Kidney Health Research Institute
Kidney disease affects one in every seven adults, and is associated with diminished quality of life and excessive morbidity and mortality. Geisinger Kidney Health Research Institute (KHRI) is dedicated to decreasing the burden of kidney disease through a clinic-based, patient-oriented research program leveraging several system-level assets at Geisinger.
- Alexander Chang, MD, MS
- Jamie A Green, MD, MS
- Kevin Ho, MD
- Lester H Kirchner, PhD
- Amanda Young, MS
Research support staff
- Christina Yule, BS, Project Manager
- Elisabeth Graboski, BS, Senior Research Assistant
- Sara Kwiecien, BA, Research Assistant
- Waleed Zafar, ScD., Post Doc Research Fellow
KHRI researchers are engaged in projects with other health services researchers, social scientists, dietitians, biostatisticians, informaticists, health economists and geneticists at Geisinger's research institutes and centers.
Acute kidney injury
Burden of kidney disease
Genetics of kidney disease
Health literacy and outcomes
Obesity and diet quality
Patient centered care
Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC)
The KPAC was formed by the Geisinger Kidney Health Research Institute in June 2016, as an initiative to enhance partnership and collaboration between patients and kidney health researchers and clinicians. The advisory council consists of 11 patients with CKD, in varying stages of CKD. The goal of the advisory council is to get feedback about existing and future research KHRI projects, to help incorporate patients as partners in clinical research. The advisory council meets three times a year, and often topics discussed are initiated by patient input.