Positions

Overview

  • 2/2019 – Present Inaugural Holder of the Robert C. Bourge and Cutessa D.
    Bourge Endowed Professorship in Transplant Nephrology
    UAB Heersink School of Medicine

    10/01/2017 – Present Professor of Medicine with Tenure
    Department of Medicine
    Division of Nephrology/Transplant Nephrology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

    10/2020 – Present Medical Director, UAB Incompatible Solid Organ Transplant Program

    05/2014 – 6/2019 Clinical Director, Renal Module, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

    07/2013 – 04/2014 Associate Director, Renal Module, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

    07/2012- 9/30/2017 Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Tenure Track
    Division of Nephrology/Transplant Nephrology,
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

    07/2012- Dec 2018 Fellowship Director, UAB Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program

    Jan 2019- Dec 2022 Associate Director, UAB Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program

    07/2011- Present Member, UAB General Nephrology Fellowship Committee, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

    07/2010 – 06/2013 Assistant Director, Renal Module, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama
    Division of Nephrology/Transplant Nephrology
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

    07/2009- 6/2011 Co-Director, UAB Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program

    07/2008 – 01/2015 Appointed Core Clinical Faculty for the UAB Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

    10/05/2007 – 07/2012 Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
    Division of Nephrology/Transplant Nephrology,
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama

    07/2001 – 06/2004 Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine,
    Division of General Medicine, UTHSCSA, San Antonio, Texas

    07/2000 – 06/2001 Chief Resident/Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine UTHSCSA, San Antonio, Texas



    HONORS:
    1/2023 2022 America’s Most Honored Doctors – The Best of the Best, Top 1% 2022, The American Registry

    10/2022 Awarded the 2022 National Service Excellence Award by the American Nephrologist of Indian Origin (ANIO) Organization

    6/2022 Appointed/Invited Ombudsperson for UAB General Surgery Residency Program

    4/2022 Appointed/Invited Chair, Planning Committee, CEoT (Cutting Edge in Organ Transplantation) AST Meeting Feb 2023

    7/2021 Cobb and Rutsky Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence

    6/2021 ‘The Non-Surgical UAB Faculty of the Year Award 2020-2021” from the UAB Surgery Residency Program

    6/2021 Elected as a Councilor-at-Large to the AST Board

    6/2021 UAB Tinsley Harrison Residency Program Annual Jeopardy Contest Faculty Winner

    4/2021 Appointed CEOT (AST Cutting Edge in Transplantation) meeting Incoming Co-Chair for 2022 and CEOT Chair for 2023

    1/2021 Appointed Chair, ASN COVID 19 Task Force Transplant Sub-committee

    11/1/2020 Selected Member, ABIM Nephrology Item-Writing Task Force

    9/2020 Cobb and Rutsky Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence

    6/2020 Elected Incoming Chair AST (American Society of Transplantation) LDCOP (Living Donor Community of Practice)

    10/2019 2019 Recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for the University of Alabama School of Medicine Faculty

    10/2019 Nominated for Argus Award for “Best Educator in Renal” and Best MS1 Module and Module Director” by the UAB Medical school class of 2022

    5/2019 Cobb and Rutsky Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence in the Department of Medicine at UAB.

    5/2019 Approved by the AST Board of Directors for the designation of F.A.S.T., Fellow of American Society of Transplantation

    2/2019 Appointed Member of the AST Community Education Committee

    2012- 2022 Castle Connolly Peer Nominated & Physician Researched
    - Top Doctors in Medicine
    - Top Doctors in Nephrology
    - Exceptional Women in Medicine
    - Exceptional Women in Nephrology

    12/2018 Recognized as Cipher Health “Exceptional Team Member”

    10/2018 Chair, Education Sub-Committee, AST Living Donor Community of Practice (LDCOP)

    9/2018 Accepted via a system wide selection process to the UAB Healthcare Leadership Academy, deferred acceptance

    9/2018 Argus Award for “Best Educator in Renal” voted by the UAB Medical school class of 2022
    9/2018 Argus Award for “Best MS1 Module and Module Director” voted by the UAB Medical school class of 2022 in the integrated UAB School of Medicine MS1-2 course.

    6/2018 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching to a Senior Faculty at UAB

    06/2018 B-Metro “Top Doctors in Medicine” List

    5/2018 Cobb and Rutsky Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence in the Department of Medicine at UAB.

