OHSU Names New Division Head for Nephrology, Hypertension and Clinical Pharmacology

07/14/00    Portland, Ore.

David Ellison Returns to OHSU to Head Program

Oregon Health Sciences University is pleased to announce the appointment of David Ellison, M.D., as the new head of its Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Clinical Pharmacology. Ellison also will serve as professor of medicine in OHSU's School of Medicine in addition to a joint appointment at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is scheduled to arrive at OHSU on Aug. 1, 2000. He will replace Sharon Anderson, M.D., who has been serving as interim head of the division since October 1998.

One of Ellison's priorities at OHSU will be to expand and improve the division's clinical and research programs. Currently, OHSU Hospital is regarded as a national leader in patient care for kidney disease. In the 2000 edition of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, OHSU Hospital ranks 25th nationally in kidney disease care.

Ellison also is interested in maintaining OHSU's prominence as a center for kidney transplant. As one of the world's oldest kidney transplant programs, OHSU has completed nearly 3,000 operations in the past 40 years
with high success rates. As a result, 98 percent of patients receiving transplants in 1998 had working kidneys one year later.

"We would like to continue the excellence the program has enjoyed so far," said Ellison. "In addition, OHSU's nephrology program is considered one of the best in the country academically. Maintaining this prominence is another one of our major goals."

Ellison's research interests involve the control of salt excretion by the kidneys and its impact on blood pressure. Specifically, his work focuses on Gitelman's syndrome and Bartter's syndrome, two inherited diseases caused by mutations in the genes responsible for mediating salt movement in the kidney. Another area of Ellison's research is the treatment of various edema states, such as congestive heart failure, through the use of diuretic drugs.

Prior to his appointment at OHSU, Ellison was the Temple Hoyne Buell & National Kidney Foundation of Colorado Endowed Chair for Kidney Research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and chief of the renal section at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, Colo. He graduated from Rush Medical School in Chicago and conducted his undergraduate work at Stanford University. From 1978 to 1982, Ellison served as an intern, resident and research fellow at OHSU.

Editors: A photo of David Ellison, M.D., can be found on OHSU's Web site at www.ohsu.edu/news/ellison.jpg.