Message from the Chief

The National Kidney Foundation reports that an estimated 26 million American adults suffer from chronic kidney disease and millions more are at an increased risk. Over the last decade, the number of inpatients cared for by nephrologists at The Mount Sinai Health System has increased by more than 50 percent, and the division’s NIH funding has nearly tripled. Our kidney transplant program is one of the largest in the country. Our post-transplant survival rate is among the highest in the nation.

Currently our division has one of the largest National Institutes of Health research budgets of any nephrology division. Our faculty is leading investigations in peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis, renal development, polycystic kidney disease, HIV-associated nephropathy, diabetic renal disease, glomerular disease, hypertensive renal disease, genetics and genomics, and transplant immunology.

Our fellowship program has drawn some of the top trainees from prestigious residency programs. The caliber of our trainees is evidenced by the fact that our own training program is the first place we look for quality faculty. Over the last several years, many of our fellowship graduates have joined our ranks and have successfully sought NIH funding.

Mount Sinai’s Upper East Side location borders East Harlem, a community at increased risk for chronic kidney disease due to its high rate of obesity. The Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West locations are making patient care accessible to our patients from Clinton to Midtown and the Upper West Side. Our division has created a program that approaches the disease from three perspectives: physician education, patient awareness, and diagnosis and intervention. We have also established an on-going community-based education and screening program.

I invite you to learn more about our division and faculty members. From our impressive history to the cutting edge science and medicine we perform today, the Division of Nephrology is in a position to succeed for decades to come.

John Cijiang He, MD, PhD 
Irene and Dr. Arthur M. Fishberg Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Nephrology