For Work in Educating Kidney Specialists, Burton D. Rose to be Honored with Robert G. Narins Award

Burton D. Rose


In recognition of his work as a teacher, textbook author, and creator of UpToDate, a respected online educational resource for physicians, the American Society of Nephrology has selected Burton D. Rose, MD, to receive the 2009 Robert G. Narins Award. The award honors those who have made substantial contributions to education and teaching.

Dr. Rose is a clinical professor of medicine at Harvard University. Among his achievements, Dr. Rose has written several well-regarded textbooks, including Clinical Physiology of Acid-Base and Electrolyte Disorders, which is now in its fourth edition and has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Chinese. He also wrote Pathophysiology of Renal Disease and co-authored Renal Pathophysiology: The Essentials.

In 1989, Dr. Rose co-founded UpToDate, and he has served as its editor-in-chief ever since. UpToDate is an educational resource available on the Web, on CD, and on PDAs that provides doctors with continuously updated answers to medical questions that arise when treating patients. To build and refresh its content, UpToDate collaborates regularly with more than 3000 experts from leading medical institutions around the world. The resource addresses questions in nephrology, primary care, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics. The objective, Dr. Rose said, is to help doctors “carry with them an entire library of medical knowledge and find answers to their questions within minutes.”

Dr. Rose has been nominated five times for the Harvard Medical School Prize for Excellence in Teaching and has received similar awards recognizing his teaching talent from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Saint Vincent Hospital.

He will receive the Narins award during Friday’s plenary session, which begins at 8 a.m.

Robert G. Narins


Robert G. Narins, MD, was the first recipient of the award 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. In addition, he was instrumental in the development of ASN’s newest journal, the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology; in establishing the Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology program; and in negotiating ASN’s partnership agreements with Hypertension, Dialysis, & Clinical Nephrology (HDCN) and UpToDate. Dr. Narins is also credited with working with organizations in Europe and Asia to help promote education and teaching in nephrology.