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Vecihi Batuman, MD

Vecihi Batuman, MD

Tulane University
Nephrology Section, SL-45
1430 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112-2632

Phone: 504-988-5346
vbatuma@tulane.edu

Term of office: 2020

About Dr. Batuman

Dr. Vecihi Batuman is the Chief of Nephrology at the New Orleans VA Medical Center, and the Dr. A. Rudolph and Ruth Ryder Huberwald Professor of Medicine at Tulane University Medical School, Department of Medicine-Section of Nephrology. Dr. Batuman is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, certified as Hypertension Specialist by the American Society of Hypertension, and a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology.

Dr. Batuman has joined the Tulane Faculty in 1991, has served as the Chief, Section of Nephrology at Tulane (2005 -2007), and as the Chief of Medicine Service at the New Orleans VA Medical Center (2007-2013). Dr. Batuman has been been named in the Best Doctors in America (2002-2015). He is the Chief Editor for the Nephrology Section of Medscape, and the 2013-15 President of the American Society of Hypertension - Gulf Central Chapter.

His research interests include mechanisms of acute and chronic kidney disease, endocytosis and toxicity of myeloma proteins in the kidney, environmental kidney disease, Balkan endemic nephropathy, and hypertension. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in medical journals on kidney diseases and hypertension.

Dr. Batuman has been a member of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation since 1994. He presently serves on Council and is a member of the Membership and Publications Committees.


Lydia A. Bazzano, MD, PhD

Lydia A. Bazzano, MD, PhD

Tulane University Health Sciences Center
School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Department of Epidemiology
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2032, SL-18
New Orleans, LA 70112

Phone: 504-988-7323
lbazzano@tulane.edu

Term of Office: 2022

About Dr. Bazzano

Dr. Bazzano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and is Director of Tulane's Center for Lifespan Epidemiology Research. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Newcomb College. She earned an MPH and a PhD in epidemiology and an MD from Tulane University. She was awarded the American Medical Women's Association Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, and was admitted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She is board certified in internal medicine, for which she did her internship and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Bazzano has a research focus on cardiovascular disease and its risk factors. Her primary emphasis has been on the role of cardio-metabolic factors such as obesity, lipids and glucose in the development of vascular disease. She has led a number of NIH-funded research projects that explore the role of diet in hypertension, obesity, and other metabolic risk factors that lead to chronic disease, producing more than 100 peer-reviewed publications as first author or co-author. She was awarded the Lynda B and H. Leighton Steward Professorship in Nutrition Research in 2014. Her analysis of the relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption and cardiovascular disease has been cited more than 700 times, and her 2014 clinical trial on macronutrient composition of diets and risk of heart disease garnered attention from major media outlets including the New York Times, Time magazine, and National Public Radio.

She has been consistently involved in SSCI activities over the past 10 years. Dr. Bazzano presented a State-of-the-Art Lecture entitled "Folic Acid Supplementation and Cardiovascular Disease" during the cardiovascular session of the annual scientific meeting of the SSCI in 2009. She has moderated sessions at the Southern Regional Meetings, and published articles in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences, and presented in both oral and poster sessions at SSCI meetings. She has experience mentoring PhD, post-doctoral trainees and junior faculty who have won awards from the SSCI.


Sushma K. Cribbs, MD

Sushma K. Cribbs, MD

Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta VA Medical Center
1670 Clairmont Road, Box 151-P
Decatur, GA 30033

Phone: 404-321-6111 ext 4336
skomaku@emory.edu

Term of office: 2020

About Dr. Cribbs

Dr. Cribbs completed her undergraduate and medical school education at Boston University, obtaining her MD in 2002. She completed her fellowship training at Emory University in 2005. She has also obtained a Masters of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degree from Emory's Laney Graduate School.

In 2009, she was recruited to stay at Emory University on faculty as Assistant Professor of Medicine. She has served in a number of leadership positions since joining the faculty including Medical Director of the Pulmonary Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital, and she is currently Assistant Program Director of the Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program and Director of Home Oxygen Respiratory Program at the Atlanta VA Hospital. Dr. Cribbs is also involved with the Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program.

Dr. Cribbs' research is focused on studying the mechanisms by which human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV) affects lung immunity rendering individuals susceptible to lung infections.

Dr. Cribbs was elected to the Southern Society for clinical Investigation in 2015 and presently serves on Council. She is also a member of the Mentoring and Southern Regional Meeting Committees.


Louis Dell-Italia, MD

Louis Dell-Italia, MD

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Center for Heart Failure Research
901 19th Street South, BMR2 435
Birmingham, AL 35294-2180

Phone: 205-934-3969
loudell@uab.edu

Term of office: 2020

About Dr. Dell-Italia

Dr. Dell'Italia received his MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1978. He subsequently received Internal Medicine training at Georgetown and Cardiology fellowship training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He was an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas until 1988, when he moved to the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Dell'Italia's research program focuses on the mechanisms of remodeling of the heart in heart failure defined by three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging, changes in cardiomyocyte morphology and extracellular matrix, and the regulatory role of the cardiac renin-angiotensin system.

