Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center
Gerald B. Appel, MD is the Director of the Glomerular Kidney Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center of The New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He has been a Tenured Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons since 1989. He received his undergraduate BA from Cornell University graduating in three years with distinction in all subjects and as a member of phi beta kappa. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY in 1972, where he was elected to the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He then completed Fellowships in Nephrology at both Columbia-Presbyterian Med. Ctr. (1975-1976) and at Yale-New Haven Medical Center, New Haven, Connecticut (1976-1978). He has spent the rest of his career at Columbia University.
Dr. Appel has served as an officer and President of The NY Society of Nephrology, he has served on the Medical Advisory Board and as the Chairman of the Research Committee of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of NY-NJ and The Kidney and Urology Foundation of America, and as Chair of the Council of Glomerulonephritis of the NKF of the United States. Dr Appel has been listed in New York Magazine as one of the “Best Doctors in New York” annually between 1992 and 2018 and is listed in “Best Doctors in America.” He has served on the editorial board of a number of journals including the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Clinical Nephrology, and the editorial board of Up-To-Date. He has been the director of a number of educational courses including The Columbia U Internal Medicine Course in NYC, Renal Biopsy in Medical Diseases of the Kidney in NYC, and for many years directed the annual course in The Treatment of Glomerular Diseases at the American Society of Nephrology meetings (1998-2010). Dr Appel has authored and co-authored over 350 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters He has received numerous awards including the Albert Douglas Award of the Medical Society of NY State for excellence in clinical teaching, The Lester Honig Award of the NY-NJ Kidney Foundation, the Distinguished Service Award of the Nephcure Foundation, The Distinguished Alumnus award from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and twice the Teacher of the Year Award by Columbia University’s medical school classes. He has given numerous named lectures including recently the Dornfeld Lecture at George Washington U., The Hugh Carrol Lecture in NYC, The Kasperak Lecture at the Cleveland Clinic, and the Chandos Lecture at the UK Society of Nephrology. He annually has spoken to large groups at the American Society of Nephrology, The National Kidney Foundation, and the International Society of Nephrology. At any given time, he is the PI or Co-PI on 8-15 grants at Columbia U, currently including NIH grants through the NEPTUNE Study. He was awarded The Donald Seldin Award for life-time achievement by the National Kidney Foundation of the US in 2012. His career has been devoted to the care and welfare of patients with glomerulonephritis, lupus, and the nephrotic syndrome.