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Faculty Detail    
Name VINEETA KUMAR
Associate Professor of Medicine
Program Director, Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program
Clinical Director, UABSOM MS1 Renal Module
 
Campus Address THT 643 Zip 0006
Phone  205-934-1801
E-mail  kumarv@uab.edu
Other websites http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IxzIu8Hz5o
http://learnmd.uabmedicine.org/videos/dialysis-and-transplant
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/dat.20525/abstract
https://www.uab.edu/news/latest/item/4012-uab-launches-paired-exchange-and-incompatible-kidney-transplant-program
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W_sz7d-LTk#t=12
     

Education
Medical School  M. P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, India    1994  M.B.B.S. 
Residency  University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), San Antonio, Texas    2000  M.D. 
Residency  Chief Residency, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio    2001  M.D. 
Fellowship  Nephrology Fellowship University of Washington, Seattle     2006  M.D. 
Fellowship  Basic Science Research Fellow, Northwest Kidney Center, Division of Nephrology, University of Washington, Seattle    2006  M.D. 
Fellowship  Transplant Nephrology Fellowship at University of Alabama at Birmingham    2007  M.D. 

Certifications
ECFMG Certified  1996 
ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine   2000 
ABIM Board Certified in Nephrology  2006 
ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine   2010 


Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Medicine  Med - Nephrology Associate Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Ctr for Clinical & Translational Sci Associate Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Nephrology Research & Training Center Associate Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Jan 2012 - present Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology/Transplant Nephrology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

October 15, 2007 - 2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine Division of Nephrology/Transplant Nephrology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

July 2008 - present Core Clinical Faculty for the UAB Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

July 2013 - present Clinical Director, Renal Module, University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham, Alabama

July 2010 - June 2013 Assitant Director, Renal Module, University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham, Alabama

July 2001 – June 2004 Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Division of General Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), San Antonio, Texas

July 2000 – June 2001 CHIEF RESIDENT/Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine , Office of Educational Programs, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), San Antonio, Texas

1996 Diabetes Research Fellowship, Department of Medicine, Division of Diabetes, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.



FACULTY HONORS

2015 Argus Award for Best Educator in Renal, voted on by the UAB Medical school class of 2019 and given to one faculty teaching in the integrated Renal Module MS1-2 course

2015 Cobb and Rutsky Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence in the Department of Medicine at UAB (Voted by faculty and given to one in 10 faculty members in the Department of Internal Medicine at UAB)

2014 Argus Award for Best MS1 Module Director, Renal Module, voted on by the UAB medical school class of 2018

2014 Argus Award Nominee for Best MS1 Module and Best MS1 Lecturer in Renal Module

7/2013- 6/2014 Cobb and Rutsky Faculty AWARD FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE given to top 10 clinicians in the Department of Medicine at UAB

7/2012 - 6/2013 Cobb and Rutsky Faculty AWARD FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE given to top 10 clinicians in the Department of Medicine at UAB

7/2011 - 6/2012 Cobb and Rutsky Faculty AWARD FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE given to top 10 clinicians in the Department of Medicine at UAB

2012, 2013, 2014 Top Doctors, US News and World Report

7/10 – 6/2011 OUTSTANDING TEACHER in the Division of Nephrology, given to one faculty member each year in the Division of Nephrology, voted by the Department of Internal Medicine House-staff at the University of Alabama in Birmingham

2011-2015 Marquis Who’s Who in America

7/03-6/04 The MOST OUTSTANDING CLINICAL TEACHER of the YEAR Award, given to one faculty member each year in the Department of Medicine, voted by the Department of Internal Medicine House-staff, at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

7/03-6/04 OUTSTANDING TEACHER of the YEAR, in the Division of General Medicine voted by the residents in the Internal Medicine Residency training program (separate poll from above) and given to three faculty members in the Division of General Medicine each year at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

7/03-6/04 OUTSTANDING FACULTY TEACHER of the YEAR Award, from the Medical School Class of 2005, at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio

7/02 – 6/03 The MOST OUTSTANDING CLINICAL TEACHER of the YEAR Award, given to one faculty member each year in the Department of Medicine, voted by the Department of Internal Medicine House-staff, at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

