Kidney Specialist Invested in New Chair at Tulane

May 24, 2005

Fran Simon
Phone: 504-247-1425

Tulane University invested nephrologist Lee Hamm in the A. Rudolph and Ruth Ryder Huberwald Chair in Medicine. Hamm is a professor of medicine and physiology and chief of the nephrology and hypertension section in the Department of Medicine of the Tulane University School of Medicine.

Through the legacy of the late Dorothy Ryder of New Orleans, Hamm was invested as the inaugural holder of the chair. Dorothy Ryder established the Huberwald Chair endowment fund to memorialize her sister Ruth Ryder Huberwald and brother-in-law A. Rudolph Huberwald. Her gift was inspired and nurtured through her friend Robert Burch, clinical professor emeritus of medicine at Tulane, and his wife Lillie Margaret Burch, who represented Dorothy Ryder at the investiture ceremony.

Hamm, an expert on kidney diseases and hypertension, joined the Tulane faculty in 1992. Four years ago, he was appointed director of the Tulane Hypertension and Renal Center of Excellence. Hamm chairs the American Heart Association Council on the Kidney and Cardiovascular Disease. He currently is an investigator on several research grants sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and received a merit award from the NIH.

He also received an American Heart Association Established Investigator Award. A native of Alabama, Hamm graduated from Auburn University and received his medical degree from the University of Alabama, followed by an internship, residency and postdoctoral fellowship in nephrology at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas.

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