Cleveland Clinic Nephrology Alumni Newsletter - Spring 2013
The new edition of the Nephrology and Hypertension Alumni news is rewarding for several reasons. Jim Lewis, MD, a graduate of our fellowship in the 70’s, has generously taken on the role as representative of the CCF Alumni Association. He will work with me to improve the quality of the newsletter, work on editions twice a year, and ensure we reach the largest number of alumni.
We feature two distinguished members of our family: Jehad Asfoura is busy with his practice in Canton, Ohio. Jehad remains a close colleague and friend of the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension. He completed the fellowship in the 90’s, and we are proud and happy for his success. Marc Pohl continues to be an active member of the Department, especially in area of hypertension and education of our fellows.
We would like you all to visit the Nephrology Department when you are in town or feel free to call me or any member of the staff for issues or just to talk. When you come, you can see our archival pictures of all the chairmen of Nephrology and Hypertension Department starting with David Humphrey in 1958. Now our current fellows will have some understanding of why we have the Gifford and Nakamoto hospital services.
Bob Heyka, MD
Chair, Department of Nephrology and Hypertension
MARC POHL, MD, RAY GIFFORD ENDOWED CHAIR IN HYPERTENSION
Marc Pohl joined the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1973. He graduated from Amherst College and Case Western Reserve College of Medicine. He did his Internal Medicine residency at University Hospitals, and his fellowship in Nephrology at Boston University and Massachusetts General Hospitals. He has held the Ray Gifford Endowed Chair in Hypertension and Head of Section of Clinical Hypertension and Nephrology since 2000.
He has held many positions at Cleveland Clinic and nationally. Some of these include being the Co-Investigator for the Adult Nephrotic Syndrome, Adult Glomerular disease, and the Lupus Nephritis Group. He has been listed at one of the “Best Doctors in America” since 1992, and was selected as Teacher of the Year in the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension in 2008-2009.
Marc has been involved in three large corroborative studies, and has written extensively in on the field of hypertension, renal artery stenosis and ischemic kidney disease. The three corroborative studies have included the adult nephrotic syndrome, the lupus kidney study comparing standard therapy with the presence or absence of plasmapheresis, and diabetic nephropathy. With others, he has been the co-author of articles involving renal artery stenosis, the benefit of stenting of these patients, and what the ischemic kidney does, and the best way to intervene. Marc has also lectured extensively on hypertension throughout the country, and is one of the country’s experts. His most recent book chapters have dealt with hypertension and appropriate management of this disease.
Marc continues to practice at Cleveland Clinic, but takes time off to be with his family.
JEHAD ASFOURA, MD
Jehad Asfoura is a graduate of the Nephrology and Hypertension fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) in 1989, and the Clinical and Research Fellowship at CCF in 1990. He then founded the Kidney and Hypertension Consultant, Inc group in Canton Ohio, and he has been the president since 1991.
Dr. Asfoura practices in Canton and the surrounding area. His group has seven nephrologists, and their practice includes all aspects of renal disease and hypertension except for the care of acute transplants.
Canton has become his home and it is a wonderful city to raise children. He has three children (two girls and a boy); Dr. Asfoura and his wife enjoy the community and its people. Since living in Canton, he has been recognized as the best nephrologist in the Northeast area the last three years, and his practice has grown extensively.
He has fond memories of Cleveland Clinic, especially the relationships with Drs. Ray Gifford, Marc Pohl, Phil Hall, Don Vidt, Joe Nally and Bill Braun. He believes the Fellowship is one of the outstanding ones in the country. He expects some changes, especially in the field of transplant, interventional nephrology and home dialysis. What was especially helpful to him over the years of his clinical practice was seeing the unusual and complicated cases at CCF; he has been able to apply this to his everyday practice.
One of his best memories of CCF involves Dr. Marc Pohl, one of his mentors. He remembers as a first year fellow seeing a patient in the outpatient clinic who was referred for a second opinion on her glomerulopathy. She was told Dr. Pohl would review the biopsy and outline a plan of care. She had driven from NY that day, and was hoping to return the same day. Dr. Asfoura took her history, and told her Dr. Pohl would be in to see her soon. One hour passed and Dr. Pohl had not shown. He went back to the exam room; explained Dr. Pohl was delayed, and gives her some water. Another hour passed and Dr. Pohl still had not shown. The nurse called Dr. Asfoura and asked for him to see her again. He again begged her to stay; she agreed. Finally, after two and one-half hours Dr. Pohl showed. He sat down with her, and worked his magic. She calmed down, accepted his analysis of the situation. She liked his recommendations and he discussed the risks and benefits of treatment. By the time she left, she was calm and said to Dr. Asfoura, “he is not 6’4” as I expected, but he is a giant in his field.
These fond memories of CCF nephrologists made renal disease additionally interesting and the CCF memories outstanding.
The Cleveland Clinic Nephrology Alumni Update is beginning. The goal is to publish this twice a year, and have a biography of one of the CCF nephrologists, but also write an article about other alumni who have completed the program. Thus, this is to keep all the alumni up to date regarding what is happening at CCF. Bob Heyka, the chair, will keep us informed about CCF Nephrology.
The Alumni update will be sent electronically, although intermittently it will be also sent as a letter. The best way to communicate with us is email to either Bob Heyka at firstname.lastname@example.org or myself, Jim Lewis, at email@example.com.
Comments or bits of information about the alumni will be added periodically. Thus, emailing information about yourself or what you want to see in the newsletter will help us decide what the alumni wish to know and hear.
James W. Lewis