Li-Li Hsiao, MD, PhD (Past-President)
Dr. Hsiao received her PhD from Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, Thomas Jefferson University in 1989 and her MD from Jefferson Medical College in 1995. She completed Internal Medicine training at Allegheny University Hospital in Philadelphia and was Chief Resident in Medicine supervising and managing a program with 150 residents. In 1999 Dr. Hsiao entered the MGH-BWH Nephrology training program at Harvard Medical School. She is currently an Assistant professor and an Associate Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
During her tenure at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Hsiao has written over 30 manuscripts, review articles and chapters. One of the articles has been selected as "The 50 most frequently-cited articles in Physiologic Genomics" as year of 2006. Her research areas of interest include mechanisms of vascular calcification in premature aging, particularly on Klotho and HSP72 and their roles in vascular disease. Her group was the first to describe endogenous Klotho expression in vasculature and received the “Best Abstract Award 2011” granted jointly by the British Renal Association (BRA) and British Renal Society (BRS) for the work in the area of endogenous vascular Klotho and its role in mediating resistance to FGF-23. This work was published in journal of Circulation May 2012.
Dr. Hsiao has been an active member at Harvard community and has received numerous awards for her outstanding clinical work, teaching and mentoring of students at all levels. Recognizing her effective clinical care, she was awarded the 2007 Starfish Award given by the BWH for commitment to excellence in patient care and teamwork. In recognition of her teaching abilities, she received a teaching award from the Harvard Medical School class of 2003. Of special note, she is one of the recipients of 2008-2009 Young Excellent Mentoring Award, the prestigious Clifford Barger Mentor Award at Harvard Medical School. Her mentees include students from colleges, medical school and business school at Harvard University, clinical and research fellows as well as students of Ph.D. graduate program. Dr. Hsiao is currently the co-program director of Harvard Summer Research Program in Kidney Medicine (HSRPKM).
Dr. Hsiao is the Program Director of “Asian Renal Clinic” at Brigham and Women's Hospital, This program is the first of its kind in the New England region and is designed to be a renal referral center serving large Asian population in Greater Boston area and around the world. Dr. Hsiao is also the creator of Community Kidney Disease Detection (CKDD) program, CKDD comprises student volunteers from American Pacific Asian Medical School Association (PAMSA)-Harvard Medical School chapters and Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP) at Harvard University. She is the founder and advisor for KDSAP, which has expanded beyond Harvard campus. It has formed official collaboration with American Society of Nephrology (ASN) to battle work force shortage. Dr. Hsiao has given talks on the topics of kidney disease prevention and led free health screening activities in various communities especially among the underserved populations.
Dr. Hsiao served as a member of admission committee at Harvard Medical School, the member of planning program committee of NKF (National Kidney Foundation). She was a board member of CASN (Chinese American Society of Nephrology) and she served as a committee member of PGE Committee (Postgraduate education committee) of ASN in 2007-2013. She was Co-Chair for the "Professional Development Seminar (PDS)" course during the ASN week, a Councilor of WIN (Women In Nephrology) and Currently, Dr. Hsiao is the president-elect of WIN as November 2013 and Member of The board of advisors (BOA) of ASN.
Dr. Hsiao's area of expertise includes hypertension, chronic kidney disease (CKD), IgA nephropathy and herbal medicine-induced nephropathy. She is a member of Lupus Center and Calciphylaxis team. Dr. Hsiao is also a Medical director of BWH-affiliated dialysis center specialized on short daily and home hemodialysis.