Division of Nephrology | Center for Immunity, Inflammation & Regenerative Medicine

Medicine (CIIR) Division Chief & CIIR Director: Mark D. Okusa, MD

Mark D. Okusa, MD
Division Chief

Chief: Mark D. Okusa, MD

UVA’s Division of Nephrology and Center for Immunity, Inflammation and Regenerative Medicine (CIIR), led by Mark D. Okusa, MD, is recognized nationally for excellence in patient care, research and education. The division provides outstanding care for kidney diseases, recognized by U.S. News & World Report with a “high performing” ranking for four years in a row (2012–2015) in its “Best Hospitals” guide.

Patients receive comprehensive services and medical expertise through the division and its clinical arm, UVA Kidney Center. UVA Health System’s dialysis program is one of the largest nonprofit academic dialysis programs in the country, providing award-winning care for over 900 dialysis patients in the central Virginia region.

Today, the combined enterprises of the Division of Nephrology and CIIR consist of:

  • 29 full-time faculty members (19 clinical, 10 research).
  • Five advanced-practice clinicians.
  • Nine clinical fellows.
  • Postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and international investigators.
  • More than 900 dialysis patients.

The division has emerged as a nationally recognized program in all facets of academic nephrology, including basic and clinical research, and has developed an international reputation as one of the leading programs focused on the pathogenesis of kidney disease. Faculty members serve on national and international committees, advisory groups and editorial boards, and the division and the CIIR together have yearly National Institutes of Health research expenditures of over $7 million.