harry Shwachman Clinical Investigator Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, awarded to the most promising, clinically trained physicians to develop into biomedical research investigators actively involved in CF-related areas.

Dr. Swiatecka-Urban has been nominated by NephCure Kidney International as the Nephrotic Syndrome Specialist. She has been a member of the Personalized Medicine Coalition. Her research program focuses on molecular mechanisms and prevention of kidney dysfunction in conditions, including cystic fibrosis, nephrotic syndrome, kidney transplantation, and COVID-19.