7/02- 6/03 OUTSTANDING TEACHER of the YEAR Award, in the Division of General Medicine voted by the residents in the Internal Medicine Residency training program (separate poll from above) and given to three faculty members in the Division of General Medicine each year at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

7/01 – 6/02 The MOST OUTSTANDING CLINICAL TEACHER of the YEAR Award, given to one faculty member each year in the Department of Medicine, voted by the Department of Internal Medicine House-staff, at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

7/01 – 6/02 OUTSTANDING TEACHER of the YEAR Award, in the Division of General Medicine voted by the residents in the Internal Medicine Residency training program (separate poll from above) and given to three faculty members in the Division of General Medicine each year at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio



INTERNAL MEDICINE RESIDENCY HONORS:

7/99 - 6/00 Shirley P. Levine Award for MOST COMPASSIONATE SENIOR RESIDENT of the Year, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

7/99 - 6/00 Recognition for EXCELLENCE IN AMBULATORY CARE Medicine in Internal Medicine Residency, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

7/98 - 6/99 JUNIOR RESIDENT of the YEAR, Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

7/98 - 6/99 Pharmacia & Upjohn Achievement Award for Excellence in Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

7/97 - 6/98 INTERN OF THE YEAR, Geriatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

7/97 - 6/98 Hartford Center for GERIATRIC EDUCATION AWARD for Excellence in Clinical Geriatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

7/98 - 6/99 Recognition for EXCELLENCE IN AMBULATORY CARE Medicine in Internal Medicine Residency, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

7/97 – 6/98 Recognition for EXCELLENCE IN AMBULATORY CARE Medicine in Internal Medicine Residency, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio


MEDICAL SCHOOL HONORS:

9/88 - 5/93 Awarded the GOLD MEDAL for graduating at the top of the class with overall highest score covering the entire duration of the course (equivalent to Valedictorian in the U.S. system)

9/88 - 5/90 Awarded the GOLD MEDAL for highest score in Anatomy. This score, 168/200, was an all time high in the 40-year old Medical College, and was also the highest for the year among all of the five medical colleges in the State of Gujarat, India, with a total of about 1000 students

9/88 - 5/93 Among the top 1 to 3 scores in the class for most of the subjects, apart from rank of top 1-3% of the class of about 180 students in each of the terms

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
ACP-ASIM  Member, 1999 - 2004   
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)  Member, June 2004 - present   
American Society of Transplant (AST)  Member, March 2007 - present   
American Society of Transplantation Education Committee  Co-chair, July 2013 - June 2014   
American Society of Transplantation Education Committee  Chair, July 2014 - present    
Education Committee, American Society of Transplantation  Member, July 2011 - 6/2013   
International Society of Nephrology  Member, 2010 - present   
SGIM  Member , 2001 - 2005   

Research/Clinical Interest
Title
NIH Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation (CTOT-2) B-Cell Depletion by Anti-CD20 (Rituximab) in Renal Allograft Recipients Who Develop de novo Anti-HLA Alloantibodies Will Result in Inhibition of Alloantibody Production and Attenuation of Chroni
Description
High immunologic risk renal transplant Incompatible Kidney transplants. Living donor kidney transplantation Treatment of antibody mediated rejection Paired donation programs HLA epitopes and renal transplantation. Antibody mediated rejection predictors, treatment options and interventions, short and long term outcomes. Reccurent Glomerular diseases after transplantation (FSGS, diabetic nephropathy, membranous nephropathy) prospective and retrospective analysis and outcomes, treatment options. Medical education

Selected Publications 
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ORIGINAL PUBLICATIONS:
1. Ocular bartonellosis in transplant recipients: two case reports and review of the literature. Lee RA1, Ray M1, Kasuga DT2, Kumar V3, Witherspoon CD2, Baddley JW1,4. PMID:26146758. Transpl Infect Dis. 2015 Jul 4. doi: 10.1111/tid.12418

2. Huprikar S, Danziger Isakov… Kumar V, Bloom RD, Kumar D. Solid Organ. Transplantation From Hepatits B Virus-Positive Donors: Consensus Guidelines for Recipient Management. Am J Transplant. 2015 Feb 23. doi: 10.1111/ajt.13187.

