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Neil R. Powe, MD, MPH, MBA

Research Day 2022 Guest Speaker

Neil R. Powe, MD, MPH, MBA is the Chief of Medicine at the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the Constance B. Wofsy Distinguished Professor and Vice-Chair of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco where he serves as administrative leader of the Department of Medicine and oversees 14 divisions, more than 700 employees engaged in clinical practice, medical education and research (>$105 million extramural funding annually) and an annual budget of approximately $150 million.

Dr. Powe’s major interests are in improving discovery, education and clinical practice in medicine, propelling academic organizations to function effectively and efficiently, enhancing scholarship and multidisciplinary collaboration, and developing future talent and leadership in the health professions. Dr. Powe’s work unites Medicine and Public Health with the goals of saving and improving quality of human lives. His landmark investigations of outcomes in chronic kidney disease, particularly on health disparities, have influenced clinical practice and policy.  He led the Choices for Healthy Outcomes in Caring for ESRD (CHOICE) study, one of the first national cohort studies of patient outcomes dialysis. He is a principal investigator of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention National CKD Surveillance System. In over 490 publications, he has studied early referral of CKD patients, patient-physician contact in dialysis care, cost-effectiveness of screening for proteinuria, race differences in cardiovascular procedure use among CKD patients, effect of treatment modalities on survival, outcomes of emergent vs standard hemodialysis for immigrants, outcomes of dialysis care by type of ownership and access to transplantation. Dr. Powe served as co-chair of the National Kidney Foundation – American Society of Nephrology Task Force on reassessing the inclusion of race in diagnosing kidney disease.

Dr. Powe is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Society of Epidemiology, Master of the American College of Physicians and Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Among his honors are the Diversity Award from the Association of Professors of Medicine, the John M. Eisenberg Award for Career Achievement in Research from the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Distinguished Educator Award from the Association for Clinical Research Training, the Belding Scribner Award from the American Society of Nephrology, the David Hume Memorial Award from the National Kidney Foundation, the 2021 John Phillips Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Clinical Medicine from the American College of Physicians and the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Association of Black Princeton Alumni. Dr. Powe earned his B.A. degree from Princeton University, medical degree at Harvard Medical School and his master’s in public health at Harvard School of Public Health. He completed residency, was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and completed his master’s in business administration at the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to his role at UCSF, Dr. Powe was the James F. Fries University Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins University where he directed the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research and the Training, Education and Career Development Programs for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.