Dr. John R. Lee, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, was highlighted on the front cover of the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Newsletter in January 2019. The newsletter’s feature was in recognition of Dr. Lee’s pivotal abstract that presented an evaluation of the gut microbiota in 169 kidney transplant recipients. Dr. Lee reported that gut abundances of Escherichia coli and Enterococcus were associated with future development of Escherichia coli and Enterococcus urinary tract infections, respectively. Furthermore, he showed that kidney transplant recipients, who had recurrent urinary tract infections, had worse gut dysbiosis and with elevated abundances of E. coli and Enterococcus.
Dr. Lee presented this abstract – “Gut Microbiota Dysbiosis is a Novel Risk Factor for Urinary Tract Infections in Kidney Transplant Recipients” – at Kidney Week 2018. The abstract was in collaboration with Dr. Manikkam Suthanthiran, the Stanton Griffis Distinguished Professor and Chief of Nephrology and Hypertension at Weill Cornell Medicine; Dr. Eric Pamer, the Enid A. Haupt Chair and Head of Subspecialty Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and Dr. Iwijn De Vlaminck, the Robert N. Noyce Assistant Professor in Life Sciences and Technology at Cornell University.