Nephrology Fellowship

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  • Current Faculty

    • Division director - Luis Juncos, MD  
    • Fellowship program director - Kenneth Kokko, MD, PhD


    Anita Basu, Assistant Professor of Medicine VA Hospital

    • Education:
      • Doctor of Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences Dehli, India 1991
      • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Mississippi Med Ctr 1995-98
        Nephrology Fellowship, University of Mississippi Med Ctr 1998-2000
    • Academic interest: 
      • Clinical nephrology
      • Dialysis therapies 

    Iasmina M. Craici, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine

    Jamie Davidson, FNP-C, Nurse Practitioner 

    Albert Dreisbach, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine

    • Education:  
      • BS - St Peter’s College, Jersey City NJ
      • MD - New Jersey Medical School
      • Post Doctoral Fellowship Renal Physiology, UMDNJ
      • Internship Internal Medicine, UMDNJ- University Hospital Newark
      • Residency Internal Medicine, SUNY-Wilson Hospital Johnshon City, NY
      • Clinical Pharmacology Fellowships at Cornell Medical College and Tulane University
      • Nephrology Fellowship, Tulane University
    • Academic interests:   
      • Salt-sensitive hypertension
      • Drug interactions, pharmacokinetics in renal failure
      • Cytochrome P450 arachidonic acid metabolism 

    Seyed M. Hamrahian, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine

    Tia Hayes, FNP-C, Nurse Practitioner 

    Tibor Fulop, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Jackson Medical Mall Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic  

    • Education/training: 
      • Undergraduate and MD: Semmelweis University Medical School,(Budapest Hungary) 1990
      • Internal Medicine Residency: Henry Ford Hospital 1992-95
      • Nephrology Fellowship: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic 1995-98
    • Academic interests: 
      • The relationship of obstructive sleep apnea to kidney disease
      • Alternative anticoagulation for dialysis
      • Nephrolithiasis (kidney stone formation)

    Luis Juncos, MD, Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics

    • Education:
      • MD - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba; Facultad de Ciencias Médicas; Córdoba, Argentina. 1988
      • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship; Hypertension Research Division, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI. 1988-91
      • Internal Medicine Residency; Clinical Investigator Tract; Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI 1993-96
      • Nephrology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. 1996-97 and 1998-99
      • Critical Care Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. 1997-June 1998
    • Basic science interests:
      • Basic science interests
      • Renal vascular physiology
      • Tubuloglomerular feedback
      • Acute kidney injury
      • Hepatorenal syndrome
      • Mechanisms of renal injury and adaptation
    • Clinical interests:
      • Acute kidney injury
      • Intensive care nephrology
      • Continuous renal replacement therapies
      • Pathophysiology of the microvascular circulation
      • Hypertension 

    Kent Kirchner, MD, Professor of Medicine, Chief of Staff, VA Medical Center, Assistant Vice Chancellor for VA Affairs, University of Mississippi

    • Education/training:
      • BS - Biology, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 1965-69 
      • MD - University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1973
      • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky, 1973-76
      • Nephrology Fellowship, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky, 1976-78
      • Chief Resident in Medicine, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky, 1977-78
    • Academic interests: 
      • Hypertension
      • Therapy for Diabetes
      • Renal Physiology

    Kenneth Kokko, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Fellowship Program Director


    • 1984-88, AB, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
    • 1988-92, MS, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    • 1988-92, MS/PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    • 1994-97, Resident Physician Department of Medicine, Emory University
    • 1998-99, Chief Medical Resident, Emory University
    • 1999-2001, Fellow in the Division of Nephrology, Emory University

    Academic interests

    • Role of immunosuppressants on the function of the protective immune response against viral infection.
    • Methods of improving rates of transplantation in highly sensitized patients.
    • Mechanisms of action of novel immunosuppressants.

    Ruisheng Liu, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine


    • MD Medicine, Jining Medical College, China, 1982
    • Resident, Internal Medicine, Guangrao Hospital of Dongying City, China, 1985
    • Fellowship, Cardiology Department, Shandong Medical University, China, Master’s degree in Cardiology, 1991
    • Cardiologist, Cardiology Department, Shandong Province Hospital, China, 1998 
    • PhD/MD - Physiology and Cell Biology Uppsala University, Sweden, 2002

    Academic interests:

    • Renal and cardiovascular physiology.
      Regulation of tubuloglomerular feedback and rennin release; renal mechanisms of hypertension. 

    Amanda Quarles, CFNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner

    Shirley Schlessinger, MD, FACP, Associate Professor of Medicine, Vice Chair for Education and Interim Chair, Department of Medicine


    • MD - LSU New Orleans
    • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Mississippi
    • Fellowship in Nephrology and Transplant, University of Alabama

    Academic interests:

    • Since 1993, Dr. Schlessinger has been on faculty at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she served as the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program from 1994-2003 when she became the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education. She continues to maintain an active clinical practice limited to renal transplantation. In addition, she has served as the Medical Director for the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency since 1994. She has been actively involved in regional and national transplant activities, serving as Region 3 United Network for Organ Sharing OPO committee representative 1995-1997, Region 3 Ethics Committee representative 1998-2001, Region 3 Associate Councilor 2001-2003, Membership and Professional Standards Committee Vice-Chairman 2002-2003, and Region 3 Councilor from 2003-2006. Clinical research interests include strategies to increase organ donation, impact of compliance on long-term transplant outcomes, ethical issues in transplantation, and competency initiatives in graduate medical education.

    Steven J. Wagner, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine