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Sharon Anderson M.D.

  • (503) 494-3442
    • Professor of Medicine School of Medicine
    • Executive Vice President, OHSU
    • Dean
    • Board Chair OHSU Practice Plan School of Medicine

Dr. Anderson is an executive vice president of OHSU and dean of the OHSU School of Medicine. She began her leadership roles in 1994 as associate head then interim head of the OHSU Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, as well as chief of the Nephrology Section at the VA Portland Health Care System from 1995 to 2004. During the next decade, she served as vice chair for clinical affairs and also vice chair for VA affairs in the Department of Medicine, associate dean for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs in the School of Medicine and chief of the Division of Hospital and Specialty Medicine in the VA. She became interim chair of medicine in 2013 and then chair. In July 2017, OHSU President Joe Robertson appointed Dr. Anderson as dean and executive vice president.

The focus of Dr. Anderson's research has been the pathophysiology of renal disease including risk factors, mechanisms and therapeutic interventions. Her special interests are in hypertension, chronic renal disease and diabetic kidney disease.

Representative publications:

Anderson S, Eldadah B, Halter JB, Hazzard WR, Himmelfarb J, Horne FM, Kimmel P, Molitoris BA, Murthy M, O’Hare AM, Schmader K, High KP.  Workshop on acute kidney injury in older adults.  J Am Soc Nephrol 22: 28–38, 2011 Hutchens MP, Fujiyoshi T, Komers R, Herson PS, Anderson S.  Estrogen protects renal endothelial barrier function from ischemia-reperfusion in vitro and in vivo.  Am J Physiol Renal Physiol Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 303:F377-F385, 2012 Anderson S, Oyama TT, Lindsley JN, Schutzer WE, Beard DR, Komers R.  2-hydroxyestradiol slows progression of experimental polycystic kidney disease.  Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 302:F636-F645, 2012 Rao MK, Morris CD, Davis MM, O’Malley JP, Mori M, Anderson S.  Documentation and management of CKD in rural primary care.  Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 8:739-748, 2013

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  • B.A., University of Maryland Maryland 1971
  • M.D., Louisiana State University Medical Center Louisiana 1979
  • Residency:

    • Internal medicine - Oregon Health & Science University, 1982
  • Fellowship:

    • Clinical nephrology - Beth Israel Hospital, 1983
  • Certifications:

    • Internal medicine and nephrology

Memberships and associations

  • Association of American Physicians


  • "K/DOQI Clinical Practice Guidelines on Hypertension and Antihypertensive Agents in Chronic Kidney Disease" American Journal of Kidney Diseases May 2004
  • "Glomerulär-kapilläre Hypertonie. Experimentelle Befunde und ihre klinische Bedeutung." Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift October 7 1988
  • "Renal effects of converting enzyme inhibitors in hypertension and diabetes" Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology  1990
  • "Current concepts of renal hemodynamics in diabetes" Journal of Diabetes and its Complications  1995
  • "Gender hormones and the progression of experimental polycystic kidney disease" Kidney International October 2005
  • "Renal hemodynamic effects of calcium antagonists in rats with reduced renal mass" Hypertension March 1991
  • "Low-dose captopril for the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension. I. Results of a 14-week trial" JAMA Internal Medicine  1984
  • "Anemia ameliorates progressive renal injury in experimental DOCA-salt hypertension" Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN  1991
  • "Rho kinase inhibition protects kidneys from diabetic nephropathy without reducing blood pressure" Kidney International February 2011
  • "Effects of aging on the renal glomerulus" American Journal of Medicine  1986
  • "Treatment of hypertension in diabetic patients with nephropathy." Current Diabetes Reports December 2001
  • "Functional effects of nonsynonymous polymorphisms in the human TRPV1 gene" American Journal of Physiology - Renal Fluid and Electrolyte Physiology December 2007
  • "Impaired angiogenesis in the aging kidney" American Journal of Kidney Diseases  2001
  • "Renal activity of Akt kinase in obese zucker rats" Experimental Biology and Medicine October 2008
  • "Ageing and the renin-angiotensin system" Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation  1997
  • "Mechanisms of injury in progressive renal disease" Experimental Nephrology December 1996
  • "Mechanisms underlying transition from acute glomerular injury to late glomerular sclerosis in a rat model of nephrotic syndrome" Journal of Clinical Investigation  1988
  • "Estrogen administered after cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation ameliorates acute kidney injury in a sex- and age-specific manner" Critical Care September 18 2015
  • "Renal renin-angiotensin system in diabetes" American Journal of Physiology - Renal Fluid and Electrolyte Physiology  1993
  • "Renal cyclooxygenase-2 in obese Zucker (fatty) rats" Kidney International June 2005
  • "Effects of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors in experimental diabetes" Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN November 1990
  • "Renal and cardiovascular effects of selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors" American Journal of Kidney Diseases  2001
  • "Altered endothelial nitric oxide synthase targeting and conformation and caveolin-1 expression in the diabetic kidney" Diabetes  2006
  • "Prediction, progression, and outcomes of chronic kidney disease in older adults" Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN June 2009
  • "Endothelin" American Journal of Physiology - Renal Fluid and Electrolyte Physiology  1989
  • "Effects of systemic inhibition of neuronal nitric oxide synthase in diabetic rats" Hypertension February 2000
  • "Optimal strategies for preventing progression of renal disease" Current Hypertension Reports  2000
  • "Glucocorticoids amplify glomerular injury in rats with renal ablation" American Journal of Hypertension  1988
  • "Elevated plasma atrial natriuretic peptide levels in diabetic rats" Journal of Clinical Investigation  1987
  • "Nitric oxide" Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN  1991

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