Fellowship Faculty at a Glance

Susan Gurley, M.D.

Division Head, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Undergraduate: University of Mississippi
PhD: University of Mississippi
MD: Washington University School of Medicine
Residency: Duke University
Fellowship: Duke University
Academic Interests: Pathologic mechanisms of hypertensive and diabetic kidney disease. Sodium homeostasis in blood pressure regulation. Mouse models of diabetic nephropathy. 
 

Sharon Anderson, M.D.

Dean, OHSU School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Maryland
MD: Louisiana State University Medical Center
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Fellowship: Beth Israel Hospital (clinical), Brigham and Women's Hospital (research)
Academic Interests: The renin angiotensin aldosterone system in CKD.
 

Rupali Avasare, M.D.

Director, Glomerular Disease Program
Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MD: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: Columbia University
Fellowship: Columbia University (clinical and glomerulonephritis)
Academic Interests: Glomerulonephritis clinical outcomes.
 

Pavan Chopra, M.D.

Director, Quality and Safety for the OHSU Department of Medicine Ambulatory Practice
Director, OHSU Dialysis Services
Undergraduate: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
MD: Rush University
Residency: Rush University
Fellowship: University of Michigan
Academic Interests: Dialysis outcomes and quality improvement.
 

David Cohen, M.D.

Section Chief, VA Portland Health Care System, Nephrology Section
Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University
MD: Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Residency: Boston University Medical Center
Fellowship: Brigham and Women’s Hospital (clinical), HHMI, Division of Genetics, Harvard University (research)
Academic Interests: Genetic factors in systemic water balance; clinical disorders of water and electrolyte balance; pathophysiology of diabetic nephropathy; pricing and availability of pharmaceuticals.
 

Tonja Dirkx, M.D.

Medical Director, VA Portland Dialysis Unit
Undergraduate: Humboldt State University
MD: University of California at Davis
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Fellowship: Oregon Health & Science University
Academic Interests: Dialysis, bone-mineral disease management.
 

David Ellison, M.D.

Director, Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute
Undergraduate: Stanford University
MD: Rush Medical College
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Fellowship: Yale University (clinical), Oregon Health & Science University (research)
Academic Interests: Interactions between diet, genes, and aldosterone in causing and treating high blood pressure. Causes and treatment of diuretic resistance and kidney tubule remodeling.
 

Katie Gustafson, M.D.

Renal Clinic Director, Portland VA Medical Center
Undergraduate: Harvard University
MD: Virginia Commonwealth University
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University
Fellowship: Oregon Health & Science University
Academic Interests: Chronic kidney disease, geriatric nephrology.