3. Gaston RS, Kumar V, Matas AJ. Reassessing Risk in Living Kidney Donors. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2014 September 25. pii: ASN.2014030227.

4. V. Kumar and J.A. Tallaj. To Transplant a Kidney With the Heart or Not – That Is the Real Question. Am J Transplant. 2014 Feb;14(2):253-4

5. Dawoud D, Harms J, Williams T, Kumar, V, Allon M. Predialysis Vascular Access Surgery in Patients With Failing Kidney Transplants. Am J Kidney Disease, 2013 May ajkd.2013.03.033.

6. Medscape write up – Shaping the Future of Transplant Immunosuppression: Highlights from Boston ATC 2012. “Biologics in Solid Organ Transplantation” – Vineeta Kumar, Released 7/31/2012, available for CME credit until July 31 2013

7. B.T. Lee, V. Kumar, T.A. Williams, R. Abdi, A. Bernhardy, C. Dyer, S. Conte, G. Genovese, M.D. Ross, D.J. Friedman. R.S. Gaston, E. Milford, M.R. Pollak, A.K. Chandraker. APOL 1 Gene Variants in African Americans Appears to Impact Long Term Kidney Allograft Survival. American Journal of Transplantation. July 2012 4.doi:10.1111/j.1600-6143.2012.04033. PMID 22487534

8. Pavlakis M, Kumar V. Co-editor. Introduction to the Well-Transplant Visit – More than Vital Signs and a Creatinine Check. Clinical Journal of American Society of Nephrology. see www.CJASN.org Vol 6 pg 1773, July, 2011

9. Kumar V, Gaston RS. Advances in Kidney Transplant Immunosuppression: Emerging Biologics. Dialysis and Transplantation Jan 2011, DOI:10.1002/dat 20525.

10. Kumar V, Elkins S, Gaston RS, Prendergast MB, Reddy V, Cook WJ, Sanders PW. Bortezomib Successfully Reduces Monoclonal Serum Free Light Chain Levels in a Patient with Recurrent Myeloma and Cast Nephropathy in the Renal Transplant. Clinical Transplant Dec 2009

11. Kumar V, Julian BA, Deierhoi MH, Curtis JJ. Secondary Listing for Deceased-Donor Kidney Transplantation Does not Increase Likelihood of Engraftment at a Large Transplant Center. Am J Transplantation. Brief Communication. 2009 June; 9;1671-73

12. Kumar V, Pippin J, Stein A, Jablonski P, Shankland S, Davis C. The Contribution of Podocytes to Chronic Allograft Nephropathy. Nephron Exp Nephrol 9.2009;111:e1-e10

13. Diehl AK, Kumar V, Gateley A, Appleby J, O’Keefe ME. Predictors of Final Specialty Choice by Internal Medicine Residents J Gen Intern Med 2006 Oct; 21:1045-1049

14. Iozzo P, Pratipanawatr T, Pijl H, Vogt C, Kumar V, Pipek R, Matsuda M, Mandarino LJ, Cusi KJ, DeFronzo RA. Physiologic hyperinsulinemia impairs insulin-stimulated glycogen synthetase activity and glycogen synthesis. American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology & Metabolism 2001 May; 280(5): E712-9.

15. Pijl H, Ohashi S, Matsuda M, Miyazaki Y, Mahankali A, Kumar V, Pipek R, Lozzo P, Lancaster JL, Cincotta A, Defronzo RA. Bromocriptine: A novel approach to the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care 2000 Aug; 23(8): 1154-61.


BOOK CHAPTERS:
1. Immunosuppresion: Past, present, and future. Organ Transplantation Vineeta Kumar, Robert S. Gaston, In Press. April 2011 
 

Keywords
desensitization, paired kidney donation, HLA and ABO incompatible, DSA - donor specific antibody, living kidney donation, HLA crossmatch