About ASN

Donald E. Wesson, MD, FASN, Secretary Treasurer

ASN Biography

Dr. Donald E. Wesson, MD, FACP is currently Professor of Medicine and the Vice Dean of Texas A&M University College of Medicine in Temple, Texas. Prior to this position, Dr. Wesson was the S.C. Arnett Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and Physiology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and had been Associate Professor of Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine where he was Assistant Chief of the Nephrology Section at the Houston VA Hospital. Dr. Wesson received his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency and internship at Baylor College of Medicine. He is the recipient of multiple Teaching Awards at Baylor and Texas Tech.

Dr. Wesson was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the ASN in 2007 after serving on a number of ASN committees since 1996, including the Public Policy Board, Research Priorities Committee, The Policy and Public Affairs Committee, and the Abstract Review Committee.

Dr. Wesson is an officer and/or a member of several professional organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine since 2001 and is currently its Chair. He has held multiple positions within the National Kidney Foundation including, Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of Southeast Texas, Vice Chairman to the Medical Advisory Board of West Texas, and Program Chair for the 1998 National Scientific Meeting in Nashville, TN.

Dr. Wesson is an internationally recognized researcher in renal acidifying mechanisms and a thought-leader in academic medicine. He is a member of the review panel for the NIH External Advisory Committee of the African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension, and he has also been an invited guest lecturer to many organizations. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers regarding acid-base physiology, more than a dozen books about kidney disease and hypertension, and many other papers on urine albumin excretion as well as cigarette smoking and its effects on kidneys.