By Elizabeth Dwyer

Center for Healthcare Equity in Kidney Disease Kickoff Event

Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Vanessa Grubbs

The Center for Healthcare Equity in Kidney Disease (CHEK-D) aims to conduct research on reducing and eliminating disparities in health processes and outcomes for NM patients with chronic and end-stage kidney disease, since this state has populations disproportionately affected by this issue. We are a Strategic Center under the Office of Research, funded by the Dialysis Clinic, Inc.

On Thursday, April 25 CHEK-D will hold a recognition and kickoff event, with a talk and presentation by Dr. Richard Larson, Vice Chancellor for Research, and Dr. Larissa Myaskovsky, CHEK-D Director, from 9 - 10 a.m. in Domenici North Wing room 2710.

Later in the day, CHEK-D will host guest speaker Dr. Vanessa Grubbs for an Internal Medicine Grand Rounds special session on social and cultural aspects of medicine, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Dr. Grubbs is an Associate Professor in the Division of Nephrology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and has maintained a clinical practice and research program at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital since 2009.

In a separate event following her presentation, Dr. Grubbs will be available in the lobby of Domenici Auditorium to interact with attendees and sign copies of her book, Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers, a young doctor's memoir that is both an unforgettable love story and an informative journey into the world of medicine. Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers explores the effects of health disparities within the kidney transplant system, while simultaneously illuminating Dr. Grubbs' story of finding love and her calling to become a nephrologist.

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