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The Strength in Unity

Clap your hands if you are ready to visit Georgia! Yesterday Dr. Tsilosani gave a short presentation which included information about her cultural heritage, her home town, and multiple sightseeing locations in Georgia. She also taught us their flag, main goods, and language.  Booking our plane tickets now...     

Dr. Amin Goodbye Party

Dr. Amin will soon be leaving our practice returning to the academic world at West Virginia University.  We gathered today to say our goodbyes and eat cupcakes.  His presence will greatly be missed around this place and we wish him well in his new adventure!   

International Visitors

Yesterday we had 4 visitors from all stretches of the globe join us for the daily case conference! Dr. Amal Ezzaiyani (UT peds neph fellow from Libya), Dr. Ireen Sultana (pathologist from Bangladesh), Dr. Miranda Tsilosani (pathologist from Georgia), and Dr. Manuel Gonzalez (transplant neph fellow from El Salvador). 🌎 Dr. Tsilosani translated "I love kidney pathology" in Georgian for us: მე მიყვარს თირკმლის პათლოგია!    

Dr. Abraham Visit

We are so thrilled to have one of our dearest friends here all week.  Dr. Anila Abraham is a nephropathologist in Chennai, India as well as one of the kindest souls you will ever meet. We just love it when she visits.  :)    

Kidney Pillow

How cute is this kidney pillow?!  Dr. Caza and Dr. Dvanajscak had two of these pillows commissioned by Heather Weathers at sewoddity.com for Dr. Larsen and Dr. Walker. Be sure to go check out her work.  She creates anatomical and science-based art in her home studio and everything is super cute.     

Arkana Physician Spotlight: Dr. Walker

Patrick D. Walker is the founder of Arkana Laboratories and has more than 40 years of experience in the interpretation of native kidney and renal allograft biopsies. Before founding Arkana Laboratories, Dr. Walker was Chief of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the John L. McClellan Veterans Administration Hospital, Vice-Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (1991-2002), and on faculty in the Department of Pathology at Tulane University (1978-1991).   Dr. Walker has a passion for advancing the understanding of disease and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed...

Fellow Graduation

We are experiencing power outages due to storms last night, but that didn’t stop us this morning from celebrating the graduation of our two fellows, Dr. Dvanajscak and Dr. Caza! We're so excited to have these two join our team permanently.     

Arkana Employee Spotlight: Drea

Meet Arkana's very own superwoman, Andrea Westra. Drea works on our billing team where her primary job is to handle BCBS and Medicare claims. She keeps track of all payments and appeals and is the go-to person for any billing questions in that area. In addition, she runs the monthly meeting with our billing department, keeping track of the numbers of claims and appeals for each of the different insurance teams. She also works with fee schedules for all of the insurance companies we work with and makes sure payments are consistent with contracted rates. A whiz at detail and...

The Time is Now: Call to Action in Kidney Clinical Trials

Clinical trials investigating novel, targeted agents in kidney disease have been uncommon in the past as endpoints in this field required long studies and large costs. Recently, new surrogate markers have been developed that have allowed many pharma and biotech companies to move into the field of kidney disease. Currently, there are more than 20 clinical trials open to patient enrollment but there is concern about whether they can be filled. If we want better, more targeted drugs for our patients, we must work to fill these trials. Arkana has partnered with NephCure in an effort to get the word...

NIH Lupus Nephritis Activity and Chronicity Indices

NIH Lupus Nephritis Activity and Chronicity Indices: A way to monitor response to treatment and disease progression. A semi-quantitative grading system of pathologic features on kidney biopsies allows for monitoring response to treatment and showing disease progression. Lupus nephritis disease activity can be assessed on a renal biopsy using the modified NIH activity and chronicity indices. Indicators of disease activity include endocapillary hypercellularity, neutrophils or karyorrhexis within glomerular capillary loops, fibrinoid necrosis, hyaline deposits, cellular or fibrocellular crescents, and interstitial inflammation. Crescents and fibrinoid necrosis are weighted twice as they have a worse impact on prognosis. The scoring is based...