    05/2018 Top Doctors 2018, Castle Connolly Medical

    04/2018 Elected Co-Chair AST (American Society of Transplantation) Living Donor Community of Practice in a membership wide open election

    02/2018 Graduated from the First UAB Vital Talk Faculty Development Course in Advanced Communication Training as a designated ACT Scholar

    09/2017 Argus Award for “Best Educator in Renal”, voted on by the UAB Medical school class of 2021 and given to one faculty member teaching in the integrated Renal Module MS1-2 course (~ 50 faculty).

    09/2017 Argus Award Nominee for Best MSI Organ Module/Module Directors, voted on by the UAB Medical school class of 2021

    08/2017 Brewer-Heslin Endowed Award for Professionalism in Medicine, an award given annually to one out of 1300 fulltime UAB faculty physicians who demonstrates extraordinary commitment to providing skilled and compassionate medical care. http://www.uab.edu/medicine/news/latest/item/1625-kumar-receives-2017-brewer-heslin-endowed-award-for-professionalism-in-medicine

    06/2017 Selected for the B-Metro “Top Women in Medicine” List

    05/2017 Cobb and Rutsky Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence in the Department of Medicine at UAB. Voted by faculty and given to only 10 faculty members in the Department of Internal Medicine at UAB

    03/2017 Nominated for 2017 Outstanding Woman Award, on behalf of the UAB Commission on the Status on Women

    2015-2017 Nominated for 2015-2016, 2016-2017, UAB Presidential Award for Excellence in Service
    10/2016 Argus Award for Best MS1 Renal Module/Module Director voted on by the UAB Medical school class of 2020 in the integrated Renal Module MS1-2 course.

    10/2016 Argus Award Nominee for Best Educator in Renal, voted on by the UAB Medical school class of 2020 and given to one faculty member teaching in the integrated Renal Module MS1-2 course (~ 50 faculty)

    09/2016 Awarded for “Excellence in Action” in the UAB Core Values Campaign in a Hospital wide employee nomination process to 1 of 5 physicians at UAB

    07/2016, 2017 Featured as one of three MS1 favorite faculty members in the UAB SOM newsletter by the medical students: http://www.uab.edu/medicine/news/component/k2/item/1175-three-faculty-five-questions-endless-advice
    2015 - 2016 Outgoing Chair, Education Committee, American Society of Transplantation (AST)

    05/2016 Cobb and Rutsky Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence in the Department of Medicine at UAB. Voted by faculty and given to only 10 faculty members in the Department of Internal Medicine at UAB.

    05/2016 Department of Medicine Faculty Honors “Unsung Hero” Award, given to one faculty in the UAB Division of Nephrology

    2014-2015 Chair, Education Committee, American Society of Transplantation (AST)

    10/2015 Argus Award for “Best Educator in Renal”, voted on by the UAB Medical school class of 2019 and given to one faculty member teaching in the integrated Renal Module MS1-2 course (~ 50 faculty)

    10/2015 Argus Award Nominee for Best MSI Module and Best MSI Module Director, voted on by the UAB Medical school class of 2019

    05/2015 Cobb and Rutsky Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence in the Department of Medicine at UAB. Voted by faculty and given to only 10 faculty members in the Department of Internal Medicine at UAB.

    10/2014 Argus Award for Best MS1 Module Director, Renal Module, voted on by the UAB medical school class of 2018

    10/2014 Argus Award Nominee for Best MS1 Module and Best MS1 Lecturer in Renal Module

    10/2014 Cobb and Rutsky Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence in the Department of Medicine at UAB. Voted by faculty and given to only 10 faculty members in the Department of Internal Medicine at UAB.

    2013-2014 Co-Chair, Education Committee, American Society of Transplantation (AST)

    05/2013 Cobb and Rutsky Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence in the Department of Medicine at UAB.
    Voted by faculty and given to only 10 faculty members in the Department of Internal Medicine at UAB.

    05/2012 Cobb and Rutsky Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence in the Department of Medicine at UAB
    Voted by faculty and given to only 10 faculty members in the Department of Internal Medicine at UAB.

