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1 Anika Lucas is a Fellow in Nephrology at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC. Mala Sachdeva is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Hempstead, NY. Ellie Kelepouris is a Professor of Clinical Medicine with the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. Lisa M. Curtis is an Associate Professor of Medicine with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.
Over 60 years ago, nephrology was established as a medical specialty. In 1966, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) was founded by 17 men (1). Although there were many notable women researchers and physicians caring for women with kidney disease at that time, there was an apparent gender gap in leadership. Interestingly, women were trailblazers in the field of nephrology even before it was recognized as a distinct specialty. Women such as Phyllis Adele Bott, Margaret Mylle, Muriel MacDowell, and Dr. Alma Elizabeth Hiller made profound contributions to our understanding of renal physiology (2). Pauline M.