Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension was launched in 1992. It is part of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of nephrology and hypertension is divided into 12 sections that are each reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Section Editors for this issue.
Maarten W. Taal
Dr Maarten W. Taal graduated from the University of Cape Town Medical School, South Africa, in 1987. After completion of post-graduate training in internal medicine and nephrology, at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, he moved to Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, US. His research under the directorship of Barry M. Brenner, MD, focused on mechanisms underlying the progression of chronic kidney disease and led to his attainment of a Doctor of Medicine degree. Following on from this, Maarten Taal moved to the United Kingdom where he was appointed a Consultant Renal Physician at Royal Derby Hospital, UK, in 2002; and Lead Clinician of the Renal Unit in 2011. He was appointed Professor of Medicine at the University of Nottingham Medical School, UK, in 2014. He acted as Lead Editor for Brenner and Rector's The Kidney 9th Edition and continues to serve as co-Editor for the 10th Edition. His current research interests include chronic kidney disease progression, diabetic nephropathy; chronic kidney disease – mineral bone disease; cardiovascular disease in people with chronic kidney disease and risk prediction.
J. Kevin Tucker
Dr J. Kevin Tucker is an associate physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr Tucker graduated from Birmingham-Southern College and then attended medical school at Cornell University Medical College. He completed his internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston followed a nephrology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He was on the faculty at UAB from 1996-2002. In 2002 he moved back to Boston to join the Division of Nephrology at Brigham and Women's Hospital with an appointment at Harvard Medical School. He is director of the Joint Nephrology Training Program of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Chief of Nephrology at Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospital, and medical director of Dialysis Clinics, Inc-Faulkner.
Dr Tucker has received numerous awards for teaching, including the Department of Medicine Division Teacher Award and Department of Medicine Top Ten Teacher Award while at UAB and the Best Teacher Award for the Renal Division at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is active in the local activities of the National Kidney Foundation, serving as vice-chairman of the Medical Advisory Board. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the American Society of Nephrology Training Program Directors group. He is associate editor of BMC Nephrology.
Dr Tucker maintains a busy general nephrology practice and manages a large panel of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients.
Mario F. Rubin
Dr Mario F. Rubin currently serves as the Program Director for the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program at the University of Maryland. He specializes in post-transplant proteinuria, hypertension, desensitization, and management of antibody mediated rejection. He joined the University of Maryland from the University of Arizona, where he was professor of medicine and chief of clinical nephrology, director of the Nephrology Fellowship and Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Programs and medical director of the kidney and pancreas transplant program.
In addition, Dr Rubin has served as the director of nephrology education and director of the Transplant Nephrology Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr Rubin received his nephrology fellowship training at Georgetown University Hospital and his transplant fellowship training from Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology. He is the author and co-author of several papers on clinical nephrology and clinical transplantation and has been the recipient of several teaching awards.