Health Disparities Expert to Provide Perspective on Improving Access to Kidney Transplantation

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Sumit Mohan, MD, MPH, FASN

Citation: Kidney News 15, 10/11

A transplant expert and health equity researcher will deliver the Christopher R. Blagg, MD, Endowed Lectureship in Kidney Diseases and Public Policy on the topic “Metrics and the Challenge of Improving Access to Kidney Transplantation” on Saturday, November 4. The lecture will be presented during a special session titled “ETC Home Stretch? The ESKD Treatment Choices Model.”

Sumit Mohan, MD, MPH, FASN, is a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Columbia University and the director of the kidney transplant program as well as the Director of Quality and Outcomes Research for the Transplant Initiative at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mohan's clinical and research career has focused on efforts to lower health disparities, improve outcomes for patients with kidney diseases, boost access to transplantation, and enhance organ utilization. His research has directly informed public policy at the federal level related to patients with kidney diseases, including access to outpatient dialysis for acute kidney injury and elimination of early outcomes as a regulatory measure for transplant center recertification. His work on the inappropriate discard of deceased donor kidneys has helped bring significant attention to this problem nationally including the focus in the White House executive order to lower the discard of deceased donor kidneys. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the American Society of Transplantation (AST), among others.

Dr. Mohan serves on multiple committees for ASN, the United Network for Organ Sharing, Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), among others. He has contributed to several technical expert panels for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and has presented his research to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

He has received the Excellence in Kidney Transplantation Award from the NKF and the Clinical Scientist Award from the AST for his research related to kidney transplantation.

Dr. Mohan received his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India, and his MPH from the University of Northern Colorado. He completed his internal medicine residency followed by a nephrology and hypertension fellowship at Harlem Hospital Center, an affiliate of Columbia University. He then pursued a renal transplant fellowship at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.