Sharon Anderson, M.D., appointed to NIH Council of Councils

January 20, 2014

Dr. Sharon AndersonSharon Anderson, M.D. R '82, interim chair and professor of medicine of the OHSU School of Medicine, has been appointed to the National Institutes of Health Council of Councils.

The Council of Councils advises the NIH director on research opportunities, policy, public health concerns and other strategic priorities for the NIH. Among their duties, members provide counsel on the conduct and support of research that represents important areas of emerging scientific opportunities for the nation as well as knowledge gaps deserving special emphasis and other NIH initiatives involving strategic coordination and planning.

Dr. Anderson will serve through October 2017. She joins fellow OHSU faculty member, Dr. Nancy Haigwood, on the council.

"I'm honored to serve and look forward to continuing to help NIH advance biomedical research in this country," said Dr. Anderson. Dr. Anderson also serves on the NIH's National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council.

With 28 years of experience in academia, Dr. Anderson brings a deep knowledge of the vital role that academic medicine plays for the nation's discovery engine. After finishing residency at OHSU in 1982, Dr. Anderson completed her clinical nephrology training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (formerly Beth Israel Hospital) and her research training at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, later spending several years on the faculty there. She joined the OHSU faculty in 1991.

A recognized academic leader, Dr. Anderson has held a variety of leadership roles, including chief of medical service at the VA Portland Health Care System and associate dean for faculty development and faculty affairs at the OHSU School of Medicine. Dr. Anderson received the OHSU School of Medicine Dean's Award, among the school's highest honors, in 2001 and again in 2014.

"With Dr. Anderson's appointment, OHSU is well represented on this prominent research council," said Dean Mark Richardson. "We're proud that Drs. Anderson and Haigwood's leadership talents are recognized nationally as well as locally."

As interim chair of the Department of Medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine, Dr. Anderson oversees the school's largest department, with about 260 primary faculty members, 11 divisions, and more than 300 affiliate community faculty members. Currently more than 200 residents and fellows are housed within the department's educational programs. The department's research funding is the largest in the OHSU School of Medicine.

In addition to her teaching, clinical care and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Anderson conducts research on the progression of chronic kidney disease, with an emphasis on diabetic nephropathy, polycystic kidney disease and the pathophysiology of the aging kidney.

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