Dr. Atlee Baker, WashU Nephrology Fellow, Selected for ASN Internship

Atlee Baker, intern for ASN’s Transforming Dialysis Access Together initiative.

Atlee Baker, MD, MPH a first-year fellow at WashU Nephrology, has accepted an internship with the Transforming Dialysis Access Together (TDAT) initiative of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). 

Falling under the umbrella of the Excellence in Patient Care Advisory Committee, TDAT aims to enhance the quality of life for patients with kidney failure by focusing on improving practices, education, and policies related to hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis accesses.

TDAT will develop dialysis access resources to help kidney care professionals improve the delivery of care, reduce morbidity and mortality, and improve long-term outcomes.  One resource now available is the online module Optimizing Hemodialysis Vascular Access Planning.

“Dialysis access, be it for hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, serves as a lifeline for patients with end stage kidney disease.  The functionality and longevity of these accesses play important roles both in the management of kidney disease and in the patient’s overall well-being.  Nephrologists should feel equipped to take an active part in the management of access, starting with robust training at the fellow level.  I look forward to the opportunity of working with the TDAT initiative to improve the practice and education of dialysis access.”

Atlee Baker

Dr. Baker entered our WashU Nephrology Fellowship Program in 2023 after completing his internal medicine residency at Ochsner Louisiana State University Health Science Center. During his residency, he was chosen for the clinician-educator track program focusing on curriculum development, adult learning styles, and leadership in medicine.   With a continued interest in medical education, Baker has applied to the Washington University Teaching Physicians Pathway (WUTPP), which provides residents and fellows who are interested in medical education with the opportunity for in-depth professional development as clinical educators.

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