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INFORMATION FOR

William Asch, MD/PhD, BA

Associate Professor of Medicine (Nephrology); Program Director, Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program, Internal Medicine; Director of Pre-Transplant Operations, Internal Medicine

Contact Information

William Asch, MD/PhD, BA

Patient Care Locations

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Nephrology

    PO Box 208029

    New Haven, CT 06520-8029

    United States

Appointments

Biography

My clinical, educational, administrative, and scholarly efforts are centered on solid organ transplantation. While the majority of this effort focuses on kidney transplantation, I provide subspecialty consultative services to the liver, heart, and bone marrow transplant programs. As the Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program Director, I established the required policies, procedures, and documents required to establish this program. The program is accredited through the American Society of Transplantation. Yale is one of 62 accredited programs in the US. Approved by the Yale Office of Graduate Medical Education, The Yale Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program has graduated 5 fellows. My scholarly activities range from an Investigator-Initiated Research project investigating the neurocognitive impairments associated with the tacrolimus, the cornerstone immunosuppressant used to prevent rejection in solid organ transplant recipients. In addition, I am the Principal Investigator for pharmaceutical sponsored clinical trials on immune tolerance, BK viremia, and delayed progression of diabetic kidney disease.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine (2008)
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2004)
  • MD/PhD
    SUNY at Stonybrook (2001)
  • BA
    Brandeis University (1993)

Activities

  • Cognition After Belatacept Conversion (CAB) Trial
    Virtual Presentation secondary to COVID pandemic (was scheduled for Seattle, WA) 2021
    American Transplant Congress 2021
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease
    Virtual presentation secondary to COVID pandemic (was scheduled for Seattle WA). 2021
    American Transplant Congress
  • The Infusion with a Difference: Patient and Center Experiences with Belatacept after 100 Conversions
    Providence, RI, United States 2018
    Transplant Grand Rounds
  • Frailty is Predictive of Early Post-Transplant Infection in Older Renal Transplant Recipients
    Seattle, WA, United States 2018
    American Transplant Congress
  • Cognition after Belatacept Conversion
    Seattle, WA, United States 2018
    American Transplant Congress
  • The Infusion with a Difference: Patient Experiences with Belatacept
    Seattle, WA, United States 2018
    American Transplant Congress
  • Assessment of Recipient Readiness for Kidney Transplantation
    Ledyard, CT, United States 2018
    American Nephrology Nurses Association Southern New England Chapter Annual Meeting
  • The Infusion with a Difference: Patient and Center Experiences with Belatacept after 100 Conversions
    Providence, RI, United States 2018
    The Infusion with a Difference: Patient and Center Experiences with Belatacept after 100 Conversions
  • More Than Renal Function: Use of Belatacept to Improve Drug Toxicities.
    Chicago, IL, United States 2017
    American Transplant Congress
  • New England BK Consortium: Regional Survey of BK Screening and Management Protocols in Comparison to Published Consensus Guidelines
    Boston, MA, United States 2016
    New England BK Consortium: Regional Survey of BK Screening and Management Protocols in Comparison to Published Consensus Guidelines
  • Clinical Experience with DCD Organs in the United States
    New York, NY, United States 2015
    Yale-Cambridge Course on Transplantation
  • Kidney Transplant for the Elderly: Hope or Hype?
    Worcester, MA, United States 2015
    Transplant Grand Rounds
  • Yale BK Surveillance Monitoring Data
    Waltham, MA, United States 2015
    Yale BK Surveillance Monitoring Data
  • Kidney Transplant for the Elderly: Hope or Hype
    Worcester, MA, United States 2015
    Kidney Transplant for the Elderly: Hope or Hype
  • Kidney Transplant for the Elderly: Hope or Hype?
    Cincinnati, OH, United States 2014
    Transplant Grand Rounds
  • “Kidney Transplant for the Elderly: Hope or Hype?”
    Cincinnati, OH, United States 2014
    “Kidney Transplant for the Elderly: Hope or Hype?”

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
FellowAmerican Society of Transplantation (AST)2022
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, Nominee2009
National Kidney Foundation Fellowship Training Award2006
Excellence in Graduate Research Award, Nominee1997
Undergraduate Honors Thesis Award1993

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Committee to Review Use of eGFR Race ModifierBeginning in the Spring of 2020, Drs. Gary Desir and Aldo Peixoto tasked the Section of Nephrology to critically review our institutions continued use of the eGFR Race Modifier. Dr. Doug Smith chaired this committee at its inception and until his retirement in January 2021. Subsequently, I was selected to lead this committee in the Spring of 2021. I chaired an interim meeting in May 2021 following the release of the Phase 1 report from the NKF-ASN Task Force evaluating this issue. Our committee voted to follow the Task Force’s instruction to wait for publication of the Phase 2 report recommendations. When the publication of the Phase 2 report was significantly delayed, our committee moved forward and recommended that the clinical lab report eGFR without use of the Race Modifier. This recommendation will be reviewed by stakeholders across the Yale Health System and discussed at an upcoming meeting scheduled for October 19, 2021.2021 - Present
American Society of Transplantation Education CommitteeElected to the Education Committee of the American Society of Transplantation2020 - Present
Clinical J. of the American Society of NephrologyEditor2017 - Present
Journal of Onco-NephrologyEditor2016 - Present
New England BK Consortium (NEBKCON)Founding Member2015 - Present
Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program QA/PICommittee Member2014 - Present
Transplant Operations CouncilCommittee Member2013 - Present
Clinical J. of the American Society of NephrologyReviewer2012 - 2017
Pharmacy and Therapeutics CommitteeCommittee Member2010 - Present
Polycystic Kidney Foundation NY Reginal MeetingParticipant2009
National Kidney Foundation KEEP ProgramVolunteer2009
Donate LifeVolunteer2009
Nephrology Diversity CommitteeRepresentative2009 - Present
American Society of TransplantationMember2009 - Present
Polycystic Kidney Foundation CT Chapter MeetingParticipant2008
Donor Advocacy Panel, Yale New Haven Hospital Transplantation CenterMember2008 - Present
Medical Review Board, Yale New Haven Hospital Transplantation CenterBoard Member2008 - Present
American Journal of TransplantationReviewer2008 - Present
TransplantationReviewer2008 - Present
Pharmacy and Therapeutics CommitteeCommittee Member2007 - 2010
American Society of NephrologyMember2004 - 2008
Society for NeurosciencesMember1998 - 2001

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