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Justin Belcher

Associate Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)

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Justin Belcher, MD, PhD, FASN



Dr. Belcher grew up in Connecticut before attending Williams College where he graduated cum laude with a degree in history. He then attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, before completing his internship, residency, and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at George Washington University. While completing his research fellowship in nephrology at Yale, he received a PhD in 2014 from the Investigative Medicine Program. The primary focus of his research is on acute kidney injury in patients with cirrhosis including the use of novel biomarkers to enhance diagnosis, therapeutic decisions and prognosis. Dr. Belcher has clinical expertise in caring for patients with a wide variety of kidney related ailments with a particular interest in acute kidney injury, complex acid base and electrolyte abnormalities, critical care nephrology and chronic kidney disease. He is actively and passionately engaged at Yale and the affiliate hospital system in the education of medical students, residents and fellows via both formal and informal didactics, lectures and workshop sessions.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Yale University, Clinical Investigation (2015)
  • Fellow
    Yale University (2011)
  • Chief Medical Resident
    George Washington University (2008)
  • Resident
    George Washington University (2007)
  • Intern
    George Washington University (2005)
  • MD
    Drexel University College of Medicine (2004)
  • BA
    Williams College, History (1999)


  • Biomarkers in Cirrhosis-Associated AKI: Exploring the Etiology
    San Diego, CA, United States 2021
    American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting
  • Diagnostic Methods and Classification of AKI in Cirrhosis: Establishing HRS Type 1
    Denver, CO, United States 2020
    American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Loan Repayment AwardNational Institutes of Health (NIH)2010
Research FellowshipAmerican Society of Nephrology2010
Resident Podium PresentationRegional American College of Physicians (ACP) Meeting2007
Chief Medical ResidentGeorge Washington University2007
Resident Golden Apple AwardGeorge Washington University Hospital2006
Intern of the YearGeorge Washington University, Department of Medicine2005
Alpha Omega AlphaDrexel University2004
William Likoff, MD Award, Given to Senior Medical Student for Distinction in Care of Medical Patients and Commitment to Academic ExcellenceDrexel University2004
Cum LaudeWilliams College1999

Professional Service

Biomarkers in MedicineReviewer2019 - Present
Nephrology Dialysis TransplantationReviewer2018 - Present
BMC NephrologyAssociate Editor2017 - Present
American Society of Nephrology Annual MeetingGraded abstracts under "Clinical AKI" for acceptance for posters/oral presentation at ASN meeting2016 - Present
Expert Review of Gastroenterology and HepatologyReviewer2016 - Present
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Diseases InternationalReviewer2014 - Present
Journal of Vascular and Interventional RadiologyReviewer2014 - Present
Clinical Gastroenterology and HepatologyReviewer2014 - Present
HepatologyReviewer2013 - Present
Journal of Clinical GastroenterologyReviewer2013 - Present
BMC NephrologyReviewer2013 - Present
Journal of Critical CareReviewer2013 - Present
Liver InternationalReviewer2013 - Present
American Association for the Study of Liver DiseaseMember2012 - Present
Clinical Journal of the American Society of NephrologyReviewer2012 - Present
American Journal of Kidney DiseaseReviewer2012 - Present
American Federation of Medical ResearchMember2010 - Present
American Society of NephrologyMember2008 - Present
American Medical AssociationMember2004 - Present

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