Distinguished Mentor Award: Connie Rhee, MD, MSc

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Connie Rhee, MD, MSc

Citation: Kidney News 15, 10/11

Dr. Rhee is associate professor of medicine and public health and interim chief of the Division of Nephrology, Hypertension, and Kidney Transplantation at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. She is also director of clinical and translational research, medical director of dialysis, and vice-chair of research in the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Rhee leads a robust research program of clinical trials and prospective and retrospective observational studies focused on the intersection of kidney diseases, nutrition, and endocrinology and metabolism. Her studies, centered on endo-nephrology and the conservative and preservative management of advanced kidney diseases, have been supported by multiple National Institutes of Health, National Kidney Foundation, American Thyroid Association, and industry grants. She has published more than 200 manuscripts to date.

Dr. Rhee mentors a wide cadre of trainees in the areas of nephrology, nutrition science, endocrinology and metabolism, public health, biostatistics, and related disciplines.

She is incoming editor-in-chief of CJASN and currently serves on the editorial board. She serves as associate editor of BMC Nephrology, Cardiorenal Medicine, and Seminars in Dialysis and is also on the editorial boards of the Journal of Renal Nutrition and Kidney International.

Her contributions to the field have been recognized with several awards, including the National Kidney Foundation and Council on Renal Nutrition Joel D. Kopple Award.

Dr. Rhee completed her medical school training at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and her residency and chief residency at the Oregon Health & Science University. She pursued a clinical nephrology fellowship and postdoctoral research training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital. She received a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.