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Ludwig Family Department of Medicine Physician-Scientists

On August 8, Dr. Carol Ludwig visited with physician scientists from across the Department of Medicine to hear about the exciting science taking place in the DOM.  At the request of Dr. Ludwig, Dr. Anderson, along with input from division directors, assembled a talented group of presenters for the meeting. The participants were:

  • Karthik Suresh, “Checkpoint Inhibitor Pneumonitis: Mechanisms of Injury”
  • Melanie Dispenza, “Novel Strategies for the Prevention of Anaphylaxis”
  • Steven Menez, “Acute Kidney Injury: A Preventable Complication in the Hospital”
  • Rotimi Mesubi, “Diabetes-related Atrial Fibrillation: New Mechanistic Insights And Therapeutic Potentials”
  • Ramana Sidhaye, “Understanding the Lung Epithelium in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease”
  • Priya Umapathi, “O-GlcNAcylation and Heart Failure”
  • Michael Chattergoon, “Targeting Inflammasomes to Control HIV Pathogenesis”
  • Peter Abadir and Rasika Mathias, “Regenerative Capacity and Biological Age”
  • Subhash Kulkarni, "Understanding the Enteric Origins of Parkinson’s Disease”
  • Teresa Chen, "APOLI Risk Variants, Immune Activation and Kidney Disease”
  • Steven Hsu, "Mechanisms and Treatment of Right Ventricular Dysfunction in Pulmonary Hypertension and Heart Failure”

Dr. Ludwig is a long-standing neuropathology specialist and philanthropist in Washington, D.C. Along with her husband the Honorable Eugene Ludwig, former U.S. comptroller and founder of Promontory Financial Group, she will be supporting four of the presenters through their foundation, the Ludwig Family Foundation. The inaugural Ludwig Family Department of Medicine Physician-Scientists are Michael Chattergoon, assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Melanie Dispenza, instructor in the Division of Clinical Immunology, Subhash Kulkarni, assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, and Ramana Sidhaye, associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary. Congratulations to the recipients and a heartfelt thanks to all of the outstanding presenters.

This was a unique opportunity and vision that Dr. Anderson had bringing together science presenters from across the department for a funder. We hope to present more of these opportunities in the near future.


Kelsey Bennett