About ASN

Joseph V. Bonventre, MD, PhD, FASN, Past President

ASN Biography

Joseph V Bonventre, MD, PhD holds appointments as the Robert H. Ebert Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at MIT. He is Director of the Renal Division of the Brigham and Women's Hospital. His research focuses primarily on the study of kidney injury and repair and signal transduction, with a special emphasis on the role of inflammation, biomarkers and stem cells. Bonventre has authored more than 200 original publications and 90 invited chapters and reviews and has received a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive Disorders. He has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Dr. Bonventre was Director of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology for 10 years. He currently Chairs the Kidney Group of the Harvard Stem Cell Initiative and is co-chair of the Stem Cell, Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering Center of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Research Institute and co-chair of the Technology in Medicine initiative at Brigham and Women's.

Dr. Bonventre is past-president and member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont affiliate, and has received that chapter's Outstanding Physician Award. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Space Biology Research Institute and the Board of Advisors of the Norwegian Institute for Science and Technology. He has served on many NIH Study Sections and is Editor of Seminars in Nephrology. He has been awarded the Osler Medal of the Royal Society of Physicians and the Bywaters Award of the International Society of Nephrology and was voted one of three top mentors in the US by postdoctoral fellows in the journal "Science", in 2004.

In addition to his BS with distinction in Engineering Physics from Cornell, Bonventre holds M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in biophysics from Harvard University. He has honorary doctorate degrees from Mt. Saint Mary’s College and from the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology in Norway.

Dr. Bonventre lives in Wayland, Massachusetts with his wife Kristie. They have two children, Joanna and Andrew.