I have a passion for challenge and an allergy to routine. This has driven my interest for research and clinical medicine, mainly internal medicine. I am currently a nephrologist at UBMD and a Faculty at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. In my clinical practice, I manage all aspects of kidney disease, renal replacement therapies including dialytic therapies and kidney transplant, hypertension, as well as disorders of fluid and electrolytes. With my group, I also provide nephrology consultations at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I particularly favor this part of my clinical activity, considering the very specific and challenging nephrological problems arising in cancer patients.
I have a passion for education and never say no for opportunities to teach or learn. At the expense of longer days, I always take opportunities to teach fellows, residents and students. I strongly believe in problem-based learning, in the sense that what is learned is best remembered as a solution to a problem.
So far, my research has focused on cardiovascular disease, mainly cardiac and vascular mechanics. In this phase of my career in nephrology, I am moving towards issues interfacing the cardiovascular system and the kidneys.
Education and Training:
Fellowship, Clinical Nephrology, Morsani College of Medicine - University of South Florida (2017)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia (2014)
Fellowship, Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiovascular Research, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (2013)
PhD, Physiology and Pathophysiology (cardiac), Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Mention très honorable (2012)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School (2006)
Residency, Internal Medicine, University at Buffalo (now Jacobs) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2004)
Internship, Internal Medicine, University at Buffalo (now Jacobs) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2002)
MS, Cardiovascular pharmacology, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon I, Mention Bien (2001)
MD, Medicine, Faculté de Médecine, Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth, Fist in class, Thesis prize (2000)
BS, Biological and Medical Sciences, Faculté de Médecine, Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth (1997)
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine (2017-present)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Physiology and Biophysics, Howard University College of Medicine (2009–2012)
Clinical Assistant Instructor, Medicine, University at Buffalo (now Jacobs) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2001–2004)
Instructor, Faculté de Médecine - Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth, Lebanon (1999–2000)
Awards and Honors:
Finalist, Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators' Forum, Chicago, IL, 2010 (2010)
Travel Grant (2002)
Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC)
Grants and Sponsored Research:
February 2009–February 2013 5T32HL007824-13 TRAINING PROGRAM IN MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR CARDIOLOGY NHLBI( PI: Bruce Gelb,MD,) Project Start Date: 1-JUL-1995; Project End Date: 31-JUL-2013 NIH-NHLBI Role: Contributor