ASN will recognize the wide-ranging contributions of Sharon Anderson, MD, FASN, with the presentation of the John P. Peters Award on Friday, November 4. This award is given for outstanding contributions to improving the lives of patients and furthering the understanding of the kidney in health and diseases. Dr. Anderson has made these contributions as a clinician, educator, and researcher.
Dr. Anderson is professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and a staff physician in the Nephrology Section at the Portland VA Medical Center. She also chairs the OHSU Department of Medicine and the OHSU Practice Plan. She served as chief of medicine at the Portland VA for 6 years and as executive vice president and dean of the OHSU School of Medicine for 4 years.
Dr. Anderson's research has focused on the progression of chronic kidney disease, with an emphasis on sex differences in kidney diseases, pathophysiology of the aging kidney, polycystic kidney disease, and diabetic nephropathy. She has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other granting agencies for many years and has more than 150 publications.
As an educator, she directed the Renal Fellowship Program at OHSU for many years and won numerous teaching awards.
Dr. Anderson also participates in myriad national activities. She was the first woman elected to the ASN Council, the first woman to serve as ASN president, and the first woman to chair the Nephrology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine. She chaired the NIH General Medicine and the Pathobiology of Kidney Disease study sections and was a member of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council and the NIH Council of Councils.
Among her many honors, she received the David M. Hume Memorial Award from the National Kidney Foundation and is a fellow of ASN and the American Heart Association.
Dr. Anderson received her medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center. After internal medicine residency training at OHSU, she completed her clinical fellowship in nephrology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and her research fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard Medical School. After several years on the faculty there, she joined the faculty at OHSU and the Portland VA Medical Center in 1991.