Dinushika Mohottige, MD, MPH

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Where is your hometown?

 West Palm Beach, FL

Education and Training

  • College/University- Duke University
  • Medical School- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Masters of Public Health- UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Residency- Duke University
  • Duke Internal Medicine Residency Chief Resident 2017-2018

Honors, awards and distinctions

  • ASN Diversity and Inclusion Committee Intern 2018
  • AOA Duke University School of Medicine 2019
  • Michelle P Winn Diversity and Inclusion Award 2019
  • Mario Family Foundation Grant 2019

What are your career goals?

Academic Nephrology with research interests in health inequalities in CKD, end stage kidney disease, and transplant, as well as CKD unknown.

What were you looking for in a fellowship program?

I was looking for a dynamic and approachable faculty, broad clinical foundational training in general Nephrology, a diverse patient population, and a program that was instrumentally supportive of long term academic research and clinical goals. I had a strong desire for a program that serves a diverse patient population, and one with collegiality among fellows and between faculty/fellows.

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

The program is constantly innovating, while maintaining a focus on core broad Nephrology didactics and dissemination of skills necessary to practice in a range of environments. Faculty dedication to fellow education, career development, and well-being is tremendous from all levels of the program, and this is best exemplified in the diverse range of opportunities we have for professional growth after the 1st year. The breadth and scope of what we cover clinically in the 1st year is remarkable, and the support for fellow career goals (whether it be in global health, research, clinical practice) is unparalleled. The ability to train at both the VA and Duke University Hospitals is a true bonus in terms of adding to the mix of diversity in patients served and pathology seen. We have wonderful colleagues here among our co-fellows but also throughout the rest of the hospital, and it’s been a great joy to learn and work with all of them.

What has surprised you most about Duke?

I’m constantly in awe of how deeply the fellowship program leadership cares about our overall wellness as well as our educational objectives. We have the tremendous luxury here of being supported in nurturing a range of career paths.

What are your observations about the relationships between faculty and fellows?

Faculty are all remarkably humble and dedicated to fellow education and well-being (on every level from personal to professional). This place is full of people deeply committed to ensuring you are on a career path of your own choosing, with the support you need to succeed.

What advice would you give about moving to Durham?

Keep your mind open to the extraordinary place that Durham, NC is. I’ve been here since 2002 and am amazed by how much I’m still learning about the city’s rich and vibrant history. This is a hot bed of innovation, diversity, and inclusivity.

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Mohottige, Dinushika, Clarissa J. Diamantidis, Joseph Galanko, Robert S. Sandler, and L Ebony Boulware. “USE OF 'HIGH-POTENCY, LOW-COST' ANALGESIC POWDERS AMONG INDIVIDUALS AT RISK OF CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE (CKD).” In American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 75:609–609. W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC, 2020.


Lunyera, Joseph, John W. Stanifer, Clemontina A. Davenport, Dinushika Mohottige, Nrupen A. Bhavsar, Julia J. Scialla, Jane Pendergast, L Ebony Boulware, and Clarissa Jonas Diamantidis. “Life Course Socioeconomic Status, Allostatic Load, and Kidney Health in Black Americans.” Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 15, no. 3 (March 6, 2020): 341–48. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.08430719.

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Mohottige, Dinushika, and Mitchell R. Lunn. “Ensuring Gender-Affirming Care in Nephrology: Improving Care for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Individuals.” Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : Cjasn, March 5, 2020. https://doi.org/10.2215/cjn.14471119.

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Cabacungan, Ashley N., Matthew J. Ellis, Debra Sudan, Tara S. Strigo, Iris Pounds, Jennie A. Riley, Margaret Falkovic, et al. “Associations of perceived information adequacy and knowledge with pursuit of live donor kidney transplants and living donor inquiries among African American transplant candidates.” Clin Transplant 34, no. 3 (March 2020): e13799. https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.13799.

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Mohottige, Dinushika, and L Ebony Boulware. “Trust in American Medicine: A Call to Action for Health Care Professionals.” Hastings Cent Rep 50, no. 1 (January 2020): 27–29. https://doi.org/10.1002/hast.1081.

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Mohottige, Dinushika, and Mitchell R. Lunn. “Advancing Equity in Nephrology: Enhancing Care for LGBTQ+ Patients and Our Workforce.” Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : Cjasn 14, no. 7 (July 2019): 1094–96. https://doi.org/10.2215/cjn.01950219.

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Powell, Wizdom, Jennifer Richmond, Dinushika Mohottige, Irene Yen, Allison Joslyn, and Giselle Corbie-Smith. “Medical Mistrust, Racism, and Delays in Preventive Health Screening Among African-American Men.” Behavioral Medicine (Washington, D.C.) 45, no. 2 (April 2019): 102–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/08964289.2019.1585327.

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Mohottige, D. “Cause Unknown, Treatment Uncertain, Outcome Poor: An Encounter With Kidney Failure in the Developing World.” American Journal of Kidney Diseases : The Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation 68, no. 2 (August 2016): A15–16.