Dean, Renaissance School of Medicine
Peter Igarashi, MD, a nationally recognized nephrologist, physician-scientist and medical-education innovator, was named dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine (RSOM) at Stony Brook University effective September 12, 2022.
Igarashi came to Stony Brook from the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he was the Nesbitt chair, professor and head of the Department of Medicine. He held this position for the previous seven years and oversaw more than 600 full-time and affiliate faculty, 100 adjunct faculty, and 240 plus residents and fellows. During his tenure in this position, Igarashi increased National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to the institution by 60 percent, worked to nearly eliminate gender compensation disparities, appointed women to prominent leadership positions, developed new multidisciplinary programs, and created a new Office of Faculty Affairs and Diversity.
An active NIH-funded physician-scientist with research interests in polycystic kidney disease (PKD), transcriptional regulation, epigenetics and kidney development, Igarashi is the recipient of more than $25 million in NIH grant support over the years. Prior to his University of Minnesota Medical School tenure, Igarashi served as chief of the Division of Nephrology and founding director of the NIH-funded O’Brien Kidney Research Core Center at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Igarashi earned his MD from the UCLA School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency at the University of California Davis Medical Center. He then moved on to Yale University where he completed a nephrology fellowship and began his academic career in medicine.
Igarashi has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Council of the Association of American Physicians. He has also served as program chair for the American Society of Nephrology, associate editor of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and has chaired numerous advisory boards and committees of the American Society of Nephrology, NIH, and other scientific organizations. His awards include an NIH MERIT Award and the Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize in PKD, the highest honor in the field of innovative research and treatment for PKD.
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