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Welcome to The Renal Pathology Society (RPS) official website. Here, you will find news and information about RPS sponsored events, RPS committee activities, membership list, recent and future renal pathology and nephrology conferences and online membership forms. You can easily renew your membership and pay dues online.
To contact the RPS Secretary, please email Sharan K. Singh, MD or call (919) 966-2421.
To contact the RPS Treasurer, please e-mail Neeraja Kambham, MD or call (650) 725-5193.
The Renal Pathology Society (RPS) is a nonprofit organization committed to improvement and dissemination of knowledge regarding the pathology and pathophysiology of renal disease. The RPS promotes excellence in diagnosis, fosters basic, clinical and translational research, encourages training and education in renal disease, sponsors US based and international conferences and symposia, and brings news and updates pertaining to renal pathology to its members around the world.
INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
Who is a renal (kidney) pathologist?
Pathologists are physicians who diagnose diseases using laboratory methods or microscopy. Renal pathologists examine tissue samples (aka: biopsies) and determine the type(s) or cause(s) of the diseases(s) that affect the kidneys. Many renal pathologists are also actively engaged in independent and collaborative research to determine the mechanisms of and better cures for kidney diseases.
Comprehensive information for patients is available at the following websites:
The society was initiated by a group of renal pathologists (Jay Bernstein, P. Burkholder, J. Churg, R. Cotran, F. Cuppage, D. Jones, M. Kashgarian, J. Kissane, K. Mostofi, and G. Striker), acting in large measure at the instigation of Conrad Pirani who served as acting chairman. They met on November 20, 1977, during the American Society of Nephrology meeting at the Washington Hilton Hotel, to consider the creation of a renal pathologists' organization. Fred Silva assisted as secretary. The Renal Pathology Club was then born which organized conferences for over 10 years at the annual American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) meetings.
Some years later, a steering committee was appointed to oversee the transition from club to society. Jay Bernstein, Frank A. Carone, Arthur H. Cohen, Robert B. Colvin, Ramzi Cotran, M.D., Vivette D'Agati, Gloria R. Gallo, Gary S. Hill, J. Charles Jennette, Michael Kashgarian, Vivian Pinn-Wiggins, H.G. Rennke, Seymour Rosen, Benjamin Spargo, Liliane M. Striker, and M.A. Venkatachalam, participated in the transition and the Renal Pathology Club became the Renal Pathology Society in March, 1993. Members of the Renal Pathology Club automatically became charter members of the new Renal Pathology Society.
There have been 16 RPS presidents since 1993 and three secretaries to date (2008). The first RPS president was Gloria Gallo and the first secretary was J. Charles Jennette. RPS has currently over 400 registered members from over 30 countries and all continents: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Venezuela.
The Renal Pathology Society website was created under the direction of Dr. Kim Solez and then maintained by Dr. Suzanne Meleg-Smith. A newly designed website was subsequently created and maintained by Dr. Helen Liapis and Dr. Sanjay Jain. The current website is being maintained by Dr. Sharan Singh (RPS Secretary).