Julie Anne Wright Nunes, M.D., M.P.H., Chair, Medical Affairs

Julie Wright Nunes is a physician scientist and Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Health System in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology. She currently serves as faculty at the University of Michigan and at the Ann Arbor VA Health System. She attained her medical doctorate at Wayne State University (2004), where she continued on to complete residency training in Internal Medicine. She pursued nephrology fellowship at Vanderbilt while also obtaining a Master’s Degree in Public Health (2010). She has unique skill set stemming from her past engineering career outside of medicine leading large scale re-engineering and process redesign initiatives in manufacturing and health care.

Her research at the University of Michigan focuses on the area of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and its prevention, along with development of methods and tools to facilitate communication and improve quality in kidney disease care.  As a fellow, she received the American Kidney Fund's Clinical Scientist in Nephrology award. Her research resulted in the development and validation of tools to assess patient understanding of CKD. These tools have garnered international research interest, with translation into other languages. 

Dr. Wright Nunes is currently funded by the NIH to develop patient-centric education interventions across the continuum of CKD care. Her research findings have been published in major nephrology journals. She is a member of the NIH, National Kidney Disease Education Program, Education Coordinating Panel, National Kidney Foundation, and American Society of Nephrology.