Sushrut Waikar, MD, MPH, has been named Chief of the Section of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, and Norman G. Levinsky Professor of Medicine, effective Sept. 16, 2019. Dr. Waikar is currently the Constantine L. Hampers, MD, Distinguished Chair in Renal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.
“Dr. Waikar is an exemplary clinician-investigator and teacher who will bring great insight and energy to the Section Chief position,” said David Coleman, MD, Wade Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Chief of the Division of Medicine at Boston Medical Center (BMC).
Dr. Waikar received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and his MD from Yale School of Medicine. He was an intern, resident and Chief Resident at the University of California-San Francisco before moving to Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General hospitals for his renal fellowship. He joined the Harvard faculty in 2006.
Dr. Waikar has a distinguished record of research in acute kidney injury and the identification of biomarkers of acute and chronic renal diseases. He is the Principal Investigator of several NIH grants, including the NIH Kidney Precision Medicine Project. He has received a number of teaching awards and has mentored 15 fellows, most of whom are in academic positions.
“Thanks to members of the search committee who identified an extraordinary group of candidates for the position and were instrumental in recruiting Dr. Waikar to our department,” added Dr. Coleman. Committee members include: Drs. Bill Colucci (chair), Alan Fine, Valerie Gouon-Evans, Ben Linas, Sandra Gordon, Katya Ravid, Cassandra Pierre, Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa, Alik Farber and Ms. Sarah Carignan.
“The Section of Nephrology has benefited enormously from the insightful and generous leadership of Dr. David Salant for more than 30 years. He has mentored generations of nephrologists and led the section with a steadfast commitment to excellence and to the success of the faculty, staff and trainees. His iconic legacy will continue to buoy the section into the future and his example will provide an important beacon for all of us! Please join with me in congratulating Dr. Waikar on his appointment and in thanking Dr. Salant for his extraordinary service,” said Dr. Coleman.