UCLA/Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science RCMAR/CHIME

CHIME Director

Catherine Sarkisian

Catherine Sarkisian, MD, MSPH

Director, CHIME Community Liaison Core

Dr. Sarkisian, Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Staff Physician at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System, attended Princeton University ('89 Philosophy), subsequently graduated from the UCSF School of Medicine in 1993, and completed her internship and residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at The New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. After spending 1 year on the faculty at Jacobi Hospital/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, she became a UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, and completed a masters degree in Health Services at the UCLA School of Public Health. She completed a 1-year clinical geriatrics fellowship at the UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatrics and Gerontology, and joined the faculty in the UCLA Division of Geriatrics as a Clinician Scientist in 2000. In July, 2008, she received tenure and joined the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System, where she maintains a joint appointment with UCLA.

Dr. Norris' research interests focus on the impact and outcomes of chronic kidney disease in African American and Latino populations, the role of vitamin D in chronic kidney disease, calcium management in end-stage renal disease, and hypertension. Dr. Norris is a member of the NIH Study Section for the National Center for Research Resources, the NIH/National Center for Research Resources Strategic Planning workgroup, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and the National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Early Evaluation Program Steering Committee. A frequent presenter in both professional and academic settings, Dr. Norris has co-authored more than 250 journal articles and textbook chapters, and over 200 abstracts. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Ethnicity & Disease. Dr. Norris currently holds professional memberships in the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Nephrology, the Renal Physicians Association (former member, board of directors), American Association of Kidney Patients (member, medical advisory board) and the National Medical Association, among many others. Dr. Norris was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society in 1980 and inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame (Science) in 2003.

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