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Meet the Faculty Nephrology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Arizona
Harini Chakkera, MD, MPHAfter completing her general nephrology and transplant nephrology fellowships at University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Chakkera joined the faculty in the Division of Nephrology at Mayo Clinic Arizona (MCA) in 2005. Concurrent with her fellowship, she completed her MPH at University of Berkeley. She is the course director for the internal medicine residency Nephrology rotation, Program Director for the General Nephrology and Transplant Nephrology Fellowships and Medical Director of the Pancreas Transplant Program. She has been the recipient of NIH T-32, NIH F-32, and NIH KL2 grant awards. Her research interests include epidemiology and translational research studying non-immunologic complications of kidney transplantation focusing on new onset diabetes after kidney transplantation. She has funding to support her ongoing research. She has also been a research mentor to the Nephrology Fellows and several internal medicine residents who have pursued Nephrology Fellowship.
Irvin Cohen, MDDr. Cohen completed his nephrology fellowship at the University of Arizona. Following his fellowship, he spent a decade in a private practice in Scottsdale and Phoenix where he founded and directed a freestanding dialysis unit. Over the last 20 years, he has been a faculty member of the Division of Nephrology at MCA, and he is a former Chair of the division. He is currently the Director of the Inpatient Dialysis Unit and Co-Director of the Apheresis Program at MCA. He has been involved in several industry-sponsored clinical trials.
Raymond Heilman, MDAfter completing his nephrology fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Dr. Heilman joined the faculty in the Division of Nephrology at MCA in 1987. He is currently Chair of the Division of Nephrology. His research interests include steroid-free immunosuppression in kidney and pancreas transplantation, outcomes of acute rejection in kidney transplant recipients, the progression of fibrosis in kidney allografts, and identifying biomarkers related to kidney transplant outcomes. He has had both NIH and industry funding supporting his research.
Janna Huskey, MDDr. Huskey completed her general nephrology fellowship at the University of Colorado and completed her transplant nephrology fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle in June, 2012. She received the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award as an internal medicine resident (an annual award given to the resident who demonstrates commitment to teaching and compassion for patients, families and co-workers) and received the American Society of Transplantation Young Investigator Award in 2010. Her research interests include simultaneous liver-kidney transplantation and the pediatric to adult transition for kidney transplant recipients.
Hasan Khamash, MDDr. Khamash completed his nephrology fellowship at SUNY-Stony Brook and subsequent transplant nephrology fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester. He was on staff at the kidney transplant program of the University of Alabama in Birmingham prior to joining the Division of Nephrology at MCA in 2011. Dr. Khamash is Medical Director of the Kidney Transplant program. His research interests focus on paired kidney donation, antibody mediated rejection and polyoma virus associated nephropathy.
Mira Keddis, MDDr. Mira Keddis completed her internal medicine residency, chief medical resident year and nephrology fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She joined the faculty in the Division of Nephrology at MCA in August of 2013. Dr. Keddis has been recognized as an excellent educator and was awarded the 2013 Rosenow Award for Excellence in Teaching given by the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. She proved to be productive academically during her fellowship which led to her appointment as assistant professor. Her research interests are broad including studying markers of cardiovascular mortality after kidney transplantation which earned her the ATC Young Investigator Award in 2012. Other active research interests include cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease, evaluation of the determinants of patient and graft survival among patients with diabetes, the role of Cystatin C as a measure of GFR, and the association of clostridium difficile infection with chronic kidney disease morbidity. She is the Associate Program Director of the General Nephrology Fellowship Program.
Girish Mour, MBBS, MDDr. Mour completed his General Nephrology fellowship at Nassau University Medical Center in 2007 along with Critical Care fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester in 2008. After a brief period in private practice, he then went on to complete Transplant Nephrology fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2015. His research interests include pre-transplant evaluation, simultaneous liver kidney transplantation and acute kidney injury.
Sumi Nair, MBBSDr. Nair completed her General Nephrology fellowship at Stanford University in June 2014 and completed her Transplant Nephrology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Arizona in June 2015. Subsequently has joined the faculty at MCA. Her research interests include Mineral bone disease in transplantation and outcomes in pancreas transplant.
Maxwell Smith, MDDr. Smith is a faculty member of the Division of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and is the Director of Renal Pathology at MCA. He completed his residency in general pathology as well as a renal pathology fellowship at the University of Colorado. While on staff at the University of Colorado, he was the Director of Liver and Transplant Pathology, a position that included the native and allograft kidney biopsy service. He joined MCA in 2011, and he directs the bi-monthly renal biopsy conference and is responsible for renal pathology education. While at the University of Colorado, Dr. Smith received multiple awards for excellence in pathology education. His research interests include translational studies involving solid organ allografts in collaboration with his clinical colleagues.
Leslie Thomas, MDDr. Thomas completed his internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and joined the Division of Nephrology at MCA in 2010. Dr. Thomas received the Senior Medical Resident Teaching Award during his third year of internal medicine residency. His research interests include glomerulonephritis, and he is currently overseeing the development of a dedicated glomerulonephritis clinic at MCA. Dr. Thomas is also a collaborator with Dr. Lind (Arizona State University) on a NASA funded project involving the development of corrosion-resistant nanocomposite membranes for water recovery in space. Dr. Thomas received the 2012-2013 Residents/Fellows Association Educator of the Year Award for his excellence and dedication to teaching.
Jill Adamski, MD, PhDDr. Adamski is a faculty member in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, she joined MCA in 2013. She completed her clinical pathology residency and transfusion medicine fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Following her training she joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she served as the Medical Director for Apheresis, participated in the ABO incompatible renal transplant program and won several teaching awards. Her research interests include novel applications of apheresis technologies and investigating the immunomodulatory mechanisms of apheresis therapy.