New chief of nephrology named

Mark S. Segal, M.D., Ph.D.

Mark S. Segal, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed chief of the division of nephrology, hypertension and renal transplantation in the department of medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Segal received his M.D. and Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where he also completed his residency in internal medicine. Segal completed three years of fellowship training in nephrology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he then served as an instructor for one year. In 1999 he joined the UF College of Medicine faculty as an assistant professor and in 2000 was appointed to associate professor with tenure. Since October 2008, he has served as co-interim chief of the division of nephrology, hypertension and renal transplantation.

“Segal is an outstanding clinician-scientist and teacher who has established a national reputation for his work defining the relationship between circulating endothelial cells and cardiovascular complications in kidney disease patients,” said Edward R. Block, M.D., chair of the department of medicine, in a recent announcement to college faculty, students and staff.

According to the announcement, Segal’s work with circulating endothelial cells and his identification of a chemokine that plays a critical role in endothelial cell interaction with defects in blood vessels have led to new insights into vascular defects commonly found in patients with diabetes. Segal has received grants from multiple funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the Alliance for Lupus Research, the Florida Department of Health, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Segal is director of the Junior Honors Program Cell Biology Seminar course and has received teaching awards from the department of medicine and from the College of Medicine as an exemplary teacher.

“Dr. Segal has demonstrated leadership skills over the past 18 months as co-interim division chief,” said Block.

Segal succeeds former division chief, Richard Johnson, M.D.