April 8, 2012 -
Vaughn Wesley Folkert, MDVaughn Folkert, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine, was appointed Interim Chief of the Division of Nephrology effective April 1.
Dr. Folkert received his medical degree from Michigan State University in 1974. He completed three years of Internal Medicine residency training at the Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, followed two years of fellowship in Nephrology at Einstein/Montefiore. Thereafter, he was on the Einstein/Montefiore faculty from 1980 to 1983 as the senior full-time nephrologist at Jacobi Medical Center. During that time, he worked closely with Dr. Detlef Schlondorff on various aspects of prostaglandin synthesis and effects in the kidney. He also published on reversible acute renal insufficiency in the setting of hyperkalemia following indomethacin, sterile peritonitis in chronic dialysis patients, and arteriovenous hemofiltration.
Dr. Folker then went into private practice for about nine years, returning to a full-time role in 1992, with his main responsibilities being head of the Adult Nephrology Services at Weiler Hospital. Two years later, he was appointed Director of the Baumritter Kidney Center, a role he still holds and from which he has taken the Department through significant growth as well as a series of highly successful
reviews by the state Department of Health.
Dr. Folkert has served as the Fellowship Director in Nephrology since 1998, and is himself a very highly regarded teacher.
Dr. Folkert is recognized on the national scene as an expert in the field of anemia in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and has published on the role of iron therapy for these patients. He has held leadership roles nationally in several clinical trials in this area.