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ASN leads the fight to prevent, treat, and cure kidney diseases throughout the world by educating health professionals and scientists, advancing research and innovation, communicating new knowledge, and advocating for the highest quality care for patients.

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Michelle A. Josephson, MD, FASN, BRCU Faculty

ASN Biography

Michelle A. Josephson, MD, FASN, is a Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Chicago. She is the Medical Director of the University of Chicago Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program as well as Program Director of the Transplant Nephrology Fellowship.

Dr. Josephson completed both her undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She completed her residency in internal medicine and a clinical and research nephrology fellowship at the University of Chicago.

She is an active member of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), having served as the past Chair of the Transplant Advisory Group, as a founding member of the ASN Transplant Community. Dr. Josephson serves as Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee. Additionally, Dr. Josephson Chairs both AST Community Education Subcommittee and the Cutting Edge of Transplantation 2020 meeting.

Dr. Josephson is a faculty member of ASN?s Board Review Course & Update. From 2007-2010 she served as Councilor at Large on the Board of Directors of AST. She serves on the editorial board of CJASN and is an Associate Editor for Transplantation.

Additionally, Dr. Josephson has authored over 100 articles and 5 book chapters and has given over 100 invited lectures nationally and internationally. She has a particular interest in the live kidney donor, post-transplant bone disease, BK virus, and pregnancy in the transplant recipient. Dr. Josephson is deeply committed to education in the realm of kidney transplantation.

Current Position/Titles

Professor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Chicago; Medical Director Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation; Program Director, Transplant Nephrology Fellowship


  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA 1979
  • M.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA 1983
  • Internal Medicine Residency: University of Chicago 1986
  • Nephrology Clinical Fellowship: University of Chicago 1988
  • Nephrology Research Fellowship: University of Chicago 1991
  • MERITS Fellowship in Medical Education; University of Chicago 2018

ASN Service

  • Member of ASN COVID response team 2020-Present, Chair of the Transplant Subcommittee 2020-Present
  • Chair of Policy and Advocacy Committee 2020-Present
  • Member Policy and Advocacy Committee 2017-Present
  • Chair of ASN Early Program on Kidney Transplantation 2019-Present
  • ASN Faculty for Board Review Course 2017-Present
  • ASN Highlights Transplantation Team Faculty Member 2017-Present
  • ASN Community Leader for Kidney Transplantation 2016-2017
  • ASN Nominating Committee 2013
  • Council Board of Advisors 2011-2016
  • Chair of Transplant Advisory Group 2011-2016
  • Transplant Advisory Group Member and Liaison to UNOS 2010-2012
  • Member Clinical Science Committee 2007-2009
  • Chair for Abstract Selection Committee for Transplantation: Epidemiology and Outcomes 2011
  • Abstract Selection Committee Member, multiple years

Leadership Positions

  • Chair planning committee for AST CEOT meetings 2020 and 2021
  • Chair KDIGO nominating committee 2018
  • Editorial Board CJASN and American Journal of Nephrology
  • Associate Editor Transplantation
  • Councilor at Large, Board of Directors American Society of Transplantation 2007-2010
  • Chair National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Medical Advisory Board 2006-2008
  • President of Women in Nephrology 2004-2006


  • American Society of Transplantation Mentorship Award 2019
  • Invited to attend HHS Kidney Strategy Rollout 2019
  • Fellow American Society of Nephrology 2018
  • Chosen as Senior Faculty Scholar for Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence 2017
  • Speaker at White House Summit on Organ Transplantation 2016
  • Fellow of the American Society of Transplantation 2015
  • Janssen-Cilag Lecturer at TSANZ 2014
  • National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Community Leadership Award 2008
  • Department of Medicine Excellence in Medical Education and Clinical Care Award 2007
  • Chicago Top Doctor multiple years
  • ASH Specialist in Clinical Hypertension 1999

Board Certification

  • American Board of Internal Medicine Diplomate 1985
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Diplomate in Nephrology 1990, 2000, 2010

Research Interests

I am a transplant nephrologist whose clinical research focuses on medical complications of transplantation, including pregnancy after transplant, pathogenesis of post-transplant bone disease and therapeutic interventions for BK viremia. I have also examined social determinants and barriers to living kidney donation. I am currently performing a needs assessment of patient decision making for kidney transplant options and am participating in the national APOLLO network trial to determine APOL1's effect on kidney donors and on transplant recipients.

Personal Statement

I am honored to run for the ASN Council to partner with you in improving care for our patients, fostering careers of our next generation of nephrologists, and supporting research. We have been challenged to change by the Advancing Americans with Kidney Health Initiative, and COVID-19. In my capacities as Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee and COVID-19 Response Transplant Subcommittee, I am privileged to work with ASN in addressing these issues. These opportunities have encouraged my aspiration to serve on Council as we navigate current realities and build a better nephrology, advocating for funding, trainees, patients, and innovation.