CHANGING THE TRAJECTORY OF KIDNEY DISEASE

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Dr. Zain Khalpey

Dr. Zain Khalpey

MD, PhD, MRCS(Eng)

Dr. Zain Khalpey, MD, PhD, FETCS, is associate professor of surgery at the University of Arizona, surgical co-director of Heart Transplant and director of Mechanical Circulatory Support and Mitral Valve Program at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. He has been awarded a 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar. Dr. Khalpey focuses his research on making more organs available to patients who need a transplant.

(More on Dr. Khalpey below)

Dr. Lisa Robey

Dr. Lisa Robey

Nephrologist

Dr. Jean Robey is a nephrologist in Peoria, Arizona and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. She received her medical degree from University of Arizona College of Medicine and has been in practice for 15 years. Dr. Robey’s compassion and unique sensibilities and perspectives have helped greatly in promoting an awareness and understanding of the complexities, the emotions and realities of dealing with kidney disease.

(More on Dr. Robey below)

Lisa Miller Hedin

Lisa Miller Hedin

Miss North Carolina

Lisa is a registered nurse who has spent most of her adult life dedicated to helping dialysis patients. Today she is a senior clinical educator for a major medical manufacturing company that specializes in dialysis products. In 2015 Lisa won the Ms. North Carolina America title and has aligned with the National Kidney Foundation, Carolinas with plans to use her “crown for a purpose”.

(More on Lisa Hedin below)

Sachin Desai, MD

Sachin Desai, MD

Dr. Sachin Desai is a practicing Board Certified nephrologist passionate about home dialysis. He is a partner at Arizona Kidney Disease and Hypertension Center. Dr. Desai serves as medical director for several dialysis clinics in Phoenix, AZ. He is Chairman of Medicine at HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Campus and is among a select group of nephrologists to sit on the Fresenius Joint Venture Council.

An advocate for home dialysis, Dr. Desai has been instrumental in developing the NxStage home hemodialysis clinic in Arizona.

(More on Lisa Hedin below)

Dr. Zain Khalpey

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

 

Dr. Zain KhalpeyZain Khalpey, MD, PhD, FETCS, is associate professor of surgery at the University of Arizona, surgical co-director of Heart Transplant and director of Mechanical Circulatory Support and Mitral Valve Program at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. He has been awarded a 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar.

Dr. Khalpey, who is the Sarver Heart Center Tony A. Marnell, Sr. Endowed Chair for Research in Cardiac Surgery, joined the UA Department of Surgery in 2013. He came to the UA from Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women’s Hospital) and Columbia University in New York City.

Beginning in this fall or early 2016, Dr. Khalpey will spend three months at the Medical University of Gdansk in Poland, continuing his collaborative work with Ryszard T. Smolenski, MD, PhD, in the field of translational adult stem cell therapy to repair damaged hearts.

Dr. Khalpey has published more than 100 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters on heart and lung transplantation involving basic science and clinical outcome studies. He is an American Heart Association reviewer and an Early Career Reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

He has received numerous teaching and institutional awards, including the Hunterian Medal and Professorship of Surgery from Royal College of Surgeons, England; the Winston Churchill Medal, bestowed by HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, London, UK; Excellence in Teaching Award, Harvard University; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Fellowship from Switzerland and France; and the Solly Medal and Prize for Surgery from the University of London.

Dr. Khalpey is also on the Board of Directors for the American Academy and Board of Regenerative Medicine (AABRM).

Source: University of Arizona Health Sciences  

Dr. Khalpey focuses his research on making more organs available to patients who need a transplant. Every day, 18 people on organ transplant lists die, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In Arizona, patients have to wait two to three years for a lung transplant, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This waiting period is emotionally and financially draining for patients.

Dr.Khalpey is trying to shrink the wait time by taking damaged organs and refurbishing them so they end up in a needy patient’s body. Other organs too damaged to be refurbished are stripped of their cells and used to grow new organs with the patient’s stem cells.

In the future, donor organs may not be needed as Dr. Khalpey is working on hybrid organs that are 3-D printed and then seeded with the patient’s stem cells. – from the copamonitor.com

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Dr. Jean Robey

Nephrologist

 

Dr. Jean Robey

Dr. Jean Robey is a nephrologist in Peoria, Arizona and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. She received her medical degree from University of Arizona College of Medicine and has been in practice for 15 years. Dr. Robey is one of 24 doctors at Banner Boswell Medical Center and one of 10 at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center who specialize in Nephrology.

Dr. Robey’s compassion and unique sensibilities and perspectives have helped greatly in promoting an awareness and understanding of the complexities, the emotions and realities of dealing with kidney disease.

Lisa Miller Hedin

Ms. North Carolina

Miss North Carolina

Lisa Miller Hedin

Lisa is a registered nurse who has spent most of her adult life dedicated to helping dialysis patients. When Lisa was in nursing school her father came down with kidney disease and Lisa wanted to learn more. Today she is a senior clinical educator for a major medical manufacturing company that specializes in dialysis products. Lisa has a wide range of experience with kidney disease as a family member, nurse, Educator and now as a medical advisory board member with the National Kidney Foundation and the 1in9 documentary.

In 2015 Lisa won the Ms. North Carolina America title. Since Lisa was crowned Ms. North Carolina America 2015, she aligned with the National Kidney Foundation, Carolinas and planned to use her “crown for a purpose”. Lisa traveled all over the state of North Carolina increasing awareness and fundraising efforts to contribute for more research. She made several media appearances to raise awareness and educate the public that 1:3 people are at risk for kidney disease. Lisa traveled to Los Angeles in August of 2015 and competed in the Ms. America competition.

Lisa did not win the Ms. America crown but was awarded for her efforts with the National Kidney Foundation. She won the “Woman of Distinction” award. Lisa was chosen because she best personified the intelligence, beauty & humanitarian efforts of what today’s woman represents and the mission of the Ms. America pageant. The Ms. America pageant organization honored Lisa for her efforts to improve the lives of others and she successfully represented the American woman.

Lisa is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Charlotte with her 11 year old son. When not traveling for work, she enjoys going to gym, spending time with friends and rooting on her favorite footballs teams—The Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers.

Sachin Desai, MD

 

Dr_DesaiSachin Desai, MD

Sachin Desai, MD is a practicing Board Certified nephrologist passionate about home dialysis. He is a partner at Arizona Kidney Disease and Hypertension Center. Dr. Desai serves as medical director for several dialysis clinics in Phoenix, AZ. He is Chairman of Medicine at HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Campus and among a select group of nephrologists to sit on the Fresenius Joint Venture Council.

In collaboration with Fresenius Medical Care, Dr. Desai has developed the largest NxStage home hemodialysis clinic in Arizona and one of the largest in the Southwestern United States. He is a strong advocate for home dialysis and has been Raymond Scott’s nephrologist for over three years.