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In 2007, only 21 percent of practicing nephrologists were women, and females filled 36 percent of nephrology training slots. We asked three women to talk about gender issues in the profession.

Sharon Anderson, MD, is professor of medicine and vice chair for Veteran Administration Affairs at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU), and chief, medical service, Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center. She is president-elect of the American Society of Nephrology. Lynda Szczech, MD, is an associate professor of medicine and medical director of the clinical research support office at Duke University. She is president-elect of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF).