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Prevention is Paramount
Our goal is to effectively treat as many people with both common and complex diseases as possible and because our doctors see such a wide range of people from so many different communities we have a unique insight into our patient’s lifestyles.  We don’t approach prevention from an entirely textbook manner, but also address it by observing the way real people lead their lives.”  -- Dr.  Evelyn Granieri, click here.

Columbia Division of Nephrology will become one of the six clinical sites for the nationwide Kidney Precision Medicine Project (KPMP) sponsored by the NIH. Drs. Krzysztof Kiryluk, Jonathan Barasch and Andy Bomback will lead the recruitment of the Columbia KPMP cohort of patients with Acute Kidney Injury (AKI). The KPMP aims to ethically obtain and evaluate human kidney biopsies from participants with AKI, create a molecular kidney tissue atlas, define disease subgroups, and identify critical cells, genes, pathways, and targets for novel therapies. This large-scale project will have three distinct, but highly interactive activities: Recruitment Sites, Tissues Interrogation Sites, and Central Hub. To learn more about KPMP, click here.
Dr. Sumit Mohan received a new R01 titled "Increasing Minority Population awareness through community teaching for Improved organ donation (IMPACT for improved organ donation)". The goal of the grant is to increase awareness about organ transplantation and increase the living organ donation among minority communities parts of New York City.
The latest work by Dr. Sumit Mohan on the effect of potentially misleading biopsy findings on donor kidneys discard rates is receiving a lot of attention in the press; for recent coverage click here and here. The article entitled “Impact of Reperfusion Renal Allograft Biopsy Findings on Renal Transplantation Outcomes” was published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology on July 6, 2017


On July 6th, 2016, NIH announced Columbia University as one the four Healthcare Provider Organizations (HPOs) awarded the Presidential Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) grant to build a million-person precision medicine cohort. The Columbia Division of Nephrology is at the heart of this project and our faculty will advocate for studies of kidney disease in this largest national cohort. We will engage all our kidney patients in the PMI program, help build the research protocols, enroll interested individuals, and collect essential health data and biological specimens to advance kidney health. For more information on the PMI announcement, click here.
Drs. Radhakrishnan and Mohan are featured in two Elsevier Connect Journal articles within a month of each other. Congratulations to both!  Link to the first article click here and second article click here.
  • Dr. Rosemary Sampogna received an R01 grant entitled "Circadian clock regulation of branching morphogenesis during kidney development" from NIH/NIDDK. This project aims to define key molecular pathways that regulate the timing and structural patterning of kidney development.
  • Dr. Jai Radhakrishnan is launching Kidney International Reports, a new journal of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) with a focus on clinical and translational research in nephrology. Dr. Jai Radhakrishnan will act as an editor-in-chief and Dr. Sumit Mohan as a deputy editor. Other members of the editorial board can be found click here. The first issue is expected to appear online this summer at


Columbia Nephrology joins the EMERGE-III network! The network will study the integration of genetic information with electronic health records. For the NIH press release, click here.
Dr. Krzysztof Kiryluk received an R01 grant entitled "Genetics of IgA nephropathy by integrative network-based association studies" from NIH/NIDDK. This project aims to define key molecular disease drivers in IgA nephropathy using systems genetics approaches.
Dr. Jai Radhakrishnan joins New York Magazines list of Best Doctors. Click here for more information.
Dr. Krzysztof Kiryluk and Dr. Heather Morris were named Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine. The Irving Assistant Professorships were established in 1987 as part of an $11,000,000 pledge from Herbert and Florence Irving. The award provides unrestricted research support of $60,000 annually to conduct research in conjunction with the Irving Institute for Clinical & Translational Research.
  • Dr. Ying Wang (Mentor: Dr. Anjali Ganda) received the Daland Fellowship in Clinical Investigation from the American Philosophical Society entitled "'Mechanisms of atherosclerosis related to mitochondrial dysfunction and incomplete catabolism in patients with CKD"

Katherine Xu, PhD Candidate, was awarded F31 Grant DK105799-01 from NIH/NIDDK.


Columbia Nephrology became one of the four clinical sites of the CureGN Study (PI: Gharavi, UM1 DK100876-01). This project aims to establish the largest prospective cohort of 2,400 patients with glomerular disorders.


Dr. Krzysztof Kiryluk received a NYP Translational Grant entitled “Donor-recipient genomic incompatibilities in solid organ transplantation”. This project aims at establishing a Columbia Transplant Bio-bank for the purpose of genetic studies of donor-recipient incompatibilities in predicting the risk of allograft rejection.

Anna Cetnerowski had a son in March 2015, named Julian Henry Cetnerowski!

Krzysztof Kiryluk received the CTSA Precision Medicine Pilot Grant from NIH/NCRR. This grant supports a pilot genetic study of allograft rejection in solid organ transplantation.


Hilda Fernandez: received an F32 grant, National Research Service Award F32 DK101186-01

    • Dr. David Bennett and Berenice Nava have been selected to receive travel support to attend Diagnosis and Management of Disorders of Acid-Base, Fluid, and Electrolyte Balance: Challenging Issues for the Clinician on November 3-4, 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. 
Dr. Leonard Stern was recognized for excellence by Capital Who's Who. Click here for more information.


Dr. Jai Radhakrishnan was recognized as the best morning report attending. Click here for more information.
Jon Barasch MD PhD: was named Lambert Professor of Medicine in memory of Samuel Lambert, Dean of Columbia P&S, who reformed medical education and who fought for the right of physicians to treat patients according to scientific principles.The Lambert Professorship was held by Gerald Thomson, Dean of Columbia P&S, a leader in Nephrology, patient advocacy, and in Civil Rights. Click here for more information.

Dr. Krzysztof Kiryluk received the CTSA/DBMI Pilot Award entitled “Glomerular Disease Dashboard: An Integrated Support Tool for Clinical Care and Research of Glomerular Disorders”. This project aims to build an integrated software tool for synthesis of EHR data with information provided by clinicians and patients to improve care and facilitate research of patients with glomerular disorders.

Dr. Leonard Stern: received a public service award from the City of Chengdu in the Sichuan province of China in 2014.  Also awarded an honorary professorship at the Southwest Jiaotang University Medical School.
Jamie Hirsch had a son in July 2014, named Harry Judah!

Drs. Andrew Bomback and Ali Gharavi received an R01 award entitled “Ancestry, Genetic Risk, and Health Disparities in Immune-Mediated Nephritis” (NIH/NIMH DR01MD009223)


Dr. Krzysztof Kiryluk received the Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant from the ASN Foundation for Kidney Researchentitled “GWAS-based pathogenesis model of IgA nephropathy”. This study aims at refining the pathogenesis model of IgAN by genotype-phenotype correlation analyses.

Kiryluk Lab opened a new website, check it out at:
Drs. Jai Radhakrishnan and Gerald Appel were selected as Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors
Dr. Leonard Stern: was awarded an honorary professorship at the Southwest Jiaotang University Medical School
Andrew Bomback had a son - Mateo Fernando Bomback!