Our People

Many participants, mostly nephrologists and nephropathologists from all over the world join the Glomerular Disease Case Conferences through formal registration. These case conferences are made possible by healthcare providers who submit clinical cases from their daily practice and through a generous donation of time and effort on the part of nephropathologists and nephrologists who discuss these cases. A group of Core Faculty has committed to review and discuss cases on a rotating basis. Invited speakers, experts, and other specialists may join to support the discussion of challenging cases. The sessions are organized and overseen by the GlomCon Course Directors and GlomCon Directors of Nephropathology. In addition to the educational mission, participants interested in clinical research activities come together to discuss, design, and conduct studies in the field of glomerular kidney disease.

Course Directors

The Glomerular Disease Case Conference is a Harvard Medical School Accredited conference which provides 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per a fully attended session. The CME course directors are responsible for the creation and maintenance of the CME accredited courses. These educational courses provide an outstanding learning experience due to their exceptional quality, utmost integrity, and diligence. In consultation with the Associate Directors and Core Faculty Educators, the CME Course Directors implement the perpetual curriculum of lectures and glomerular kidney disease (GKD)-board discussions.

Dr. Ali Poyan-Mehr is Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Glomerular Disease Study & Trial Consortium. Dr. Poyan-Mehr graduated from Charite Universitaets Medizin in Berlin, Germany. He completed his residency, and fellowship training in Nephrology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). His research activities include the creation of a glomerular disease registry as a platform to study rare and devastating forms of kidney disease. Dr. Poyan-Mehr is serving as Principal Investigator or co-Investigator on several clinical trials for patients with various forms of kidney disease and acute kidney injury. He has developed a new electronic medical record dashboard used at BIDMC for patient centered care of chronic kidney disease, and electronic decision support tools for providers. Dr. Poyan-Mehr is the Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the BIDMC Renal Division. He helps define strategic quality improvement goals, and design and implement of quality initiatives.

Dr. Isaac E. Stillman is a staff pathologist in the Department of Pathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, where he serves as Medical Director of the Renal Pathology Service and the Immunofluorescence and Electron Microscopy Laboratories. Dr. Stillman also maintains an appointment in the Renal Division of the Department of Medicine, and serves as a consultant in nephropathology at Children’s Hospital, Boston. A graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, he is currently an Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. Following an internship in internal medicine he arrived at the then Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, where he completed a residency/chief residency, and fellowship in Anatomic and Surgical Pathology. He is an enthusiastic teacher in both medical undergraduate and graduate settings. His clinical and research interests include thrombotic microangiopathy (especially preeclampsia), diabetes, lupus, acute kidney injury, nephrotoxins, angiogenesis and the endothelium, and mitochondrial dysfunction. His laboratory maintains avid collaborations in both experimental and translational research, which have culminated in more than 50 print publications. He is also excited about the potential of electronic communication to contribute to teaching, learning, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

Nephropathology Directors

Drs. Rennke and Stillman are the pathology consultants of GlomCon and lead the majority of case reviews of the Glomerular Disease Case Discussions. In addition, Drs. Rennke and Stillman lead the didactic nephropathology preparation of the online Case Archive, and support GlomCon’s research activities.

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Dr. Isaac E. Stillman is a staff pathologist in the Department of Pathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, where he serves as Medical Director of the Renal Pathology Service and the Immunofluorescence and Electron Microscopy Laboratories. Dr. Stillman also maintains an appointment in the Renal Division of the Department of Medicine, and serves as a consultant in nephropathology at Children’s Hospital, Boston. A graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, he is currently an Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. Following an internship in internal medicine he arrived at the then Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, where he completed a residency/chief residency, and fellowship in Anatomic and Surgical Pathology. He is an enthusiastic teacher in both medical undergraduate and graduate settings. His clinical and research interests include thrombotic microangiopathy (especially preeclampsia), diabetes, lupus, acute kidney injury, nephrotoxins, angiogenesis and the endothelium, and mitochondrial dysfunction. His laboratory maintains avid collaborations in both experimental and translational research, which have culminated in more than 50 print publications. He is also excited about the potential of electronic communication to contribute to teaching, learning, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

Associate Director of GlomCon Conferences

The Associate Directors of GlomCon Conferences are tasked with the organizing of the GlomCon Conferences, shaping of the curriculum and didactic mission, and the moderation of the GlomCon Conferences and GKD-board discussions. The Associate Director of GlomCon Conferences will work together to make sure the GlomCon Conferences provide up to date, high impact, clinically valuable content.

Dr. Pravir V. Baxi is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He has been a member of the Division of Nephrology at Rush University Medical Center since 2016.  Dr. Baxi’s clinical interests include glomerulonephritis, chronic kidney disease, and nephrolithiasis. He is extensively involved in teaching nephrology to medical students, residents, and fellows in addition to nurses and dietitians.

Dr. Jessica Lapasia is a graduate of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She completed her nephrology fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA and joined the Nephrology Department at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco in 2010. Her clinical interests include glomerulonephritis and CKD care. In collaboration with colleagues across the Northern California Permanente Medical Group and the Stanford Pathology Department, Dr. Lapasia helped develop a highly successful multidisciplinary, web-based Clinicopathology conference series.

Dr. Michelle O’Shaughnessy, MB BCh, MRCPI, MS, FASN, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford University in California, where her primary clinical and academic focus is on glomerular disease. She is a native of Ireland and qualified top of her class from the National University of Ireland, Galway, in 2005. She underwent clinical training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology in Ireland, Australia, and the U.S. and was awarded the Canavan medal for receiving the highest grade in Ireland in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) membership examinations. In 2013, she came to Stanford to undergo fellowship training in nephrology, during which time she completed a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology and Clinical Research and received fellowship funding from the American Society of Nephrology and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. In September 2016, she was appointed to the nephrology faculty at Stanford. In addition to studying patients with glomerular disease using large pre-existing data sets, she is an investigator for two NIH-funded glomerular disease cohort studies and multiple industry-sponsored clinical trials. She has more than 30 publications, including 15 original manuscripts, 6 review articles or editorials, and 1 book chapter as first author. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, attending music concerts, and yoga – although since the arrival of her daughter two years ago, and with baby number two on the way, her primary leisure activities more recently include picnics and trips to the playground.

Dr. Kate Robson is a nephrologist and clinical academic fellow at Monash Health in Melbourne, Australia. Kate has particular interests in glomerulonephritis, education and medical history. She holds a NHMRC research scholarship, and is pursuing a PhD in autoimmune kidney disease in the Kitching laboratory at Monash University, focussing on the role of HLA and T cells in anti-GBM disease. Kate graduated from the University of Melbourne with Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery (Hons) & Bachelor of Arts. Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 2008, she completed MPhil in History of Medicine (Distinction) at Oxford University, researching the history of chronic disease management. Kate complemented her Australian nephrology training with a clinical fellowship at the Oxford Kidney Unit in 2016, and is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She undertook a Nephrology Social Media Collective internship in 2018, honing her skills in creating online educational material, and was awarded ‘NephMadness Best Blogger’ by AJKD. Kate is also an accomplished cellist with Melbourne’s Corpus Medicorum orchestra, and mother to baby Alice.