Dr. Falk started his term as President of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) at its recent annual meeting, Kidney Week. The ASN is the world’s largest professional society devoted to the study of kidney disease. Dr. Falk is an internally recognized expert on kidney disease and vasculitis. He has trained or practiced medicine at UNC for more than thirty years.
As he takes the reins of ASN, Dr. Falk hopes to inspire future kidney experts and support the interests of current kidney professionals as they engage in cutting-edge treatment and research. “Now is an especially exciting time to be working in nephrology because of the rapid pace of change, because kidney professionals are at the forefront of many recent healthcare changes, and because of the exciting opportunities scientists and clinicians in kidney medicine have to make a positive difference in the lives of millions of patients,” he said.
Dr. Falk has published numerous articles and reviews on kidney disease caused by problems with a person’s immune system. As a translational physician scientist, Dr. Falk’s expertise lies in the basic science and clinical observations of immune mechanisms of glomerular and vascular injury. His work with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies (ANCA) and their association with small vessel vasculitis (SVV), also called inflammatory vascular disease, is internationally recognized.
Dr. Falk has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” every year since 1992. He has also played key leadership roles in various ASN programs and committees, notably as Chair of the ASN Education Committee and a member of ASN Council for the last six years.
ASN’s mission is to educate health professionals, share new knowledge, advance research, and advocate the highest quality care for patients. The society, which currently has more than 13,000 members, has been devoted to these goals since 1966.
Dr. Falk recently delivered the 2011 Norma Berryhill Distinguished Lecture. The lecture, titled, “The Essential Need for a Climate of Creativity in Academic Hospitals: The ANCA Vasculitis Story,” is available online in print and video.