Dr. Dell'Italia has been a member of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation since 2015 and presently serves as Councilor. He is also a member of the Mentoring Committee.


Gary S. Gilkeson, MD

Gary S. Gilkeson, MD

Medical University of South Carolina
96 Jonathan Lucas Street
Ste 912
MSC 637
Charleston, SC 29425-2229

Phone: 843-789-6799
gilkeson@musc.edu

Term of office: 2020

About Dr. Gilkeson

Dr. Gilkeson is a Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where he is Associate Dean of Faculty Development for the School of Medicine. He is a staff physician at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Gilkeson received his undergraduate degree at Baylor University. He received his MD degree at the University of Texas Southwestern, and then conducted his clinical training in internal medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. After serving 4 years in the Air Force Medical Corp, he then completed rheumatology training at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Gilkeson served on faculty at Duke University until 1996 when he moved to MUSC.

Dr. Gary Gilkeson's clinical and research interests are in the disease systemic lupus erythematosus. His studies range from population based studies of lupus and clinical trials of new drugs in lupus to molecular studies of gene activation in lupus. Dr. Gilkeson's focal interests are in sex differences and ethnic disparities in lupus studying the genetic/environmental interactions that lead to development of disease. He was the initiating investigator of the SLEIGH study that is "SLE in Gullah health". This is a study of the genetic/environmental/disease characteristics of lupus in the Sea Island African American population of South Carolina and Georgia compared to individuals in their ancestral home of Sierra Leone.

Dr. Gilkeson has served as the Chair of the Lupus Foundation of America's Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee for approximately 10 years and serves on the LFA Board of Directors.

Dr. Gilkeson has been a member of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation since 2013 and presently serves as member of Council. Dr. Gilkeson also serves on the Membership and Mentoring Committees.


Kathleen S. Hering-Smith, PhD

Kathleen S. Hering-Smith, PhD

Tulane University Health Sciences Center
Section of Nephrology & Hypertension, 8545
1430 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112

Phone: 504-554-5889
khering@tulane.edu

Term of office: 2023

About Dr. Hering-Smith

Dr. Hering-Smith completed her undergraduate and Master of Science (both in Chemistry) education at Southern Illinois University, and obtained her PhD at Tulane University in 2004. In 2005, she was recruited to stay at Tulane University as Assistant Professor of Medicine. She has also held an Adjunct appointment in the Department of Physiology since 2006, teaches in both Physiology and the Aging Center and she has mentored several post-doctoral fellows and graduate students.

Dr. Hering-Smith's research has been funded by a VA MREP grant (KSHS), NIH Cobre Award (LG Navar, Physiology) and NIH-NIDDK RO1 (KSHS). Dr. Hering-Smith has served on both NIH-NIDDK and VA Merit study sections and also has served on the American Society of Nephrology Biosciences Research Advisory Group for 6 years (2009-2015). She has been an Editorial Board Member of the American Journal of Physiology Renal Physiology since 2013. At Tulane University she was elected to the Faculty Advisory Committee (2014-2017), is a permanent member of the Research Advisory Committee, Director of the School of Medicine Freezer Farm and the Director of the Nephrology and Hypertension Core Lab. At the Southeastern Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) she has served on the following committees: Research and Development Biosafety Committee, Research and Development Committee (Vice-Chair 2008-2010), Research and Development Project Legacy Member and currently SLVHCS Research Service Integrated Project Team which is charged with getting the new SLVHCS Research Building ready for a move in date of early 2017.

Dr. Hering-Smith is a member of several societies: American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Heart Association Council on the Kidney,American Physiological Society (Elected 1999), American Society of Nephrology and the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (Elected 2011).


Paul Muntner, PhD, MHS

Paul Muntner, PhD, MHS

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Epidemiology

1720 2nd Avenue South, RPHB 230K
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022

Phone: 205-975-8077
pmuntner@uab.edu

Term of Office: 2022

About Dr. Munter

Paul Muntner is Professor and Vice Chair for the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Additionally, he is Director of the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy and Co-Director of the Pharmacoepidemiology and Economics Research Unit. He earned a Master's degree in biostatistics and a doctorate degree in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Muntner currently serves as the principal investigator for an American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network hypertension center, the National Institutes of Health funded Jackson Heart Study Hypertension Working Group and an academic/industry collaboration with Amgen Inc. He currently is Vice Chair of the Statistics Committee for the American Heart Association, a member of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guideline for the Management of Hypertension, an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension and serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, and Journal of Hypertension.

Dr. Muntner has been active with the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation since 2009. In addition to co-authoring abstracts, he regularly serves as an abstract judge and mentor to fellows and early stage investigators and in 2014 he co-founded the Epidemiology & Population Health Club at SSCI. Finally, in 2010, he received the Tinsley Harrison award for the best article published in The American Journal of the Medical Sciences in the previous year.


