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Ashish Kataria, MD Receives First-ever Allison Norris Award for Research in Nephrology

NYAM President Jo Ivey Boufford, MD; Ashish Kataria, MD; Laurie Norris

Ashish Kataria, MD, a second-year Nephrology Fellow at the Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine, was awarded the first-ever Alison Norris Nephrology Symposium Award for his research on the hemodialysis patient’s perception of their primary care physician. The ceremony took place on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at The New York Academy of Medicine, hosted in part by the New York Society of Nephrology.

Dr. Kataria came to Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine in 2008 where he began his internship, followed by his residency and fellowship. A compassionate and caring physician, Dr. Kataria volunteered his services during the Dengue Epidemic in North India; he also provided care for patients at Prayatna, a social organization for the destitute and ill in New Delhi. He is currently involved with The National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), which offers free screening for those at risk—anyone 18 years and older with high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of kidney disease.

The award, which will be given annually through a generous multi-year grant from Laurie Norris, Alison Norris’ sister and Clarence Pearson, honors physicians in the field of Nephrology who best exemplify Alison’s deep commitment to patient care, and her contributions to the medical profession. In bestowing the award to Dr. Kataria, Laurie Norris spoke fondly of her sister’s commitment to her patients and to the health care profession.

“My sister, Alison Norris—like all of you—was passionate about her profession. When she had to give up her practice because of complications from an accident, she lost something profound in her life. But she was still thinking about professional development, even at the end of her life—I believe just that notion was a lifeline for her.”

Dr. Norris died on December 2, 2009 as a result of complications from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), an extremely painful chronic neurological syndrome characterized by severe burning pain, pathological changes in bone and skin, tissue swelling, and extreme sensitivity to touch. Dr. Norris developed RSD as a result of a tragic automobile accident several years earlier.

Dr. Norris attended the University of Pennsylvania from 1970-72 where she majored in biology, followed by a year of study at the Wharton School of Business. She then attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Her post-graduate training included research at Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania Medical School followed by an internship and Residency at the University Hospital of Cleveland. Dr. Norris completed a Fellowship in Nephrology at New York Hospital, Cornell Medical College. She served on several professional associations and was the author of numerous research articles.

Following the awards ceremony more than 100 professionals from nephrology programs in the metropolitan area came to hear nephrology fellows present their clinical and scientific papers representing original research. A panel of judges from the New York Society of Nephrology then selected the top clinical and scientific presenters, awarding the first place prize to Madhav Menon of Mount Sinai Medical Center for research on Research in SHROOM3, a SNP and its role in renal allograft fibrosis.

The second place prize went to Anjali Gupta of Albert Einstein College of Medicine for research on the “Spectrum of Renal Pathology and Gene Expression Profiles of Kidney Biopsies in Patients with Cirrhosis Listed for Liver Transplantation.” The third place prize was awarded to Oleh Akchurin, also of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, for the paper “Dual Loss of Par1a/b Polarity Proteins Leads to Hypoplastic Kidneys and Kidney Cysts in Mice.”

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Posted on May 27, 2013

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