Farhad R. Danesh, M.D.
Professor and Section Chief
The Nephrology section specializes in disorders and diseases of the kidneys in cancer patients. Our mission is to provide the highest level of patient care, expand the frontiers of basic and clinical investigation in nephrology, and support state-of-the-art training and education in nephrology. Our full-time faculty members are dedicated to clinical practice, research and teaching.
A message from the section chief
Welcome to the Nephrology section at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Kidney complications, because of cancer or its treatment, are becoming increasingly more prevalent in our population. Treatments for these onco-nephrology conditions are changing rapidly, and exciting new advances in basic and clinical research offer a promise of even more effective therapies to come.
As a research-intensive section in the Internal Medicine division, our faculty, fellows and staff provide state-of-the-art clinical care for patients with kidney diseases and generate new knowledge with the ultimate goal of improving our understanding and treatment of these diseases. The research is fostered by several NIH-funded grants. We also teach onco-nephrology to medical students, residents and fellows, while training the next generation of onco-nephrologists through our outstanding onco-nephrology fellowship program.
I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about us.
The Bayou City Bean Club is a collaboration between MDAnderson; Baylor College of Medicine; McGovern Medical School, Houston; and Houston Methodist Hosptial. This is a CME-sponsored education series designed to contribute to the education of professionals in the Texas Medical Center on special topics impacting nephrology. It meets the 3rd Friday of every month from noon-1 p.m. (currently via Zoom). Please contact Racquel Warren at RWWarren@mdanderson.org for information on how to participate.
August 19, 2022 at 12 p.m. Dr. Garabed Eknoyan will be presenting.
Title - “Interstitial Nephritis: wherefrom, wherein and whereto"
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The Nephrology section hosts weekly Renal Rounds for faculty and fellows to present on clinical and research topics and activities. Renal Rounds meets every Friday from 12-1p.m. (currently via Zoom). Please contact Racquel Warren at RWWarren@mdanderson.org on how to participate.
- August 5: Dr. Rana Khan
- August 12: Dr. Jiten Gosai
- August 26: Kidney Pathology
Congratulations to Dr. Lin on being awarded the 2021 Best Oral Presentation Award at ASN’s 2021 Early Career Kidney Conference. Dr. Lin presented on "Treatment of PLA2R-Negative Membranous Nephropathy in the Setting of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor and Renal Cell Carcinoma."
Nephrology Section Chief Farhad Danesh, M.D., will serve on the Editorial Board of Journal of Diabetes, the official journal of the American Diabetes Association. His term will run from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023.
Institution Fall 2021 Distinguished basic science Paper Award.
Li L, Long J, Mise K, Galvan DL, Overbeek PA, Tan L, Kumar SV, Chan WK, Lorenzi PL, Chang BH, Danesh FR. PGC1α is required for the renoprotective effect of lncRNA Tug1 in vivo and links Tug1 with urea cycle metabolites. Cell Rep. 2021 Aug 10;36(6):109510. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.109510. PMID: 34380028; PMCID: PMC8369494.
1. Rashidi A, Jhaveri KD, Workeneh BT, Gupta S. The path toward the creation of the American Society of Onco-Nephrology (ASON). Journal of Onco-Nephrology. 2022;6(1-2):3-5.
2. Ratanasrimetha, Praveen, Biruh T. Workeneh, and Harish Seethapathy. "Sodium and Potassium Dysregulation in the Patient With Cancer." Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease 29.2 (2022): 171-179.
3. Uppal, N. N., Workeneh, B. T., Rondon-Berrios, H., & Jhaveri, K. D. (2022). Electrolyte and Acid-Base Disorders Associated with Cancer Immunotherapy. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 17(6), 922-933.
4. Abudayyeh, Ala, and Rimda Wanchoo. "Kidney Disease Following Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation." Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease 29.2 (2022): 103-115.
5. Awiwi, Muhammad, Ala Abudayyeh, Noha Abdel-Wahab, Adi Diab, Migena Gjoni, Guofan Xu, Raghu Vikram, and Khaled M. Elsayes. "Radiologic features of immune checkpoint inhibitor-related nephritis with clinical correlation in biopsy-proven cases." (2022): e14585-e14585.
6. Chen, Sheldon, and Robert Chiaramonte. "[Creatinine] can change in an unexpected direction due to the volume change rate that interacts with kinetic GFR: Potentially positive paradox." Physiological Reports 10.3 (2022): e15172.
7. Maulion, Christopher, Sheldon Chen, Veena S. Rao, Juan B. Ivey-Miranda, Zachary L. Cox, Devin Mahoney, Steven G. Coca et al. "Hemoconcentration of creatinine minimally contributes to changes in creatinine during treatment of decompensated heart failure." Kidney360 (2022).
8. Mamlouk, Omar, Marco Bonilla, and Shveta Motwani. “ A Path to Training in Onconephrology”, Kidney News 14, 6 (2022): 28-28
Clinical faculty and staff
Farhad Danesh, M.D., Professor and Section Chief
Ala Abudayyeh, M.D., Associate Professor
Sheldon Chen, M.D., Professor
Amit Lahoti, M.D., Professor
Jamie S. Lin, M.D., Assistant Professor
Sreedhar Mandayam, M.D., Professor
Biruh Workeneh, M.D., Associate Professor
Kenneth Ward, RN, MSN, Advanced Practice Nurse
Research faculty and staff
Benny H. Chang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Daniel Galvan, Ph.D., Instructor
Li Li, M.D., Graduate Student
Jianyin Long, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Koki Mise, M.D., Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
Yanlan Dong, Senior Research Data Coordinator
Kevin Mulpur, MHA, CCRP, Assistant Department Administrator
Racquel Warren, MBA, Program Coordinator
Lisa Welsh-Skiffington, MSPH, Project Coordinator
Nephrology clinical faculty
Nephrology research faculty
MD Anderson Cancer Center
P.O. Box 301402, Unit 1468
Houston, TX 77230-1402
1400 Pressler Street, FCT13.6082
Houston, TX 77030-3722