Vivette D. D’Agati, M.D. Named Delafield Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center

November 4, 2020

We are proud to announce that Professor Vivette D’Agati, an internationally recognized expert in renal pathology, has been named the Delafield Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC).

Dr. D'Agati celebrates her new Delafield professorship
Dr. D'Agati celebrates her new Delafield professorship.

Appointment to a named professorship is one of the highest honors a faculty member can attain in recognition for continued scholarly achievement and distinction. The Alumni Association of the College of Physicians and Surgeons established the Delafield Endowed Professorship in 1928 in honor of Dr. Francis Delafield, former Professor of Pathology and Professor Emeritus. During his lifetime, Dr. Delafield was recognized as the leading national authority on diseases of the kidney.

Dr. Vivette D’Agati completed her undergraduate studies at Yale College and attended medical school at Duke and New York University. She completed her residency in Pathology and fellowship in renal pathology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Her training in renal pathology was under Dr. Conrad Pirani, one of the “Founding Fathers of Renal Pathology”. She has been director of the Columbia Renal Pathology Division since 1984 and became Professor of Pathology in 1994. Over this period, she has created one of the largest laboratories of renal pathology in the world, processing over 5000 renal biopsies annually, received from more than 130 hospitals in 12 states. In addition to her clinical and research practice, she has published over 500 peer-reviewed papers and 80 book chapters, and co-edited six textbooks of renal pathology, including the latest editions of Heptinstall’s Pathology of the Kidney and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) Fascicle on Non-Neoplastic Kidney Diseases.

Since 1984, she has organized and directed the annual Columbia University postgraduate course “Renal Biopsy in Medical Diseases of the Kidney”, which is the longest running CME course at CUIMC, currently in its 43rd year and attended annually by over 250 domestic and international registrants.

Her list of honors includes Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude from Yale University, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society from NYU, and numerous teaching awards, including Teacher of the Year from the Columbia University Medical School Classes of 2009 and 2010. In 2018, she received the “Distinguished Alumnus Award” from the NewYork-Presbyterian Society of the Alumni. She is a member of the Association of American Physicians and received the Jacob Churg Award for lifetime achievement from the Renal Pathology Society. Most recently, Dr. D’Agati was named the 2020 recipient of the Edward N. Gibbs Award in Nephrology.

(From left to right) Drs. Glen Markowitz (vice-chair of AP), Vivette D'Agati, and Kevin Roth (Chair) celebrating Dr. D'Agati's new Delafield professorship
(From left to right) Drs. Glen Markowitz (vice-chair of AP), Vivette D'Agati, and Kevin Roth (Chair) celebrating Dr. D'Agati's new Delafield professorship

Dr. D’Agati served as President of the Renal Pathology Society (RPS). Each year, the RPS bestows a mid-career achievement award on one of its members. Four of the initial 7 winners of this award were trained by Dr. D’Agati, whose former fellows currently hold faculty positions in renal pathology at Stanford University, Duke University, University of Michigan, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, University of Arkansas, University of Nebraska, University of Rochester, Cedars Sinai Los Angeles, and CUIMC. She is especially proud of their accomplishments.

Congratulations to Dr. D’Agati on this special distinction.

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