Distinguished Researcher Award: Peter P. Reese, MD, PhD

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Peter P. Reese, MD, PhD

Citation: Kidney News 14, 10/11

Dr. Reese is professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, with secondary appointments in epidemiology and medical ethics. His clinical practice focuses on the care of kidney transplant recipients and living kidney donors.

Dr. Reese's research focuses primarily on developing effective strategies to increase access to kidney transplantation, improving the process of selecting and caring for living kidney donors, determining outcomes of health policies on vulnerable populations with kidney diseases (including the elderly), testing strategies to improve important health behaviors such as medication adherence, and exploring transplant ethics.

His contributions include co-leading the first kidney and heart trials of transplanting organs from donors with hepatitis C virus infection into uninfected recipients, followed by treatment with antiviral agents. This practice became widely adopted by North American transplant centers and enabled thousands of patients to receive transplants using organs that had been discarded in the past. Dr. Reese has also contributed many studies about ways to expand kidney transplantation through the wider use of kidneys from older and comorbid donors.

His policy contributions include serving as chair of the Ethics Committee and member of several other committees at the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Dr. Reese received his MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, followed by an internal medicine internship, residency, chief residency, and renal fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. He completed fellowships in nephrology and transplant nephrology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He also obtained a Masters degree in epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Paris.

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