Coburn Lecture to Connect Bone, Muscle, and CKD

Mary B. Leonard
Mary B. Leonard, MD, will present the Jack W. Coburn, MD, Endowed Lectureship on Friday, Nov. 13. Dr. Leonard’s topic will be “Frailty, Fractures, and the Bone-Muscle Connection in CKD.”

Dr. Leonard is a professor of pediatrics and medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her multidisciplinary research program is primarily focused on the detrimental effects of glucocorticoid therapy, muscle deficits, vitamin D deficiency, and inflammation on bone development in varied pediatric disorders. Her team uses novel imaging techniques to assess the unique effects of kidney disease on bone and muscle metabolism in children and adults. She has maintained continuous National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for 17 years and serves as the primary mentor for many junior investigators supported by NIH awards.

She is a member of the Society of Pediatric Research and the American Society of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Leonard recently co-chaired the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes conference on controversies in chronic kidney disease and mineral and bone disorders. She is currently co-chairing the steering committee of a conference for developing positions on pediatric issues for the International Society of Clinical Densitometry.

She received a research fellowship from the National Kidney Foundation and a young investigator award from the American Society of Transplantation. She also received a faculty mentor award from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Before joining Stanford, Dr. Leonard was a professor of epidemiology and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. At the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, she was the director of clinical and translational research, director of research in the division of nephrology, and director of the pediatric nephrology fellowship program. She received her medical degree from Stanford University and her master’s in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a residency in pediatrics, a fellowship in pediatric nephrology, and a fellowship in pediatric nutrition at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

ASN gratefully acknowledges Amgen for support of the Jack W. Coburn, MD, Endowed Lectureship.