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L. Lee Hamm, III, MD

L. Lee Hamm, III, MD

Tulane University Health Sciences Center
Department of Medicine

1430 Tulane Avenue #8001
New Orleans, LA 70112

Assistant: Michelle Frederick
Phone: (504) 988-7800

Member Since: 1993

Member Status: Fellow


Department Chair



Clinical Interest(s)

Chair of Tulane University Medical Group, Tulane University Hospital and Clinic Board of Directors.

Research Interest(s)

  • basic renal physiology
  • cell biology
  • acid-base transport
  • citrate transport
  • sodium transport

Current / Former SSCI Roles

Committee member, former office holder, Councilor.

About L. Lee Hamm, III, MD

Dr. Hamm has been Chair of the Department of Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine since 2005 and was appointed Executive Vice Dean of the School of Medicine in November 2007. He is also Co-Director of the Tulane Hypertension and Renal Center of Excellence. Dr. Hamm joined Tulane in 1992 as Professor of Medicine and Physiology and Chief of the Section of Nephrology and Hypertension in the Department of Medicine. He was Associate Chairman for Research and Vice Chairman of the department. He was appointed the Huberwald Chair in Medicine in 2005. Prior to joining Tulane, Dr. Hamm held faculty appointments at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Hamm received a B.S., Magna Cum Laude, from Auburn University in 1973, and an M.D., Cum Laude, from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama in 1976. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency in 1979 and his nephrology postdoctoral fellowship in 1982 at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas, Texas. He is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, and certified by American Society of Hypertension as a Specialist in Clinical Hypertension.

Current research interests are: basic renal physiology and cell biology focused on acid-base transport, citrate transport, and sodium transport; clinical nephrology focused on cardiovascular disease in kidney disease, metabolic causes of kidney stones, and genetic causes of acid-base disorders. His research has been funded by numerous research grants from the AHA, VA and NIH. He has authored more than one hundred original articles and book chapters, and has co-edited a major reference book on acid-base and electrolyte disorders. He has lectured widely on his research and clinical interests.

Dr. Hamm's honors and awards include a Merit Award from the NIH, an American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, American Heart Association Distinguished Service Award, and the Donald Seldin Award of the National Kidney Foundation. He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Heart Association (both the Kidney Council and the High Blood Pressure Research Council). He was elected to membership in the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He has been a member of several NIH study sections and a recent member of the Nephrology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is active in the National Kidney Foundation, the American Society of Nephrology, the American Physiological Society, and the American College of Physicians. He served as Chair of the American Heart Association Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease. He is presently on the editorial board of Kidney International and the American Journal of Physiology; he is a consulting editor for Hypertension.

Dr. Hamm has been an active member of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation since 1993. He has served the Society as Secretary/Treasurer as well as President (2007-2008). He was awarded the Society's prestigious honor, the Founders' Medal Award, in 2013. Dr. Hamm presently serves as a member of the Executive Advisory Committee, the Finance Committee and the Membership Committee. Dr. Hamm is Feature Editor for the Clinical Reasoning: A Case-Based Series, which appears in The American Journal of the Medical Sciences.


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