    2012-2019 Top Doctors, US News and World Report

    2011- 2019 America’s Top Physician

    05/2011 Outstanding Teacher, Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine
    voted by the Internal Medicine Residents at UAB and given to one faculty in the Division of Nephrology

    2011-Present Marquis Who’s who in America
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Diabetes-free survival among living kidney donors and non-donors with obesity: A longitudinal cohort studyPLoS One.  17. 2022
    2022 Impact of refitted race-free eGFR formula on obesity pharmacotherapy optionsObesity.  30:2204-2212. 2022
    2022 Perpetuating Disparity: Failure of the Kidney Transplant System to Provide the Most Kidney Transplants to Communities With the Greatest NeedAnnals of Surgery.  276:597-604. 2022
    2022 Greater community vulnerability is associated with poor living donor navigator program fidelitySurgery.  172:997-1004. 2022
    2022 Telemedicine services for living kidney donation: A US survey of multidisciplinary providersAmerican Journal of Transplantation.  22:2041-2051. 2022
    2022 COVID-19 Vaccination and Remdesivir are Associated With Protection From New or Increased Levels of Donor-Specific Antibodies Among Kidney Transplant Recipients Hospitalized With COVID-19Transplant International.  35. 2022
    2022 Kidney Paired Exchange: a step too far or a winning hand?Brazilian Journal of Nephrology.  44:303-304. 2022
    2022 The science of xenotransplantation for nephrologistsCurrent Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.  31:387-393. 2022
    2022 Donor-reported barriers to living kidney donor follow-upClinical Transplantation.  36. 2022
    2022 First clinical-grade porcine kidney xenotransplant using a human decedent modelAmerican Journal of Transplantation.  22:1037-1053. 2022
    2022 Prognostic value of silent myocardial infarction in patients with chronic kidney disease after kidney transplantationAmerican Journal of Transplantation.  22:1115-1122. 2022
    2022 Reclassification of CKD in living kidney donors with the refitted race-free eGFR formula 2022
    2021 Evaluation of Community-Level Vulnerability and Racial Disparities in Living Donor Kidney TransplantJAMA Surgery.  156:1120-1129. 2021
    2021 Impact of Social Vulnerability on Access to Educational Programming Designed to Enhance Living Donation 2021
    2021 Operational challenges in the COVID-19 era: Asymptomatic infections and vaccination timingClinical Transplantation.  35. 2021
    2021 A National Survey of Practice Patterns for Accepting Living Kidney Donors With Prior COVID-19Kidney International Reports.  6:2066-2074. 2021
    2021 New Perspectives on Desensitization in the Current Era - An OverviewFrontiers in Immunology.  12. 2021
    2021 APOL1 genotyping in kidney transplantation: to do or not to do, that is the question? (contra)Kidney International.  100:30-32. 2021
    2021 Self-advocacy is associated with lower likelihood of living donor kidney transplantation 2021
    2021 Varying presentations of pulmonary nocardiosis in kidney transplant recipients - Case seriesIndian Journal of Transplantation.  15:275-278. 2021
    2021 KDOQI US Commentary on the 2020 KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline on the Evaluation and Management of Candidates for Kidney TransplantationAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases.  77:833-856. 2021
    2021 The Living Donor Navigator Program Provides Support Tools for Caregivers 2021
    2021 Impact of Subclinical Borderline Inflammation on Kidney Transplant OutcomesTransplantation Direct.  7:E663. 2021
    2021 Effect of left ventricular mechanical dyssynchrony assessed pre-renal transplantation on cardiovascular death post transplantationJournal of Nuclear Cardiology2021
    2021 Pig kidney xenotransplantation: Progress toward clinical trialsClinical Transplantation.  35. 2021
    2021 Suggested Patient Selection Criteria for Initial Clinical Trials of Pig Kidney Xenotransplantation in the United StatesTransplantation.  1904-1908. 2021
    2020 Care of international living kidney donor candidates in the United States: A survey of contemporary experience, practice, and challengesClinical Transplantation.  34. 2020
    2020 Survey of US Living Kidney Donation and Transplantation Practices in the COVID-19 EraKidney International Reports.  5:1894-1905. 2020
    2020 Attitudes to Clinical Pig Kidney Xenotransplantation among Medical Providers and Patients. 2020
    2020 Use of Patient Navigators to Reduce Barriers in Living Donation and Living Donor TransplantationCurrent Transplantation Reports.  7:72-80. 2020
    2020 Combined Thoracic-Kidney Transplantation Practices May Exacerbate Existing Geographic Disparities in Access to Deceased Donor Kidney TransplantationJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.  39:S366-S367. 2020
    2020 Evaluation and care of international living kidney donor candidates: Strategies for addressing common considerations and challengesClinical Transplantation.  34. 2020
    2020 Clinical pig kidney xenotransplantation: How close are we?Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.  31:12-21. 2020
    2020 Enhanced Advocacy and Health Systems Training through Patient Navigation Increases Access to Living-donor Kidney TransplantationTransplantation.  122-129. 2020
