Julie Wright-Nunes, MD, MPH

Julie Wright Nunes

Julie Wright-Nunes, MD, MPH, has a strong interest in the area of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and its prevention, currently focusing on the development of methods and tools to help facilitate and optimize patient-provider disease related communication. As a CSN Fellow, Dr. Wright-Nunes’s research, “Facilitating Physician Delivered CKD Patient Education,” evaluated kidney disease specific knowledge in patients with CKD, using a validated survey.  Patient knowledge gaps identified in the survey were used to develop a literacy sensitive educational intervention, used by nephrologists while delivering patient CKD education and care.  Evaluations of the impact of this intervention on patient knowledge and behaviors are underway.

In addition to being a licensed physician, Dr. Wright-Nunes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.  Prior to medical school, Dr. Wright-Nunes worked in the corporate sector, leading teams in projects aimed to redesign and improve processes and systems both in healthcare and outside of it.  In addition, Dr. Wright-Nunes holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Wright-Nunes joined the Internal Medicine faculty, Division of Nephrology, at the University of Michigan in August 2011. 

Selected publications:

Wright JA, Cavanaugh KL, “Dietary Sodium in Chronic Kidney Disease:  A Comprehensive Approach”, Seminars in Dialysis, 2010 July 23(4):415-21. Epub 2010 June 14

Soni A, Wright JA, “Average Annual Health Care Use and Expenditures for Kidney Disease Among Adults 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Non-institutionalized Population, 2003-2007”, Statistical Brief http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical +Brief&opt=2&id=977  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, December 13, 2010

Wright JA, Wallston KA, Elasy TA, Ikizler TA, Cavanaugh KL, “Development and Results of a Kidney Disease Knowledge Survey Given to Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease”, AJKD Mar; 57 (3):387-95.Epub 2010 Dec 17

McCoy AB, Waitman LR, Lewis JB, Wright JA, Choma DP, Miller RA, Peterson JF, “A Framework for Evaluating the Appropriateness of Clinical Decision Support Alerts and Responses”, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, In Press.

Wright Nunes JA, Wallston KA, Eden SK, Shintani AK, Ikizler TA, Cavanaugh KL, “Association Among Perceived and Objective Disease Knowledge and Satisfaction with Physician Communication in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease”, Kidney International, In Press.