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Stanford nephrology fellows Dimitri Augustin, MD, and Daniel Watford, MD, MPH, inform the story of their friendship in fragments, every one contributing particulars and choosing up the place the opposite left off.
“We met at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami,” Augustin begins.
“- the place I used to be an intern,” Watford says.
“Daniel was a first-year resident,” Augustin clarifies, “and I used to be in my third 12 months of inner drugs residency.”
“We hit it off early,” Watford provides. “Initially in additional of a mentor relationship that rapidly blossomed into a detailed friendship.”
Their bond strengthened as they labored and educated alongside one another. “Dimitri’s recommendation and expertise actually drew me in,” Watford explains.
The 2 associates even selected a standard path for his or her nephrology fellowship coaching: Augustin selected Stanford Medication after which helped persuade Watford to observe. Although their analysis pathways have diverged, their dedication to their discipline — and friendship — stay.
A tool to assist dialysis sufferers
Augustin, now a fourth-year postdoctoral fellow, started to consider the intersection of know-how and drugs early in his profession: “There have been positively areas inside nephrology that would profit from know-how, however I did not have any particular concepts,” he defined in a latest Division of Medication article.
A stint as a Stanford Biodesign fellow solidified his curiosity: “I discovered concerning the machine innovation course of and the way it might be utilized in drugs.”
One want that Augustin recognized concerned issues with hemodialysis fistula maturation. Dialysis sufferers require surgical procedure to attach an artery to a vein, making a construction often known as a fistula that makes it simpler to switch blood to the dialysis machine after which return it to the physique.
Nevertheless, there’s a interval following the operation when the fistula will not be but mature sufficient for use. This generally is a dangerous time, says Augustin. The affected person should use a short lived catheter, which makes them extra vulnerable to infections and hospitalizations.
At the moment, repeated bodily exams and ultrasounds are the one strategies for figuring out maturity of a fistula. However Augustin and his colleagues are designing and producing a wearable machine for assessing fistula maturation.
With the assistance of a Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX) award, they’re validating the idea and refining how the information can be used.
Assessing transplant readiness
Watford, a second-year fellow, has turned his focus in the direction of bettering the kidney transplant course of; he is devising methods to gauge how nicely sufferers will do previous to and after transplant.
The clinic gives a method for sufferers to be assessed for readiness to bear transplants — ready intervals may be so lengthy that their well being standing adjustments and should constantly be reassessed. Watford defined the method: As sufferers transfer up the wait checklist, nearing one 12 months away from possible transplant, they schedule visits to the clinic, so their bodily perform may be reassessed. The clinic makes use of two assessments: a six-minute stroll check, which measures the gap a person can stroll in six minutes, and a one-minute sit-to-stand check, which requires a person to rise up from a chair and sit again down repeatedly for one minute.
The thought, Watford says, is that the outcomes of those two assessments will show helpful in figuring out sufferers’ readiness for transplant, and will present perception on numerous post-transplant outcomes, reminiscent of “size of hospital keep, an infection charges, rehospitalization, and mortality.” Packages with the longest ready occasions may even use this info to make sure sufferers on the prime of the checklist are wholesome sufficient for the pending process.
Like Augustin, Watford hopes his work will enhance take care of kidney sufferers in every single place.
Chief of nephrology Glenn Chertow, MD, MPH, lauded each researchers, referring to their “collective excellence.”
“I’m so grateful to Dimitri for serving to to recruit Daniel,” Chertow stated. “That is the best way it is purported to work.”
Photograph of Daniel Watford and Dimitri Augustin in 2019 by Steve Fisch