Distinguished Mentor Award: Michelle M. Estrella, MD, MS

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Michelle M. Estrella, MD, MS

Citation: Kidney News 14, 10/11

Dr. Estrella is professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); renal section chief at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System; and executive director of the Kidney Health Research Collaborative.

Her research program aims to improve the understanding of kidney diseases and to develop strategies that alleviate the burden of kidney diseases. This work focuses on the identification and clinical translation of kidney health biomarkers that could lead to earlier detection and management of kidney diseases, as well as the development of strategies to optimize health care delivery and clinical outcomes in kidney diseases.

In addition to patient care and clinical research, Dr. Estrella's career centers on mentorship and sponsorship of young investigators, particularly those from groups that are underrepresented in medicine. She has mentored several undergraduate and medical students, more than 20 fellows, and seven early-stage faculty members.

Dr. Estrella is also dedicated to addressing inequities in academia. When she was at Johns Hopkins, she served on task forces that fostered gender equity and diversity in the School of Medicine community. At both Hopkins and UCSF, she has worked to recruit trainees from diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds through her leadership roles in the Residency, Fellowship, and Training Program Selection Committees.

Dr. Estrella obtained her medical degree at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She completed her clinical training in internal medicine and nephrology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She also obtained a Masters degree in health science at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.