Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Christopher Wilcox, MD, PhD
Chief of Nephrology and Hypertension

Distinguishing Features Of The Division Of Nephrology And Hypertension

  • Strong nephrology training program founded more than 50 years ago
  • Growing number of fellows in training
  • New nephrology and hypertension training program with DC VAMC
  •  Founding of the Division by George E. Schreiner, M.D. (Chair of International Society of Nephrology, founder of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs in 1954, founder of the American Society of Nephrology in 1967, and president of the National Kidney Foundation from 1968 to 1970
  • Dedication to a strong clinical and research training program for fellows
  • Largest NIH funded research program in the Department of Medicine and the only research program in Georgetown University with an NIH funded Program Project Grant that has been renewed three times.
  • A strongly NIH funded science program supporting eight research faculty with three RO1 grants from the NIH.
  • National and international recognition of faculty, evidenced by having one of two faculty in Georgetown University elected to the American Association of Professors, three faculty who together have delivered seventeen named lectures at universities, national, and internal meetings including Harriet Duston Award of AHA; Dahl Lecture of AHA; Starling lecture of APS and AHA Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Three faculty who are or have been permanent members of NIH peer review groups and one who has chaired three groups.
  • Directorship of two Georgetown University Centers: The Hypertension, Kidney, and Vascular Research Center, and the Georgetown University Center for Sex Difference in Disease.
  • Medical directorships of the inpatient hemodialysis, continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, and continuous renal replacement treatment programs at GUMC and at four regional dialysis units in the Washington DC/Metropolitan Area
  • Opened the first "Home Only" dialysis program in D.C.
  • Primary inpatient Nephrology service for MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    • Encompassing:
      • Three Intensive Care Units (Medical, Surgical, and Neurosurgical)
      • Several Intermediate Care Units
      • A solid organ transplantation ward (Kidney, Pancreas, Liver, and Multi-visceral/Small Bowel Transplants are performed on site)
      • Oncology ward
      • Many other general medical and surgical ward floors
  • Partners in a limited liability joint venture company to operate three dialysis units in the D.C. region. 
  • Raised more than $1,000,000 in philanthropic support.


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