James C Chan

James C Chan
Professor of pediatrics, Director of Research, The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Portland, USA


Since earning his medical degree from McGill University and training at the Mayo Clinic, Oregon, and Columbia University, Dr Chan has served in various academic and teaching positions from Los Angeles to Washington DC and Richmond, VA, as well as in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Changsha, China. He is dedicated to promoting research and nurturing talented investigators, through service on Maine Medical Center, Tufts University, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) committees. Dr Chan has been credited with significantly improving the lives of children with progressive kidney disease. As principal investigator of NIH research grants, he conducted far-reaching clinical trials on the effects of vitamin D and vitamin E on kidney function, based on findings from his group’s pioneering, basic research. Last but not least, his NIH-funded institutional training grants supported research fellowships, continuously since the 1990’s and enhancing the careers of numerous graduate students and colleagues, who joined in the research and served as co-authors – and amongst who, quite a few from the US and around the world, have become lifelong friends. In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics bestowed its highest honor in pediatric nephrology - the Henry L. Barnett award - on Dr Chan in recognition of his contributions to the field.

Research Interest

Fluid, electrolyte, acid-base and mineral disorders. Progressive kidney diseases: IgA nephropathy and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis


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