New Faculty Welcome to WashU Nephrology

Dr. Leslie S. Gewin Joins WashU Nephrology Faculty

Leslie Gewin, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, WashU Nephrology

The Division of Nephrology is excited to welcome new faculty member Leslie S. Gewin, MD, who will join us as Associate Professor of Medicine on Oct 4, 2021.

Dr. Gewin comes to us from the Division of Nephrology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she was an Associate Professor, in addition to serving as a Staff Physician at the Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center.   She earned her undergraduate degree at Princeton University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.  Gewin completed an internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute and a nephrology fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

A physician-scientist, Gewin’s basic science research laboratory research focuses on proximal tubule responses to injury and how these responses affect fibrosis and chronic kidney disease progression.  During her fellowship and early faculty years at Vanderbilt, she trained with Roy Zent, MD, PhD, studying the basic mechanisms underlying renal fibrosis and growth factor signaling.  Recently, her research has expanded to investigate how changes in the cell cycle and metabolism of injured tubules contributes to loss of kidney function and development of fibrosis.  Her research is funded by the NIH and the VA. 

Gewin is dedicated to teaching the next generation of physician-scientists as well as advancing the careers of women investigators.  As Co-director of the Kidney Student Research Training Program at Vanderbilt, she coordinated an NIH-funded summer research experience for medical students within Vanderbilt’s Division of Nephrology that culminated in a national symposium.  Gewin was also Chair of the Steering Committee of Vanderbilt’s Women on Track (WoT), which fosters the professional development of tenure-track women in academic medicine.  She also serves as Councilor for Women in Nephrology as well as the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation.

“I am excited to join WashU Nephrology to grow my research program focused on kidney tubular injury and to continue mentorship of the next generation of investigators,” says Gewin.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Leslie Gewin has accepted our offer to join the Division of Nephrology,” said Benjamin Humphreys, MD, PhD,Chief of the Division of Nephrology and the Joseph Friedman Professor of Renal Diseases. “She has made important contributions to our understanding of the cellular responses to kidney injury and how these responses promote either successful repair or maladaptive fibrosis. She is also a talented and dedicated mentor, advocate and role model for women in medicine and science.”

Outside of the lab and hospital, Gewin enjoys cycling, traveling (when safe to do so), playing with her dog, and exploring new restaurants.

See Gewin’s publications here and follow her on Twitter @LeslieGewin.

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