    2020 Pregnancy in a kidney transplant patientClinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.  15:120-122. 2020
    2020 Redefining the Influence of Ethnicity on Simultaneous Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation Outcomes: A 15-year Single-center ExperienceAnnals of Surgery.  271:177-183. 2020
    2019 Patient Perspectives on Weight Management for Living Kidney DonationJournal of Surgical Research.  244:50-56. 2019
    2019 Donation approval among obese living kidney donor candidates: The impact of metabolic syndromeSurgery.  166:940-946. 2019
    2019 Mitigating Racial and Sex Disparities in Access to Living Donor Kidney Transplantation: Impact of the Nation's Longest Single-center Kidney ChainAnnals of Surgery.  270:639-646. 2019
    2019 APOL1 and kidney cell function 2019
    2019 Obesity and long-term mortality risk among living kidney donorsSurgery.  166:205-208. 2019
    2019 Grem2 mediates podocyte apoptosis in high glucose milieuBiochimie.  160:113-121. 2019
    2018 Population Health, Ethnicity, and Rate of Living Donor Kidney TransplantationTransplantation.  102:2080-2087. 2018
    2018 Role of Apolipoprotein L1 in Human Parietal Epithelial Cell TransitionAmerican Journal of Pathology.  188:2508-2528. 2018
    2018 Prognostic value of myocardial perfusion imaging performed pre-renal transplantation: post-transplantation follow-up and outcomesEuropean Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.  45:1998-2008. 2018
    2018 APOL1 risk variants cause podocytes injury through enhancing endoplasmic reticulum stress 2018
    2018 Apolipoprotein L1 and Chronic Kidney Disease Risk in Young Potential Living Kidney DonorsAnnals of Surgery.  267:1161-1168. 2018
    2018 Nicotine enhances mesangial cell proliferation and fibronectin production in high glucose milieu via activation of Wnt/β-catenin pathway 2018
    2018 Erratum: The Report “Translocation of a gut pathobiont drives autoimmunity in mice and humans”(Science (2018)360:6388 (eaat9922)DOI: 10.1126/science.aar7201)Science.  360. 2018
    2018 Translocation of a gut pathobiont drives autoimmunity in mice and humansScience.  359:1156-1161. 2018
    2017 Prognostic value of silent myocardial infarction in patients with chronic kidney disease being evaluated for kidney transplantationInternational Journal of Cardiology.  249:377-382. 2017
    2017 B Cell Receptor Genes Associated With Tolerance Identify a Cohort of Immunosuppressed Patients With Improved Renal Allograft Graft FunctionAmerican Journal of Transplantation.  17:2627-2639. 2017
    2017 Abdominal lean muscle is associated with lower mortality among kidney waitlist candidatesClinical Transplantation.  31. 2017
    2017 Obesity increases the risk of end-stage renal disease among living kidney donorsKidney International.  91:699-703. 2017
    2016 Dosing Eculizumab for Antibody-Mediated Rejection in Kidney Transplantation: A Case ReportTransplantation Proceedings.  48:3099-3105. 2016
    2016 Late Antibody-Mediated Rejection in Kidney Transplant Recipients: Outcomes after Intravenous Immunoglobulin TherapyClinical transplants.  32:111-118. 2016
    2016 Outcomes in Simultaneous Liver Kidney Transplants in the Setting of a Positive Crossmatch: A Single Center ExperienceClinical transplants.  32:119-125. 2016
    2015 Current status on the evaluation and management of the highly sensitized kidney transplant recipientCurrent Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension.  24:570-575. 2015
    2015 Ocular bartonellosis in transplant recipients: Two case reports and review of the literatureTransplant Infectious Disease.  17:723-727. 2015
    2015 Reassessing medical risk in living kidney donorsJournal of the American Society of Nephrology.  26:1017-1019. 2015
    2015 Solid organ transplantation from hepatitis B virus-positive donors: Consensus guidelines for recipient managementAmerican Journal of Transplantation.  15:1162-1172. 2015
    2014 To transplant a kidney with the heart or not - That is the real questionAmerican Journal of Transplantation.  14:253-254. 2014
    2013 Predialysis vascular access surgery in patients with failing kidney transplantsAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases.  62:398-400. 2013
    2012 The APOL1 genotype of African American kidney transplant recipients does not impact 5-year allograft survivalAmerican Journal of Transplantation.  12:1924-1928. 2012
    2011 Introduction to the well-transplant visit-more than vital signs and a creatinine checkClinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.  6:1773. 2011
    2011 Advances in kidney transplant immunosuppression: Emerging biologicsDialysis and Transplantation.  40:30-32. 2011
    2009 Secondary listing for deceased-donor kidney transplantation does not increase likelihood of engraftment at a large transplant center: Brief communicationAmerican Journal of Transplantation.  9:1671-1673. 2009
    2009 Bortezomib successfully reduces monoclonal serum free light chain levels in a patient with recurrent myeloma and cast nephropathy in the renal transplant.Clinical transplants.  439-441. 2009
    2009 The contribution of podocytes to chronic allograft nephropathy 2009
    2006 Predictors of final specialty choice by internal medicine residentsJournal of General Internal Medicine.  21:1045-1049. 2006
    2000 Bromocriptine: a novel approach to the treatment of type 2 diabetes.Diabetes reviews (Alexandria, Va.).  23:1154-1161. 2000

