ASN Foundation for Kidney Research


Donald E. Wesson, MD, FASN, FACP

Donald E. Wesson, MD, FASN, FACP

Donald E. Wesson, MD, FASN, FACP, is currently Professor of Medicine and Vice Dean of Texas A&M University College of Medicine, Chief Academic Officer at Scott & White Healthcare, a past Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and current Chair of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees.

Dr. Wesson has served in a variety of leadership roles at ASN. He was elected Secretary-Treasurer 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. As Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Wesson helped guide the society through the most challenging financial time in a generation with a steady focus on appropriate growth to build the society's strength and fulfill the vision of its leaders and members. As a member of ASN's governing council, he has promoted the highest standards of leadership, ethics, and medical professionalism. His vision and voice have been central to implementing concrete changes that will improve ASN's focus on diversity and inclusion. Dr. Wesson exemplifies excellence in leadership, always willing to make difficult decisions in tough times while exhibiting compassion and an unwavering focus on ethics and consistent values.

Dr. Wesson is an internationally recognized researcher in renal acidifying mechanisms and a thought-leader in academic medicine. His scientific interests include defining control mechanisms for kidney acidification and mechanisms for progression of kidney disease. 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 has 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.

Prior to his current 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.

The Donald E. Wesson Research Fellowship will help advance the careers of future leaders in nephrology who will follow his remarkable example of combining the highest levels of achievement with the highest standards of professionalism.