The Hypertension and Nephrology Experts: Faculty

There are nine full-time clinical faculty and three research faculty, each brining unique experiences and expertise to the section's training program.   Please follow the links below to learn more about their posts, publications, and research endeavors.


L. Lee Hamm, MD
Harry B. Greenberg, MD Chair of Internal Medicine

 Eric Simon, MD

Eric E. Simon, MD
Program Director & Section Chief


Brent Alper, MD

Arnold B. Alper, Jr., MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine

Vecihi Batuman, MD 

Vecihi Batuman, MD, FACP, FASN
Director, Medicine Service Line, SLVHCS
Professor of Medicine, Tulane Health Sciences Center

 Jing Chen, MD

Jing Chen, MD, MMSc, MSc
Associate Professor of Medicine


Myra A. Kleinpeter, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine



N. Kevin Krane, MD, FACP
Vice Dean, Academic Affairs
Professor of Medicine

 Ivo Lukitsch, MD

Ivo Lukitsch, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine



Fred Teran, MD
Instructor of Clinical Medicine

Rubin Zhang, MD

Rubin Zhang, MD, FASN
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Medical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
Director, Transplant Nephrology Fellowship


Nephrology & Hypertension Research Faculty

 Kathleen Hering-Smith, Ph.D.

Kathleen Hering-Smith, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

 Min Li, Ph.D.

Min Li, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor


Nazih Nakhoul, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor

In Training: 2011-12 Nephrology Fellows

The Section of Nephrology & Hypertension currently offers six accredited fellowship slots and one transplant fellowship position.  Follow the links below to find out more about the 2011-12 Nephrology/Kidney-Transplant fellows.


 Faculty and Fellows in conference

Faculty and fellows participate in weekly conferences to discuss medical cases, discuss current literature and advances in the field of Nephrology, and to prepare fellows for board exams.


Chief Fellow Saravanan Balamuthusamy awarded Young Investigator Award.

Saravanan Balamuthusamy, Nephrology Chief Fellow 2008-2009, was  awarded Young Investigator recognition from the National Kidney Foundation for participation in 2009 Spring Clinical Meeting.


Second Year Fellows, General Neprhology & Hypertension


Rafal Ciecierski, MD (not pictured)



Heather LaGuardia, MD, Chief Fellow


First Year Fellows, General Nephrology & Hypertension

Faheemuddin Ahmed, MD (Not pictured)


Kumbala, Damodar

Damodar Kumbala, MD

Pasala, Radha

Radha Pasala, MD


Toliver photo

Herman Toliver, MD


Renal Transplant Fellow

Enver Visa Picture

Enver Khan, MD

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