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Temple Univeristy Hospital Welcomes New Chief of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation

Crystal A. Gadegbeku, MD, has joined Temple University Hospital as Chief of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation. She has also been named Associate Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine, and holds a leadership position in the School of Medicine's Center for Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy. Board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Dr. Gadegbeku comes to Temple from the University of Michigan Health Systems in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"Dr. Gadegbeku's expertise in research and treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease is nationally renowned," said Jose Missri, MD, Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine. "She will be a tremendous asset not only to our patients, but to the rest of the faculty and our medical school students as well."

Gadegbeku plans to expand clinical services at Temple, where she pledges to create a comprehensive care environment for patients with, and at risk for, kidney disease.

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the main causes of chronic kidney disease and more prevalent among minorities, who are up to four times more likely to have kidney disease. CKD is a progressive disorder and very challenging to treat because patients often have multiple health problems.

"We need to build more services for the referring physician community," said Gadegbeku. "It's important to develop an out-reach program for primary care physicians to facilitate early detection and treatment of kidney disease for the best chance to medically intervene in what can be a very debilitating disease."

"Our target at Temple is comprehensive care, to address kidney disease and its complications. We also want to focus on patient education to empower patients toward self-management," Gadegbeku added.

Gadegbeku has focused her career in clinical research exploring mechanisms of high blood pressure and accelerated cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). She plays an active role in multiple federally-funded projects totaling over $24 million aimed at better understanding and treating kidney disease.

"Leading the Center for Bioethics, Health and Urban Policy provides a wonderful opportunity to strengthen collaborative research here at Temple. I look forward to exploring multi-disciplinary research projects, which I believe to be the best approach to understanding complex urban health issues and necessary to address the health disparities in the local community," she said.

Gadegbeku graduated from the University of Virginia, where she also received internal medicine, nephrology and research training. She was then appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina before joining the University of Michigan where she served as Associated Professor of Medicine.

Her memberships in professional societies include the American Society of Nephrology, the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks, the International Society of Nephrology, the American Heart Association, and the National Medical Association.

She has an expanding list of peer-review publications and has lectured all over the U.S. and in Canada at symposiums and medical seminars on topics relating to hypertension and chronic kidney disease.

Date Published: Monday, September 12, 2011