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Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease (KCVD) - Message from the Chair

Vivek Bhalla, MD, FASN, FAHA

Vivek Bhalla, MD, FASN, FAHA Welcome to the Council for the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease (KCVD). Our Council strives to reduce cardiovascular-related disability and death through clinical, translational, and basic research, communication, advocacy and education about: a) the role of the kidney in hypertension, b) the role of the kidney in cardiovascular diseases- this includes acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease and its effects on heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease, c) the specific role of the kidney in diabetes-induced cardiovascular disease, and d) cardio-renal syndrome.

The KCVD is a dynamic group of basic and clinical investigators and clinicians who are dedicated to unraveling the kidney’s role in hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. In addition, we are dedicated to understanding the effect of cardiovascular disease on kidney function.

Researchers working over the past 15 years have demonstrated strong evidence of a ‘cardiorenal syndrome’, and the role of chronic kidney disease as a major cardiovascular risk factor. Concurrently, advances in molecular physiology, genetics, and imaging have reemphasized the kidney’s contribution to the long-term control of blood pressure and the development of hypertension.

The KCVD Council works actively to support research into the causes of kidney-related cardiovascular disease, and to develop translational approaches to enhance patient care and disease prevention. This Council is committed to developing the next generation of renal scientists through advocacy, diversity, and inclusion. We strive to maintain a representative balance in our Committees based on MD vs. PhDs, academia vs. private practice, junior and more senior members, sex, and race/ethnicity. I am honored to lead the Council and to carry on the work promoted by past Chairs Drs. Pablo Ortiz and Nuria Pastor-Soler. We welcome your membership in the Council and your volunteer time and effort to grow and promote the mission of the Council.

Best Wishes,

Vivek Bhalla, MD, FASN, FAHA
Chair, Council on Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease