Dr. O. Alison Potok
Dr. O. Alison Potok is currently a nephrology fellow at the University of California, San Diego. She was born and raised in Paris, France, and completed her medical school training at Université Paris V René Descartes and a family medicine residency at Faculté de Médecine de Strasbourg. She then moved to the United States and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia. Throughout her years of training, Dr. Potok has cared for the elderly on multiple occasions and has developed a research interest in geriatric nephrology. Her research project consists in better understanding how two common markers used to estimate kidney function relate to aging and body composition. Clinicians usually estimate kidney function by calculating the glomerular filtration rate (GFR), using markers present in the blood, most commonly serum creatinine or cystatin C. Dr. Potok will study how differences in these estimates correlate with muscle mass and frailty in older adults. Dr. Potok’s AKF Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowship is funded by a grant from Akebia Therapeutics.
Dr. Pablo Garcia
Dr. Pablo Garcia is a second-year nephrology fellow at Stanford University. He was born and raised in Guatemala. He received his medical degree from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. He underwent clinical training in internal medicine at Rutgers/Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey before joining Stanford’s fellowship program.
As the 2019-2020 American Kidney Fund Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellow, Dr. Garcia’s research project is entitled Exploring the epidemiology and etiology of primary tubulointerstitial kidney disease, Dr. Garcia’s research seeks to better understand the causes and prognosis of primary tubulointerstitial kidney disease.
Dr. Garcia’s ultimate career goal is to become an academic nephrologist with focused interest and expertise in tubulointerstitial kidney disease and chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu).
Dr. Garcia’s AKF Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowship is funded in part by a grant from Amgen.