History of the Center
There have been decades of work and planning to build the programs from which the Center for Hypertension, Kidney & Vascular Research has evolved.
Proctor Harvey, M.D., who created the Division of Cardiology, and George E. Schreiner, M.D., who created the Division of Nephrology both were world leaders in their fields. In 1994, Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) recruited Christopher S. Wilcox, M.D., Ph.D., to be the first George E. Schreiner Chair of Nephrology. Dr. Wilcox headed a Division of Nephrology and Hypertension that initially included four faculty members and three fellows who received clinical training only. Annual grant revenue for research was approximately $400,000.
Over the past 16 years, the faculty in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension has quadrupled. The National Institutes of Health has awarded grants exceeding $4 million annually to faculty in the Division and $11 million to faculty in the Center. Two of the eight fellows have received postdoctoral research training following their clinical training.
Scientific research findings by faculty in the Nephrology Division have provided significant new understanding about the links between hypertension and failure of the heart and kidney. This understanding forged the development of the Center for Hypertension, Kidney & Vascular Research.
This progress is illustrated in the financial trends for the Division shown below.