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Dr. Hedayati is an NIH-funded independent clinical investigator and holds the Yin Quan-Yuen Distinguished Professorship in Nephrology. She received her M.D. from George Washington University and completed both her residency training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. She also completed coursework that culminated in a master’s degree in Clinical Sciences and Biostatistics from Duke. After that, she joined the nephrology faculty at UTSW on the Clinical Scholar track.

Dr. Hedayati is currently the Associate Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Internal Medicine, the Director for Clinical and Translational Research in Nephrology, and the Co-Director of the O’Brien Kidney Clinical and Translational Core. As the recipient of NIH R01 grants and the PI of an NHLBI R38 residency training grant, UT-StAAR, her research focuses on cardiovascular biomarkers and outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease, as well as acute kidney injury in the settings of cardiorenal syndrome and COVID-19.

She served for a number of years as the Training Program Director of the Nephrology Fellowship at UT Southwestern, during which time she restructured the program to incorporate protected research time for clinical track fellows; reorganized the didactic lecture series to integrate evidence-based teaching and an interactive audience-response system; and incorporated simulation teaching for nephrology procedures.

Having mentored >20 post-doctoral research trainees, she received the Leaders in Clinical Excellence Mentoring Award in 2020. For the past 5 years, Dr. Hedayati has been active as an educator at the national level, including faculty for the ACP MKSAP Board Review Course and the American Society of Nephrology In-Service Board Examination.

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Medical School
George Washington University School of Medicine (1998)
Duke University Medical Center (2001), Internal Medicine
Duke University Medical Center (2004), Nephrology

Research Interest

  • Acute Kidney Injury and cardiorenal syndrome
  • Acute Kidney Injury in COVID-19
  • Cardiac biomarkers and anti-platelet agents in Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Inflammation and depression in Chronic Kidney Disease


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Honors & Awards

  • Leaders in Clinical Excellence Mentoring Award
    UT Southwestern Medical Center (2020)
  • National nominee for Councilor-at-Large
    American Society of Nephrology (2019)
  • Executive Leadership Program
    Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (2018)
  • Nephrology In-Service Board Examination Committee
    American Society of Nephrology (2017)
  • Yin Quan-Yuen Distinguished Professorship in Nephrology
    UT Southwestern Medical Center (2017)
  • ACP MKSAP Nephrology Faculty
    American College of Physicians (2016)
  • Program Committee Service Award
    American Society of Nephrology (2015)
  • Fellow
    American Society of Nephrology (2013)
  • National Executive Committee
    American society of Nephrology Program Directors (2013)
  • NIDDK Special Emphasis Panel
    USRDS Special Study Centers (2013)
  • Hypertension Advisory Group
    American Society of Nephrology (2012)
  • Duke Clinical Research Institute Research Fellow's Award
    Duke University (2004)
  • First Place Award for Clinical Research
    Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, Nephrology Young Investigators Forum (2004)