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Arif Asif, MD, FASN, FNKF

Dr. Asif serves as the Thomas Ordway Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Chief of Nephrology and Hypertension at Albany Medical College. He specializes in glomerular diseases, hypertension, vascular access, dialysis and acute kidney injury. Dr. Asif has established and solidified multiple programs within the division including a Hypertension Program, Kidney Donor Evaluation Program, Glomerular Diseases Program, Renal Translational Research Program, Dialysis Access Program and a strong Outpatient Dialysis Program. Dr. Asif is also the founding Program Director of Nephrology Fellowship Training Program at Albany Medical College. He is a national and an international figure in the area of Interventional Nephrology and is the Past President of the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology. He has published over 120 articles in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, chaired multiple scientific meetings and has delivered over 200 lectures at national and international scientific meetings. He has received multiple awards for teaching, research and scholarly activity and excellence in patient care. He serves as an editor, editorial board member and reviewer of numerous journals in NEJM, JAMA, KI, CJASN, AJKD and Seminars in Dialysis. He has conducted both industry and NIH funded studies. His current research is focusing on various aspects of dialysis access including novel therapeutic interventions to halt neointimal hyperplasia in fistulas, biomarker identification in hypertension, peripheral vascular disease in the dialysis population, surveillance of vascular access, acute kidney injury and hypercalcemia.

Syed S. Haqqie, MD

Dr. Haqqie serves as Professor of Medicine and Director of Educational Programs in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Albany Medical College. Dr. Haqqie has extensive experience in the area of internal medicine and nephrology. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Victoria Hospital, Romford, Essex, England; and nephrology fellowship at Albany Medical College. While he manages all aspects of kidney diseases and dialysis therapy, his focus is mainly on the management of acute kidney injury and intensive care clinical nephrology. He also has expertise in the area of glomerular diseases including ANCA vasculitis and rapidly progressing glomerulonephritis. His expertise also includes renal artery stenosis, contrast-induced nephropathy and complex acid-base disorders. Dr. Haqqie has been instrumental in establishing a program for continuous forms of renal replacement therapy. He also directs divisional educational activities. He is heavily involved in medical education and has mentored countless residents into outstanding physicians. He is a recipient of 4 outstanding teacher/attending of the year awards by the medical house staff of Albany Medical College Hospital. He is also in receipt of an AOA award. He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology and the National Kidney Foundation. He also holds the prestigious membership of the Royal College of physicians of the United Kingdom. He has delivered numerous lectures, conducted research, authored multiple abstracts and published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals. Above all, Dr. Haqqie has done an outstanding job in serving the United States of America. Dr. Haqqie has served in the US Army Reserves for 23 years with numerous overseas deployments including tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn and Joint Endeavor. He retired as a Colonel and won numerous awards for his outstanding service to our country.


George Eisele, MD

George Eisele serves as a Professor of Medicine at the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Albany Medical College. Dr. Eisele has also served as the Chief of Nephrology. He has extensive experience in the area of internal medicine and nephrology. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Albany Medical College, NY and fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Eisele manages all aspects of inpatient kidney diseases, dialysis therapy and outpatient nephrology. He has conducted research in the area of mineral bone disease. His expertise includes acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, electrolyte abnormalities, renal replacement therapy, and renal transplantation. Dr. Eisele is an outstanding teacher who has mentored multiple residents. He directs the delivery of inpatient renal replacement therapy including both the intermittent hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy. He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology and the National Kidney Foundation. He has delivered numerous lectures, conducted research, authored multiple abstracts and published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Eisele’s research has focused on various aspects of mineral bone disease.


Kenneth Phelps, MD

Dr. Phelps is the retired chief of nephrology at the Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany.  He has 40 years of post-graduate clinical experience.  His areas of expertise are general fluid-and-electrolyte and acid-base physiology and pathophysiology, fundamentals of homeostasis, homeostasis in chronic kidney disease, metabolic challenges associated with gastrointestinal disease, potassium homeostasis, metabolic bone disease, and all aspects of calcium and phosphate physiology, including nephrolithiasis. 
Dr. Phelps is conducting research in the area of mineral bone disease. He recently (2013) completed a large clinical research project related to the pathogenesis of secondary hyperparathyroidism.  One paper resulting from the research is in print, two are in press, and two are undergoing revision with the expectation of publication.  A sixth paper is in preparation, and two more are anticipated after that. 
Dr. Phelps continues to be very active in research and hopes to extend his work on phosphate homeostasis.  Dr. Phelps believes that normalization of [PTH] and [FGF23] in CKD requires extreme reduction of phosphate influx, and he would be investigating that possibility in the future.  He also plans to review and study potassium homeostasis in CKD, and he is contemplating reviews on fundamental principles of homeostasis and the pathogenesis of secondary hyperparathyroidism.  He is outstanding teacher who continues to have active participation in the fellowship training program and in the academic life of the nephrology division.


Snezana Mijovic-Das, MD

Dr. Mijovic-Das completed internal medicine residency training at Albany Medical Center and fellowship in nephrology at University of Vermont. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Albany Medical College. Dr. Mijovic-Das specializes in internal medicine as well as nephrology and hypertension. While she has the expertise in the all aspect of renal diseases, she focuses on acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, glomerular diseases, hypertension, contrast-induced nephropathy and delivery of both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. She is a member of multiple organizations including the American Society of Nephrology and the National Kidney Foundation. National and international leaders recognize Dr. Mijovic-Das as a committed, compassionate and a powerful physician. She is also recognized as someone who provides an outstanding care to her patients. She has successfully put together an outstanding chronic kidney disease program within the division of nephrology and hypertension. This is the only program of its kind in this entire region. She directs the chronic kidney disease program and organizes teaching activities for the patients with chronic kidney disease. Dr. Mijovic-Das’s work focuses on the management of various aspects of glomerulonephritis. She has a particular interest in the area of membranous nephropathy and has expertise in the management of membranous nephritis that is resistant to traditional forms of therapy. She participates in the divisional teaching activities and serves as an excellent faculty for medical students and internal medicine residents teaching. Dr. Mijovic-Das has presented multiple posters and delivered multiple lectures on various aspects of kidney diseases at national and international level. Dr. Mijovic-Das frequently organizes meetings in the UN in connection with women's reproductive health and related matters. Currently, her work is focusing on dietary interventions and chronic kidney disease. In this respect, she has teamed up with dieticians in the community to provide dietary information to patients with chronic kidney disease. She is also conducting research in the area of therapy for resistant membranous nephropathy. She has authored multiple abstracts, papers and book chapters.    


Krishnakumar Hongalgi, MD

Krishnakumar Hongalgi is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Albany Medical College. Dr. Hongalgi has a vast experience in both internal medicine and nephrology. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Metrohealth Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; and Nephrology Fellowship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, NY. His expertise include, acid-base disorders, acute and chronic kidney disease, hypertension and management of glomerular diseases. He is also an expert of renal replacement therapies including hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Dr. Hongalgi has a keen interest in the delivery of continuous renal replacement therapy in the management of acute kidney injury in intensive care units. He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology and the National Kidney Foundation. Dr. Hongalgi has delivered numerous lectures, authored multiple abstracts and conducted research in the area of HIV-associated nephropathy.  


Roy Mathew, MD

Dr. Mathew completed residency training in internal medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center and fellowship in nephrology at University of California in San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center.  In addition, he has completed a full research fellowship. He serves as the medical director for the hemodialysis unit and serves as the lead nephrologist for the nephrology section at the Stratton VA.  He holds a position of Assistant professor with Albany Medical College and with the division of nephrology and hypertension at Albany Medical Center. Current research interests include hypertension and the influence of inflammation on the effect of hypertension on chronic kidney disease progression, various aspects of acute kidney injury including effect of community acquired acute kidney injury on long-term outcomes, and the effect continuation of RAAS inhibition in the perioperative period on postoperative renal outcomes and management of the elderly on dialysis therapies.  Dr. Mathew has been involved in various research projects at the Stratton VA Medical Center and Albany Medical center focusing on the role of regulatory T-cells in the response to Hepatitis B vaccine among patients on hemodialysis.  He has been involved in studies examining the role of vitamin D on vascular calcification in patients on hemodialysis.  Currently, he is exploring the role of inflammation in hypertension and racial differences. Dr. Mathew has authored multiple abstracts and published numerous articles in peer-reviewed, high-impact journals. In addition to his clinical/research responsibilities, Dr. Mathew is currently the director of the second year medical school renal theme.


