Mark Rosenberg to be Given Robert G. Narins Award for Contributions in Education

Mark E. Rosenberg


Mark E. Rosenberg, MD, FASN, will receive the Robert G. Narins Award, which honors those who have made substantial contributions to education and teaching.

In addition to being a professor of medicine, Dr. Rosenberg is vice dean for education at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. In this position, his many responsibilities for medical education include admissions, the four years of medical school, graduate medical education, and continuing medical education. Prior to joining the university, he was the chief of medicine and director of the primary and specialty medicine service line at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System from 2009 to 2012.

Dr. Rosenberg has been involved in medical education at many levels. He served as the fellowship director of the nephrology training program at the University of Minnesota, as founding and principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health training grant in nephrology, and as the senior fellowship coordinator of all fellowship programs in the department of medicine. For ASN, he chaired the executive committee of the nephrology training program directors, chaired the postgraduate education committee, served on the education committee, and is the outgoing education director for Kidney Week.

Dr. Rosenberg’s other educational accomplishments include working on one of the first web-based evaluation systems for residency training programs, implementing the electronic residency application service (ERAS) and working on a specialty matching service for nephrology fellowship programs, and developing in-training examinations for fellowship programs. He developed the mobile nephrology handbook, NephroToGo, initially as a program for personal assistant devices and later an app for Apple’s iOS mobile operating system.

Dr. Rosenberg served on the council of the Association of Specialty Professors and chaired its education committee. He was associate editor of the Nephrology Self-Assessment Program (NephSAP) from 2001 to 2005. He received the distinguished professor award from the Association of Specialty Professors for contributions to specialty medicine, only the second nephrologist to receive this award.

He attended medical school at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and did his internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He served as director of the division of renal diseases and hypertension at the University of Minnesota from 2000 to 2009.

Robert G. Narins


Robert G. Narins, MD, was the first recipient of the award now 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 (Kidney Week). In addition, he was instrumental in the development of the Nephrology Self-Assessment Program (NephSAP and the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology; and in establishing the Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology program. Dr. Narins is also credited with working with organizations in Europe and Asia to help promote education and teaching in nephrology.

October-November 2013 (Vol. 5, Number 10 & 11)