Julie Anne Wright Nunes, M.D., M.P.H.

Chair, Medical Affairs

Julie Wright Nunes is a physician scientist and Associate Professor at the University of Michigan Health System in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology. 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 systems engineering 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. She is also funded to examine early primary interventions to increase health knowledge and optimize healthy self-care behaviors in youth living in geographic locations associated with high incidence of ESKD in the state of Michigan. Her research findings have been published in major nephrology journals and tools and surveys she has developed have been validated in other disease states and other diverse populations across U.S. and the world. She is a member of the National Kidney Foundation, and American Society of Nephrology. She is Medical Director of the Taubman Center Medical Specialties Ambulatory Unit, encompassing outpatient care across five medical specialties, including nephrology. She also serves as a Patient Safety and Quality improvement representative as part of the University of Michigan Quality Council. Lastly, she is part of a team working on optimizing care for patients with Diabetic Nephropathy across nephrology practices in the state of Michigan (MKIC).