Medical Advisory Committee

The Alport syndrome Foundation is honored to have a team of outstanding physicians on the Medical Advisory Committee. Each is a renowned clinician in the field of nephrology and has research interests and numerous publications in related topics. The Medical Advisory Committee provides input and review of clinical and scientific information, and research funding applications; provides patient resources; and helps identify emerging research opportunities that offer hope to understanding and treating Alport syndrome.

Gerald B. Appel, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.S.N.

Director of Clinical Nephrology
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Consultant Physician and Director of Clinical Nephrology
New York-Presbyterian Hospital (New York, NY)

Dr. Gerald Appel is currently Director of Clinical Nephrology at New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, and is a tenured Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York in 1972. He then went on to complete his internship and residency in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and his fellowship in nephrology at both Columbia-Presbyterian and Yale-New Haven Medical Center in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Appel has received numerous awards throughout his distinguished career, including being listed in the “Best Doctors in New York“ and “Best Doctors in America“ since 1992. He is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology and has published over 300 manuscripts and book chapters related to kidney disease. Dr. Appel is associate editor of Clinical JASN and of Up-To-Date. Dr. Appel has also served on the Medical Advisory Board and as the Chairman of the Research Committee of the National Kidney Foundation of New York and New Jersey and is a past President of the New York Society of Nephrology. In addition, Dr. Appel has been Chair of the Council of Glomerulonephritis of the National Kidney Foundation and served as Chair of the Clinical Grants Committee for the Kidney and Urological Foundation of America from 1995 to 2004.

Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.S.N

Professor of Medicine
Chief of Nephrology
University of Miami (Miami, FL)
Chief Scientific Officer, L&F Health LLC

Dr. Fornoni is tenured Professor of Medicine and Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is the Chief of the Katz Family Division of Nephrology and Hypertension and serves as the Director and Chair of the Peggy and Harold Katz Drug Discovery Center. In 2013, Dr. Fornoni gained experience in drug development as Global Head of Discovery in Cardiovascular and Metabolism at Hoffman-La Roche in Basel. She is currently the Vice-President and Chief Scientific Officer of L&F Health LLC, a small start-up company focused on finding a cure for patients affected by chronic kidney diseases.

Rasheed Gbadegesin, MBBS, M.D., FAAP, FASN

Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Nephrology
Professor in Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine (Durham, NC)

Dr. Rasheed A. Gbadegesin is a Tenured Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Nephrology, Duke University, Durham, NC, and Investigator at the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute (DMPI). He is the Co-Director of the Duke CTSA KL2 program and the Program Director of the Duke Pediatric Research Scholar (DPRS) program. The overarching objective of his research program is to understand the genetic basis, the pathogenesis, and the determinants of variable therapy response in hereditary and idiopathic nephrotic syndrome. In the last ten years, Dr Gbadegesin and his collaborators have identified at least five novel genetic causes of steroid resistant nephrotic syndrome/Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and other kidney diseases. More recently, using the strategy of extreme phenotyping, his group identified the first exome-wide locus for childhood onset steroid sensitive nephrotic syndrome (SSNS). He has established a large biorepository of phenotype data and biosamples from children with nephrotic syndrome and he is currently collaborating with other Investigators around the World to determine the biologic basis for ethnic disparities in the incidence and severity of nephrotic syndrome with the ultimate goal of developing strategies for personalized treatment of nephrotic syndrome. He has presented his research at both international and national meetings and published many peer reviewed journal articles with multiple first and senior author papers related to the molecular pathogenesis of nephrotic syndrome. He has published many landmark papers on genotype-phenotype correlation studies in different glomerular diseases including a paper that described the overlap between Alport syndrome and familial FSGS. Dr Gbadegesin is the Principal Investigator on multiple NIH, foundation, and industry grants. He was elected into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) in 2016.

Martin C. Gregory, B.M., B.Ch., D.Phil.

