Joanne M. Bargman, MD, will receive the Robert G. Narins Award on Saturday, November 6, for her many efforts in education and training of the next generation of nephrologists. Dr. Bargman is a staff nephrologist at the University Health Network and professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, from which she received her MD followed by a clinical fellowship in nephrology at Stanford University..
Since arriving at the University of Toronto in 1986, she has led nephrology education for undergraduate medical students, core internal medicine, and the postgraduate training program. She previously chaired the departmental educational committee at Toronto General Hospital.
In the past 27 years under her leadership, the Division of Nephrology has trained more than 400 nephrologists from over 40 countries. She built her university's nephrology training program into one of the largest in the world and has influenced future leaders in nephrology across several continents.
Dr. Bargman has provided training in peritoneal dialysis to more than 50 nephrologists from leading programs across Canada. Her worldwide impact has been substantial and continues through her connections with her former trainees. She is on the editorial boards of CJASN and Peritoneal Dialysis International and is an associate editor of JASN. Dr. Bargman is co-author of the chapter on chronic kidney disease in recent editions of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine.
She has delivered more than 800 invited lectures internationally on subjects as diverse as peritoneal dialysis, glomerulonephritis, and management of lupus. She is also director of peritoneal dialysis for the University Health Network in Toronto, past president of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis, and co-director of the renal-rheumatology lupus clinic for the University Health Network.
In recognition of her teaching, Dr. Bargman won the “Silver Shovel,” given by the graduating medical class of the University of Toronto to the best undergraduate lecturer. The University of Toronto faculty of medicine presented her with its award for the best teacher in the postgraduate program, and the Canadian Society of Nephrology gave her its award for teaching excellence.