Ebele Mary-Anne Umeukeje, MD MPH

Ebele Mary-Anne Umeukeje, MD MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She completed Internal Medicine training, including a year as Chief Resident, at Meharry Medical College, and completed Nephrology training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She advanced her training in patient-oriented research through the Masters of Public Health Program at Vanderbilt University, in part supported by an NIDDK Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) individual post-doctoral fellowship award.

Dr. Umeukeje’s research aims to reduce the high morbidity and mortality associated with kidney disease by improving self-care in vulnerable populations, addressing psychosocial determinants. Her research promotes health equity for patients of racial, ethnic and gender minorities as well as those with limited health literacy and lower socioeconomic resources. With previous funding support through a BIRCWH K12 award, and currently, an NIDDK K23 award, Dr. Umeukeje is examining novel patient and provider-specific psychosocial determinants of dialysis treatment adherence in African American patients with end-stage kidney disease. Her goal is to develop culturally-sensitive strategies to improve delivery of care and outcomes in advanced kidney disease.

Dr. Umeukeje also has recognized expertise and experience in engaging the community to understand the needs and priorities for best kidney health. She conducted focus group sessions in African American churches in Nashville to determine barriers and facilitators to uptake of free kidney screening services, with findings published in a 2018 CJASN article selected as “Editor’s choice”. As a co-investigator in a multi-site study titled “Community-based Evaluation of APOL1 Genetic Testing in Kidney Disease”, she successfully co-facilitated community deliberative sessions with African Americans in Nashville, Seattle and Jackson. The findings were documented in a 2019 JASN article selected as one of the best of JASN publications highlighted at the 2019 American Society of Nephrology conference. Twitter: @EbeleUmeukeje