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Jessica Kendrick, MD, MPH

Associate Professor

Associate Program Director of the Nephrology Fellowship Program

Director, Fresenius East Denver Dialysis Unit

Dr. Kendrick researches vascular function in chronic kidney disease (CKD) in order to illuminate those mechanisms and interventions most greatly affecting vascular dysfunction and mortality in CKD patients. In addition to developing non-invasive techniques for determining the relationship between vascular dysfunction and mortality, Dr. Kendrick is testing interventions that have the potential to improve vascular function in patients with CKD. She is the recipient of an R56 High Priority, Short-Term Project Award and a K Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, and the recipient of multiple grant awards sponsored by Denver Health Medical Center (Denver Health), Amgen and the American Heart Association. Dr. Kendrick consistently receives “Top 5%” reviews as an educator in internal medicine and nephrology, and is recognized as a top physician at Denver Health. As a result, she is highly sought after by patients, families and staff desiring her involvement in their clinical care.

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Miguel Lanaspa Garcia, PhD

Assistant Research Professor

As a researcher, Dr. Lanaspa focuses primarily on: 1) the role of fructose and other sugars in the development and progression of metabolic syndrome and kidney disease, and 2) the effects of hypertonicity and dehydration in the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD), especially as they apply to the new epidemic of non-traditional CKD occurring in Central America (known as “Mesoamerican Nephropathy”). Dr. Lanaspa received K01 Career Development and R03 Research awards from the National Institutes of Health in order to fund his research on the deleterious role of endogenously produced sugars in different models of acute kidney injury, including ischemia-reperfusion. He also received two R01 awards for his studies focused on characterizing the effects of fructose blockade in hereditary fructose intolerance and on defining the role of non-caloric dietary salt in promoting leptin resistance, hypertension, metabolic syndrome and kidney disease. Through these studies, Dr. Lanaspa attempts to understand the “cross-talk” between sugar and osmolality throughout the progression of kidney disease and metabolic diseases.

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MyPhuong Le, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Le’s research interests include the impact of excessive sugar consumption on human health and the development of plant-based therapeutics.  She is currently funded by a K01 Career Development award from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health to study and develop therapies against the adverse effects of fructose and fatty liver disease.












Moshe Levi, MD

Professor

Dr. Levi’s primary research interest is in the roles of nuclear hormone receptors, G protein-coupled receptors and transcription factors in the a) regulation of lipid metabolism, b) modulation of obesity, diabetes, and age-related renal and cardiovascular disease, c) modulation of atherosclerosis and vascular calcification, and d) regulation of renal and intestinal phosphate transport and phosphate metabolism. Dr. Levi serves as chair of the Board of Scientific Counsellors NIH/NIDDK, as president of the Kern Lipid Conference, as chair of the American Physician Scientists Association, and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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Stuart Linas, MD

Rocky Mountain Professor of Renal Research

Nephrology Fellowship Director

Chief of Nephrology, Denver Health Medical Center

Dr. Linas is the Rocky Mountain Professor of Renal Research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and the Chief of Nephrology at the Denver Health Medical Center. After earning a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, he completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, followed by nephrology training at the University of Colorado. He has since dedicated the entirety of his academic career to the University of Colorado, serving over the years as faculty, the Renal Fellowship Director, and head of the Section of Hypertension within the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension. He currently chairs the Curriculum Steering Committee for the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and previously chaired the ABIM Subspecialty Board on Nephrology. He also served on the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Board of Advisors, on the Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine Board of Directors, and on the Association of Specialty Professors as President. Notably, Dr. Linas has won numerous teaching awards at the University of Colorado and the Robert Narins Teaching Award from the ASN.

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Nicole McCormick, NP

Instructor

Nicole is an Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner working in the Renal Transplant Clinic.  She has worked with transplant patients since starting her nursing career in 2008 and is a Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator.  She joined the Renal Division in August 2015 after completing her Master’s degree through the College of Nursing, University of Colorado.  She is committed to working with patients to ensure care that optimizes quality of life, and is passionate about providing education to patients and families so they can be active members of their health care team.

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Makoto Miyazaki, PhD

Associate Professor

Cardiovascular complications, such as vascular calcification, are the leading cause of death in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Dr. Miyazaki, through his research, attempts to understand the molecular mechanism for the development of vascular calcification and to identify a novel target for treatment of CKD-dependent vascular diseases.

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John Montford, MD  

Assistant Professor

Dr. Montford’s research explores novel immune pathways regulating CKD progression. He devotes his clinical time to the VA Eastern Colorado Health System and manages a population of chronic dialysis patients in the Denver Metro Area; he also maintains an active basic science laboratory at the Anschutz Medical Campus along with Dr. Seth Furgeson. Dr. Montford is actively involved in medical student, house staff, and fellow education by teaching formal coursework and clinical education at the Anschutz Medical campus hospitals and clinics.

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Raphael Nemenoff, PhD

Professor

Director of Basic Research in the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension

Dr. Nemenoff’s laboratory studies the role of microenvironments in mediating disease progression, focusing on inflammatory and immune pathways. He is currently examining these microenvironments in a model of lung cancer progression, as well as in polycystic kidney disease. In addition to analyzing cell populations, Dr. Nemenoff’s lab is performing functional genomic screens to identify specific genes and pathways regulating disease progression. He is on the steering committee for both the Pharmacology and Cancer Biology Training Programs, has trained over 25 fellows and currently has three students doing their PhD theses in his lab.

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Kristen Nowak, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Dr. Nowak conducts research on the mechanisms of vascular dysfunction in patients with kidney diseases – notably, those suffering from chronic kidney disease and autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) – as well as on novel therapeutics to alleviate such dysfunction. Dr. Nowak has unique expertise in identifying integrative physiological mechanisms mediating vascular dysfunction, as well as in epidemiology, having recently completed a Master of Public Health. Dr. Nowak’s K01 Career Development award, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, evaluates the efficacy of curcumin, a naturally occurring polyphenol, in order to improve vascular function and slow kidney growth in children and young adults with ADPKD. Dr. Nowak helped establish the clinical vascular physiology laboratory for the Division. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board Panel B. 

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