Ronald J Falk, MD

Ronald J Falk, MD

Doc J. Thurston Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension
Director, UNC Kidney Center

 
CONTACT INFORMATION
Phone: 919-966-2561
Fax: 919-966-4251
Email: falkrj@med.unc.edu
 
EDUCATION
M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1977
 
BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
American Board of Internal Medicine, 1980
American Board of Nephrology, 1982
 
 
RESEARCH SUMMARY
Dr. Falk's research probes questions focused on immune mediated kidney diseases, especially glomerulonephritis. His clinical and basic science interests include both ANCA glomerulonephritis and small vessel vasculitis (SVV). A central objective of Falk's research is elucidating the causes of ANCA necrotizing and crescentic glomerulonephritis. Unraveling the cause of this disease requires considering a number of factors involved in the devolpment of ANCA glomerulonephritis. Falk conceptualizes this process as opening the vasculitis lock with a key that has a number of "ridges and valleys" analogous to those factors that contribute to the development of this autoimmune disease. He participates in a research group that, in a large study over the last four years has revealed a number of avenues of investigation and new approaches to ongoing questions that pertain not only to ANCA glomerulonephritis, but to the general fields of autoimmunity, inflammation and basic neutrophil and monocyte biology.
 
PUBLICATIONS
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