Vincent Carsillo, DO

Dr. Carsillo is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Albany Medical College. He completed his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, PA; and received his fellowship training in nephrology and hypertension at the same institution. Dr. Carsillo has practiced clinical nephrology for the past 10 years. He specializes in all forms of renal diseases including acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, dialysis and glomerular diseases. He is particularly interested in the management of patients with resistant hypertension. He is a frequent guest on National Public Radio's Medical Monday program and chairs hypertension sessions at the national hypertension meeting. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he is frequently engaged in teaching medical students, residents and fellows in training. He is an active participant in the renal pathophysiology course at Albany Medical College. He is passionate and committed to teaching and has received the inaugural (2004) “Outstanding Fellow” award given for the highest contribution to fellows, residents, students and staff education during his stay at Albert Einstein Medical Center, PA.


James Listman, MD

Dr. Listman serves as the head of pediatric nephrology at Albany Medical College. He completed a residency in Pediatrics from?SUNY Upstate Medical University Syracuse, NY and nephrology fellowship Children's Hospital, Boston; MA. He specializes in the care of children with a variety of acute and chronic kidney diseases and hypertension. He also has the expertise in the diagnosis and management of complex glomerular diseases in children. He has a particular interest and expertise in the evaluation and management of acid-base and electrolyte disturbances. Dr. Listman serves the special needs of pediatric patients who require renal replacement therapy including hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and kidney transplantation. Dr. Listman is an outstanding academician and has authored multiple abstracts and papers. He is one of the best teachers in the area of pediatric nephrology and regularly teaches at the renal pathophysiology course of Albany Medical College.


Elisabeth Simon, MD

Dr. Simon serves as a pediatric nephrologist at Albany Medical College. She completed a residency in Pediatrics from? Rush Presbyterian-St. Lukes,?Chicago, IL and fellowship at Children’s hospital, Boston, MA. She specializes in all forms of renal diseases in children including acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease. Dr. Simon also has the expertise in various forms of dialysis therapy for children and renal transplantation. Dr. Simon takes a proactive role in the teaching activities of the division of nephrology and hypertension and is often consulted on the diagnosis and management of complex renal conditions. She also teaches medical students at the renal pathophysiology course. Dr. Simon is known for her ability to break complex disease process mechanisms into simple concepts that are easily understood.

Jeffrey Wang, MD

Dr. Wang is a staff nephrologist at the Stratton VA Medical Center (SVAMC). He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System and spent an additional research year studying age-related glomerulosclerosis using metabolomics from which several abstracts and publications were produced. Prior to arriving in Albany, Dr. Wang practiced nephrology at the Hennepin County Medic al Center/University of Minnesota for three years achieving the rank of assistant professor. Dr. Wang has clinical interests in the care of patients with chronic kidney disease and resistant hypertension. He has a specific interest in peritoneal dialysis and chaired the committee that re-established a peritoneal dialysis program at the SVAMC. In addition, he has prior experience as a transplant nephrologist from his time in Minnesota. His research focus is on the prevention of sudden cardiac death in patients with chronic kidney disease. Dr. Wang is the principal investigator on a project examining the predictive value of novel electrocardiographic markers for sudden cardiac death in hemodialysis patients. He also has multiple ongoing collaborations with the Division of Cardiology at the SVAMC and Albany Medical Center including a study on use of the subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator in chronic kidney disease.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he enjoys teaching medical students, residents, and allied health professionals. Dr. Wang is an active participant in the renal pathophysiology course for the second year medical students, the resident subspecialty lecture series at the SVAMC, and was invited to give a talk about palliative care in end stage renal disease for the VISN2 SCAN-ECHO lecture series.

