Gentzon Hall, MD, PhD, Receives First ASN-AMFDP Award

As the first recipient of the American Society of Nephrology–Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (ASN-AMFDP) Award, Gentzon Hall, MD, PhD, intends to build on his current work in renal genomics, with a primary focus on hereditary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Dr. Hall is a medical instructor in the Duke University Division of Nephrology.

Through a partnership with the Harold Amos Faculty Development Program (Amos Scholars), the ASN-AMFDP Award was created in February 2015 to support the research and career development of a kidney research scholar and future health care leader.

“As a junior faculty member at Duke, Dr. Hall has already distinguished himself as a scholar, role model for other trainees, and health care leader,” said Donald Wesson, MD, FASN, co-chair of the ASN Diversity and Inclusion Work Group. “We are pleased that he is being honored with the ASN-AMFDP award, which will help further his career and research goals.”

Dr. Hall’s research career started in high school during a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute–sponsored summer research internship. The experience ignited Dr. Hall’s decision to pursue a career as an academic physician-scientist, a decision shaped further during his undergraduate years and as he pursued an MD-PhD degree at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

During his MD-PhD program and upon starting an internal medicine residency, Dr. Hall became interested in a career in cardiology and cardiovascular research.

However, these early career objectives changed after a meeting with the late Michelle P. Winn, MD, during an inpatient renal rotation as an intern. Dr. Winn invited him into her lab, and after a year learning the fundamentals of human genetics, Dr. Gentzon decided to pursue subspecialty training in nephrology. He was particularly moved by the predicaments of young African American patients who often do not have many options after being diagnosed with FSGS.

After his clinical nephrology training at Duke University, he began a postdoctoral fellowship in human genetics research under the mentorship of Dr. Winn. During his fellowship, Dr. Hall’s accomplishments included 9 or more peer-reviewed publications, 3 awards, and 9 national scientific presentations.

Currently under the mentorship of Douglas A. Marchuk, PhD, and Dr. Rasheed Gbadegesin, MD, Dr. Hall will use the award to help focus on developing his skills in renal genomics and human glomerular disease modeling, particularly studying the genetics of FSGS in at-risk populations using state-of-the art genetic and whole animal modeling strategies.

Dr. Hall is married to Rasheeda Hall, MD, who is also a nephrologist and clinical researcher at Duke University.