John A. Kellum, MD, MCCM, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Critical Care Medicine, is to be the inaugural recipient of the UPMC Endowed Chair in Critical Care Nephrology.
With this endowment and an additional support over 5 years from UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Kellum will establish the Center for Critical Care Nephrology, which will have its physical home in the Clinical Research, Investigation, and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness (CRISMA) Center in the Department of Critical Care Medicine (CCM) but will include faculty from several other departments.
Dr. John A. Kellum has been a world leader in research, education and clinical practice in areas of critical care medicine such as acute kidney injury, fluid, electrolyte and acid-base physiology, renal replacement therapy and other forms of extracorporeal blood purification. Recipient of more than $10 million in NIH funding and author of more than 300 papers, Dr. Kellum has profoundly changed the course of investigation in these fields. As co-editor of multiple textbooks, including the very successful Critical Care Nephrology, (Elsevier 2009), noted lecturer and award-winning teacher, he has made an indelible mark on education. Finally, as an acclaimed clinician, including recipient of Master by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and co-chair of the first ever international clinical practice guideline on acute kidney injury, Dr. Kellum has dramatically influenced how patients with acute kidney injury are treated.
In the coming years, the Center for Critical Care Nephrology will further the vision of multidisciplinary investigation to improve the care of patients with acute kidney injury and other conditions. The center will broaden and strengthen collaboration between CRISMA, the Pittsburgh O'Brien Center for Kidney Research, the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
The center will use its resources and collaborations to expand multiple research initiatives to increase awareness, improve early detection, develop novel treatment strategies and facilitate recovery after all forms of acute kidney injury.