Sushrut S. Waikar, MD, MPH
Dr. Waikar grew up around Chicago and attended Amherst College where he was an English and neuroscience double major. After brief skirmishes with journalism and the law, he decided to pursue medicine after his namesake (wiki link: Sushruta). He trained at Yale for medical school, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for internal medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital for nephrology, and is now on the faculty at BWH and Harvard Medical School. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, traveling, working out, and reading as much non-nephrology/medicine as time permits.
Dr. Waikar’s research interests are inspired by the patients and clinical problems he sees in the clinics and inpatient units at BWH. He uses epidemiologic, translational, and interventional studies to address novel and clinically important questions in nephrology. His current areas of investigation include optimal diagnostic testing in acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease; biomarkers of kidney pathology and kidney fibrosis; the identification of relevant targets for interventional trials in acute kidney injury; randomized controlled trials to improve the safety of hemodialysis and hemofiltration; and improving the delivery of care to patients with AKI and CKD.
Dr. Waikar is a principal investigator of four active National Institutes of Health research grants and several investigator-initiated industry-sponsored studies. He is currently the primary mentor for five junior faculty members and fellows in the Renal Division at BWH. He has also received teaching and mentoring awards from BWH, Harvard Medical School, and UCSF.