ASN Presents Education Award to Agnes Fogo

Agnes B. Fogo

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The Robert G. Narins Award, which honors those who have made substantial contributions to education and teaching, will be presented to Agnes B. Fogo, MD, on Saturday, November 12.

Dr. Fogo is the John L. Shapiro Professor of Pathology, professor of medicine and pediatrics, and director of the Renal Pathology/Electron Microscopy Laboratory at Vanderbilt University Medical School in Nashville, Tenn.

She has a long-standing interest in teaching. Her particular accomplishments in this area include developing and leading the basic renal pathology course, which is an annual feature of ASN Kidney Week. She also developed another annual feature of Kidney Week, the ASN Renal Biopsy Short Course, which brings together nephrologists, pathologists, and microscopists to study challenging renal biopsies and discuss clinical correlations. She created a widely used resource for teaching renal pathology in the form of a web-based free Atlas of Renal Pathology for the National Kidney Foundation, and is an author of two textbooks on renal pathology.

She is currently a member of the ASN Glomerular Disease Advisory Group, chairs the International Society of Nephrology Renal Pathology Advisory Committee, and is an ISN councilor. She has taught at numerous ISN renal pathology courses.

Dr. Fogo has served as pathology editor for the American Journal of Kidney Disease and associate editor of the American Journal of Pathology and Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. She is currently section editor for nephrology dialysis and transplantation and section editor for renal immunology and pathology in Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension, and associate editor of Laboratory Investigation.

Fogo has also served on the ASN postgraduate committee and program committees and numerous grant review committees of the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association. Her research interest focuses on progression and potential regression of chronic kidney disease, and is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Her major clinical interests focus on hypertension-related renal injury and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.

Dr. Fogo received her undergraduate education at the University of Oslo in Norway and the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. She attended medical school at Vanderbilt, where she also did her pathology residency and fellowship training. She has been on the faculty there continuously since her residency.

Robert G. Narins

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Robert G. Narins, MD, was the first recipient of the award bearing his name. He taught and mentored countless students, serving on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, Harvard University, Temple University, and Henry Ford Hospital.

Well recognized for his contributions in the fields of fluid-electrolyte and acid-base physiology, Dr. Narins has also led numerous education efforts at the national and international levels. Among these, he has chaired the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Nephrology Board and worked on the American College of Physicians’ Annual Program Committee. From 1994 to 2006, he developed and guided ASN’s educational programs, including working to expand educational programs during Renal Week. In addition, he was instrumental in the development of ASN’s newest journal, the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology; in establishing the Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology program; and in negotiating ASN’s partnership agreements with Hypertension, Dialysis, & Clinical Nephrology (HDCN) and UpToDate. Dr. Narins is also credited with working with organizations in Europe and Asia to help promote education and teaching in nephrology.


October-November 2011 (Vol. 3, Number 10 & 11)