Monica Kraft, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona and Banner – University Medicine Tucson, made a leadership announcement March 26 affecting the UA Division of Nephrology.
Frank C. "Chip" Brosius, III, MD, will assume the leadership position recently vacated by Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, who served from 2015-19—leaving this spring to become a professor of medicine and the co-director of the UNC Kidney Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Kidney and Diabetes Care
Dr. Brosius joined us in 2017 from the University of Michigan, where he served as chief of the Division of Nephrology for more than 12 years and remains a professor emeritus in medicine as well as molecular and integrative physiology. He had been on Michigan’s faculty since 1989, after he completed clinical and research fellowships at Harvard Medical School, a stint as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service, a research fellowship with the Pathology Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (a unit of the National Institutes of Health), and his internal medicine residency at the University of Michigan. He earned his undergrad and medical degrees from the University of Kansas.
His research focuses on identification of new targets for treatment of diabetic kidney disease, the major cause of kidney failure in the world. One such target he and his colleagues identified was the JAK/STAT signaling pathway. A recent clinical trial, co-led by Dr. Brosius, showed that a JAK inhibitor led to positive results in patients with diabetic kidney disease. He currently is a principal investigator on a NIH R24 grant to identify additional targets for intervention in kidney, nerve and eye complications of diabetes. In 2018, he helped get the UA/Banner alliance in Tucson named as a research site in the TRIDENT Study, which is led by the University of Pennsylvania and for which he serves as a site principal investigator. Lastly, he has served on multiple committees and working groups related to his clinical and research interests with the VA, American Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association.
“In other words, he comes with outstanding experience as a leader in academic medicine,” said Dr. Kraft, who is also the Robert and Irene Flinn Professor of Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and deputy director of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center.
“Please join me in congratulating Chip on this important leadership role in the Department of Medicine!”
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