Paul Der Mesropian, MD

Dr. Paul Der Mesropian received his undergraduate degree from State University of New York at Oswego and graduated from medical school at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY. He first came to Albany in 2009 where he completed his medical residency at Albany Medical Center. He was immediately attracted to the unique and vital role nephrologists play in caring for dialysis-dependent and advanced kidney disease patients, and was drawn to the wide variety of topics encountered ranging from anemia management to transplant immunosuppression and vascular access. He went on to complete a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Buffalo, which included the care of veterans. Following this, he returned to Albany to serve as a clinical nephrologist at the Stratton VA Medical Center. Throughout the course of his training, Dr. Der Mesropian was involved in multiple research projects. He presented several abstracts at national kidney conferences and most recently published a study examining acute kidney injury outcomes in the Upstate NY veteran population. His clinical interests are broad and include acute kidney injury, particularly its risks and strategies for prevention.

Natalie Hsu, MD

Dr. Hsu serves as a faculty member at the Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany, NY.  She completed internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at Brown University Alpert Medical School-affiliated Rhode Island Hospital and the Miriam Hospital.  She was a clinical assistant professor with Rhode Island Hospital renal division with consultative service to the Providence VA Medical Center prior to joining the Stratton VA Medical Center in 2007.  Dr. Hsu is board certified in nephrology and focuses on direct patient care.  She specializes in acute and chronic kidney disease, hypertension, nephrolithiasis and longitudinal care of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients.  Her practice mainly focuses on the outpatient management of patients with renal disease.  She is a member of the American Society of Nephrology and the National Kidney Foundation. Dr. Hsu also regularly participates in the divisional teaching activities.


Darius Mason, Pharm.D., BCPS
 
Dr. Mason is an associate professor at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS; department of pharmacy practice) and adjunct assistant professor at Albany Medical College (Division of Nephrology and Hypertension) Albany, NY.  Dr. Mason is a clinical pharmacist-scientist specializing in Nephrology. His training includes clinical pharmacy (University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN), internal medicine (Methodist Hospital, Memphis, TN) and research training in nephrology pharmacotherapy (University of Illinois in Chicago, Chicago, IL). He is a board certified pharmacotherapist with clinical interests in the management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Dr. Mason teaches nephrology pharmacotherapy to Pharm.D. students at ACPHS and provides anemia and bone disease management seminars to CKD patients.  He is the director of the nephrology pharmacotherapy fellowship at ACPHS for training clinical pharmacist-scientist. Dr. Mason’s research focuses on vitamin D metabolism and pharmacogenomics and phosphorus abnormalities in CKD. His clinical research program conducts investigations on the effects of vitamin D deficiency, nutritional vitamin D therapy, and phosphate binder therapy on vascular inflammation. Other research interests include evaluating biomarkers of nervous system injury in CKD and ESRD and biomarkers of hypertension. Dr. Mason has authored several papers and abstracts on vitamin D and phosphorus management in CKD, pharmacy textbook chapters in nephrology, and serves on editorial review boards.

Darren Grabe, Pharm.D.

Dr. Grabe is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Albany College of Pharmacy and an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Albany Medical College Division of Nephrology and Hypertension.  He is an alumnus of Albany College of Pharmacy where he also completed a Nephrology/Internal Medicine residency and a Nephrology Fellowship. Dr. Grabe has served as the Albany Regional Facilitator for the New York State Chapter of the American College of Pharmacy, chair of the Nephrology Practice Research Network of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and co-chair of the medical advisory board for the NENY chapter of NKF. He is a founding member of the Albany Nephrology Pharmacy (ANephRx) group.

Dr. Grabe’s area of interest is Nephrology and Hypertension where he focuses on patients with chronic kidney disease Stages 1-5 with primary attention to those not yet on dialysis.  The major research objective is to characterize and optimize pharmacotherapy in this specific population in an attempt to decrease hospital admissions, decrease potential and actual medication related problems. Dr. Grabe has a keen interest in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs in kidney disease. He was an invited contributor to the KDIGO controversies conference on drug prescribing in kidney disease.  To date, Dr. Grabe has over 70 peer reviewed publications and abstracts and has served as a principal and co-investigator for multiple funded studies. He is also interested in the hypertension and serves on hypertension consortium of Albany Medical Center.  

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