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David W. Ploth, MD

David W. Ploth, MD

Medical University of South Carolina
Division of Nephrology

829 CSB, 96 Jonathan Lucas
Charleston, SC 29425-2220

Phone: (843) 792-4123

Assistant: Tammy Hill
Phone: (843) 792-9188

Member Since: 1979

Member Status: Fellow





Clinical Interest(s)

hypertension, renal-vascular hypertension

Research Interest(s)

  • Hyptertension
  • renal physiology, renal blood flow and glomerular filtration
  • animal models pathphysiology

Current / Former SSCI Roles

About David W. Ploth, MD

David W. Ploth, MD, is A.V. Williams, Jr. Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, S.C. Dr. Ploth is a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Medicine and trained in Medicine and Nephrology at the University of Chicago, the University of Iowa and the University of Munich. He rose to the rank of Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he served from 1975 to 1987. He accepted the William's Professorship and Division Director position at MUSC in 1987 and stepped down from the Division Director position in 2011.

Dr. Ploth has basic research interests in renal physiology and pathophysiology of renal vascular hypertension. He also has research interests in the physiology and pathophysiology of the renin-angiotensin and kinin-kallikrein systems. His clinical interests focus on clinical nephrology and diagnosis and management of renal-vascular and essential hypertension.

He is past member of Council and President of the South Carolina Affiliate of the National Kidney Foundation. He served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (SSCI) 1995-2003, served as President of the SSCI, 2003-2004. He presently serves as an Officer, is a member of Council and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Society's Journal, The American Journal of the Medical Sciences. In addition, Dr. Ploth serves as member of the Publications and Finance Committees. He is also guest speaker in the Visiting Professor Program.


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