Leslie Gewin, MD (Executive Councilor)

Leslie Gewin, MD, graduated magna cum laude from University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, completed her internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, and received nephrology fellowship training at Vanderbilt University. During her fellowship and early faculty years, she trained with Roy Zent, MD, PhD, to understand the basic mechanisms underlying renal fibrosis and growth factor signaling. Dr. Gewin is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and a Staff Physician at the Nashville VA where she attends on the internal medicine wards and the renal consult service. Her basic science lab is funded by both the NIH and the VA and focuses on proximal tubule responses to injury and how these responses affect fibrosis and chronic kidney disease progression. She is passionate about teaching the next generation of physician-scientists and supporting women investigators. She is Co-director of the Kidney Student Research Training Program, which places medical students in a lab for a mentored research experience during the summer between first and second years. To advocate for the careers of women investigators, Dr. Gewin was previously involved as Chair of the Steering Committee of Vanderbilt’s Women on Track (WOT) organization. WOT promotes the advancement of tenure-track women through a seminar series addressing topics important for professional development in academic medicine. She is also Co-director of Clinical Applications of Scientific Evidence for Vanderbilt University medical students and Chair of the Promotions Committee for Vanderbilt University Medical School.