Renal Pathology

Renal pathologists use a combination of microscopic methods, including light, immunofluorescence, and electron microscopy, to analyze a wide range of non-neoplastic diseases of the native kidney in adults and pediatric patients. (The images below are of a biopsy from a patient with membranous glomerulonephritis, an autoimmune disease.)  The same group of pathologists is also responsible for renal transplant biopsies. Renal tumors are analyzed by our Genitourinary Pathology section (see separate subspecialty listing).

Renal photos

 

Faculty

Laura Barisoni, MD is an internationally renowned renal pathologist, investigator, and educator, and served as the President of the Renal Pathology Society in 2019. She joined the Duke faculty in 2018 as Professor of Pathology and Medicine. She is the Director of the Renal Pathology Service and Co-Director of the Division of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Pathology. Her research involves diagnostic and investigative applications of computational image analysis.  Dr. Barisoni is part of the leadership for several international nephrology consortia studying glomerular diseases (NEPTUNE and CureGN) and chronic and acute kidney injury (Kidney Precision Medicine Project).
Contacts: office 919 681 0708; Email

Anne F. Buckley, MD PhD is a renal pathologist, nerve and muscle pathologist, and a neuropathologist. Dr Buckley is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and serves as the Director of the Muscle Pathology Service and the Medical Director of the Clinical Electron Microscopy Laboratory. She has contributed to basic research on hypertension and diabetes in animal models of renal diseases and to translational research on muscle disorders.  Her basic research centers on brain neoplasia and development.
Contacts: office 919 613 3791; Email

David  N. Howell, MD PhD  is a Professor of Pathology and Vice Chair in Pathology. He has been practicing transplant and renal pathology for more than 30 years and made significant contributions in the field of native and transplant renal pathology and ultrastructural pathology.  He also specializes in the interpretation of biopsies from other solid organ transplants, including lung, heart, liver, pancreas, and small bowel.  His interests include heritable diseases of the renal glomerulus and infectious diseases in transplant patients. Dr Howell is a member of the Board of Directors of the Renal Pathology Society where he serves as a councilor. He will serve as the President of the Renal Pathology Society in 2024.
Contacts: 919 681 3952; Email

 

David N. Howell, MD, PhD, Anne F. Buckley, MD, PhD, Laura Barisoni MD
Laura Barisoni MD

Laura Barisoni, MD

Section Head

246BM Davison Bldg.

DUMC 3712

Durham, NC 27710

Office: 919-681-0708

Email

 

Anne F. Buckley, MD, PhD

Anne F. Buckley, MD, PhD

M215 Davison Bldg.

DUMC 3712

Durham, NC 27710

Office: 919-684-2533

Fax: 919-681-7634

Email

David N. Howell, MD, PhD

David N. Howell, MD, PhD

3095 Duke South

DUMC 3712

Durham, NC 27710

Office: 919-681-3952

Fax: 919-684-8901

Email