Leaders in nephrology discuss healthcare challenges amidst COVID-19, telemedicine, and the future of nephrology.View Flyer (PDF)
Section Chief of Nephrology, Oklahoma University Medicine
Dr. Benjamin D. Cowley Jr. is currently Professor of Medicine and Section Chief, Nephrology and Hypertension at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center and at the Oklahoma City Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Cowley is the John Gammill Professor in Polycystic Kidney Disease. He graduated from the Baylor College of Medicine in 1981. Following that, he completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Cowley is currently the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee at the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation. He is also the President of the Board of Directors, for the Oklahoma Foundation for Kidney Disease and serves on the Board of Directors of LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma. Dr. Cowley is currently the United Network for Organ Sharing designated physician for the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center Kidney Transplant Program and the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center Pancreas Transplant Program.
Professor, Florida Atlantic University
Dr. Hain is a Ph.D. trained, board certified adult and gerontological nurse practitioner who has practice experience within nephrology nursing, memory disorder clinic and hospice care. Dr. Hain’s scholarly endeavors have focused on improving health outcomes of older adults with chronic kidney disease and those with cognitive impairment, and she has authored numerous peer reviewed publications on these topics. Her current research interests are strategies to improve self-management in an ethnically diverse population with CKD Stage 4 and 5 and Supportive (Palliative) care of older adults with CKD stage 4-5 and ESRD. Dr. Hain’s teaching has focused on care of individuals with chronic disease such as diabetes, chronic kidney disease, pulmonary disease, and cognitive impairment.
Director, Cystic Kidney Diseases Clinic, Emory University
Dr. Frederic Rahbari is the director of Cystic Kidney Diseases Clinic at Emory University and has been a nephrologist practicing at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA since 2006. Dr. Rahbari attended medical school at Université de Bordeaux in France and completed a residency program at the same institution. After moving to the US, Dr. Rahbari did clinical and translational research on oxidative stress at New York Medical College and subsequently redid three years of residency training in internal medicine at St. Vincent Hospital -Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has also completed a fellowship in nephrology at Emory University. Dr. Rahbari has been a principal investigator in several PKD trials and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of California San Diego
Dr. Pranav Garimella is board-certified nephrologist and assistant professor and director of the dialysis outreach program in the department of medicine and nephrology at UC San Diego. He received his training in India, Chicago, and completed his fellowship at Tufts University, training in clinical nephrology with a focus on polycystic kidney disease with Dr. Ron Perrone. His research endeavors have led to multiple NIH-funded studies and numerous peer-reviewed publications on the topic of kidney diseases. He has an ongoing NIH grant for his research elucidating aspects of kidney disease and has been the recipient of a multitude of teaching and clinical excellence awards. He is also involved in initiatives to develop programs specifically targeted at minority populations in an effort to improve health literacy and potentially clinical outcomes.
Medical Science Liaison, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.
Tazin Aijaz, PharmD, BCPS, is a Medical Science Liaison at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization. She earned her PharmD from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Aijaz then completed her clinical residency training at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Prior to joining Otsuka, Dr. Aijaz held various positions within the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Aijaz is board certified in pharmacotherapy.