It was the chance to try to help people, even at their sickest, that drew Dr. Steven Crowley to medicine 25 years ago.
Today the nephrologist still sees patients at the Durham VA Medical Center, but he spends much more time decoding how immune system cells contribute to hypertension and organ damage in his laboratory.
Still, the mission endures.
“The most important aspect of our work is to show solidarity with our patients. That is something we can always do, regardless of the stage of their illness,” says Crowley, whose research may lay groundwork for needed improved treatments.