Julia Jarrard Scialla, MD

Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Campus mail 2400 Pratt Street, Rm 7042, Durham, NC 27705
Phone (919) 668-8764
Email address julia.scialla@duke.edu

Dr. Scialla is an Associate Professor of Medicine in Nephrology at Duke University and a faculty member at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.  Dr. Scialla trained in Internal Medicine, Nephrology, and Clinical Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Her research focuses on chronic kidney disease (CKD) epidemiology and prevention, with an emphasis on the role of metabolic complications and nutrition. Current studies are focused on treatment and prevention of abnormal phosphate homeostasis, acid-base physiology, diabetic and other forms of kidney disease, and outcomes in end-stage kidney disease. 

Dr. Scialla’s work engages a number of study designs including prospective cohort studies, observational comparative effectiveness studies, and patient-oriented physiologic studies. She has worked closely with multiple chronic disease cohorts including the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study, the African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK), the Jackson Heart Study (JHS), and secondary analyses in clinical trials. Studies in electronic health records (EHR) and registries have engaged dialysis EHR data, the United States Renal Data System, and public registries, such as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Physiologic studies include the Acid Base Complication in CKD Study, secondary analyses in the DASH Mechanism Study, and the newly launched MURDOCK Kidney Health Study.

Education and Training

  • Nephrology, Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2006 - 2010
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2003 - 2006
  • M.H.S., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010
  • M.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2003

Publications

Dobre, Mirela, Wei Yang, Jing Chen, Paul Drawz, L Lee Hamm, Edward Horwitz, Thomas Hostetter, et al. “Association of serum bicarbonate with risk of renal and cardiovascular outcomes in CKD: a report from the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) study.” Am J Kidney Dis 62, no. 4 (October 2013): 670–78. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.ajkd.2013.01.017.

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23489677
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Scialla, Julia J., Wei Ling Lau, Muredach P. Reilly, Tamara Isakova, Hsueh-Ying Yang, Matthew H. Crouthamel, Nicholas W. Chavkin, et al. “Fibroblast growth factor 23 is not associated with and does not induce arterial calcification.” Kidney Int 83, no. 6 (June 2013): 1159–68. https://doi.org/10.1038/ki.2013.3.

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Scialla, Julia J. “Choices in kidney transplantation in type 1 diabetes: are there skeletal benefits of the endocrine pancreas?” Kidney Int 83, no. 3 (March 2013): 356–58. https://doi.org/10.1038/ki.2012.438.

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23446255
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Scialla, Julia J., Brad C. Astor, Tamara Isakova, Huiliang Xie, Lawrence J. Appel, and Myles Wolf. “Mineral metabolites and CKD progression in African Americans.” J Am Soc Nephrol 24, no. 1 (January 2013): 125–35. https://doi.org/10.1681/ASN.2012070713.

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Isakova, T., H. Xie, S. Messinger, F. Cortazar, J. J. Scialla, G. Guerra, G. Contreras, et al. “Inhibitors of mTOR and risks of allograft failure and mortality in kidney transplantation.” Am J Transplant 13, no. 1 (January 2013): 100–110. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-6143.2012.04281.x.

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23025566
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Boulware, L Ebony, Navdeep Tangri, Patti L. Ephraim, Julia J. Scialla, Stephen M. Sozio, Deidra C. Crews, Tariq Shafi, et al. “Comparative effectiveness studies to improve clinical outcomes in end stage renal disease: the DEcIDE patient outcomes in end stage renal disease study.” Bmc Nephrol 13 (December 6, 2012): 167. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2369-13-167.

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Scialla, Julia J., Lawrence J. Appel, Myles Wolf, Wei Yang, Xiaoming Zhang, Stephen M. Sozio, Edgar R. Miller, et al. “Plant protein intake is associated with fibroblast growth factor 23 and serum bicarbonate levels in patients with chronic kidney disease: the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort study.” J Ren Nutr 22, no. 4 (July 2012): 379-388.e1. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.jrn.2012.01.026.

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22480598
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Scialla, Julia J., Lawrence J. Appel, Brad C. Astor, Edgar R. Miller, Srinivasan Beddhu, Mark Woodward, Rulan S. Parekh, Cheryl A. M. Anderson, and Cheryl A. M. African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension Study Group. “Net endogenous acid production is associated with a faster decline in GFR in African Americans.” Kidney Int 82, no. 1 (July 2012): 106–12. https://doi.org/10.1038/ki.2012.82.

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22475819
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Wahl, Patricia, Huiliang Xie, Julia Scialla, Cheryl A. M. Anderson, Keith Bellovich, Carolyn Brecklin, Jing Chen, et al. “Earlier onset and greater severity of disordered mineral metabolism in diabetic patients with chronic kidney disease.” Diabetes Care 35, no. 5 (May 2012): 994–1001. https://doi.org/10.2337/dc11-2235.

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22446176
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