Achievements

For nearly 50 years Duke Nephrology has distinguished itself as a leader in research and patient care. A list of the major achievements in the division is below:

 

1957
First dialysis treatment performed at Duke Hospital
1962
Eugene A. Stead, MD, creates the Division of Nephrology
1962
Roscoe "Ike" R. Robinson, MD, appointed as first division chief
1963
First faculty appointments in the Division of Nephrology: Caulie Gunnells, MD, Jim Clapp, MD, and Chuck Hayes, MD
1964
First chronic hemodialysis program started at Duke Hospital
1965
Eugene A. Stead, MD, establishes the nation's first physician assistant program with Ruby Wilson, RN
1965
First kidney transplant performed at Duke Hospital
1968
Micropuncture techniques used to isolate where diuretics work in the nephron, (Clapp, et al) Pubmed
1972
Roscoe “Ike” R. Robinson, MD, became the first editor of the International Society of Nephrology’s new flagship journal, Kidney International.
1977
Opening of Duke Hospital's outpatient hemodialysis unit on Morreene Road
1981
  Vincent W. Dennis, MD, appointed as division's second chief
1991
William E. Yarger, MD, appointed as division's third chief
1995
Coffman Lab reports results of the type 1A angiotensin knock-out mouse study demonstrating its importance in blood pressure regulation (Ito, et al) Pubmed
1997
Arthur Greenberg, MD, becomes editor of the 2nd edition of the National Kidney Foundation, Primer on Kidney Diseases.
1997
Thomas M. Coffman, MD, appointed as the division's fourth chief
1997
Laura Svetkey, MD, as part of the DASH Collaborative Research Group reports results in the NEJM showing that dietary changes can lower blood pressure (Appel, et al) Pubmed
2002
Steve Schwab, MD, Michael Berkoben, MD, and David Butterly, MD, as part of the Hemodialysis (HEMO) Study Group reports the results in the NEJM comparing different dialysis prescriptions in 1,800 patients (Eknoyan, et al) Pubmed
2005
Discovery of the TRPC6 mutation as a cause of Familial FSGS (Winn, et al) Pubmed
2005
Opening of the new inpatient hemodialysis unit on 7800
2006

Linda Szczech, MD, MSCE, as part of the CHOIR investigators reports the results in the NEJM showing greater risk in targeting a higher hemoglobin in CKD patients with anemia (Singh, et al) Pubmed

2007
ASN Young Investigator Award: Michelle P. Winn, MD
2008
President of the American Society of Nephrology: Thomas M. Coffman, MD
2010

President of the National Kidney Foundation: Lynda Szczech, MD, MSCE

2010
  3,000th transplant and 1,000th living donor kidney transplant performed at Duke University Hospital
2012 Duke Nephrology receives funding for the Duke O'Brien Center for Kidney Research.
2014 Establishment of the Michelle P. Winn, MD lectureship at ASN Kidney Week
2014 Thomas M. Coffman, MD, receives AHA Excellence in Hypertension Award and Duke School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award.
2016 Myles Wolf, MD, MMSc becomes divisions fifth chief