Dr. Randall Jenkins appointed inaugural Y.B. Talwalkar Professor in Pediatric Nephrology
October 17, 2017
Randall Jenkins, M.D. R '85, was appointed Oct. 3 as the inaugural holder of the Y.B. Talwalkar Professorship in Pediatric Nephrology. School of Medicine Dean Sharon Anderson, M.D., and OHSU Provost Elena Andresen, Ph.D., presided over an investiture attended by Dr. Jenkins, members of the Talwalkar Family Charitable Fund, Department of Pediatrics colleagues and leaders from the OHSU and Doernbecher Foundations.
After earning his medical degree at Wright State University
in Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Jenkins completed his pediatric residency and a pediatric
nephrology fellowship at OHSU between 1980 and 1985. During
this time, he studied under Y.B. Talwalkar, M.D., who was an alumnus and faculty member at
the University of Oregon Medical School, the OHSU School of Medicine's predecessor. Dr. Jenkins then spent nine years
at the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville studying
hypertension and dialysis systems before returning to Oregon to combine his
clinical care and research activities with service on the local IRB (institutional
review board) and as a volunteer faculty member at OHSU.
He joined the OHSU faculty in 2011. In addition to
being professor of pediatrics in the OHSU School of Medicine, he is head of the
Division of Pediatric Nephrology, director of the outpatient hemodialysis unit
and director of ambulatory flow for OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Through
his continuing focus on hypertension and dialysis systems, he observed a
tendency for premature infants to develop high blood pressure near the time
they leave the newborn intensive care unit for home. After collecting data on
more than 100 such infants, he and colleagues David
Rozansky, M.D., Ph.D., and Ladawna Gievers, M.D., associate professor and assistant
professor of pediatrics, respectively, recently published a paper detailing this newly-discovered type of
hypertension. He continues to pursue studies examining the cause and mechanism
of this type of high blood pressure.
The Talwalkar Family Charitable Fund – a private family fund based in San Francisco – supports organizations that help high risk children break the cycle of generational poverty, provide innovative STEM education for children, and advance medical research to improve the lives of children. In 2016, the Talwalkar Family Charitable Fund established the Y.B. Talwalkar Professorship in Pediatric Nephrology to honor Dr. Y.B Talwalkar's legacy and advance OHSU's goal to attract and retain the nation's best physicians, specialists and researchers for years to come. The Talwalkar family can think of no better way to commemorate their father's life work and the positive impact he had in the medical field and community at large.
Pictured (top, left to right): OHSU Provost Andresen, Dr. Jenkins, School of Medicine Dean Anderson, and Dana Braner, M.D., Credit Unions for Kids Chair of Pediatrics, during the Oct. 3 investiture.
(above, right): Abhi Talwalkar, son of Dr. Y.B. Talwalkar, addresses attendees of the ceremony for the professorship in his father's name.