ASN's Mission

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, Secretary

ASN Biography

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

After receiving her MD from the University of Pennsylvania she completed a medical internship, residency and nephrology fellowship at the University of Chicago. In 1992 she joined the faculty as the first transplant nephrologist at the University of Chicago, inaugurating the program.

Dr. Josephson’s mission is to improve the care and outcomes of medically complex transplant patients through direct care, education, advocacy, and clinical research. Her research focuses on medical complications of transplantation, including pregnancy after transplant, pathogenesis of post-transplant bone disease and therapeutic interventions for BK viremia. She has also examined social determinants and barriers to living kidney donation, is performing a needs assessment of patient decision making for kidney transplant options and is participating in the national APOLLO network trial to determine APOL1’s effect on kidney donors and on transplant recipients,

Dr. Josephson is deeply committed to education and established the University of Chicago’s Transplant Nephrology Fellowship. She has been actively involved in advancing transplant and kidney policies nationwide, serving on several national and international working groups, societies, and advisory groups that have developed transplant care guidelines and policies. She served as Councilor for the Board of the American Society of Transplantation (AST), Chair of the Planning Committee for AST CEOT meetings, Chair of the KDIGO Nominating Committee; Associate Editor of Transplantation; Chair of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Medical Advisory Board, and President of Women in Nephrology.

Dr. Josephson has filled a number of key leadership roles at the American Society of Nephrology, including serving as Chair of the ASN Policy and Advocacy Committee, Chair of the COVID Transplant Subcommittee, a member of the COVID response team, Chair of ASN’s Early Program on Kidney Transplantation, faculty for the ASN Board Review Course, an ASN Community Leader for Kidney Transplantation, a member of the ASN Nominating Committee, a member of the ASN Board of Advisors, Chair of the Transplant Advisory Group, a member of the Clinical Science Committee 2007-2009; and Chair of the Abstract Selection Committee for Transplantation: Epidemiology and Outcomes. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of CJASN.