Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Dr. Michael Ross Named Chief, Division of Nephrology

Michael Ross, MDDr. Michael Ross will join the Montefiore-Einstein Department of Medicine as Chief of the Division of Nephrology, beginning June 1, 2017.

A passionate physician, scientist, educator and leader, Dr. Ross currently serves as Chief of the Renal Division at James J. Peters VA Medical Center, located in the Bronx, and as Associate Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. From 2004 to 2015, he served as Director of the Nephrology Fellowship Program (NFP) at Mount Sinai, and currently serves as deputy editor of the high-impact journal Kidney International.

Dr. Ross’s NIH-funded laboratory at Mount Sinai leads studies into the mechanisms of HIV-associated kidney diseases and is actively engaged in clinical and translational research. As principal investigator on two R01 grants, Dr. Ross focuses on novel mechanisms of antiretroviral protection against HIV-related kidney diseases and the role of APOL1 polymorphism in promoting HIV-related kidney injury.  He also conducts clinical research with the International Network for Strategic Initiatives for Global HIV Trials (INSIGHT).

During his tenure as director of Mount Sinai’s Nephrology Fellowship Program (NFP), Dr. Ross implemented the first nephrology night float system in the US, which improved the delivery of nighttime care to patients, ensuring compliance with duty hours and regulations, and reducing burnout among fellows. In 2007, he served as co-chair of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) committee that was instrumental in enrolling the NFP in the National Residency Matching Program, and currently serves as chair of the ASN Match Oversight Task Force.

In his role as Nephrology Division Chief at the Bronx VA Hospital – home to the largest dialysis program in the VA system – Dr. Ross helped design a new dialysis unit, which is expected to increase capacity by nearly 50 percent. He was also instrumental in establishing a new kidney transplant program – the only VA kidney transplant program in the northeastern US.

Dr. Ross earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University in 1991 and his medical degree from New York University in 1995.  After completing a residency in internal medicine at Duke University in 1998, he received nephrology fellowship training at Mount Sinai, under the direction of Dr. Paul Klotman, and joined the Nephrology Division’s faculty in 2001. He holds leadership positions on national research and medical education committees and recently served as president of the New York Society of Nephrology. His work appears in over 55 peer-reviewed articles, and he is a frequent invited speaker at national conferences.

As the Department of Medicine welcomes Dr. Ross to Nephrology, Chairman Yaron Tomer, MD, extends his sincere gratitude to Dr. Vaughn Folkert, who has served as Interim Division Chief since 2012. 

"Dr. Folkert has led the thriving division with a fierce commitment to excellence, fostering a collaborative clinical and academic environment," Dr. Tomer said.

During his five-year tenure as Interim Division Chief, Dr. Folkert recruited five full-time faculty members; promoted active research in clinical nephrology and epidemiology; expanded and improved clinical operations; opened new dialysis units to serve the Bronx community; developed innovative programs with Montefiore’s CMO to improve care and reduce admissions of patients with end-stage renal disease; and oversaw our outstanding clinical nephrology program and fellowship, which is among the best in the nation.

Dr. Tomer added: "Moving forward, I am confident that Dr. Ross will continue to expand our innovative and collaborative nephrology program, where clinical and basic research and clinical care are closely interwoven. With a high prevalence of kidney disease in the Bronx, we will continue to ensure that our dedicated clinicians, researchers and trainees are frequently challenged to address important problems and improve the care of our patients, in our community and beyond."

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