$2 million fellowship named after Scott & White doctor

- Grant to support further research advancements in nephrology -

CENTRAL TEXAS – Scott & White physician, Donald E. Wesson, MD, was honored by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) for his work in education and research by having a $2 million philanthropically funded research fellowship named after him, "The Donald E. Wesson, MD Fellowship for Nephrology Research."

"I am humbled and honored by this recognition from my colleagues in the kidney research community," said Dr. Wesson, Chief Academic Officer of Scott & White Healthcare.

After a peer nomination, the ASN Council presented this distinction to Dr. Wesson for the outstanding contributions he has made to the ASN in the areas of research, education, and for the dedication he has displayed in moving the ASN forward through extraordinary, courageous, and visionary leadership as a member of the ASN Council. The ASN serves countless numbers of people by leading the charge to educate health professionals, share new discoveries, facilitating the advancement of research and advocating for the highest quality of care for patients. The $2 million, Donald E. Wesson, MD Fellowship for Nephrology Research grant will be awarded annually to fellows who will use the grant to support further research advancements in nephrology (kidney medicine).

"Kidney disease is surprisingly common and it reduces the length and quality of life for many Americans," said Dr. Wesson. "These fellowships will be awarded to promising investigators whose work will continue to advance the fight against kidney disease."

Dr. Wesson is an internationally recognized researcher in kidney acidifying mechanisms (how the kidney removes acid from the blood and puts it into the urine for removal from the body) and a thought leader in academic medicine.  He serves on several professional organizations as an officer or member including; he is Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, he has held several positions within the National Kidney Foundation, he is a member of the review panel for the NIH External Advisory Committee of the African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension, and he has authored countless peer-reviewed scientific papers, and more than a dozen books.  Education has been a cornerstone for Dr. Wesson and he currently is enrolled in the Executive MBA program at the University of Texas in Austin and is expected to complete the program in May 2014.

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Scott & White Healthcare is a non-profit collaborative health care system established in 1897 in Temple, Texas.  Among the leading health systems encompassing one of the nation's largest multi-specialty group practices, Scott & White provides personalized, comprehensive health care enhanced by medical education and research.  Scott & White Healthcare includes 13 acute care hospital sites, one emergency hospital site, one additional announced facility, and over 140 clinics at more than 70 primary care and specialty clinic locations throughout Central Texas providing adult and pediatric care in 46 medical specialties.  Integrated, high-quality care is delivered by a dedicated staff of more than 14,000 (including approximately 1,200 physicians and scientists and more than 300 specialized health care providers). Get the latest news from Scott & White Healthcare by visiting our online newsroom, news blog or on Twitter (@swhealthcare).

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For more information, contact:

Deke Jones
Media and Public Relations
Scott & White Healthcare
djones@sw.org

September 23, 2013


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