Sarah Huen, M.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pharmacology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of the Division of Nephrology

Originally from Chicago, Dr. Huen earned her bachelor's and medical degrees at Northwestern University. She completed her postdoctorate degree at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. She completed postdoctoral training in internal medicine at New York University, as well as nephrology and immunobiology at Yale. 

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in nephrology, Dr. Huen joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2017.

Personal Note

Outside of medicine, Dr. Huen enjoys cooking, photography and hiking.


Medical School
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (2004)
New York University School of Medicine (2007), Internal Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine (2012), Nephrology
Other Post Graduate Training
Yale University School of Medicine (2013)
Graduate School
Yale University School of Medicine (2013), Investigative Medicine

Research Interest

  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Inflammation and Sepsis
  • Inflammatory (sepsis and cancer-related) cachexia
  • Renal Metabolism


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Targeting protein translation to prevent septic kidney injury.
Huen SC J. Clin. Invest. 2018 Dec
Glucose metabolism mediates disease tolerance in cerebral malaria.
Wang A, Huen SC, Luan HH, Baker K, Rinder H, Booth CJ, Medzhitov R Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2018 Oct 115 43 11042-11047
Acute Kidney Injury After Burn: A Cohort Study From the Parkland Burn Intensive Care Unit.
Clark AT, Li X, Kulangara R, Adams-Huet B, Huen SC, Madni TD, Imran JB, Phelan HA, Arnoldo BD, Moe OW, Wolf SE, Neyra JA J Burn Care Res 2018 Sep
Macrophages in Renal Injury and Repair.
Huen SC, Cantley LG Annu. Rev. Physiol. 2017 Feb 79 449-469
Molecular phenotyping of clinical AKI with novel urinary biomarkers.
Huen SC, Parikh CR Am. J. Physiol. Renal Physiol. 2015 Sep 309 5 F406-13
GM-CSF Promotes Macrophage Alternative Activation after Renal Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury.
Huen SC, Huynh L, Marlier A, Lee Y, Moeckel GW, Cantley LG J. Am. Soc. Nephrol. 2015 Jun 26 6 1334-45
Macrophage-mediated injury and repair after ischemic kidney injury.
Huen SC, Cantley LG Pediatr. Nephrol. 2015 Feb 30 2 199-209
Macrophage-specific deletion of transforming growth factor-?1 does not prevent renal fibrosis after severe ischemia-reperfusion or obstructive injury.
Huen SC, Moeckel GW, Cantley LG Am. J. Physiol. Renal Physiol. 2013 Aug 305 4 F477-84
Predicting acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery: a systematic review.
Huen SC, Parikh CR Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2012 Jan 93 1 337-47

Honors & Awards

  • Disease Oriented Clinical Scholar Award
    UT Southwestern (2017)
  • Iva Dostanic Physician-Scientist Trainee Award
    Yale University School of Medicine (2017)
  • Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar
    American Society of Nephrology (2016)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
    Northwestern University (2000)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Heart Association, Kidney Council (2012)
  • American Society of Nephrology (2008)