Professor of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Utah School of Medicine (Salt Lake City, UT)

Dr. Martin Gregory is Professor of Medicine (Clinical) and Associate Division Chief, Division of Nephrology, University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed his medical school training at the University of Oxford in England in 1968. He then went on to complete his internship and residency in Nephrology in Paris, France at the Medecin Resident Etranger des Hopitaux and in Oxford, England at Churchill Hospital. Dr. Gregory has been a member of the faculty of the University of Utah, Division of Nephrology, since 1981. He is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology. Dr. Gregory has served on the editorial boards of the Archives of Internal Medicine, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Transactions of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, Kidney International, and New England Journal of Medicine. He has received numerous scholastic honors and has published hundreds of articles and book chapters related to Nephrology and the genetics of Alport syndrome.

Oliver Gross, Prof., Dr.

Professor of the Medical Faculty, University of Goettingen
Member of the “Habilitationskommission” Medical Faculty, University of Goettingen
Coordinator of the “Clinical Trials in Nephrology” Section, University of Goettingen

Dr. Gross is Professor of Internal Medicine at University of Goettingen, and head attending Nephrologist. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He has been a member of the faculty of the University of Goettingen since 2006. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology. He founded the European Alport Registry. He is Initiator and Coordinating Principal Investigator of the world’s first clinical trial in children with Alport syndrome EARLY PRO-TECT Alport. Dr. Gross has authored numerous original research articles, reviews and book chapters on extracellular matrix and type IV collagen diseases. He has lectured on these topics at numerous institutions and meetings, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Gross is (co-)author of all international treatment recommendations and research strategies in Alport’s as he was the first to initiate and lead an interventional clinical trial in children with Alport syndrome.

Lesley A. Inker, M.D., M.S.

Director of Tufts Medical Center’s Kidney and Blood Pressure Center
Associate Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston, MA)

Dr. Lesley Inker is the director of Tufts Medical Center’s Kidney and Blood Pressure Center and is an Associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. She completed her medical training, internship and residency in internal medicine at McMaster School of Medicine, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, her fellowship in nephrology at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada and a research fellowship at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA. Dr. Inker is the chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for National Kidney Foundation CKD Patient Registry, was co-chair of the Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiative (KDOQI) committee on the CKD Guidelines, which wrote a commentary on the Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) CKD 2012 guidelines and is on the editorial board of American Journal of Kidney Disease. She has published hundreds of articles related to her work in kidney function measurement and estimation, alternative endpoints for clinical trials of kidney disease progression, and epidemiology and outcomes related to Chronic Kidney Disease. Dr. Inker received the National Kidney Foundation’s 2018 Garabed Eknoyan Award.

Clifford E. Kashtan, M.D., F.A.S.N.

Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Nephrology
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)

Dr. Clifford Kashtan is Professor of Pediatrics (with tenure) at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and an attending Pediatric Nephrologist at the University of Minnesota Children‘s Hospital, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology. He completed his medical school training at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, his Pediatric residency at Boston City Hospital, and his Pediatric Nephrology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Minnesota. He has been a member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota since 1987. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation and Pediatric Nephrology. He has also served as a Councilor of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology. Dr. Kashtan has authored numerous original research articles, reviews and book chapters on Alport syndrome. He is also the author of the Alport syndrome entries at the online resources UpToDate and GeneReviews. He has lectured on Alport syndrome at numerous institutions and meetings, both nationally and internationally, and served as a consultant to foundations and biotechnology firms supporting Alport syndrome research and development of new treatments. Dr. Kashtan developed methods for diagnosing Alport syndrome by examining type IV collagen chains in kidney and skin biopsies. In 2007, Dr. Kashtan founded the Alport syndrome Treatments and Outcomes Registry (ASTOR), an effort to facilitate clinical trials of treatments for people with Alport syndrome.

Bruce Z. Morgenstern, M.D.

Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
Professor of Pediatrics
Roseman University College of Medicine (Las Vegas, NV)

Prior to his recent move to Las Vegas, Dr. Morgenstern was Chief of the Division of Nephrology at Phoenix Children‘s Hospital and Director of Kidney Transplantation there. He is an active clinician and educator who has contributed to the care of children on peritoneal dialysis, with hypertension, kidney stones, and chronic kidney disease based on the results of clinical studies and on his participation on several guideline writing groups. He has written chapters in textbooks on Pediatric Dialysis and Pediatric Hypertension, and edited a textbook on medical student education. Dr. Morgenstern is a frequently invited speaker at nephrology and medical education meetings.

Dr. Michelle Rheault, M.D.

Board Certified Pediatric Nephrologist
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital (Minneapolis, MN)

Dr. Michelle Rheault  is a Board Certified pediatric nephrologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. She completed her medical school training, Pediatric residency, and Pediatric Nephrology fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Her interest in Alport syndrome started during her fellowship training when she helped to characterize the first mouse model of X-linked Alport syndrome. From there, she turned her attention to clinical research and is currently co-director of the Alport Syndrome Treatment and Outcomes Registry (ASTOR) and an investigator in clinical trials of new therapies for patients with Alport syndrome. She has a special interest in women with Alport syndrome. Dr. Rheault has written a number of book chapters, reviews, and original science articles about Alport syndrome. In addition, she is on the steering committee for the Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium and a member of the American Board of Pediatrics Subboard of Pediatric Nephrology.

Johannes Schlondorff, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Nephrology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA)

Dr. Schlondorff is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in Nephrology. He completed his MD at the Weill-Cornell School of Medicine and obtained his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology with Dr. Carl Blobel at the Sloan-Kettering Institute and Cornell University. He completed his internal medicine residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, his nephrology training at the joint MGH-Brigham and Women’s Hospital fellowship program and did his post-doctoral research with Martin Pollak, studying the mechanisms of autosomal-dominant forms of FSGS, including those mediated by mutations in ACTN4, INF2 and TRPC6. He joined the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2010. Dr. Schlondorff continues to study FSGS, with a focus on the basic mechanisms in genetic forms of the disease.

James F. Simon, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship
Assistant Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio)

Dr. James Simon is currently a member of the medical staff in Nephrology at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program Director. He is an Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Loyola Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in 1998. He completed his internship and residency while on Active Duty in the Army at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. He served as Chief Medical Resident at Brooke for a year before completing his Nephrology fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He returned to Brooke Army as a staff Nephrologist until 2007. His tenure there included a deployment to Iraq as part of Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield and 2 years as chief of the Nephrology section. Upon separating from the Army in 2007, he came to the Cleveland Clinic where he served as Associate Program Director of the Nephrology fellowship until 2010 when he became Program Director, a position he currently holds. He also serves as the medical director of the anemia clinic within the department. He is Board certified in nephrology and internal medicine. He is active a member of the American Society of Nephrology‘s training program directors executive committee. He has written questions for the Nephrology in-training exam and is participating in development of questions for the upcoming Kidney Self-Assessment Program.

Bradley A. Warady, M.D.

Chief of Pediatric Nephrology and Director of Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation
Senior Associate Chair and Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Children‘s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine (Kansas City, MO)

Dr. Bradley Warady is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Senior Associate Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Chief of Nephrology and Director, Dialysis and Transplantation at The Children‘s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. He currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator of the International Pediatric Peritoneal Dialysis Network and the multicenter, National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) Study. He is also a Council Member for the International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA). He has published more than 300 articles and book chapters and he has co-edited the books CAPD/CCPD in Children and Pediatric Dialysis. Dr. Warady has been a member of several clinical practice guideline writing committees for the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), and he recently co-chaired the NKF workgroup which published guidelines for the Nutritional Management of Children with chronic kidney disease. Dr. Warady serves as Associate Editor for Peritoneal Dialysis International and he sits on the editorial board of Pediatric Nephrology.

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