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Uptal Patel

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Uptal Patel, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, and Director of Nephrology Research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. As an adult and pediatric nephrologist with training in health services and epidemiology, his work seeks to develop health care systems-level strategies to optimize population management for chronic diseases, with a focus on acute and chronic kidney disease through four inter-related areas that are essential to improving kidney health: (1) reducing the progression of chronic kidney disease by improving its detection and management, particularly by leveraging technology to facilitate patient engagement and self-management; (2) elucidating the inter-relationships between kidney disease and cardiovascular disease, which together amplify the risk of death; (3) improving the evidence in nephrology through comparative effectiveness research, including clinical trials, observational studies, and meta-analyses; and (4) promoting more optimal clinical health policy for all patients with kidney disease. These inter-disciplinary projects have been funded by a variety of public and private sources including the NIH, AHRQ, VA, FDA, RWJ Foundation, RPA, and ASN.