The teaching award was established through a donation from former WU nephrology fellow Richard Hellman, MD, and his wife, Patricia, in memory of their son, Nathan E. Hellman, who earned his MD/PhD at WU. After completing his residency at University of Pennsylvania, Nathan began his nephrology training at the Massachusetts General Hospital Joint Nephrology Fellowship Program in 2007. Nathan was completing his nephrology research fellowship and was to be appointed a faculty member when he passed away from complications due to a stroke on February 13, 2010. He was 36 years old.
The annual award is given to a faculty member selected by fellows within our division. The recipient receives an inscribed plaque and a cash award to support professional development.
“There are so many incredible educators in our division. I am honored to receive this award,” says Dr. Li, who received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, and completed her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in nephrology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine.
Li, with and an inter-disciplinary team of collaborators, were one of two groups to recently receive the inaugural Clinical Innovation Grants (CIG), a funding program that provides resources for clinical research projects within the Division of Nephrology. Their study will evaluate the extent to which the choroid, a dense capillary plexus in the eye, can serve as a novel and noninvasive biomarker for assessment of lupus nephritis activity. Results of the study will have very important clinical implications in the understanding of the pathophysiology of lupus nephritis and the care of lupus patients.
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