My desire to pursue a career in nephrology was catalyzed by the devastation from loss of lives due to chronic kidney disease (CKD) that I witnessed in rural Uganda and Kenya. Kidney replacement therapy is extremely scarce in this setting; those who require this life-sustaining therapy often succumb to their illness. During my clinical training in the U.S., I was further motivated to pursue a career in nephrology as I witnessed the disproportionate burden of end stage kidney disease among African Americans.
My research is focused on understanding the determinants of kidney disease among individuals living in rural East Africa and African Americans.
In addition, I am committed to creating a more diverse, inclusive and supportive community at UCSF.