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2011 Immunosuppression: Past, present, and future.  19-30. 2011

    Research Overview

  • Kidney transplantation
    Living kidney donors
    Incompatible kidney transplant
    Antibody mediated rejection: prevention and treatment and prognosis
    Kidney paired donation
    Cardiovascular outcomes after kidney transplantation
  • Investigator On

  • A Trial of Transplanting Hepatitis C-Viremic Kidneys Into Hepatitis C-Negative Kidney Recipients (THINKER-NEXT) Cost-Reimbursement  awarded by University of Pennsylvania
  • A Trial of Transplanting Hepatitis C-viremic Kidneys into Hepatitis C-Negative Kidney Recipients (THINKER-NEXT) Fixed Rate  awarded by University of Pennsylvania
  • APOL1 Long-Term Kidney Transplantation Outcomes Network (APOLLO) Clinical Center  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS
  • APOL1 Long-term kidney Transplantation Outcomes Network (APOLLO) Clinical Center  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS
  • Applying Precision MEdicine to Optimize Desensitization with NoveL BIOlogics or Cellular TheRApies in Highly SensiTized Kidney Transplant PatiEnts (AMELIORATE)  awarded by THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO
  • Assessing Support Needs of Kidney Disease Caregivers  awarded by American Society of Transplantation
  • Comparison of Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human), 10% (IVIG), plus Rituximab vs. IVIG 10% + Placebo (Normal Saline) as Agents to Reduce Donor Specific Antibodies, Improve Transplant Rates and Outcomes in Highly-HLA Sensitized Patients Awaiting Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation  awarded by Cedars - Sinai Medical Center
  • Effects of Inhibiting Early Inflammation in Kidney Transplant Patients  awarded by ICAHN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT MOUNT SINAI
  • Effects of Inhibiting Early Inflammation in Kidney Transplant Patients - Equipment  awarded by Mount Sinai School of Medicine ^
  • Multicenter Collaboration Investigating whether or not COVID-19 Infection or COVID-19 Vaccination Result in HLA Antibody Formation in Patients with ESRD  awarded by THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO
  • Novel Therapies to Modulate the Inflammatory Alloresponse in Renal Grafts  awarded by University of California, San Francisco
  • Novel Therapies to Modulate the Inflammatory Alloresponse in Renal Grafts  awarded by University of California, San Francisco
  • Preserving Renal Function & Protective Immunity via Anti-LFA-1-Based CNI Avoidance  awarded by Emory University
  • Private Grant  awarded by VELOXIS PHARMACEUTICALS A/S
  • Private Grant  awarded by ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by BRISTOL MYERS SQUIBB PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY
  • Private Grant  awarded by NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION
  • Private Grant  awarded by ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by CAREDX INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by QUARK PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by MALLINCKRODT, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by ASTELLAS PHARMA US, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by TRANSPLANT GENOMICS, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by ASTELLAS PHARMA GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT, INC. - NEW
  • Private Grant  awarded by VELOXIS PHARMACEUTICALS A/S
  • Private Grant  awarded by COHEREX MEDICAL, INC
  • Private Grant  awarded by CSL BEHRING, LLC
  • Private Grant  awarded by TRANSPLANT GENOMICS, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by NATERA, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by CSL BEHRING, LLC
  • Private Grant  awarded by MALLINCKRODT, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by CAREDX INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by TRANSPLANT GENOMICS, INC.
  • Private Grant  awarded by HANSA BIOPHARMA
  • Using Microarrays to Assess Transplant Biopsies: The Future Standard of Care (INTERCOMEX: The INTERCOM Extension Study)  awarded by University of Alberta at Edmonton
  • Education And Training

  • University of Texas Health Science Center, Residency
  • UAB Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • University of Washington Medical Center, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery (MBBS), 1994
  • Full Name

  • Vineeta Kumar