Larry Greenbaum, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of Nephrology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and Chief of Pediatric Nephrology at Emory University School of Medicine, was recently elected to the Council of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN). Dr. Greenbaum is the first physician from Georgia to serve on the 10-person ASPN council and will serve until June 2013.
“As medical director of nephrology at Children’s, Dr. Greenbaum has proven himself as a respected leader among patient families, staff and colleagues,” said Amy Hauser, Service Line Administrator for Transplant Services at Children’s. “We are excited this opportunity will allow him to expand the scope of his leadership and represent Georgia on a prestigious national scale.”
During his three-year term, Dr. Greenbaum will lead the ASPN workforce committee as it seeks to evaluate current workforce needs in pediatric nephrology and increase the number of physicians who choose to become pediatric nephrologists. In response to a significant national shortage of pediatric nephrologists, Dr. Greenbaum will lead council efforts to establish methodology for assessing short-term and long-term workforce needs and develop recruitment programs.
The American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN) was founded in 1969 to promote optimal care for children with renal disease and to disseminate advances in the clinical practice and basic science of pediatric nephrology. For the past 39 years, the ASPN, which counts more than 600 members, has been and continues to be, the primary representative of the pediatric nephrology community in both the United States and Canada.
The Nephrology Program at Children’s provides comprehensive care to infants, children and adolescents with acute and chronic kidney disorders, high blood pressure, and fluid and electrolyte imbalances. The program is home to Georgia’s only pediatric dialysis unit and manages about 45 dialysis patients a month, one of the largest volumes in the county. The Children’s Kidney Transplant Program is one of only a few pediatric transplant centers to have completed 400 kidney transplants.