US News & World Report Best Hospital 2013Nephrology Fellowship

Program Leadership

Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship
Daniel E. Carl, MD

Division Chair, Division of Nephrology
Todd W.B. Gehr, MD


    Program Director, Carl Daniel, MD

    Dr. Carl Daniel

    Dr. Carl is currently the training program director for the Nephrology Fellowship at VCUHS.  Dr. Carl completed his undergraduate education in Chemical Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, where he also earned his MD. Dr. Carl completed his Internal Medicine Residency here at Virginia Commonwealth University.  After working overseas in the Northern Mariana Island of Saipan in Internal Medicine, he returned to training and completed the nephrology fellowship training program at VCUHS.  He has been a faculty member at VCUHS since 2006 and is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine. 

    In addition to seeing patients and running the fellowship training program, Dr. Carl also serves as the Medical Director of the Acute Hemodialysis unit at VCU.  Furthermore, he is an active volunteer and serves as Medical Director at the Center for High Blood Pressure, a volunteer-run clinic serving the uninsured in Richmond, VA. 

    Dr. Carl's research interests include acute kidney injury in cirrhosis, with a particular emphasis on hepatorenal syndrome. He also collaborates with the Department of Pharmacy on coagulation in CKD and ESRD patients. 

    Daniel E. Carl, MD
    Associate Professor
    Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship
    daniel.carl@vcuhealth.org>

    Division Chair, Todd W.B. Gehr, MD

    Dr. Todd W.B. Gehr

    Dr. Gehr currently is the Vice-Chairman of Internal Medicine and Chairman of the Division of Nephrology. Dr. Gehr received his undergraduate training at Purdue University in Chemical Engineering and went on to receive a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering. He received his MD from West Virginia University Medical School in Morgantown, WV. After completing his Internal Medicine residency at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY he went on to a Renal Fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University) in Richmond, VA. Since 1987 he has been on the faculty of VCUHS  and is currently a Professor of Medicine. Dr. Gehr is the Medical Director of the RAI/VCU Dialysis unit and Physician Director of the VCU Home Dialysis Program. Dr. Gehr is also on the Board of Directors for the Mid Atlantic Renal Coalition (Network 5).

    Research interests include renal pharmacology, animal models of CKD progression and CKD related hypertension and the use of biomarkers in transplantation and care of ESRD patients. Current interest involve the use of the 5/6 nephrectomy rat and mouse models of CKD. Of particular interest has been the delineation of mechanisms of renal protection, particularly using curcumin as one such agent that seems to ameliorate the rate of CKD progression. Active collaboration with investigators within the Department of Internal Medicine and in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology occur. Another focus has been the development of an animal model of hepatorenal syndrome through active collaboration with the Hepatology Division. Multiple areas of clinical investigation include novel treatments for acute kidney injury, the use of biomarkers to diagnose renal allograft rejection, novel treatments of hypertension, delineating hemodynamic and renal effects of paracentesis in patients with cirrhosis, and the impact of daily dialysis on dialysis patient outcomes. Dr. Gehr has received numerous teaching awards from Medical Students and Internal Medicine Housestaff and has published more than 75 articles.

    Dr. Gehr and his family have lived in Richmond for more than 20 years. Lynne, his wife, is an Anesthesiologist at VCUHS and they have two daughters. He and his wife enjoy skiing, sailing, fishing, hiking and scuba diving.

    Todd W.B. Gehr. MD
    Professor of Medicine
    Chair, Division of Nephrology
    Vice Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
    todd.gehr@vcuhealth.org