L. Lee Hamm III, MD, FACP
Senior Vice President & Dean, School of Medicine
James R. Doty Distinguished Professor and Chair
Dr. Hamm has been Chair of the Department of Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine since 2005. He also served as Interim Dean for the School of Medicine from February to November 2007 and was appointed Executive Vice Dean of the School of Medicine in November 2007. He is also Co-Director of the Tulane Hypertension and Renal Center of Excellence. Dr. Hamm joined Tulane in 1992 as Professor of Medicine and Physiology and Chief of the Section of Nephrology and Hypertension in the Department of Medicine. He was Associate Chairman for Research from 1994-1996 and then Vice Chairman of the department from 1996–2005. He had been appointed as the Huberwald Chair in Medicine in 2005. Prior to joining Tulane, Dr. Hamm held faculty appointments at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, as Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology.
Dr. Hamm received a B.S., Magna Cum Laude, from Auburn University in 1973, and an M.D., Cum Laude, from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama in 1976. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency in 1979 and his nephrology postdoctoral fellowship in 1982 at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas, Texas. He is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, and certified by American Society of Hypertension as a Specialist in Clinical Hypertension.
Dr. Hamm’s honors and awards include a Merit Award from the NIH, an American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, American Heart Association Distinguished Service Award, and the Donald Seldin Award of the National Kidney Foundation. He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Heart Association (both the Kidney Council and the High Blood Pressure Research Council). He was elected to membership in the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He has been a member of several NIH study sections and a recent member of the Nephrology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is active in the National Kidney Foundation, the American Society of Nephrology, the American Physiological Society, and the American College of Physicians. He served as Chair of the American Heart Association Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease from 20004-2006 and as President of the Southern Society of Clinical Investigation from 2007-2008. He is on the current editorial board of Kidney International and the American Journal of Physiology, is a consulting editor for Hypertension, and has been on the editorial boards for American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Journal of American Society of Nephrology, and the American Journal of Nephrology. Previously he was an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physiology.
Dr. Hamm has served and continues to serve on a number of committees at Tulane University including the Faculty Senate, General Clinical Research Center Advisory Committee, Senior Council for Oversight and Review, and the Physician Scientist Program Steering Committee. In 2004-2005, he chaired the General Medical Faculty. He is Chair of the Tulane University Medical Group Board of Directors since 2006, and is a member of the Tulane University Hospital and Clinic Board of Directors. Dr. Hamm also serves on a number of committees at the New Orleans Veterans Affairs Hospital.
Current research interests are: basic renal physiology and cell biology focused on acid-base transport, citrate transport, and sodium transport; clinical nephrology focused on cardiovascular disease in kidney disease, metabolic causes of kidney stones, and genetic causes of acid-base disorders. His research has been funded by numerous research grants from the AHA, VA and NIH. He has authored more than one hundred original articles and book chapters, and has co-edited a major reference book on acid-base and electrolyte disorders. He has lectured widely on his research and clinical interests.
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