N. Stanley Nahman, Jr., MD

N. Stanley Nahman, Jr., MD

Augusta University
Division of Nephrology
1120 15th Street, BA 9413
Augusta, GA 30912

Phone: 706-721-2862
nnahman@augusta.edu

Term of office: 2021

About Dr. Nahman

Dr. Nahman joined the faculty at Ohio State after completing his fellowship at the same institution. He directed the Nephrology fellowship program at OSU until 2003. In research, he was Co-PI on 3 NIH clinical trials (Captopril in diabetic nephropathy, MDRD, and the AASK) and PI on 2 NIH basic science grants investigating glomerular gene delivery systems. In 2004, he moved to the University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville as Director of the division of Nephrology and Hypertension. In six years he built the division from one to 5 full time faculty and for nine months also served as interim Chairman of the Department. In 2007 he established a new Nephrology fellowship program. He moved to MCG at Augusta University in 2010 and joined the Division of Nephrology as a Professor of Medicine. He is currently the Departmental Associate Chair for Translational Research and participates in several epidemiologic and basic science study groups.

Dr. Nahman lives in Aiken, SC with his wife, 4 horses, 1.75 barn cats, and a yappy dog named Yogi.


Kenneth M. Nugent, M.D.

Kenneth M. Nugent, MD

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Department of Medicine

3601 Fourth Street
Lubbock, TX 79430

Phone: 806-743-6847
kenneth.nugent@ttuhsc.edu

Term of Office: 2022

About Dr. Nugent

Kenneth Nugent graduated Washington University in St. Louis Medical School. He completed Internal Medicine residency training and Pulmonary Fellowship training at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He also completed a 2-year Research Associate training program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. He is currently Professor of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. He is chief of the pulmonary and critical care division and program director for the pulmonary and critical care fellowship, and medical director of the intensive care unit at University Medical Center in Lubbock Texas and is the medical director for the South Plains College Respiratory Therapy program. Dr. Nugent is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and a Fellow in the American College of Chest Physicians. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Nugent's main research interests involves clinical pulmonary diseases, COPD and sleep effects in obese patients, and enjoys working on clinical projects with Internal Medicine residents and medical students. He has published a handbook on mechanical ventilation with several residents and faculty members in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Nugent has been a member the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation since 1989 and has been serving, since 2011, on the Editorial Board for The American Journal of the Medical Sciences.


Ruxana T. Sadikot, MD

Ruxana T. Sadikot, MD

Emory University School of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care

1017 Emory Parc Place
Decatur, GA 30033

Phone: 312-636-8872
ruxana.sadikot@emory.edu

Term of office: 2023


S. Calvin Thigpen, MD

S. Calvin Thigpen, MD

University of Mississippi Medical Center
UMMC Cancer Institute
350 West Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39213

Phone: 601-984-5590
sthigpen@umc.edu

Term of office: 2023


Guillermo Umpierrez, M.D.

Guillermo Umpierrez, MD

Emory University School of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology
49 Jesse Hill Jr Drive
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 404-778-1665
geumpie@emory.edu

Term of office: 2022

About Dr. Umpierrez

Dr. Umpierrez is professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology at Emory University, Director of clinical research for the Emory center of Diabetes and Metabolism, Director of the Grady Memorial Hospital Clinical Research Network, Atlanta-CTSA, and Director of the diabetes and endocrinology division at Grady Health System, Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Umpierrez first joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty in 1992. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including several Best Clinical Teacher and Mentor at Emory University, the J. Willis Hurst Outstanding Bedside Teacher Award from the American College of Physicians, the Outstanding Service Award for the Promotion of Endocrine Health of an Underserved Population from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the American Diabetes Association Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award. He is a member of the National Board of Directors for the American Diabetes Association, Endocrine Society Special Program Committee and Clinical Guideline Committee, and the American Association Clinical Endocrinologists Diabetes Scientific Council. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care Journal and the ADA Diabetes flagship reference book, Therapy for Diabetes Mellitus and Related Disorders (the "Green Book").

Dr. Umpierrez is a national and international leader in the field of hospital management of diabetes and in the mechanisms for B-cell dysfunction in African Americans with diabetes. His research program is funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Diabetes Association, and by investigator-initiated research trials. He heads the Emory Latino Diabetes Education Program, a nationally accredited Spanish Diabetes education program dedicated to providing diabetes education to Latinos in Georgia. He has published more than 200 scientific manuscripts and 30 textbook chapters, and has presented over 200 research abstracts at national and international scientific meetings.


Nicholas Verne, MD

Nicholas Verne, MD

Tulane University Health Sciences Center
Department of Medicine
1430 Tulane Avenue, SL 8512
New Orleans, LA 70112-2699

Phone: 504-988-7800
gverne@tulane.edu

Term of office: 2023

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